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(22nd December 2008)
OC1 Time Trials from Dec 20 08th.
(3rd Dec 2008)
the recently held Long Distance National event, the top New Zealand
crews raced a course of 27km in Northland in some pretty tricky
conditions. The top honours went to Team Goodyear, who took out line
honours in the last Takapuna Beach Cup race.
now, all the New Zealand crews are preparing for the sprint
championships, which are held in January. This will make for a
challenging build up to the greulling 42km changes race.
Grizzlies win Gold at the Long Distance
Firstly congratulations to Marty H, Tim and Darryl winning Gold,
Gold and Silver in their divisions in the OC1 races on Friday – good
from the disappointing entry numbers that made the trip North, the
race last Saturday was a great event.. good organisation, running
pretty much on time, excellent race venue and great food afterwards.
race wasn’t bad either!
Haven’t got a lot of info about how the SMM went but here is a
summary of the race from a MM perspective..SMM perhaps someone
could forward through a summary of your race.
Conditions were pretty much ideal.. 15 – 20 knot off shore breeze
with a protected start line meant a good start by most crews and
after the initial burst 5 crews started to pull away from the pack –
Goodyear, Manukau Open, Grizzlies, Manukau Masters and Phoenix. The
race was going to be a classic race of two halves, half with a
running wind-swell behind you and half pushing back into it.
3 k Goodyear and Man Open had built a steady lead on Grizzlies and
Phoenix, a lead that ultimately would build steadily in the race.
The real race for us was for first masters and for the next 10 k it
was neck and neck, wave for wave with Phoenix. The waves were small
but definitely catchable and Grizzlies tried to conserve as much
energy as possible going with the swell whilst still pushing hard.
Phoenix were doing really well but as it proved later probably
working very hard to keep pace.
turning around the furthest island there was just a boat length in
it with Manukau Masters some 200 metres back in third. As we started
pushing back into the wind it took a while for the crew to gel into
a good rhythm, the lack of time on the water as a unit was evident.
However, after some good talk on the boat (well most of it) we got a
good rhythm going and started slowly but surely pulling away from a
tired looking Phoenix. With 5k to go we had opened a good 150 metres
on Phoenix who had now been overtaken by Manukau masters – still we
felt we had it pretty much in the bag.. we were wrong.
Manukau Masters, who have been training hard for Tahiti we flying at
the end. Grizzlies had to lift and lift quickly if we were to repel
the challenge. The home leg into the beach was some 3 – 4 k and
along the whole length of the run it was game on with Manukau
seeming to take a line that gave them the maximum protection from
the tide and better boat speed for a lot of the way. Not that I
looked around once but someone that did told me (yeah right) that on
the angle they were only a few boat lengths behind as at one point.
20 ks of full on racing Phoenix the last thing we wanted to do is
blow the finish with a new challenger Manukau. In an effort that
went on longer than we were hoping we managed to keep a reasonable
safety buffer and crossed the line 32 seconds ahead on Manukau in a
time for the 28k of 2hrs 08 minutes 55 seconds.. just 32 seconds
ahead of Manukau with Phoenix still trying to find their bundle that
they dropped somewhere on the course.
Probably a good lesson in terms of preparation, because of a
scratchy build up with crew combos unsettled we really had to work
to the limits to get the job done....but in true Grizzlies
fashion in the end everyone just paddled hard and got the result we
were looking for... no harm in saying though we were pleased it
wasn’t another couple of k.
HAMILTON ISLAND 2008
Vaka Eiva Round
NELSON- LONG DISTANCE
(added 4th September 2007)
HAMILTON ISLAND 2007
(added 7th March 2007)
TAKAPUNA BEACH CUP
17TH FEBRUARY 2007