An hour into the first leg of the world's longest, toughest ocean kayak race, dorsal fins appeared one by one, then in a flurry until they surrounded us like a shiny gray gang of skinheads emerging from a dark alley. Only a rube from Brooklyn or a paranoid fool would have thought shaaaark -- these mischievous mammals had Flipper written all over them. I've paddled with dolphins in Florida and Hawaii and New Jersey, but I'd never seen so many, so close, or for so long. They were as cheeky as subway mashers and so large that they actually put out a fat wash.
The Australian team walked away with the team prize; Hank McGregor won the singles by seven minutes; The Bartho brothers took the doubles; Richard Kohler and Kim Rew took mixed doubles and Bianca Beavitt made history as the youngest woman ever to finish the race.
A full story will follow shortly - but here are the results in the meantime.