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McGregor Takes Dolphin Coast Challenge 2010 (SA)

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:49 | Written by  Anton Fouche
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Hank McGregor won the 2010 BoE Dolphin Coast Challenge in cracking style last weekend.

Dolphin Coast Challenge

The 2-day Dolphin Coast Challenge is one of the iconic surfski races in South Africa and 2010 was its eleventh running.  The event is run over two days between Zinkwazi and Durban on the Kwazulu-Natal North Coast, and is centred around Salt Rock (total distance: 74km).  Typical conditions:  A combination of challenging starts and finishes through big surf and cracking downwinds…   plus warm water, and plenty of wildlife – it’s not called the Dolphin Coast for nothing!

Dolphin Coast Challenge

The doubles start - Day 1

Dolphin Coast Challenge

Smack!

Late Entry

Hank McGregor left his entry till late, making sure he had shaken off the fatigue of his recent exploits, including winning the Berg River Marathon as well as the recent Avon Decent in Perth, Western Australia.

Hank McGregor

Single ski champ: Hank McGregor

McGregor travels to Mauritius next week to defend his victory in the 2009 Mauritius Ocean Classic.

Day 1

Unlike the doubles, the singles had a relatively easy launch in fairly testing North Easterly conditions with a shallow bank on the Salt Rock backline.

Hank was chased by Matthew Bouman and Daryl Bartho from the start with Herman Chalupsky and Brett Bartho in hot pursuit.

Daryl Bartho

Daryl Bartho came second

Hank led the pack home in an excellent 2Hrs 34min beating the best doubles time by just under 4 min and Matthew Bouman (who found the distance a tad too far) by 3 min with Daryl Bartho a further minute behind.  Veteran Herman Chalupsky (4th) and Brett Bartho (5th) rounded off the top five.

Shark Encounter

We had been warned of the increased shark activity around Ballito, where a whale had been washed ashore the previous week.  Some large predators had been spotted close to shore and Nigel Stevens and Eddie Smith, from Zululand Kayak Club, were knocked on the tail of their ski by an unknown assailant about 6km from the day 1 finish in Durban.  The resultant tooth marks led to water intake on Day 2.  Bad shark!

Day 2

The wind had dropped substantially over night which suited some rather than others.  Hank again made the most of the conditions, and with Matthew Bouman’s withdrawal, his only threat was from Herman Chalupsky and the Bartho brothers.  The 2010 Single Ski Champion managed to extend his lead over 2nd place Daryl Bartho by a further 2 min.

Dolphin Coast

Doubles winners: Grant vd Walt & Marc Holtzhausen

Women’s Race

Danika Vorster took the ladies title relatively unchallenged after Donna Winter’s shoulder injury in the surf zone put an end to her race, at the start of day 2 at Zinkwazi Beach.

Commendations

Other note worthy results: Tony Scott at age 63 finishing in the Top 10 and Mike Halliday and Dave Gillmer, both grand masters, finishing the race (Dave completing his 10th).

Dave Gillmer

Dave Gillmer (R) completes his tenth

What an great race!

The Dolphin Coast lived up to its name with numerous pods of dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays and several species of sea birds sighted by paddlers and safety crews en route.

The Salt Rock Hotel’s pool deck provided the perfect setting for the post race formalities and much needed rehydration.

 


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BoE Private Clients Dolphin Coast Challenge 2010 - Single Ski Results

