"Under our rules, the forecast easterly meant we had to curtail the usual 75km first day," said Erasmus. "We sent the paddlers out 25km to the mouth of the Sundays River and back so they escaped just over 20km."
The doubles set off
In event the wind never really picked up. "It filled in a little on the way back," said fourth place Pete Cole. "Maybe 10kt for the last hour."
The paddlers were mostly feeling their way at the start of the four day epic, not willing to commit too soon to any brash moves. The day's winner, Scott Rutherfoord, eventually couldn't take the "pedestrian" pace anymore and put the hammer down after the turn mark at Sundays.
Ian Trautman leads the pack shortly after the start
"I went for it after the turn, just to feel the rest of the guys out," he said. "Hayden stayed with me for a while but dropped off."
Rutherfoord said he hit the wall with about a km to go. "I don't know if I had too many goos, or something," he said, "but I was feeling nauseous and started vomiting." He could see Bevan Manson creeping up on an inside line. "Bevan is really strong at the moment, but I just managed to pip him at the finish."
Feeling the hurt - Scott Rutherfoord at the finish of Day 1
Hayden Smith finished third some four minutes off the pace.
"I think most people are hurting," said Pete Cole. "It's true that we had 20km off today, but we still did the distance of the Cape Point Challenge. And tomorrow is slightly longer than today!"
The doubles partnership of Bruce Neil and Theo van Dyk have dominated in the Cape Town Discovery Sunglass Hut Series this season - and today was no different. The two men have been training up to 150km a week for the past couple of months, and they went hard from the start.
Bruce Neil and Theo Van Dyk
"We decided to go hard because we knew that the day would be shorter than we'd expected," said Neil. "The bunch broke up early and we only had Craig Powell [and Rowland Pearce] on our tail.
"It was a long, hard paddle. But it went well and we're looking forward to getting back on the proper course tomorrow."
Forecast and course
Based on latest forecast, the paddlers will start again tomorrow at 5am at Woody Cape and will paddle 57km to Port Alfred.
"It was the right call today," said race veteran Pete Cole. "I think all the paddlers supported the decision. Tomorrow is looking fairly benign and the surf at Woody Cape shouldn't be a problem; the forecast is for 1.5m at 6sec."
And where would we be without the seconds?
Race photographer Owen Middleton took these pics...
Results - Day 1
|1||Scott Rutherford||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:20:18|
|2||Bevan Manson||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:21:14|
|3||Hayden Smith||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:24:45|
|4||Peter Cole||vet||Male||Single Ski||04:25:17|
|5||Ian Trautmann||vet||Male||Single Ski||04:29:33|
|6||Justin Maddock||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:32:40|
|7||Quinton Rutherford||vet||Male||Single Ski||04:38:00|
|8||Hein Van rooyen||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:39:49|
|9||Andrew Mcpherson||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:42:17|
|10||Jason Kalogeropoulos||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:47:58|
|11||Duncan Boyd||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:49:25|
|12||Jean Austin||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:50:27|
|13||Kyle Harris||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:52:12|
|14||Jason Goedhals||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:53:30|
|15||Kyle Nell||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:55:44|
|16||Andrew Dunstan||senior||Male||Single Ski||04:58:34|
|17||Jamii Hamlin||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:00:12|
|18||Keith Theron||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:02:22|
|19||Neil Macdonald||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:02:30|
|20||Craig Sutherland||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:10:14|
|21||Neal Stephenson||senior||Male||Single Ski||05:10:46|
|22||Gavin Dickinson||senior||Male||Single Ski||05:17:05|
|23||Hayden Skinner||senior||Male||Single Ski||05:17:06|
|24||Bianca Beavitt||senior||Female||Single Ski||05:17:10|
|25||Paul Lange||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:22:32|
|26||Michael De villiers||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:31:00|
|27||Dominic Strano||senior||Male||Single Ski||05:31:14|
