NY Mayor’s Cup – Live Coverage

Thursday, 11 October 2007 08:34 | Written by 
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The 26.7mile (43km) Mayor's Cup race takes place on Sunday 14th October in New York, USA.  The race course takes the paddlers on a grueling circumnavigation of Manhattan Island.  Surfski.info will be covering the event live...

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Challenging Race

Apart from the distance, the course itself is challenging: the event website says, "One of the trickiest segments will be Hell's Gate, combining water from Long Island Sound, the Harlem River and the East River to create standing waves, whirlpools and very confused water.  The East River's currents can move as quickly as 7 knots. The Battery - where water from the Hudson, East River and Buttermilk Channel converge - can produce waters with a 3 to 5 foot chop"...

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Live Coverage on Surfski.info

We'll be in contact with an escort boat following the surfski paddlers - and will be experimenting with near-real-time video (i.e. the escort boat will have a video camera and PC connected to the Internet and we're going to see how practical it is to upload video clips as the action happens).

Increased Prize Money - increased competition

The prize purse this year totals some $15,000 of which $5,000 will go to the faster paddler to complete the course.

The lure of the prize money is at least one reason why the most competitive field ever will line up on Saturday, including:

Greg Barton: 4 time Olympic medalist (2-x Gold), around Manhattan record holder (3:21), 2x US Surf Ski Champs, 2x World 10,000 meter Champion and too many others to mention.

Herman Chalupsky:  2 x Molokai winner. Over the last 20 years he's been one of the top three surf ski paddlers in the world.

Dorian Wolter: Former German National Wild Water Champion and the previous record holder for the kayak and OC1 will be there to recapture the record…

Eric Borgnes: The 2006 winner of the Blackburn, he's finish sixth at the 2004 US Surf Ski Champs and just won the Chicago Shore Marathon on Lake Michigan.

Ian Gray: South African paddler from Durban. 11th at the US Ski Champs last week.

Zsolt Szadovszki: Former member of the Hungarian National Sprint team.  He finished 7th at Molokai this year.

Rene Appel: Former professional wind surfer and now the National W.S. Coach of Hong Kong, Rene finished 22nd at Molokai this year.

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