Entries are now open for the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships and 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing Masters World Championships, to be held in Perth, WA from 27 November – 3 December 2023 with the race window starting from 30 November.
The world’s best ocean racers will compete along the 20km downwind course from Fremantle to Scarborough Beach.
Both World Championships will be open entry, meaning that paddlers will not need to qualify to participate across the Junior, Under 23, Senior and Masters age divisions, they will only need to be members of their National Federation to participate.
For the first time in Australia, Perth will play host to a 19 day paddling extravaganza, starting with the annual Shaw and Partners Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS) WA Race Week (18 to 25 November), which includes the famous ‘Shaw and Partners Doctor’ on Saturday 25 November.
With the well established WA Race Week held a week before this year’s Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships, many of the nation’s top ocean racers will carry over from the domestic event to the international Championships in Perth.
One such paddler is the current women’s world champion Jemma Smith, who won the Open Women’s title in Portugal last year, after claiming gold in the U23 event at the 2019 Championships.
Smith said it’s an incredible opportunity for Australian ocean racing to have the World Championships at home.
“It is going to be so special to have it in Australia,” 24-year-old Smith said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to race the last two times, around COVID over in France, and then last year over in Portugal, so to have it in Australia is going to be such an amazing drawcard for the sport and hopefully we can get so much more local talent coming.
“It’s an open event and anyone in Australia can enter, so I encourage anyone that’s interested in paddling or anyone who really loves ocean ski paddling to get involved because it’s going to be such a great event.
“It’s going to come off the back of the WA race week, which just went to another level in 2022. So to have the World Ocean Championships after that event at the end of the year is going to be absolutely unreal and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” she said.
As a special offer for early entrants, those who register before 17 July 2023 will go into the draw to win their entry fees back, with one winner drawn every fortnight (see the competition terms and conditions HERE).
For participants who enter but can’t secure a boat rental, they will have their entry fees refunded, less a 10% administration fee. See the full refund policy HERE, or via the entry portal.
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