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There has been a heap of activity since the last missive. Paddling is alive and well, with some superb results being achieved.
A quick rundown:
Hank pulled off a massive end sprint against the German Gordan Harbrecht to record his 7th win in the Investec island classic. The general consensus after the race was that life would not have been worth living if the German had won, as Oscar would have immediately denounced his newly acquired Portuguese citizenship and claimed the win as a home victory. (Herman won the over 50’s).
Hayley added to her impressive trophy cabinet (and bank balance) by pipping Michelle Burn to the post and claiming another gold.
Hank remembered to bring his cash prize home this year, as opposed to leaving it to the hotel staff as he inadvertently did last year.
Hayley ducked straight off to Portugal for the Nelo Summer Challenge, after the Mauritius race and notched up yet another impressive victory.
Harbrecht pipped into 2nd place in as many weeks. This time by Aussie Tom Norton, with Sean Rice and Andy Birkett finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.
With 250 boats finishing the race it goes to show that Europe is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in surf ski racing.
The World Ocean Racing Championships, in France, in September, will be the next major event on the international calendar.
The SA national team has already been entered. The masters can enter at the following link https://www.ocr2019wc.bzh/registrations/, better do it soon though, as the price of the entry goes up from EU80 to EU100 from Sunday.
Looking further down the surfski calendar, save the date for the Pete Marlin in November. Lets see if we can top the 250 boat mark.
The CSA marathon committee have announced the short course team for the World Marathon Championships. The team is Hank McGregor, Bridgitte Hartley and Jenna Ward. The jury is still out on the 2nd men’s spot. Watch this space.
The team manager this year is once again Graham Neate. Looks like the marathon team are slow learners.
That’s all for this week.