Island Shamaal 2011 - Dawid Mocke Dominates! ** results & pics **

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Dawid Mocke lead from the start... Dawid Mocke lead from the start... Credits: Jean-Jacques Fabien www.jjfabien-photos.com

To the relief of the paddlers, a 10-15kt breeze kicked up some small whitehorses and 1-1.5m swell to provide some downwind conditions for the third Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic.

Course Change

Given the (unusual) direction of the wind – northwest – race director Anton Erasmus made the call early in the week to move the course to the west of the island, starting at Flic en Flac and ending about 22.5km later at Les Pavillons resort at Le Morne.

Conditions

Although it wasn’t a raging downwind, the paddlers did have something to work with – the 1-1.5m swell was enough that once on a run, it was paddles-down for a few seconds, and although the wind eventually died to about 8kt, the swell persisted to the end.  Cloud cover meant that the temperatures were in the mid 20s centigrade, which also helped.

Mocke Machine

Dawid Mocke dropped the field virtually from the start.  “I wanted to get into the lead at the beginning,” he said, “and then keep going.  I looked at my GPS to see that I was paddling at around 16kph and I just stayed focused on trying to maintain that speed.

“I think I had a slight advantage,” he added, “having paddled that route last year when we had a downwind from Black River in similar conditions.

“But my training has been mainly for downwind conditions,” said Mocke, “so it was relief that we finally got some waves!”

Dawid Mocke

Aussie favorite Jeremy Cotter seemed to take an inshore line early in the race.  The line clearly didn’t pay off and as he worked his way out to join the rest of the field he dropped back to about sixth position.

As Mocke extended his lead, the following bunch comprising Tom Schilperoort, Bruce Taylor, Clint Pretorius, and, finally, Jeremy Cotter, spread out with Pretorius and Taylor furthest out to sea and Schilperoort on Mocke’s line.

“As we came past Black River, Tom and Jeremy seemed to dip into the bay,” said Taylor at the finish.  “I stayed out and maintained my line and that seemed to pay off.”

Taylor came in second over two minutes behind Mocke.  Schilperoort and Clint Pretorius diced for third place with Schilperoort taking it through the reef pass.  Cotter ended up crossing the line in fifth with Dean Gardiner making sixth place.

“Yeah, it was fun,” said Gardiner.  “The runs were quite slow, a little like lake chop, but at least there was some movement out there.”

First junior home was South African sensation Dominic Notten while first Mauritian was Simon de Speville.

Women’s Race

Ruth Highman paddled on her own to 30th spot overall.  “It was good!” she said.  “The runs were quite technical – a lot of cutting and running.  Just like at home in Perth.

“It’s the first international race I’ve travelled to where we’ve had some wind – I think my curse has finally been lifted!”

Ruth Highman

Camille de Carmajane (France/Hong Kong) and Lisa Spain (Aus) had a great dice for second and third (45th and 47th overall respectively).

Race Photos

Pics by Jean Jacques Fabien www.jjfabien-photos.com

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Results

PostionNameCountryTimeDiff
1 Mocke, Dawid SA 01:22:24  
2 Taylor, Bruce Aus 01:24:33 00:02:09
3 Schilperoodt, Tom SA 01:24:55 00:02:31
4 Pretorius, Clint SA 01:25:03 00:02:39
5 Cotter, Jeremy Aus 01:26:37 00:04:13
6 Gardner, Dean Aus 01:28:00 00:05:36
7 Anderson, Mark Aus 01:28:16 00:05:52
8 Lewin, Barry SA 01:29:51 00:07:27
9 Bird, Will Aus 01:30:32 00:08:08
10 Notten, Dominic SA 01:32:09 00:09:45
11 Beament, Dean Aus 01:32:48 00:10:24
12 Rice, Brendan Aus 01:33:11 00:10:47
13 Knowles, James Aus 01:34:18 00:11:54
14 Rutherford, Quinton SA 01:34:56 00:12:32
15 Boyd, Duncan SA 01:34:57 00:12:33
16 Rice, Shaun Aus 01:37:45 00:15:21
18 Farrelly, Justin Aus 01:39:30 00:17:06
19 Dobler, Michael Germany 01:41:55 00:19:31
20 de Speville, Simon Mau 01:42:36 00:20:12
21 Friedenstein, Kyle SA 01:43:45 00:21:21
22 Rossbotham, Leon HK 01:43:52 00:21:28
23 Berruyer, Pierre Reunion 01:44:24 00:22:00
25 Currin, Brendan SA 01:45:13 00:22:49
26 Hales, Boris SA 01:45:23 00:22:59
27 Laforet, Paul Reunion 01:46:13 00:23:49
28 Ellis, Patrick UAE 01:47:07 00:24:43
29 Eadie, Richard Aus 01:47:18 00:24:54
30 Highman, Ruth Aus 01:48:28 00:26:04
31 Willand, Lindsay Aus 01:49:08 00:26:44
32 Hardie, Mark Aus 01:49:20 00:26:56
33 Mulcahy, Jezza Aus 01:50:22 00:27:58
34 Gael, Brian Reunion 01:50:39 00:28:15
35 Neil, Paul SA 01:52:30 00:30:06
36 Henry, Jean Phillipe Mau 01:52:48 00:30:24
37 Duncan, Mark SA 01:53:08 00:30:44
38 Allott, Bryan SA 01:57:39 00:35:15
39 Ellis, Michael BVI 01:58:30 00:36:06
40 Leclezio, Arnaud Mau 01:59:09 00:36:45
41 McKintosh, Kirby Nam 01:59:15 00:36:51
42 Manzewski, Boris HK 01:59:21 00:36:57
43 Quirk, Chris Aus 02:00:47 00:38:23
44 Gilmer, Dave SA 02:01:08 00:38:44
45 de Carmejane Vesc, Camille HK 02:01:38 00:39:14
46 Goussaire, Olivier REUNION 02:01:57 00:39:33
47 Spain, Lisa Aus 02:05:46 00:43:22
48 Hanns, Nathan UAE 02:06:23 00:43:59
49 Hardy, Jean Marc Reunion 02:06:44 00:44:20
50 De Spiele, Jean Baptiste Mau 02:07:19 00:44:55
51 Lewis, Barry UAE 02:07:36 00:45:12
52 Parks, Kim SA 02:11:13 00:48:49
53 Ferguson, Dave SA 02:11:54 00:49:30
54 Stafford, Eddie Mau 02:13:34 00:51:10
55 Purchase, Tony SA 02:15:00 00:52:36
56 da Silva, Mark Mau 02:15:56 00:53:32
57 Vidler, Ken Aus 02:16:29 00:54:05
58 Hugo, Eugene Nam 02:16:39 00:54:15
59 Grantham, Peter Aus 02:19:33 00:57:09
60 Quinton Liebenberg Nam 02:25:08 01:02:44
61 Leclezio, Matilde Mau 02:26:09 01:03:45
62 Mason, Craig Aus 02:34:01 01:11:37
63 Veglio, Andrew Mau 03:03:05 01:40:41
64 Crous, Odette Mau    

Doubles

PosNamesCountryTime
1 Warren Valentine; partner SA 01:39:29
2 John Sauzier; Terry Warren Mau 01:44:44

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