Oceana Surfski Club is a part of the Oceana Power Boat Club. Nestled between the V&A Water Front and Granger Bay, our tiny harbour is the ideal place for launching surfski’s no matter the weather. Club night is every thurs in summer with a friendly dice starting at 6 pm.
Results from Thursday are up. We had some technical difficulties with the results and times so please comment if there are errors so we can fix 'em up.
The field was stacked with Springbok Ryan Louw, now a Oceana local, a rare visit from the pacey Ivan Kruger, young PE racing snake Jordan Zeelie and brand new semigrant Tom Love More. They added to the regular race crew of the evergreen Eugene Van der Westhuizen back in his single after the CPC season. DW flyers Mike Schwann and Rich Allen paddled over from Milnerton to contest the doubles along with the rare combo of Melanie van Niekerk and Bianca Beavitt. Dab hand with a scapel, Dr Willem Erasmus was also on the water chasing the win along with springbok lifesaver Adam Nisbett.
The race got off to a shaky start with the grumpy starter enforcing the no creep rule with not the greatest success. Seriously guys, behind the line, jeesh! (still grumpy it seems).
Despite a live feed report of 20 knots plus wind along the Seapoint coast, paddlers were met with 5 knots and a fog bank as they rounded the point. The lead grp hugged the coast with chasing group taking advantage of the virtual buoy system and opting for a deep line to hopefully line up better with the runs on the way home. This backfired on them as a nav error by yours truly dragged this grp back to the coast way too soon on the return trip meaning they had to dig their way off the rocks to round the pt.
The doubles pairing of Mike and Rich took lines honours after being pushed the all the way by Ryan, I think my polo is a 4x4 on autopilot, Louw. Eugene showed the young hot shots a clean pair of heels to come in 3rd and second single.
Ocean paddlers come out to play when most mortals batten-down the hatches due to very high winds. Chasing the perfect downwind is a life long journey. We must always realise that mother nature is fa...