Ward gets second win of 2019 Marine Series
Durban - Following last week's misfortune Jenna Ward put in another
strong performance as she took her second win at race four, the Thule Surfski
Challenge, of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series while Hank McGregor continued
his perfect record on Friday evening.
Last Friday’s race saw Ward get caught on the shark nets on her way in which
cost her the chance to fight it out in the end sprint; but Friday’s race saw
it all go to plan for the Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks star as she got herself in
front towards the end and pressed home the advantage for a convincing win.
“I wanted to do the pulling on the front because the conditions were pretty
flat,” Ward said.
“I was aware that it might come down to an end sprint because of the
conditions and it was three of us together for most of the race, so to get
ahead and take the win is great.”
It was another great turn out in some very kind conditions at Marine Surf
Lifesaving Club with the Durban surfski community coming out in their numbers
with the ladies race taking the spotlight as an end sprint decided
proceedings for the third race in a row.
Former age group Surfski World Champion Ward uses these Friday night hit-outs
as a way to gauge her form for the rest of the year.
“It is a great training session in racing conditions and it’s a brilliant way
for us to see how well we are going.
“I am really happy with how I am going at the moment and was happy with how
the race went.
“With such a competitive series I am looking forward to the rest of the races
in the series,” Ward added.
Ward was pushed all the way to the end by Michelle Burn who notched up her
third second place finish of the series while Kyeta Purchase added a third to
her list of achievements this 2019 term.
In the men’s race Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks’ Hank McGregor was unrivalled once
again as the ocean racing legend made it three wins from as many appearances
The North Coast-based powerhouse beat long-time rival Matt Bouman by a minute
while Gene Prato finished in third place on the day.
Having won the doubles contest last week, Owen Gander teamed up with Mark
Usher to get his second win in as many weeks – finishing third overall.
Tyron and Trevor Maher were the second double home in sixth place overall
while Gary Waud and Glen Hilliar were the third double across the line.
In an impressive showing Donna Winter and Danica-Anne Bartho were the first
ladies boat across the line.
Maritzburg College’s Hamish Mackenzie teamed up with Frances Forsyth to be
the first junior boat to the finish while Connor Botha was the first junior
single ski to finish.
In the short course it was Shaun Burgin and Paige Dennison who were first
with Reynard van Antwerpen and Kendra Robinson in second and Lance and Gabi
Howarth in third.
Ty Haynes was the first singles ski to finish the short course, he finished
Friday night saw the Funky Pants Family Feud continue with fathers and
mothers teaming up with the children in a series within a series as they
battled it out for pride and points in the forgiving surf.
Race five of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series takes place next Friday, 8
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - Thule
Surfski Challenge - Race four of Marine Surfski Series
1.Hank McGregor 35:30
2.Matt Bouman 36:37
3.Gene Prato 37:32
4.Steve Woods 38:01
5.Clyde Barendse 39:29
6.Lee McGregor 39:36
7.Brendon Delport 39:54
8.Nic Burden 40:11
9.Michel de Rauville 41:02
10.Dave Chaplin 41:03
1.Jenna Ward 42:17
2.Michelle Burn 42:41
3.Kyeta Purchase 43:28
4.Lyn Bennett 45:39
5.Tamika Haw 47:07
1.Owen Gandar/Mark Usher 36:57
2.Tyron Maher/Trevor Maher 38:18
3.Gary Waud/Gen Hilliar 39:39
4.Stew Little/Cara Waud 40:00
5.Skye Prato/Don Gobey 40:11
6.Danica-Anne Bartho/Donna Winter 41:15
7.Hamish Mackenzie/Frances Forsyth 41:18
8.Allan Hall/Geoffrey Thompson 41:23
9.S McDonald/Gary Brummer 41:46
10.Sipho Luthuli/Perfect Nhlanhla 41:49
1.Shaun Burgin/Paige Dennison 22:46
2.Reynard van Antwerpen/Kendra Robinson 22:50
3.Lance Howarth/Gabi Howarth 22:59
4.Bradley Allen/Jasper Gaylard 23:03
5.Zoog Haynes/Lia Haynes 23:06
1.Ty Haynes 25:15
2.Soibhan Sharp 25:35
3.Glen Robbins 25:56
4.Murew Hloulowawe 25:59
5.Kevin Oliver 26:01
Marine Surfski Series 2019
Race 5 – 8 February - Race Five
Race 6 – 12 February – Lettie Love Fund Surfski Challenge
Race 7 – 22 February – Funky Pants Surfski Challenge
Race 8 – 1 March – Gara Surfski Challenge
Race 9 – 8 March – HiQ Surfski Challenge
Race 10 – 15 March - Race 10
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Following misfortune last week,
Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks' Jenn Ward took home her second win of the series at
the Thule Surfski Challenge, race four of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on
It was impressive showing from
Donna Winter (front) and Danica-Anne Bartho (back) as they were the first
ladis boat across the line at the Thule Surfski Challenge, race four of the
2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday.
Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks' Hank
McGregor continued his perfect start to the series with a third win in a row
at the Thule Surfski Challenge, race four of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series
It was Owen Gandar (front) and
Mark Usher (back) who won the doubles race at the Thule Surfski Challenge,
race four of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday.
Paddlers were greeted to more
terrific conditions at the Thule Surfski Challenge, race four of the 2019
Marine Surfski Series on Friday.
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