Fish Hoek – World marathon champ Hank McGregor added the cherry on the top of his most successful season ever by winning the Fenn Cape Point Challenge, presented by Hansa and Di Data, in a gruelling showdown with the Mockè brothers and defending champion Sean Rice.
There’s only one thing better than paddling the Cape Point Challenge – and that’s being on an escort boat, watching some of the world’s top surfski paddlers churn past some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.
Cape Town – Much like the convergence of several massive storm fronts, the international surfski community is abuzz with excitement ahead of Saturday’s Fenn Cape Point Challenge, presented by Hansa and DiData, where classic racing conditions and a gathering of some of the best surfski racers on the planet have set the stage for the iconic 50km race from Scarborough around Cape Point to Fish Hoek, with a record prize pot of R130 000 on offer for the various class winners.
Two hours into the race, just 4km from Cape Point, the 8-man pack hit the hit the kelp beds and everything changed. Hank McGregor and Dawid Mocke lurched to a halt, their rudders caught on the thick rubbery stems; Tom Schilperoort, in clear water, accelerated away, rounding the Point a clear 100m ahead. A good gap for the downwind leg but would it be enough?
In February this year, Dawid Mocke asked me what my goals were for the year. "Well," I said, "last year I wanted to get to B-grade in Billy's races. I achieved that in the last race that I did. I think this year I'd like to do the Cape Point Challenge."