November 3, 2012
by Peter Petersen

[RESULTS] PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series (South Africa) Race #3

After last week’s no-winder and non-event, on Wednesday we had another beautiful Cape Town downwinder to complete race #3 of the 2012/2013 PRIMI Naish Downind Dash Series. Winds of 15-23knots, no swell, high tide and very smooth runs once again made for hard paddling and excellent downwinding.

Series leader Dylan Frick was possibly feeling the efforts from the Coreban/Quickblade Battle of the Bay race on Saturday and was not his usual self tonight.

Dylan immediately got hooked off by a very aggressive race pace from the Italian “six-pack” Stallion; Pietro Muscas. Pietro had the two Bertish brothers Chris and Greg in tow and he stuck with them all the way to within 2km of the finish, when a concerted effort from Chris and Greg allowed them both to pass. This despite Pietro having built up a gap of 100m at one stage.

Greg came from behind to pass Chris as well but a late charge from Chris saw him take line honours just seconds ahead of brother Greg, with Pietro in a safe 3rd. The Bertish brothers finished in 51 minutes, which is a mighty fine time with such little wind. Dylan nearly got swallowed up by a hungry pack consisting of Peter Petersen, Colin Heckroodt and Brad Adams, but managed to get on the wave ahead of the pack to secure 4th. Meanwhile Colin and Brad outran the Ballie to the flags with ease, to take 5th and 6th. Note to flag-mounter: Finish line flags must be placed in water next week, please…

There was a welcome return for Gary van Coreban Rooyen in 10th place and big-wave charger James Taylor improved his time dramatically to take 19th.

There was an epic battle in the Juniors between Ethan Koopman and Kimon Dos Santos, both 15 years old and on the same board. It was eventually Ethan who got in about 30 seconds ahead. Our 3rd placed Junior did incredibly well on his maiden downwind race; at only 10 years old, Nathan van Vuuren, son of Coreban founder Ivan van Vuuren, was the highlight of the evening with a classic van Vuuren style already ingrained and executed to perfection. Ivan sacrificed his race to chaperone Nathan safely home – what a pleasure to see the talent coming through at such a tender young age! A legend was born tonight!

Our ladies field was slightly depleted but once again Brigette van Aswegen was miles ahead and in a class of her own, with young Mishka Steyn taking 2nd. Monica Wohlgemuth finished a fine 3rd and it was great to see Brigette nearly clip one hour in the relatively light wind.

In the overall standings, Chris and Dylan now swop places with Chris having a narrow lead going into the last 6 weeks of the Series. Greg Bertish is firmly in 3rd while Pietro cemented his place 4th in the overall standings. Brigette, Mishka and Monica hold onto their positions, while Ethan is holding onto the Juniors lead, while Kimon is closing in on Joshua Robertson, who had to sit out tonight.

There were 45 paddlers tonight and 68 paddlers in total have now taken part in the series – a shortage of rental boards meant a number of paddlers had to watch from the sideline – make sure you get your bookings in early for next week, or better yet, get down to your local shop and place an order for your own waaaaapen. A quick note from race-director: Please make sure that you start in the start that you have indicated at registration! With two starts you can imagine the confusion if you swap it around!

We also urge you to look at your grading in the race results – they indicate your gap to the winner of the race and you can monitor if you are able to close the gap from week to week!

Thanks to all our sponsors, PRIMI, Naish, BulkSMS, SUPHQ, VitaminWater, Swox, Coreban/Xpression, Buchulife and Watersports Warehouse. Also big thumbs up to our Timekeeping Team Lolo and Jen who are now a well-oiled unit!

Next weeks forecast is looking lekker so get a quick warm-up paddle at Brian Kayaks SUPSA sanctioned 7km race at Big Bay on Sunday 4th at 8am. Also don’t forget Intaka Time Trial with braai and SUPSA AGM on Monday the 5th!

