Australia’s Women Ocean Paddlers Impress

Australia’s women ocean paddlers have impressed at the 2018 Ocean Racing World Cup – Nelo Summer Challenge 2018 in Portugal (31 August – 2 September) with member of Paddle Australia’s Ocean Racing Technical Committee Julie Jenkinson taking home the win in the SS1 Master Women 50-54 age group. Jenkinson finished 19th overall in the Women’s category in a time of 1:45:42.88.

In the downwind race of 19.5Km, connecting Viana do Castelo to Ofir’s beach in Esposende, Portugal Fiona Tschaut finished fifth in the Master Women’s 35-39 category and with a 17th place finish was the highest ranked Australian in the women’s field and crossed the finish line 17:53:35 behind the winner in 1:44:34.

Sari Bone finished sixth in the women’s U23 category and 29th overall.

South African Hayley-jo Nixon won the women’s event in a time of 1:26:37.83.

James Ekins was the highest ranked Australian in the men’s field finishing 50th in a time of 1:29:05. He also finished 10th in the SS1 Men’s U23 category, followed by Benjamin Walker in 12th (55th overall).

Highest ranked in his age group was Chair of our PA Ocean Racing Technical Committee and a member of the ICF Ocean Racing Technical Committee Rob Jenkinson, who finished second in the SS1 Men’s Masters 55-59 and 68th overall.

Mario Vesely was 12th (73 overall) in the men’s Masters 45-49, while Huw Morgan was was 18th in the 35-39 group (116 overall) and Ken Wallace 20th (178).

The men’s race was won by Sean Rice (GB) in 1:14:50.

The 2018 ICF Ocean Racing World Cup was a ranking point event for qualification for the 2019 ICF Ocean Racing World Championships to be held in France in October 2019.

Up next will be the 2018 ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup with racing of the two day event starting in Portugal tonight. See full schedule here https://www.canoeicf.com/sites/default/files/schedule_-_2018_icf_canoe_marathon_masters_world_cup.pdf

Paddle Australia will be represented with a team of 22 paddlers. Follow the event here and see the full team below.

2018 Nelo Summer Challenge Australian Results

WOMEN SS1 Overall Result Age Group Result Time
Fiona Tschaut (35-39) 17 5 1:44:34
Julie Jenkinson (50-54) 19 1 1:45:42
Sari Bone (U23) 29 6 2:01:52
MEN SS1
James Ekins (U23) 50 10 1:29:05
Benjamin Walker 55 12 1:29:45
Rob Jenkinson (55-59) 68 2 1:31:53
Mario Vesely (45-49) 73 12 1:31:36
Huw Morgan (35-39) 116 18 1:41:30
Jeremy Heys (U23) 148 20 1:51:08
Ken Wallace 35-39 178 20 2:20:44

Results: http://summerchallenge.nelo.eu/results

Paddle Australia Team 2018 ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup

Women 

BATEMAN Jenni

FINDLAY Pauline

GIRDLER Chris

HARPER-HORAK Lorraine

LEE Laura

LLOYD-GREEN Ann

NEWMAN Dallas

TORRE Daniela

VENNING Cathy

MEN 

BAGGETT Geoff

BRYSON Stuart

CLARKE Ronald

CL YNE Peter

CURRIE Peter

GREENWOOD Brett

HAGAN Bradley

LAWSON Mark

LEE Darren

LITTLE David

SCARFE Dominic

TYE Darren

VESELY Mario