After the battering by north easterly winds on Friday, the 200m competitors were welcomed to the course with strong north westerly winds this morning. The first event got off to a start just as a squall moved down the course, bringing with it a massive downpour and buffeting winds. Racing was held up while competitors and spectators sought cover from the weather. This squall was to result in some 240 calls to SES accross the metropolitan area during the morning with winds in some areas of the city reaching over 40 knots.
Racing recommenced but was interupted by smaller and less violent outbursts from the heavens during the morning. The programwas compressed to allow competition to be completed a little earlier, avoiding more bad weather that was forecast for lunchtime. In great spirit, paddlers braved the elements, rain and freezing wind to paddle their repective 200m events and some fantasic racing was had. Hotly contested were some of the TK1 and TK2 events in the V60 & V65 age groups.
No doubt, within a day or two, the weather will improve and the seemingly boiling waters of West Lakes will return to the flat, mirror smooth venue that we know.
Canoe South Australia wishes to thank all of the competitors and crews who came and braved the Arctic conditions, along with the officials and supporters who made the event possible. Even though we encountered some of the worst weather seen in Adelaide for some years, we appreciated the fantastic spirit that everyone had involving themselves in the Games.
Final results can be downloaded from the links below.
The first of the two sprint days saw both paddlers and spectators cold and wet as the rain and wind set in over the 500m course at Oarsman Reserve, Military Rd. Competitors battled the elements, many struggling over the line, however we were lucky with no capsizes. Tomorrow, the final day of kayaking will be the 200m sprints and with conditions looking on the upside we look forward to another great day of competition.
Day 1 & 2
The first two days of the Canoe / Kayak events saw paddlers competing on the course at West Lakes. Other than showers during the presentations on Wednesday, conditions were very favourable and fair racing has resulted. The often "push, shove and squeeze out" tactics of marathon have now be swapped for the brute force and speed of the sprint racing events on Friday and Saturday.