Possibly one of the most impressive start lines on the domestic calendar – with over one hundred craft lined up in conditions which would allow few events to be run on the ocean, thanks to the unique aspect of Carbis bay drawing in ocean swells without having to punch through surf plus, the well honed expert skills of Hayle Surf Life Saving Club and their amazing IRB crews. This year an increased level of paddler safety was achieved by using GeoTrax GPS tracking systems giving us live stream of every paddlers position out on the course.
Once again, the inside course was selected with significant, head high plus swell, conditions hidden behind the ‘Island’. This is no ordinary looped course, with the longest leg lined up with perfect downwind runners while upwind was completely sheltered by the headlands of St’Ives Bay.
Early on class dominated with Chris ? and Emily Corin flying out in front on their Nordic Kayak ocean skis. Single and double skis were vying to keep ahead of the Ocean Sports OC2 duo, Damian and Glenn, all finishing within ? of each other.
Aside from the accolade of winning the Celtic Cup ocean ski paddlers were attempting to secure their spot at this years Worlds Championships being held in Perth Australia this November making the stakes high for the under 23, under 18 and Open ocean ski categories. Rosie Edwards along with Kiran Gammon both taking out their respective divisions along with ? and ? helped to cemement their positions on the National team.