Alexandra 2010
Alexandria

October 2010

After the excitement of the British and European Championships we couldn’t wait to arrive in Egypt. What an experience, finding our lift at Cairo Airport eventually, being driven round Cairo to find the Germans TV Camera gear, arriving 5 hrs later at the 3/1 star hotel at 1.30 am and being awoken at 4.00 am by a Mullah on megaphone summoning all to prayer, a riveting first Sunday evenings experience. Sunday, being a normal working day/night that goes on till Monday. We thought our accommodation was less than 1 star but we were lucky, those who were staying in apartments were not so lucky and had to totally clean them out first.

It was free practice on the beach on the Monday before the event so we went to meet the teams and compare notes. Denmark were life savers in every way as when the boat supply fell through they came into the breach and supplied their Arancias (Livredders)and engines. Although the majority of Lifeguards were familiar with Arancias they were not used to 25hp Yamahas so they were glad of practice to test them out and also the ILS rules. Peter Connell the Chief Referee and Bill Ezekiel from England did a great job at the briefing that evening and again on the Tuesday making it quite clear to competitors and officials what was permitted and what wasn’t .
The clubs competing were:
England – Saunton Sands the 2010 British and European champs; Hayle from Cornwall and Southbourne in Dorset.
Denmark
New Zealand – East End the NZ 2010 champions and Waimarama (late entrants).
Australia – North Burleigh and Wye Valley
Belgium – this team had never competed before and are to be complimented for improving with every race.

Race Day - Tuesday 12th October

It was quietly decided that the IRB event could be completed in one day which caught this scribe out having a swim so I missing a good few photo opportunities.
Racing was close and exciting even though there was no surf, it was nail biting and right to the end the competition was fierce. But as commented on by a UK team it was disappointing that points did not count towards the World Championships. On the day all Lifeguard competitors were champions and we would not have missed the event for the World.

 

IRB Results

We have been unable to find the results in print but we did manage to record the prize giving as it happen. Congratulations to the winners you are new world champions.

Refer to the presentation photos under Competition Photos for results.