The weather improved dramatically overnight and the pilots of the 32 boats still in the Trans Agulhas race could start up their rubberducks in near-perfect conditions in Still Bay yesterday (Monday) for the start of the third stage to Struisbaai.
Stage three spanned a distance of 161kms and is known amongst the entrants as the day the Trans Agulhas "truly starts". According to Team Nulandis's Stefan Lindeque, the pilots and co-pilots are physically drained by this time and it's sheer determination and guts that would get you to Strand on new year's day, where the five-day race over 702kms finishes.
Twenty-eight teams started the stage in Still Bay this morning, but four boats failed to make it to the finish, mainly due to engine problems.
The stage was won by the professional class team of Imperial Cargo with Wimpie Ackermann as pilot and Whitey Louw as co-pilot. They were followed a couple of seconds later by the professional team of Nulandis (Stefan Lindeque and Tony Ingram). Third home was the standard stock team of Valumax/Amigos/Excellparts (Peter Groenenstein and Nichol Parr).
As part of today's stage, the teams had to reach two check points at Witsand and Arniston. Depending on their strategy for the day, they had the option to refuel at either one of these stops.
Today's stage spanned 161 kms and the pilots agree this is the day the Trans Agulhas starts in all earnest. According to Team Nulandis's Stefan Lindeque, by this stage the teams are physically drained and it's sheer determination and guts that would get you to Strand on new year's day, where the five-day race finishes.
After three days of racing, the top three teams in the respective classes are:
Novice standard class
- Overtrans / Superbrands (Johannes de Villiers, Nico Wasserfal) – 08:08:59
- Volvo (Raynor Becker, Burger Briedenham) – 08:45:36
- Plumbcore (Uys Kruger, Conrad Jacobs) – 08:47:44
- Robertson Abattoir (Eben de Bod, Gerhard Fernhout) – 06:59:45
- Valumax / Amigos / Excellparts (Peter Groenenstein, Nichol Parr) – 07:09:40
- Van Loveren (Jacques Matthee, Michael van Geems) – 07:11:06
- Imperial (Wimpie Ackermann, Whitey Louw) – 06:54:21
- Nulandis (Stefan Lindeque, Tony Ingram) – 06:54:29
- Genric Insurance (Marc Gleed, Odette Maytham) – 07:10:45
- First Road Emergency (Dave Barnett, Tjaart Oosthuizen) – 06:54:57
- Wizzard Marine / Eastwoods / Robertson Abattoir (Wade Ball, Bobby Shaw) – 07:41:19
- Rusgenot Transport (Rocco Erasmus, Arnold Myburgh) – 07:55:02
Stages 4 and 5 of the race takes place on December 31. The boats will head out from Struisbaai and check in at Die Damme, Pearly Beach and Uilenkraalsmond before finishing at a buoy checkpoint at Hermanus old harbour. After the surf race at 13:00, the teams have a couple of hours to do maintenance and repair work before they head off to Gansbaai for the night race, ending at Hermanus new harbour. Total distance covered on day 4 will be 135km.
For more information phone race promotor Gerhard Meyer on 082 802 7138. Follow this link to view Day 3's image gallery.
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