2015 Euro Tour | Stop No. 2 | St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup

 

2015 Euro Tour | Stop No. 2 | St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup

 

Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde Claim Victory at Stop No. 2 on the Euro Tour

What’s that saying about Europe in the summer? That’s right…there isn’t one. But after yesterday’s St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup—the second stop on the newly established Euro Tour (a series unifying the most prestigious races of Europe’s formerly fragmented race circuit)—there really should be. We’ll go ahead and let you figure that one out.

Saturday’s St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup wasn’t the biggest SUP race in the world. It wasn’t the biggest in Europe, probably not even the biggest in England. Nestled discreetly between higher-caliber events like the OluKai Ho’o, Lost Mills race in Germany and the events of the Standup World Series, it might be easy to overlook the legitimacy of the second stop on the Euro Tour and the only new race on the tour’s stacked, world-class race agenda.

But after Saturday’s 13-kilometer distance race culminated with victories for 20-year-old Hawaiian world champion, Connor Baxter, and 17-year-old Pacific Northwestern prodigy, Fiona Wylde, the St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup garnered some well-deserved attention for the quaint but growing SUP society in southwestern England.

Baxter—the undisputed favorite for the Celtic Cup—maintained a consistent lead throughout the race, but his win was by no means a landslide. After three long laps in windy conditions that provided contenders with both downwind and upwind segments, Baxter crossed the finish line in 1:28:07, a mere six seconds ahead of the runner-up, Spaniard Fernando Stalla, and 15 seconds ahead of third-place finisher, Italy’s Paolo Marconi. The six racers to follow were lads of the UK, whose worthy contention carved out an unprecedented level of credibility for the growing English SUP racing community.

On the woman’s side, Fiona Wylde proved yet again that her talents as a SUP competitor are myriad. Wylde, who opted to compete in the male-dominated 14′ division, finished in 1:38:34, beating out nearly half the men overall, and leading the women with a gap of more than two minutes.

After the cancellation of the SUP World Cup in Fehmarn, Germany, the next race on the Euro TourLost Mills, Germany—is now widely considered the most prestigious SUP race in all of Europe. It’s coming up on June 4, so stay tuned to SUPthemag.com for full coverage, photos and details of the event.

St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup Full Results

Men
1 Connor Baxter 1:28:07 14′ 15.00
2 Fernando Stalla 1:28:13 14′ 11.25
3 Paolo Marconi 1:28:22 14′ 9.00
4 Paul Simmons 1:28:30 14′ 7.50
5 Ryan James 1:29:16 14′ 6.38
6 Aaron Rowe 1:30:57 14′ 5.25
7 Pete Holliday 1:31:44 14′ 4.50
8 Ollie Shilston 1:31:45 14′ 3.75
9 Mark Slater 1:33:36 14′ 3.38
10 Jim Terrell 1:34:31 14′ 3.00
11 Chris Parker 1:34:40 14′ 2.70
12 Tim Harley 1:34:58 14′ 2.40
13 Crispin Jones 1:36:00 14′ 2.25
14 Nicholas Watt 1:36:06 14′ 2.10
15 Damian Warner 1:37:14 14′ 1.95
16 Benjamin Fisher 1:38:34 12’6 1.80
17 Charlie Jones 1:38:40 14′ 1.65
18 Matthew Wall 1:42:34 14′ 1.50
19 Scott Warren 1:43:03 12’6 1.35
20 MacRae Wylde 1:43:08 12’6 1.20
21 Tim Rowe 1:44:42 14′ 1.13
22 Jamie Harman 1:47:06 14′ 1.05
23 Dominic Moore 1:48:07 14′ 0.98
24 Luke Bolsin 1:48:42 14′ 0.90
25 Barry Short 1:48:53 14′ 0.83
26 Carl Sawyer 1:49:18 14′ 0.78
27 Jason Sawyer 1:54:22 12’6 0.74
28 Chris Bates 1:54:56 14′ 0.69
29 SA Trott 2:02:59 12’6 0.65
30 Will Peak 2:04:27 14′ 0.60
31 Peter Everitt 2:08:54 14′ 0.57

Women
1 Fiona Wylde 1:38:34 14′ 15.00
2 Marie Buchanan 1:40:43 14′ 11.25
3 Susak Molinero 1:45:07 14′ 9.00
4 Tarryn Brown 1:49:41 12’6 7.50
5 Emily King 2:02:59 12’6 6.38

Euro Tour Full Schedule

WEEK #1: Port Adriano SUP Race
– Mallorca, Spain, May 23 & 24

WEEK #2: The SUP Race Cup
– St. Maxime, France, May 30 & 31

WEEK #2: St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup
– St. Ives, UK, May 30 & 31

WEEK #3: The Lost Mills
– Brombachsee, Bavaria, Germany, June 4-6

WEEK #4: Bilbao World SUP Challenge
– Bilbao, Spain, June 13 & 14

WEEK #5: The Adriatic Crown
– Marotta, Italy, June 20 & 21

WEEK #5: Deep SUP Race
– Noja, Spain, June 20 & 21

WEEK #6: Happy Summer SUP Race
– Namur, Belgium, June 27 & 28

Want more from the Euro Tour?
See SUP the mag’s recap of the Stop # 1 on the Euro Tour, the Port Adriano SUP Race.

Full description and breakdown of the 2015 Euro Tour.

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Cover photo courtesy of The Euro Tour