|28||Mark Van der velde||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:31:43|
|29||Craig Dohne||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:35:52|
|30||Costa Dimopoulos||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:39:42|
|31||Roddy Van breda||senior||Male||Single Ski||05:40:23|
|32||Paul Moxley||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:41:06|
|33||Andrew Torr||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:41:35|
|34||George Hall||vet||Male||Single Ski||05:50:35|
|35||Mike Baker||vet||Male||Single Ski||06:03:15|
|36||Rudi Schultz||vet||Male||Single Ski||06:04:23|
|37||Nico Redelinghuys||vet||Male||Single Ski||06:05:00|
|1||Bruce Neill||Theo Vandyk||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:05:57|
|2||Craig Powell||Rowland Pearce||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:07:26|
|3||Brendon Thompson||Alan Schuddinh||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:14:08|
|4||Howard Loftus||Andrew Stone||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:16:03|
|5||Simon van Geysen||Ryan Anderson||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:18:02|
|6||Ross Fountain||Brett Hadiaris||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:20:35|
|7||Haydn Holmes||Rob Klok||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:21:21|
|8||Richard Philps||Bryan Taylor||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:21:43|
|9||Andrew Skowno||Brett Caudwell||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:22:30|
|10||Robert Welsh||Richard Van Wilderman||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:24:15|
|11||Gavin Mcnish||Justin Mccalgan||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:24:46|
|12||Richard Mangold||Richard von Mansberg||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:27:48|
|13||Ian Kingon||Craig Webster||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:35:02|
|14||Paul Cormack||Gary Albers||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:36:05|
|15||Ross Poacher||Justin Gillmer||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:36:07|
|16||Daantjie Malan||Mynhardt Marais||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:38:00|
|17||Luke Mcnish||Jason Aubin||junior||Male||Double Ski||04:38:36|
|18||Aiden Mackenzie||Marc Economou||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:38:53|
|19||Dale Lewis||Philip Pla||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:39:57|
|20||Stanford Slabbert||Markus Burri||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:40:01|
|21||Andre Wood||Helen Weldrick||senior||mixed||Double Ski||04:40:25|
|22||Mark Torrington||Fred Creswell||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:41:40|
|23||Ralph Teulings||Bryan Slater||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:42:00|
|24||Brenden Bosch||Mark Van thiel||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:42:32|
|25||Mark Alderman||Angus Tanner||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:43:01|
|26||Brendan Creighton||Nicola Roote||senior||mixed||Double Ski||04:44:46|
|27||Nick Van zyl||Mark Gevers||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:45:14|
|28||Shane Roach||Derek Hendry||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:46:35|
|29||Sean Walker||Gary Neill||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:47:15|
|30||Paul Neill||David Williams-ashman||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:47:35|
|31||Paul Apostolides||Willie Kunz||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:48:27|
|32||Mias V d westhuyzen||Adie De kock||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:56:45|
|33||Dave De coning||Craig Boeckx||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:56:56|
|34||David Gillmer||Oconnor Peter||vet||Male||Double Ski||04:57:02|
|35||Guy Collyer||Brett Frost||senior||Male||Double Ski||04:59:51|
|36||Willem V d westhuyzen||Robbie Bester||vet||Male||Double Ski||05:02:55|
|37||Angus Warren||Mike Byrnes||vet||Male||Double Ski||05:03:28|
|38||Gary Behn||Anthony Edmonds||senior||Male||Double Ski||05:05:10|
|39||Ian Russell||Beth Burton||vet||mixed||Double Ski||05:12:03|
|40||Johan Van rooyen||Fouche Whitehead||vet||Male||Double Ski||05:14:26|
|41||John Ashby||Mark Burmeister||vet||Male||Double Ski||05:19:08|
|42||Roger Elliott||Toby Mare||vet||Male||Double Ski||05:22:50|
|43||Gareth Pinkney||Francois Sisam||senior||Male||Double Ski||05:23:00|
|44||Guy Balme||Shaun Frankish||senior||Male||Double Ski||05:34:30|
|45||Richard Mcmartin||Kevin Eggers||senior||Male||Double Ski||05:34:30|