Australian Canoeing (AC) and Oceanpaddler recently announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement for the 2016/17 Ocean Racing Series.
The Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS) is a national ocean racing series attracting competitors across a number of ocean racing disciplines including Ocean skis, Surf skis, Stand Up Paddleboards and Outrigger Canoes.
The series will travel around the country to Australia’s most popular beaches showcasing men and women competing in a variety of categories in the only ocean racing series of its kind. It is seen by both Oceanpaddler and AC that by AC endorsing the AORS as a national series it will be beneficial to the sport of ocean racing and increasing engagement of all paddlers.
AC will use the AORS to award the National Champions and select the Australian Team to compete at the 2017 ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Hong Kong. Details on the selection policy will be available in October 2016.
A collaborative approach between AC and Oceanpaddler will benefit all parties in running a national series in conjunction with iconic Australian events where the sport of ocean racing will receive considerable publicity and increased engagement with athletes receiving the benefits of this collaborative approach. For more details go to the Australian Canoeing website.
On 7 January 2017, the Snapper 2 Seaway race will be held as the Queensland race in the Ocean Racing Series on the Gold Coast. Discussions are underway to host the 2017 Qld Canoeing Ocean Racing State Championship as part of the event.
Stay tuned for more info.