Race 2 Wrap up Once again, conditions were on our side, with moderate North winds around 15 knots. Entries were up to 70, with 65 paddlers eventually leaving the race start from Henley headed for Seacliff.
The Seacliff SLSC provided water cover and our thanks are extended to the clubbies that volunteered their time to ensure the safety of all paddlers.
The race started with our first wave which consisted of our under age and older paddlers, with wave 2, which contained the rest of the field, following about 15 minutes behind.
OPEN MEN This was as hot a field as you could get with 18 paddlers. Luke Jones took an early lead (although it looked like he was heading for Kangaroo Island…) but he knew the best track to take and ended up taking out the race. 1. Luke Jones 53:15 2. Jamie Beavis 54:20 3. Owen McLeod 55.01
OPEN FEMALE Our female paddlers were led from start to finish by Fran Kidd, who also came in 21st overall. Cat O’Leary was close behind and then came Laura Campbell. Great to see good numbers in this category with a few first timers.� 1. Fran Kidd 59:33 2. Cat O’Leary 01.03.51 3. Laura Campbell 01.08.03
U19 MALE The under 19 mens field was strong, with 10 paddlers. Cooper Bristow kept his winning streak in tack, followed by Nathaniel Drummond and Xabian Cederblad. 1. Cooper Bristow 57.41 2. Nat Drummond 58.03 3. Xabian Cederblad 59.16
U19 FEMALE It was great to see a few more under 19 females, with five lining up for todays race. The youngest in the field, Chelsea Jentz took out the race, also crossing the line as the third female overall! She was followed by Hannah Trezona and Emma Chappill. 1. Chelsea Jentz 01.05.59 2. Hannah Trezona 01.09.04 3. Emma Chappill 01.10.09
OVER 40 FEMALE One of our most consistent and improved paddlers is Jo Goulder! No matter what conditions are on offer, Jo is always there so well done to Jo in taking out the female over 40 Masters, as well as 5th out of the 13 female paddlers. 1. Jo Goulder 01.08.23
MALE 40 - 49 The fields in the master’s men categories are always strong, with 8 in the 40-49 age group. Jason Nejman was on his new Ocean Ski and narrowly held off Brendan Collopy and Justin Needham. Jason was 5th and Brendon 8th over the line, whilst Justin was in 12th place. 1. Jason Jejman 55:37 2. Brendan Collopy 56.56 3. Justin Needham 57.49
MALE 50 - 59 The 50-59 group had 10 paddlers today and saw a very close race with Craig Burton (9th overall) narrowly holding off Tim Lepley and Garth Tierney. Great to see Shaun O’Sullivan from Port Noarlunga back racing. 1. Craig Burton 57.19 2. Tim Lepley 58.37 3. Garth Tierney 59.35
MALE 60+ The elder statesman in the male 60 plus group were in for a big one with Dave Myatt back on the ski. Dave was first, with arch-rival Wayne Jones in second, followed by Peter Moriarty. 1. Dave Myatt 58.45 2. Wayne Jones 01.02.14 3. Peter Moriarty 01.05.27
Thanks again to Daniel Willetts and the team at Surf Life Saving SA for their support. Our races can't proceed without the support of all our stakeholders and sponsors so thank you to: Shaw and Partners, Fenn, Bennett Paddles, Epic, Wayne Jones Celebration Funerals, Beavis Plumbing, RJE Global, Vaikobi and World Paddle.