McGregor Triumphs at Gruelling Cape Point

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Hank McGregor wins his second singles Cape Point Challenge title Hank McGregor wins his second singles Cape Point Challenge title Credits: www.surfski.info

There’s only one thing better than paddling the Cape Point Challenge – and that’s being on an escort boat, watching some of the world’s top surfski paddlers churn past some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.

Conditions

The forecast said that the wind was going to be very light to non-existent, but as so often happens, the conditions this morning were quite different.  The southeaster was actually blowing at 10-15kt; not quite raising whitecaps, but definitely enough to make it a tough challenge to get to Cape Point.

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The paddlers head out from Scarborough into the early morning light

There were bumps in False Bay for the second half of the race, but as the morning wore on, the wind died and the back markers had to work harder and harder to catch runs.

The early morning haze quickly disappeared as the sun rose, and the paddlers were treated to bright sunshine and what turned into a glorious Cape summer’s day.

Slipping to the Point

As always with this race, each batch (and there were eight of them – four singles and four doubles batches, starting at 05h30, the last elite doubles batch leaving at 06h20) quickly formed lines, the lead swapping between those brave (or foolhardy) enough to pull the rest.

Cape Point Challenge 2011

Hank McGregor and Dawid Mocke lead the elite singles batch

Cape Point Challenge 2011

The paddlers formed lines and slipstreamed each other as they ground their way upwind

Cape Point Challenge 2011

Cape Point Challenge 2011

The huge kelp beds presented the paddlers with a challenge – do you go around them, adding significantly to the distance, or do you go through them?  Some of those who hadn’t gone to the trouble of attaching weed deflectors to their boats came to an abrupt halt as the kelp wrapped itself around their rudders…

“Washing Machine”

The four km stretch from Cape Maclear to Cape Point was the usual maelstrom of confused, reflected chop; the open ocean swells ricocheting off the vertical cliff faces.

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Cape Point

The lead bunch disintegrated at this point, Dawid Mocke, Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocke breaking away.  Jasper was knocked off his ski by a rogue breaker but remounted in an instant and sprinted back to stay in touch with the two leaders.

Many of the paddlers chanced the tight line around Cape Point, between the reef and the Point itself.  Some, including Tom Schilperoort took a swim as intermittent breakers crashed across the gap.

Running Home

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Homeward bound

Provided you kept your speed up, there were runs to be had all the way back to Fish Hoek – but all agreed that they required energy to catch.  “It was ideal conditions for me,” said the winner of the women’s race, Alexa Cole.  “The runs were hard work!”

Cape Point Challenge 2011

Alexa Cole dominated the women's race

Too hard for some – especially those who have less experience with riding waves.  Joep van Bakel, who travelled from Holland to do the race admitted that his downwind technique had let him down.  “It was as I expected,” he said.  “I was fine for the first half and was lying 6th around the turn.  But then I spent too much energy trying to stay with the leaders and I blew about 5km later.  The next 20km to the finish was very hard!”  Van Bakel finished a highly respectable 11th overall.

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Joep van Bakel (Holland) finished eleventh overall

After Cape Point, it became a three-man race, with Hank McGregor taking the lead, the brothers Mocke dicing it out for second place and Sean Rice bringing up the rear.

McGregor took a wider line, with the elder Mocke sticking close inshore.

“Hank pulled away from us at the Point,” said Dawid Mocke, “and we just had no answer.”

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Dawid Mocke took an inside line

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Jasper Mocke passes Millers Point

As the leaders approached Roman Rock lighthouse, some 6km from the finish, Jasper Mocke accelerated to try to challenge McGregor.  “I was feeling strong,” he said, “but about 2km from the finish, my juice (coke and water) ran out, and I hit the wall”.  Jasper finished a minute behind McGregor and 17 seconds in front of his older brother.

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Almost there... Hank McGregor approaches the finish at Fish Hoek

The first international home, Hayden Smith (Australia) was delighted with his fifth place.  “It was a great race,” he said.  “There were runners all the way home, but I didn’t want to go too hard and end up blowing.”

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Hayden Smith was the first international home in fifth place overall

Juniors

Up and coming junior (under 18), Dominic Notten took 14th place overall in a time of 4:10:15, nine minutes ahead of second placed Craig Flanagan.

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Dominic Notten - first junior and 14th overall

Doubles

Although the Cape Point is primarily a single-ski race, there’s always a strong doubles contingent and this year 58 doubles finished the race (along with 83 single skis).  Steve Farrell was partnered by previous marathon K1 world champion Shaun Rubenstein and they dominated the doubles race, finishing in 3:50:54, fifth over the line behind Sean Rice.

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The Fenn Bikini Girls were on hand to carry the skis for the exhausted paddlers

Matthew Bouman and Keren Worlock won the mixed doubles race, with visiting US husband and wife team Patrick and DeAnne Hemmens in second.  “We had a great race,” said DeAnne, “but were a little disappointed about the batch changes.  We were told that all the mixed doubles skis would be in the same batch, but some of the others were allowed to change batches at the last minute.  Obviously if you’re in a faster batch, you can slipstream faster to the Point! But anyway, we had a great time and finished strong.”

