Coastal classic returns

THE Icon Classic will provide a spectacle of action off the North Devon coast this weekend.

THE Icon Classic will provide a spectacle of action off the North Devon coast this weekend. - Credit: Archant

The Icon Classic Ski Race is back for its fourth consecutive year , with record entries for the event off the North Devon coast this Saturday.

Top British and European paddlers will compete in what is known as Britain’s toughest ski race.

Local British Cup 2012 champion Mark Ressel, architect of the 17km race, has been training with the Royal Canoe Club in London in a bid to finally be first across the finish line.

But he will face a strong field, including French champion Benoit le Roux and Cornishman Glen Eldridge, previous three times winner of this downwind race.

The Icon Classic kicks off the GB Ocean Ski Series season and is one of three selection races for the World Championships in Portugal in July.


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The testing course runs from Woolacombe, around Morte Point, past Rockham Beach, Ilfracombe before finishing at Combe Martin.

In conjunction with the race, the Children’s Hospice South West is hosting a Beach Fest, with music, barbecue and children’s triathlon, with presentations being made by ‘wolf man’ Shaun Ellis.

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The ski race starts at 11am from Woolacombe and top finishers are expected to reach Combe Martin by 12.30pm.

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