– Peter


PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series – Race #3 RESULTS

Date: 31st October, 2012
Wind: SSE 15-23knots
Waves: 0.5m
Course: 10.1km

#NameTimeClassDivision% of 1stGradekm/hmin/kmBoard
1Chris Bertish0:50:5914'Open100.00Elite11.890:05:03Naish 14 Glide 2012
2Greg Bertish0:51:0814'Open99.71Elite11.850:05:04Coreban 14' Dart
3Pietro Muscas0:51:4914'Masters98.39Elite11.700:05:08Naish 14 Glide 2012
4Dylan Frick0:53:3914'Open95.03Elite11.300:05:19Starboard 14' Ace Pro
5Colin Heckroodt0:53:4814'Open94.76A11.260:05:20Starboard 14' OO
6Brad Adams0:53:5014'Open94.71A11.260:05:20Fanatic 14 Falcon
7Peter Petersen0:54:0814'Masters94.18A11.190:05:22Naish 14 Glide (2012)
8Matthew van der Linden0:55:4514'Open91.45A10.870:05:31Naish 14 Glide AST
9Francois Frick0:56:1714'Open90.58A10.770:05:34Starboard 14' Ace Pro
10Gary van Rooyen0:58:4314'Masters90.58A10.770:05:34Coreban 14 Dart
11Nicky Venter0:58:5014'Open86.66B10.300:05:50Starboard 14' OO
12Ethan Koopman0:58:5114'Junior86.66B10.300:05:50Naish 14 Glide
13Tom King0:58:5514'Open86.53B10.290:05:50Fanatic 14' Fly
14Justin Bing0:59:0214'Open86.36B10.270:05:51Coreban 14' Alpha
15Kimon Dos Santos0:59:2414'Junior86.36B10.270:05:53Naish 14 Glide
16Dave Maxwell1:00:3314'Masters85.83B10.200:05:53Naish 14 Glide
17Brigette van Aswegen1:00:3414'Women's84.18C10.010:06:00Starboard 14' Ace Pro
18Glen Thompson1:00:3914'Open84.06C9.990:06:00Naish 14 Glide AST
19Tyran Cooper1:01:1814'Open84.06C9.990:06:00Coreban
20James Taylor1:01:5614'Open83.17C9.890:06:04Naish 14 Glide AST
21Guy Bubb1:02:3614'Open82.32C9.780:06:08Naish 14 Glide (2012)
22Rob Munro1:02:4014'Masters81.36C9.670:06:12Fanatic 14 OO
23Michael Fiet1:04:1014'Open81.36C9.670:06:12Coreban 14' Dart
24Gavin Dace1:04:2614'Open79.45D9.440:06:21Naish 14 Glide AST
25Chris Scarpa1:04:3414'Open79.13D9.410:06:23
26Wayne Robertson1:04:4114'Open78.96D9.390:06:24Coreban 14 Dart
27Lucas Crous1:06:1714'Open78.82D9.370:06:24
28Brad Orkin1:06:1914'Open76.92D9.140:06:34Naish 14 Glide
29Dawid de Villiers1:06:2114'Open76.88D9.140:06:34Naish 14 Glide
30Steve Tripney1:07:3214'Masters76.84D9.130:06:34Coreban 14 Dart
31Mishka Steyn1:07:5114'Women's Jnr75.49D8.970:06:41Starboard 14' OO
32Nicky Carstens1:08:2214'Open74.57D8.860:06:46Custom 14'
33Calvin Ginsberg1:09:0714'Junior75.14D8.930:06:43Naish 14 Glide
34Monika Wohlgemuth1:09:4314'Women's73.76D8.770:06:51Naish 14 Glide (2012)
35Craig Ginsberg1:10:0714'Masters73.13D8.690:06:54Naish 14 Glide (2012)
36Tammy Robarts1:10:43UnlWomen's72.71D8.640:06:57Naish 17' Glide
37Nathan van Vuuren1:12:3512'6Kids72.10D8.570:07:00Coreban proto
38Ivan van Vuuren1:13:3414'Masters69.30D8.240:07:17Coreban 14' Dart
39John Du Rooy1:16:2314'Open66.75D7.930:07:34Coreban
40Robert du Rooy1:16:2314'Open66.75D7.930:07:34
41Gavin Kannemeyer1:18:3814'Open66.75D7.930:07:34Naish 14 Glide
42Neal Esterhuysen1:19:3614'Open64.84D7.710:07:47Coreban
43Bruce Johnston1:20:1214'Masters63.57D7.560:07:56Naish 14 Glide (2012)
44Brendon Scharfetter1:20:5914'Open63.57D7.560:07:56Fanatic 14 OO
45John Henshilwood1:23:5014'Masters62.96D7.480:08:01Coreban 14' Dart


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