 


 

Results - 2011 Fenn Cape Point Challenge

Cape Point Challenge 2011

Single Ski

PosNameTimeFemale
1 HANK MCGREGOR 03:47:46.5  
2 JASPER MOCKE 03:48:49.2  
3 DAWID MOCKE 03:49:06.6  
4 SEAN RICE 03:50:00.3  
5 HAYDEN SMITH 03:54:59.1  
6 GRANT VAN DER WALT 03:58:44.7  
7 PAUL MARAIS 03:59:42.2  
8 BRANDON VAN DER WALT 04:00:23.3  
9 TOM SCHILPEROORT 04:00:53.6  
10 RICHARD VON WILDERMANN 04:02:12.6  
11 JOEP VAN BAKEL 04:02:25.3  
12 JAYDEN ALFORD-LOOTS 04:02:59.8  
13 IAN BLACK 04:05:38.2  
14 DOMINIC NOTTEN 04:10:14.7  
15 JUSTIN MADDOCK 04:12:14.2  
16 ADAM BOTHMA 04:15:24.7  
17 NAERT VINCENT 04:16:39.4  
18 PATRICK BIRKETT 04:17:53.6  
19 DANIEL KANTOR 04:18:29.0  
20 CRAIG FLANAGAN 04:19:19.0  
21 BRANDON KILBRIDE 04:21:27.3  
22 ERNEST VAN RIET 04:23:58.1  
23 ANDREW SKOWNO 04:26:49.7  
24 LYLE MAASDORP 04:27:20.5  
25 MATTIEU GRU 04:28:50.4  
26 SHANTI STEWART 04:30:04.0  
27 GARY SHAW 04:31:57.2  
28 ANTON HOLTZHAUSEN 04:32:15.0  
29 MARKUS BURRI 04:34:03.3  
30 DAANTJIE MALAN 04:34:50.1  
31 JOHN STANDLEY 04:35:32.2  
32 ALEXA COLE 04:35:36.2 F1
33 ROB WELSH 04:35:52.2  
34 G SPENCER 04:36:12.0  
35 STEPHAN DU TOIT 04:38:49.2  
36 ANDREW TURNER 04:40:28.8  
37 JAMII HAMLIN 04:41:09.2  
38 DAAN DU TOIT 04:44:57.2  
39 ANTONY LAKE 04:45:04.8  
40 BIANCA BEAVITT 04:45:23.0 F2
41 KIM BRUGMANN 04:47:26.3 F3
42 LINTON HOPE 04:49:12.6  
43 JAMES BIRKETT 04:51:22.1  
44 CHRISTO SMIT 04:53:07.5  
45 ANDREW BIRKETT 04:55:26.6  
46 KERRY LOUW 04:56:36.8 F4
47 TALLON DENOVAN 04:57:20.0  
48 SIMON VAN GYSEN 05:01:11.4  
49 KIRSTIN WESSELS 05:03:44.8 F5
50 NEIL MACDONALD 05:04:21.2  
51 JASON BERRY 05:04:37.2  
52 JEAN AUSTIN 05:08:09.7  
53 CRAIG WEBSTER 05:08:29.3  
54 ANDREW BEVERIDGE 05:08:36.0  
55 IAN TRAUTMANN 05:10:23.8  
56 IAN BOYD 05:12:16.7  
57 DATHYN FOSTER 05:12:38.9  
58 ANGIE GAFNEY(AUSTIN) 05:13:22.3 F6
59 RUDI SCHULTZ 05:13:43.9  
60 ANDRE JOOSTE 05:14:53.3  
61 MARC ECONOMOU 05:20:05.9  
62 RALPH TEULINGS 05:20:31.8  
63 PAUL LANGE 05:21:44.4  
64 FRANCOIS SISAM 05:22:37.9  
65 ROBYN SMITH 05:25:09.7 F7
66 ADRIAN COX 05:25:46.8  
67 MARK BECK 05:28:25.7  
68 CLYDE THOMAS 05:28:40.5  
69 LORNE FARQUHARSON 05:29:25.6  
70 MICHAEL DE VILLIERS 05:36:14.1  
71 RENE OLIVIER 05:38:28.7  
72 COLIN MC CLEMENT 05:38:51.3  
73 MIKE HALLIDAY 05:40:21.0  
74 DOMINIC STRANO 05:41:24.3  
75 BRETT KELLY 05:42:24.8  
76 MIKE ENGLISH 05:43:13.5  
77 MIKE BAKER 05:45:55.3  
78 GIOVANNI PRIMO 05:52:49.6  
79 JAMES THOMPSON 05:53:16.2  
80 KEVIN BRUNETTE 05:56:19.4  
81 RUSSELL SEYMOUR 05:57:44.2  
82 GORDON TRIPP 05:57:53.4  
83 THEA VAN DER WESTHUIZEN 06:01:42.8 F8

Cape Point Challenge 2011

Bianca Beavitt (2nd), Alexa Cole (1st) and Kim Brugman (3rd)

