JUST a week after their victories in Mauritius, Hank McGregor and Hayley Nixon tasted success at this year’s Bay Union Open Ocean Surfski Challenge when they won the men’s and women’s title at the 12km Citadel Race at Vetch’s Beach on Sunday, opening their accounts at the popular four-race winter series.
With Durban being buffeted by an icy cold front, the race was shifted to a lap from Vetch’s Beach to a turn-can off the uMngeni River Mouth and back instead of the standard course that takes the paddlers offshore in front of the Bluff.
McGregor (Fenn Kayaks/Euro Steel) mastered the big windswept conditions superbly and cantered home more than a minute clear of Gene Prato, Luke Nisbet and Tyron Maher to claim his first win in the Sunday morning series.
Hayley Nixon (Carbonology/Euro Steel/Vaikobi) revelled in the tough conditions to post an impressive win over last week’s winner Jenna Ward and Donna Winter.
The double ski field revelled in the stormy conditions, with the duo of Jason Ekstrand and Hamish Lovemore banking the win with the fastest time of the day, with the minor placings going to Brendon Delport and Richard Lowe, and the crew of Gavin Searle and Grant Smith.
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