OVERALL TIMEPOSCATNAMEDAY 1POSDAY 2POS
04:38:45 1 S Hank McGregor 02:34:45 1 02:04:00 1
04:44:59 2 S Daryl Bartho 02:38:44 3 02:06:15 2
04:51:32 3 V Herman Chalupsky 02:42:00 4 02:09:32 4
04:54:13 4 S Brett Bartho 02:45:13 5 02:09:00 3
05:07:01 5 S Scott Rutherfoord 02:51:39 6 02:15:22 5
05:13:13 6 V Quinton Rutherford 02:53:35 7 02:19:38 7
05:14:15 7 S Shadrack Mkhize 02:55:18 8 02:18:57 6
05:27:25 8 S Dwayne Powell 03:00:42 9 02:26:43 10
05:27:46 9 M Tony Scott 03:01:55 10 02:25:51 9
05:31:48 10 V Emilio Chiccaro 03:06:24 11 02:25:24 8
05:37:07 11 S Bryan Taylor 03:09:43 13 02:27:24 11
05:43:25 12 V Billy Harker 03:11:38 15 02:31:47 12
05:44:27 13 M Butch Murray 03:10:03 14 02:34:24 14
05:45:32 14 V Mike Stevens 03:08:00 12 02:37:32 15
05:47:07 15 S Shaun Baird 03:13:00 16 02:34:07 13
06:00:23 16 L Danica Vorster 03:20:29 17 02:39:54 17
06:07:05 17 V Pierre Carbonel 03:28:18 21 02:38:47 16
06:09:04 18 S Brian Chedzey 03:24:35 19 02:44:29 19
06:10:42 19 M Mike Halliday 03:24:50 20 02:45:52 20
06:16:46 20 S Darryl Wood 03:34:16 23 02:42:30 18
06:23:06 21 V Sean Wisedale 03:29:13 22 02:53:53 21
06:38:34 22 V Nick Matter 03:42:13 25 02:56:21 22
02:37:47   S Matt Bouman 02:37:47 2 DNS  
03:22:57   L Donna Winter 03:22:57 18 DNF  
03:35:22   M Joe Boy 03:35:22 24 DNS  
04:02:45   M David Gillmer 04:02:45 26 Double  
00:00:00   S Brian Roberts DNF   DNS  
00:00:00   V Russell Solomon DNS   DNS  

BoE Private Clients Dolphin Coast Challenge 2010 - Double Ski Results

OVERALL TIMEPOSCATCREWDAY 1POSDAY 2POS
04:44:56 1 SD Marc Holtzhausen/Grant Van Der Walt 02:38:18 1 02:06:38 2
04:46:39 2 SD Warren Jacobs/Steve Cohen 02:40:47 2 02:05:52 1
04:56:42 3 SD Brett Hadiaris/Ross Fountain 02:45:33 3 02:11:09 4
05:01:07 4 VD Wayne Ashford/Oscar Chalupsky 02:50:53 4 02:10:14 3
05:09:04 5 SD Mark Lewin/Mark Mulder 02:57:12 6 02:11:52 5
05:13:04 6 VD Paul Cormack/Gary Albers 02:54:27 5 02:18:37 6
05:21:55 7 VD Anton Fouché/Derek Hauptfleisch 02:59:10 7 02:22:45 7
05:25:21 8 MD Nigel Stevens/Eddie Smith 03:02:04 9 02:23:17 8
05:53:26 9 SD Robin Tindall/Richard Lowe 03:23:35 14 02:29:51 10
05:47:03 10 SD Peter Rowan/Ant Rowan 03:17:03 13 02:30:00 11
05:47:40 11 VD Greg Philps/Dave Harker 03:14:36 10 02:33:04 12
05:51:38 12 SD Guy Collyer/Brett Frost 03:15:59 11 02:35:39 13
06:03:39 13 VD Perry Cobbold/Anton Grimbeek 03:17:02 12 02:46:37 15
06:06:16 14 SD Gary Behn/Anthony Edmonds 03:26:16 15 02:40:00 14
06:25:45 15 XD Keith Flemmer/Antje Manfroni 03:33:45 16 02:52:00 16
02:59:39 16 SD Justin Gillmer/Ross Poacher 02:59:39 8 DNS  
02:26:45   VD Dave Gillmer/Ross Poacher Sunday Only   02:26:45 9
00:00:00   SD Jason Callister/Martin Piggott DNF   DNS  

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