Double Ski

PosCrewTimeMen/Mixed
1 STEVE FARRELL / SHAUN RUBENSTEIN 03:50:53.6  
2 WARREN VALENTINE / KEN COLLINS 03:56:27.0  
3 GRANT WOOLLASTON / BRYAN TAYLOR 03:58:13.8  
4 JAYSEN GOLDING / MARC GERMIQUET 04:00:44.0  
5 EUGENE VAN DER WESTHUIZEN / R DAMAN 04:01:00.5  
6 NICHOLAS NOTTEN / KENNETH RICE 04:03:22.3  
7 MATTHEW BOUMAN / KEREN WORLOCK 04:04:07.8 X1
8 NEAL STEPHENSON / RORY ATTRIDGE 04:04:28.7  
9 PATRICK HEMMENS / DEANNE HEMMENS 04:06:52.6 X2
10 CRAIG WALLAND / DONOVAN MANSFIELD 04:08:00.7  
11 BRENDAN CURRIN / WILLEM ERASMUS 04:08:38.7  
12 DUNCAN BOYD / KYLE FRIEDENSTEIN 04:10:49.4  
13 BRADLEY FISHER / R LUPTON-SMITH 04:14:35.1  
14 IVAN KRUGER / GARETH PINKNEY 04:17:02.5  
15 GARY BUTLION / BERNICE BUTLION 04:18:55.5 X3
16 MIKE SCHWAN / SHAUN BUTLER 04:20:10.1  
17 ANTHONY SCOTT / ROB OSTLER 04:20:19.8  
18 MORAY WILSON / JEAN WILSON 04:20:26.1 X4
19 HOWARD LOFTUS / NINA LOFTUS 04:21:48.7 X5
20 MARK VAN DER VELDE / CHARLES STANDING 04:22:04.0  
21 PHIL PLA-PILLANS / DALE LEWIS 04:23:10.5  
22 ANTHONY PEARSE / GILL ANDERSON 04:25:04.8 X6
23 GARTH WATTERS / ANTON CARTWRIGHT 04:25:09.1  
24 NICK VAN ZYL / MARK GEVERS 04:25:19.4  
25 PAUL MOXLEY / MARK PREEN 04:25:21.9  
26 TRACY ALMIRALL / KEITH THERON 04:26:20.7 X7
27 ROB HART / ASHLEY BARNES 04:28:26.3 X8
28 GARY CARSTENS / ALEX TOPLISS 04:29:58.4  
29 JOHAN SWART / HEINRICH SCHLOMS 04:30:15.2  
30 GUY MC CORMACK / KEVIN MCCORMACK 04:32:33.1  
31 FRED CRESSWELL / MARK TORRINGTON 04:34:49.3  
32 HERBERT CONRADIE / WERNER HARTMAN 04:38:00.8  
33 GARY RALPH / GRAHAM HOLM 04:39:53.1  
34 CHRIS DE WAAL / CATHRYN TREASURE 04:40:28.5 X9
35 CARLO NATALI / TONY PURCHASE 04:42:48.0  
36 MICHAEL MARTIN / ALAN ROSEWALL 04:42:51.5  
37 GARY BEHN / ANTHONY EDMONDS 04:44:33.5  
38 JUSTIN SWART / MARCEL BASSON 04:46:27.2  
39 ADRIAAN HOEBEN / MARK GARDEN 04:47:09.1  
40 ROSS ENGLER / CRAIG SEALE 04:48:33.0  
41 BRETT LAMBERT / JENNA VENTER 04:50:18.0 X10
42 HAYDN SKINNER / JANINE LINDER 04:52:03.7 X11
43 MARK JOHNSON / RUSSELL SOLOMON 04:52:08.7  
44 KEVIN BOUWER / ROBYN HENDERSON 04:57:39.4 X12
45 KIRBY MACKINTOSH / BRAAM VAN WYK 04:58:03.4  
46 MALCOLM PITT / REX MCGREGOR 05:00:53.8  
47 MATTHYS CARSTENS / FOUCHE WHITEHEAD 05:02:00.3  
48 JOE BOY / LOUISA VAN STADEN 05:02:29.1 X13
49 TRAVIS SMITH / JOHANN DEWET 05:05:01.4  
50 DAVE PHELP / GREG SCHREINER 05:09:09.9  
51 NIGEL OXENHAM / NICHOLAS HORN 05:10:00.5  
52 BRETT STEYN / SEAN HOOPER 05:12:03.4  
53 ANDREW ROWLES / BRUCE SALT 05:13:49.6  
54 DAVID WILLIAMS-ASHMAN / WILLIAM RORICH 05:16:20.1  
55 ROBERT LEE / RON VERHEIJ 05:23:34.5  
56 JOHAN VAN ROOYEN / INUS VAN ROOYEN 05:34:02.6  
57 GAVIN VORWERG / FRANCOIS FERREIRA 05:37:22.5  
58 ROGER WATERS / RICHARD SELLSCHOP 05:37:35.3  

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