Race Report by: Tim Quarles
September 4 – Hamber to Grey Rocks Figure 8 (#2)
On May 1, we raced this same, awesome 5.8km route: past the south 5knot can, around Bikini Island, then counter clockwise around Hamber and Grey Rocks. It’s somewhat of a social event out there with many opportunities cheer on fellow racers while crossing paths…and a course that’s so nice we did it twice!
To make things a little interesting, there was a $50 prize incentive for the paddler that showed the largest improvement in time differential after 4 months of training and racing. Congrats to Tom Hoskins, who is now in his 20 th year of paddling TNR; he absolutely crushed his time from May! Honourable mention goes out to Imre Mihalik in the SUP class for easily beating his old time as well. Generally, it was cool to see the vast majority of paddlers shave anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes off their time. Way to go!
In the single surfski category, Daryl Remmler won “for the first time in 15 years” as he was able to hang on to Shane, Linda and Alex in the double…good race Daryl! Wes Hammer and Bob Putnam rounded out the top three and over the next minute, 10 other paddlers came across the line. In the middle of it all was Scott Wanless who had just had harrowing experience trying to surf some pristine boat wash. The video evidence showed how an angry wave “kicked his boat off” and forced him to careen uncontrollably, barely avoiding sinking other vessels around him. Despite the empathy from fellow racers, Scott wanted to absolve himself of any liability: “It wasn’t me, it was the wave” he insisted.
For the SUPs, it was Mike Darbyshire in 1 st place and he noted that the near ideal conditions may have helped contribute to his fastest average speed in a TNR (as measured by his GPS). After some lead changes back and forth with Jason Bennett, the race video shows a great sprint to the line with Mike crossing just 2 seconds ahead. Adam Gerbrecht took a well earned 3 rd , despite an “equipment malfunction” in the last couple of hundred metres. It was also good to see the growing prone paddle contingent out in force, and Joel Perkins continued to show off his form after his recent strong finish at the Catalina Classic.
Speaking of classics, this course is one of the most fun and it’s awesome to measure improvement over two races…hope we can have a repeat of both next year since doing it twice was just so nice!
Don’t forget: this coming Saturday is the Indian Arm Challenge, followed by the final TNR: The Race of Truth and year end party (with tons of draw prizes, but you have to be there to win). Get online and get signed up!
Register for the Year End Party on Tuesday September 11th using the link below: