McGregor and Segal crowned Kings

Monday, 21 May 2012 12:37 | Written by  Gameplan Media
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Team Best 4 Kayak Centre's Hank McGregor was crowned 2012 McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay in race three of the Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series.  Team Best 4 Kayak Centre's Hank McGregor was crowned 2012 McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay in race three of the Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series. Credits: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Durban – Hank McGregor and Kerry Segal both put in stellar efforts as they powered to victory in Sunday’s unique McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay surfski race, race three of the 2012 Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series, from Stella Canoe Club to Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.

In The Bag?

Having sat with the bunch across the flat water of Durban’s harbor McGregor made his move shortly after exiting the channel and it wasn’t long before he opened up a healthy lead over the rest of the field appearing to have his second win of the series in the bag.

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Wayne Wilson and Grant Woollaston battled it out with eventual doubles winners Luke Chalupsky and Shaun Dias during the McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay surfski race, race three of the Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series.

However a late assault by McGregor’s Team Best 4 Kayak Centre team mate Grant van der Walt and Barry Lewin (Team Jeep), which went largely unnoticed by the leader, put an interesting twist in the tale in the closing stages of the contest.

McGregor Digs Deep

Fortunately for the vastly experienced McGregor he spotted the duo making their way up his left flank at the last minute though and, after a strong interval, edged ahead once more to cross the line first.

“I hadn’t seen Grant (van der Walt) and Barry (Lewin) out at sea. I thought I was passing a couple of back markers and with only a kilometer or so to go did I recognize Grant’s life jacket and so really had to put the hammer down to the line,” said McGregor.

“I don’t think there’s another race in the world which gives you the opportunity to head out the mouth of a fully functional commercial habour and its always so awesome paddling across the habour from Stella and then as you get towards the mouth you can sense the anticipation amongst the guys ahead of that first run.”

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Paddlers head across Durban harbour before making their way out to sea during the McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay surfski race, race three of the Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series.

“It’s such a special race and one that I always really want to win but the uniqueness of the event really makes winning it that much sweeter!”

Once their cover had been blown Lewin and van der Walt enjoyed a tightly fought battle for second place with Lewin getting the jump on van der Walt over the final hundred meters and claimed the spoils.

The Downwind Leg

“It was just a great day out for me. The wind predictions chopped and changed quite a bit this week so I didn’t quite know what to expected coming into the race but after being all together on the habour I managed to settle into a really good rhythm on the downwind leg and after we turned at the bottom can I was feeling really strong so I was able to really give it a full go towards the end,” said Lewin.

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Flat conditions were broken up with irregular bumps in Durban's harbour during the McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay surfski race, race three of the Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series.

“After taking a bit of a break during the early part of the year I feel I’ve come into this season a lot healthier and fresher than previous years and I’ve been working really hard recently so it’s great that it all came together today. This is probably the best I’ve ever done in this race so I’m over the moon!”

“Next week is another longer race which suits me down to the ground and the Hansa 5 Beaches is one of my favourite races so hopefully I can keep things going there,” he added.

Grant van der Walt claimed third place ahead of Team Best 4 Kayak Centre’s Len Jenkins and his younger brother Brandon van der Walt in fifth.

The Future Champions

The ladies title was claimed by junior star and former Girls SA Schools Surfski Champ Kerry Segal who managed to hang on to her early lead despite a solid effort to catch her on the downwind leg by last week’s winner Nicole Russell.

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Junior lady Kerry Segal claimed the women's race in the McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay surfski race, race three of the Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series.

“I’ve been training really hard recently ahead of the SA Marathon champs in June so I think that really paid off today,” said the young Kingsway High School pupil. “I’ve been struggling a bit with sea sickness recently and the tablets I was on today really seemed to help as well.”

“I knew I was going to struggle a bit on the downwind because of the amount of time I’ve spent in the sea so I got onto a good wave from the start and got ahead early but then the girls managed to close the gap quite a bit on the downwind.”

“Fortunately I managed to hold on though and it was great to get a win after two thirds in the last two weeks,” she added.

Gene Prato (Glenwood High School) once again claimed the junior boys section ahead of Travis Wilson (Maritzburg College) and Calvin McKie.

Luke Chalupsky and Shaun Dias overcame a strong challenge by Wayne Wilson and Grant Woollaston to take the doubles title with Gustav Kriese and Neil Evans claiming third.

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Paddlers enjoy the unique experience of the McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay surfski race, race three of the Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series.

The Hansa 5 Beaches surfski race, race four of the Discovery Best 4 Surfski Series, takes place on Sunday 27 May at 10h00. More info can be found at www.surfski.co.za

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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - STELLAR KAYAKS SURFSKI RACE

RACE TWO OF THE DISCOVERY BEST 4 SURFSKI SERIES

 

LONG COURSE:
Men
1.Hank McGregor 1:31.14
2.Barry Lewin 1:31.43
3.Grant van der Walt 1:32.06
4.Len Jenkins Jnr 1:33.00
5.Brandon van der Walt 1:34.52
6.Luke Nisbet 1:35.22
7.Herman Chalupsky 1:35.30
8.Adam Nisbet 1:38.03
9.Mark Mulder 1:38.07
10.Quinton Rutherford 1:38.11
 
Women
1.Kerry Segal 1:52.45
2.Nicole Russell 1:53.26
3.Jenna Ward 1:59.05
 
Doubles
1.Luke Chalupsky/Shaun Dias 1:31.49
2.Wayne Wilson/Grant Woollaston 1:31.53
3.Gustav Kriese/Neil Evans 1:35.22
 
SHORT COURSE:
Singles
1.Tim Drummond 49.41
2.Byron Yates 50.17
3.Jed Borrill 53.23
 
Doubles
1.Warren Holtzhausen/Greg Bennett 47.46
2.Mark Perrow/Ian McMurchie 49.11
3.Bevlin Worlock/Sarah Thorpe 49.14

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