Italian Matteo Iachin wins windsurfing elite marathon at Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival

Matteo Iachin out on the course. Picture: Kym Illman
Matteo Iachin out on the course. Picture: Kym Illman

ORGANISERS of the Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival have declared the 2019 event a success after the weekend’s competition finished on Sunday afternoon.

Tourists and locals filled the beaches of Ledge Point and Lancelin to watch the events and exhibitions that ran over three days.

Saturday morning stared with a football-coaching clinic supported by the Fremantle Dockers and including Rory Lobb whose family is from the area.

The main event on Saturday afternoon – the marathon – saw Matteo Iachin claim the blue ribbon in the windsurfing elite division.

Matteo Iachin nearing the finish of the windsurfing marathon at Lancelin. Picture: David Bailey

The Italian, who is ranked number two in the world in the windsurfing discipline of slalom, had only been in the country three days.

But there was no hint of jetlag as he flew across the waves, setting a cracking pace to finish the course in 24.13.

Competitors at the beginning of the Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival marathon leave Ledge Point. Picture: Kym Illman.

He was all smiles with his feet on the ground as he spoke about the course and his experience.

“It’s a great course, I like it, and I think its perfect,” he said.

“This is my first time but I would really like to come back.

“The conditions were really good, it is a good race for everyone.”

Some of the crowd gathering to watch the finish of the marathon at Lancelin. Picture: David Bailey

First across the line in the women’s division was Karin Jaggi in a time of 29.42.

Karin Jaggi and Matteo Iachin – the women’s division and elite division windsurfing winners. Picture: David Bailey

“It was hard, enjoyable racing – the windiest I can remember – and a great field,” she said.

Her partner Patrik Diethelm was second in the elite division of the windsurfing marathon with a time of 24.37.

The first kitesurfer to finish the race was Guy Bridge, coming home in 21.39.

Competitors at the beginning of the Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival marathon leave Ledge Point. Pictures: Kym Illman

After the excitement on the waves during the day a party for competitors and locals was held that night.

A beach run on Sunday morning and a kite surfing wave jump event in the afternoon finished proceedings for this year.

Organisers are already planning next year’s event that will see competitors taking part in the 35th year of the Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival.