Let me stress that it’s really difficult to get together a team of ladies over 40 who would be willing and would be able to leave their kids and partners for two weeks, cover all costs and join a World Rafting Champs organized on the other side of the World.
Last time we (Czech Rep), managed to compose such a team for the R4 WRC Masters in 2012. The event took place in Ceske Vrbne and our team was the only one competing against the Russian Women’s Masters team, pretty successfully I have to say.
So, we’ve decided to put together the women’s masters team again this year. The team is based on active participants of the Czech Cup and we’d like to enjoy the rapids of the Citarik River.
Our team consists of: winner of WRC 2001 (team Tigers), winner of WRC 2005, 2007 and WRC R4 Masters 2012 (team Jezinky), winner of WRC 2001, 2011 and member of Czech WRC women’s team in 2013, 2015 (team Tigers TR Omega), two medallists from WRC R4 Masters in 2012 and medallists from all ERCs organized up to now. Overall – simply ladies who are keen to enjoy white water rafting and former rivalries.
However, the Czech Rafting Association has got pretty strict rules for financial support of Master’s teams. The limit is at least 5 teams in each category (women and men categories)
This means, there will be no support for us if there aren’t enough teams competing!
So, we would like to join the Russian Women’s Masters team in their appeal: “Ladies, join us and come to the jungle. We’ll have fun and we’ll enjoy rafting together!”
The river dropped overnight, making the course more difficult. The teams scattered around the track, looking at the 14 gates, of which 5 were upstream. As usual, everything seemed so easy until one was sitting in the raft ready to go down the river.
As we explained, the river is quite fast and for the women’s teams it was difficult to move from the left to the right side of the river, thus there were a lot of negative points. In addition to having good techniques they needed a lot of power to cope with the fast water. It was easy to find oneself on a protruding rock and flipped. There were two places on the river where the current drew the rafts to the rocks and were common spots for flips.
Best placed women’s team were the Dutch Ladies”, second were the Slovakian “Vopicky” and third place was Iraq.
U19 – The first round was a shocker for the U19 category, but in the second round they showed excellent slalom skills as they did in BiH at the recent ERC, a thrilling performance which was much better than half of the Open Men’s teams. Calmly and with a lot of skill these youths mastered the obstacles. An excellent performance from “Slovak Junior Rafters” with “0” points in the second run secured them first place in the slalom. This ride would align them in 4th place in the Open category. Bravo guys! “Sporttur Ruazan” had -5 in the second round and their faster time than “Caykur” who also had -5, secured them second.
Perhaps the youth lack power, but the Open Men’s were missing technique!. The favourites justified their position and some teams managed to recover in their second run. Clean runs were had in both runs by “Hiko”, “Dayak” and “Tyvole”. “Caykur” and “Sporttur Ruazan” had clean runs in their second run, but “Morava”, with -5, had a better time than them and so were able to fight for third place. Second were the boys in “Dajak” club, and first was team “Hiko” from the Czech Republic.
After lunch and a little rest, it was time for Downriver training. For the first time ever the Downriver race ended in the sea. So the teams could enjoy surfing the waves as well. What I found interesting on this course (I had a chance to try it), were the artificial courses for canoeing and kayaking, which have been built on the river along the right bank of the river just before it enters the sea. The Downriver run went through this course.
Finally we had sun at the end of the day, so the teams used the time to rest, sunbathe on the beach and walk around the city. It is good to have a schedule that allows teams to relax and enjoy the competition.
The evening was reserved for a party at the “Ruba center” which was on the Sprint, H2H, Slalom course. We celebrated birthdays, heard ethnic music, danced and would have continued for much longer but there was still a race the next day so we all retreated at a sensible time.
The final day was for Downriver and the medal ceremonies.
Just as every day, after breakfast teams were transported to the start of competition. The route was long, but the river quite fast, and in addition the river level had decreased overnight. The most entertaining part was when the teams had to carry the rafts ashore over the finish line and many found that their legs had stiffened up during the race and the simple task of walking was quite a challenge!
Open Men – The order for all four disciplines and overall was the same – 1. “Hiko”, 2. “Dajak”, 3. “Morava”. Congratulations and thank you, you have saved me typing time.
Open Women – And in this case it would have been almost the same except that “Vopicky” were passed during the Downriver due to illness and misunderstandings. So the order was Dutch ladies then Denmark then Russia. Overall was: Dutch ladies, Russia and third was Iran, great to see them at an IRF event! And it was good to see the “Denmark ladies” back in the boat.
U19 was a clean sweep in the Downriver from Turkey: 1. “Caykur” 2. “Rize belediye” 3. “Sporttur Ruazan”. And overall was: 1. “Caykur” 2. “Sporttur Ruazan”, 3. “Slovak Junior Rafters”.
Congratulations to the winners and all participants.
The competition closed in the ceremonial hall of the municipality where they awarded the medals, the overall standings, as well as cash prizes.
It was an incredible experience in Turkey. We want to thank the main sponsor “Caykur” and “Caykur” Manager – Imdat Sutluoglu and Mayor – Hakan Gultekin for the warm welcome and support for the sport of rafting. Fikret Yardimici – Vice President of GOSBF, Kanat Karamursel – IRF S&C Com Member and Euro Cup Race Director for the competition and for assistants Savas Izmir, Erdogan Bucan, Adem Aktas, Hamza Draco and other judges, security and technical support.
This was an excellently organised first Euro Cup for them, well done!
The Firtina River satisfied our expectations. The hosts were very welcoming and this area has incredible potential to become a major centre of rafting in Turkey, the region and Europe. We hope they will continue and thrive and grow so that one day they can host an ERC and/or WRC competition. With this competition they have put Turkey on the map of sports rafting. Thank you for everything, on behalf of the athletes and myself, it was beautiful.
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