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It’s Mocke and Mocke at the Cape Town Downwind

It’s Mocke and Mocke at the Cape Town Downwind

Jan 2014

Jasper Mocke elated at the win. A sweet victory for him on his home stretch of water in front of his home club, his family and friends.

Words Dawid Mocke in Ocean Race, Pics courtesy John Hishin, Jacques Marais

Fish Hoek – The Cape Town Downwind was held in perfect ocean conditions with a stiff South Easter whipping False Bay, and the world famous Miller’s Run downwind route, into a frenzied chop, perfect for downwind open ocean surfski racing.

Jasper and Dawid going head to head.

Jasper Mocke paddled his way to a narrow victory in what can only be described as a titanic battle of the swells. The Fish Hoek local had to rely on all his hard earned skill and local knowledge to stay ahead of his older brother Dawid and last year’s defending champion Hank McGregor. The three paddlers, all champions in their own right, went head to head the entire length of the race and in the end it was one swell that separated first place Jasper from Hank in second, who in turn was one swell ahead of the older Mocke, taking the last step on the podium.

Close racing the order of the day.

“I am really, really happy with today’s win,” says Jasper Mocke. “It was a tough, close race that could have gone either way almost right until the end. I am feeling really great though and looking forward to the Fenn Cape Point Challenge taking place this Saturday.”

“It was a great race today,” says Durbanite, Hank McGregor. “We had awesome conditions and the race was super close right to the end, so hats off to Jasper on his great performance. I am really looking forward to the Fenn Cape Point Challenge this Saturday and hopefully being able to retain my title from last year.”

Here Hank and Dawid go head to head. Racing throughout the field was like this – tight and multiple lead changes, a.k.a the Downwind Dance.

Despite a strong international contingent in today’s Cape Town Downwind Race, South African paddlers made a clean sweep across the race categories. The highest place international paddler was Michael Booth from Australia who came in 6th place in the Senior Mens. There were 35 International paddlers from 12 different countries entered from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany U.S.A, Germany, England, Dubai, Australia, Namibia, Sweden and Portugal – the French being the largest contingent, with 13 paddlers.

Nikki Mocke taking the win in a very hotly contested women’s field.

In a champagne result Nikki Mocke stayed true to her incredible form this season and took first place amongst the women, beating Michelle Burn in 2nd place and Michelle Eray in 3rd place. When it comes to downwind paddling Nikki has incredible skill and today’s race played right into her hands. She had a perfect race rounding off a successful day for the Mocke name on the podium.

“Amazing conditions today for a downwind race,” says Nikki Mocke. “It was hard to remember that I was actually racing! Great to have such a strong women’s field to compete against.”

Michelle Burn takes 2nd place in the Women's.

The Cape Town Downwind is an 18km downwind course highlighting the beauty of the False Bay coastline and ensures that paddlers have to push hard the entire way. Part of the route includes the world’s most well-known downwind paddling runs – the famous Miller’s Run.

The start B Batch and the Women’s race. The level of women’s paddling has really jumped.

The Cape Town Downwind race is aiming to be one of the premier surfski events in the world, underscoring its status by offering the richest prize purse for surfski racing in South Africa, putting it on par with international races. Prize money equalling R200 000.00 was up for offer today, with R25 000.00 going to 1st place overall and R20 000 to the first woman over the line.

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Senior Results:

1.Jasper MockeR25 000.001hr01min09sec
2.Hank McGregorR17 000.001hr01min28sec
3.Dawid MockeR12 000.001hr01min30sec
4.Sean RiceR 8 000.001hr01min38sec
5.Matthew BoumanR 6 000.001hr02min15sec
6.Michael Booth (Aus)R 4 000.001hr02min35sec
7.Tom SchilperoortR 3 000.001hr02min54sec
8.Dominic NottenR 2 000.001hr03min01sec
9.Kenny RiceR 1 500.001hr03min05sec
10.Barry LewinR 1 000.001hr03min49sec

Under 23 Results:

1.Michael BoothR 1 500.001hr02min54sec
2.Dominic NottenR 1 000.001hr03min49sec
3.Brandon van der WaltR 500.001hr04min16sec

Junior Results:

1.Kenny RiceR 5 000.001hr03min57sec
2.Nicholas NottenR 3 000.001hr06min58sec
3.Tyrone SmoldersR 2 000.001hr08min54sec

Ladies Results:

1.Nikki MockeR20 000.001hr11min19sec
2.Michelle BurnR15 000.001hr12min08sec
3.Michelle ErayR10 000.001hr14min46sec
4.Kim van GysenR 5 000.001hr15min03sec
5.Bianca BeavittR 3 000.001hr15min27sec

Source: Mocke Paddling

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