Mauritius - stunning race images

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Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic Credits: www.barbarayendell.com

Although the race didn't have the expected fabulous downwind conditions (a cyclone south of the island disrupted the usually reliable trade winds), there was plenty of drama as the paddlers negotiated the reefs during the 28km Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic!

Images - just a taster!

"The front group has cut the corner really tight," said Dean Gardiner.  "There's a set coming in that just might clean up a couple of them...!"

It didn't - but as the photo above shows, it came close...  

To cut a long story short (I'm sitting in Johannesburg airport on the verge of being called to my flight) Dawid Mocke, Jeremy Cotter, Matt Bouman and Hank McGregor formed the front bunch, dicing hard until about half way through the race.  By then Mocke had dropped back, Cotter and Bouman were neck and neck and McGregor was ahead of Mocke but 150m back from the leaders.

Cotter said afterwards, "Hank was incredible - he just put in a 20 minute burn and came straight past us."  In that time, McGregor made up the 150m deficit and powered 100m into the lead.

Le Morne

The channel through the reef at Le Morne has become the iconic rite of passage in this race.  This year, in a repeat of the 2009 race, huge swells roared through channel, creating mountains of breaking water.  The paddlers had varying experiences, some arriving during a lull; others with sets of waves that made the channel a heaving tumult of white water.

Here's a couple of sequences showing 1) Hayden Holmes deciding that he'd better scoot quickly to the side of a 10ft feathering swell and 2) Aussie/UAE paddler Hayden Smith catching a superb run through the channel.

The pics were taken by Barbara Yendell: www.BarbaraYendell.com

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More reports, pics and the official results to come...

Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic

Results

PositionBoat no.NameTimeComment
1 1 McGregor - Hank 01:55.46 SA
2 5 Cotter - Jeremy 01:56.26 Aus
3 3 Bouman - Matt 01:58.17 SA
4 2 Mocke - Dawid 01:59.16 SA
5 8 Chalupsky - Herman 02:00.20 SA
6 4 Schilperoort - Tom 02:02.42 SA
7 6 Smith - Hayden 02:02.43 UAE
8 9 Anderson - Mark 02:07.46 Aus
9 12 Barton - Greg 02:08.25 US
10 11 Chalupsky - Oscar 02:09.20 SA
11 13 Rice - Brendan 02:13.49 Aus
12 15 Holmes - Hayden 02:14.22 UAE
13 57 Topfer - Danny 02:16.22 Aus
14 24 De Speville - Simon 02:16.48 First Mauritiun. Also the first junior
15 48 Brown - Gordon 02:19.25 Mau
16 14 Berruyer - Pierre 02:20.23 Reunion
17 30 Appel-Rene 02:21.16 Hong Kong
18 18 Zlatarev-Boyan 02:21.45 Bulgaria
19 28 Eadie - Richard 02:22.07 Aus
20 19 Rice-Shaun 02:22.48 Aus
21 16 Mocke - Nikki 02:22.50 SA - First lady
22 32 King - Tony 02:23.14 Aus
23 20 Rossbotham - Leon 02:25.47 Hong Kong
24 46 Dabhi - Malek 02:28.28 Reunion
25 80 De Speville/Leclezio 02:32.02 Mau - Double
26 26 Dickinson - Gavin 32:02.00 UAE
27 35 Sands - Craig 02:32.46 Aus
28 22 Hales - Boris 02:36.22 SA
29 17 Highman - Ruth 02:37.06 Aus - 2nd Lady
30 38 Brain - Gael 02:37.37 Reunion
31 41 Leleuch Eric 02:37.38 Reunion
32 36 Wiland - Lindsay 02:37.52 Aus
33 33 De Speville-Jean Baptiste 02:38.04 Mau
34 27 Swart - Ben 02:38.11 UAE
35 40 Harvey - Nigel 02:39.12 UAE
36 59 McKenzie - Craig 02:44.41 Mau
37 25 Geevers - Mark 02:45.48 SA
38 10 Topnel- Andy 02:47.32 Aus
39 29 Brand - Charles 02:48.42 SA
40 64 Gilmer - Dave 02:48.43 SA
41 49 Hanns - Nathan 02:50.09 Aus
42 62 De Carmejane - Camille 02:50.11 3rd lady Hong Kong
43 52 Sauzier - John 02:50.49 Mau
44 43 Parks - Kim 02:53.10 SA
45 51 Barnes - Nick 02:59.50 Aus
46 56 Manzewski - Boris 03:21.30 Hong Kong
47 54 Quirk - Chris 03:41.08 Aus
48 44 Goussaire -Olivier 03:42.47 Reunion
49 45 Hardy - Jean Marc 03:43.36 Reunion
50 72 Audibert - Xavier 03:51.06 Mau
  23 Randal - Wayne   DNF
  34 Hann- Rebeeca   DNF

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