The Lancelin Ocean Classic was indeed a classic this year with a full round of wave sailing and a decent sea breeze for the 30km race!
They had a full double-elimination contest over two days in head to half-mast high waves. Somehow the best conditions arrived just before the final, which isn\'t the way it normally goes down in competition! Luke Walmsley used his local knowledge to take down most of the fleet on the final day, just running out of steam in the final. Glenn Alexander has been winning pretty much every wave event in WA this season, and this time walked away with the $1000 prize.
1st Glenn Alexander (Kinetic/Severne) 2nd Luke Walmsley (Severne) 3rd Scott McKercher (Starboard/Severne) 4th Jaeger Stone (Starboard/Severne).
Over 170 lined up for the beach start in a 20knot seabreeze. After about 30km, there was less than a metre between Pete Volwater and Patrik Diethelm. Volwater actually hit the beach a second after Diethelm, but sprinted up the beach to overtake him on the finish line; an epic finish to an epic race. First prize was $1500, most of which Volwater spent at the bar on Saturday night!
1st Peter Volwater (F2/North) 2nd Patrik Diethelm (F2/North) 3rd Chris Lockwood (CarbonArt/KA) 4th Dan Engdahl (Severne)
The Ocean Classic is going from strength to strength and with hopefully more financially help in 2009 it can become one of the biggest windsurfing events in the world and in a pretty darn cool location!
Photo Credit: Birds Eye View/Heliwest