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Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:54 | Written by
Two days out from the race, the weather forecast seems to have settled on a moderate southeaster for Saturday morning, which is good news for the paddlers!
Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:18 | Written by
As he fell off his ski yet again, Tim Wightman felt panic starting to well up.  If he didn’t get back on and paddling in the next few moments, the gale-force wind and breaking waves would drive him onto the jagged rocks of Miller’s Point.  “Calm down!” he yelled to…
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 15:39 | Written by
I missed out on a cracking Miller’s Run on Sunday.  It wasn’t a total loss – I had fun photographing the paddlers who did go – but it made me reflect on how we make decisions, especially when there’s ego or peer pressure involved.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:08 | Written by
Editor: Over the last two years, I've lost about 12kg.  With the weight loss and comcommitent fitness increase, my performance has improved.  But I've noticed a slight increase in tippiness over the last year or two that I'd put down to my increasing age...  But is it also perhaps related…
Sunday, 03 December 2017 17:04 | Written by
The World Surfski Series rankings have (finally) been updated.  With just one (title) race to go, it seems certain that Hank McGregor will have successfully defended his title, while Rachel Clarke, if she competes in the Palm to Pines will win her first Women’s title. Men’s Rankings (Click here for…
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:52 | Written by
A couple of weeks ago, here in Cape Town, a paddler found himself in trouble on the famous (notorious?) Miller’s Run downwind route.  Some 2km offshore, he fell off and after a number of attempts was unable to remount his surfski.  He activated his McMurdo FastFind 220 Personal Locator Beacon. …
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:48 | Written by
A feature of this year's ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Hong Kong was the radically improved live coverage - the streaming video feed combined with TracTrac live tracking kept a worldwide audience enthralled.  Canoe Planet posted a bunch of great post-race interviews on their Facebook page, which give fascinating…
Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:56 | Written by
A grinding upwind into steep chop; a side-on, 2m diagonally-side-on swell that needed huge power to catch, and some smooth, clean runs to the finish…  After the disappointing weather for the women’s championship on Saturday, the NE monsoon delivered – in spades – on Sunday, 19 Nov for the men’s…
Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:24 | Written by
After a week of monsoon winds and rough seas, race day arrived with the worst possible conditions for the 3rd ICF Ocean Racing World Championships – windless, flat and muggy… Capricious Mother Nature!  But in racing, you work with what you get, and at least the flat seas offered some…
Friday, 17 November 2017 15:17 | Written by
Here are some basic facts that’ll help you to visualise what’s going down on Saturday and Sunday in Hong Kong, when the women’s and men’s ICF Ocean Racing World Championships take place.
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