Guadeloupe: “Brilliant Organisation, Perfect Downwind Setup”

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 05:13 | Written by 
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Dawid Mocke (South Africa) won the "Defis Kayak" race in Guadeloupe in perfect (though hot) conditions this weekend, with Dave Kissane (Aus) overcoming a slipping footplate to come in second from Benoit LeRoux (France).   Jaka Jazbec (Italy) came fourth.

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International Flavour

"It's very strange being in France, yet 8,000km from France," said an elated Dawid Mocke.  "Needless to say it's taken me three days to figure out how to order coffee the way I like it!"

The race is still small in numbers, but is clearly growing in stature - demonstrated by the fact that four different nationalities were represented in the top four results.

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"Guadeloupe is a beautiful tropical island with a terrific coastline," Mocke went on.  "The locals don't seem over concerned with building maintenance... or maintenance in general actually, but the facilities are well up to scratch.  It's a lot like Mauritius.

"The race organisation was brilliant, brilliant, brilliant," Mocke said.  "Airport transfers, accommodation, car hire all complimentary.  We can learn a lot from them."

A ferry was provided to take all the competitors and spectators to the start on Desiderade Island where a continental breakfast was provided before the race.

100% perfect downwind

"The race course is a perfect downwind setup with great runs," said Mocke.  "A pretty straightforward line (thank goodness!) but technical as the wind blows over your left shoulder for the first half so you have to work the angles.

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"It was incredibly hot - the hottest I've ever been in a race.  I took a bottle of fresh water with me and kept cooling myself off - which saved me."

"The French team did well and Jaka Jazbec keeps improving," he went on.  "Dave Kissane's footplate kept slipping and he eventually just paddled with a long leg length."

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Mocke moved to the front of the field from the start and never saw any of the other paddlers.  He won by four minutes.

"Worth Supporting"

"For me the race was really exciting," said Mocke.  "The organisers did a superb job and are really keen to get 4-star status next year.  They're also going to move the race to earlier in the year to try to get better conditions - bigger swell, more wind and, especially, to make it cooler!

"This really is a race worth supporting."

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Results and Press Coverage

Dawid Mocke won the Open Category (US$3500) and the hot spot at "Pointe des chateaux" ($500)

2nd Dave Kissane (US$2000)

3rd Benoit Leroux (US$1500)

4th Jaka Jazbec (US$1000)

5th Yannick Laousse ($500)

1st (and only) woman: Kirsty Holmes (Aus) ($500)

Click here for the full results

Clicke here for the newspaper coverage (in French!)

 

 

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