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Action packed racing on final 5th day of epic Trans Agulhas Race

The Trans Agulhas has certainly been living up to expectations today with the final stage being hotly contested by all four classes and not allowing anyone to rest on their laurels from previous days achievements. The water was a mix of flat and rough and little wind to fairly windy depending where on the leg they were, and of course the sections where teams had to navigate around rocks and heavy kelp. The race was really nail biting with all along with three exciting beach stops to contend with and no let up on excitement for spectators, expecially at the finish in The Strand on the beach where it was packed with thousands of spectators who had specially turned up very early to see the boats come up onto the beach around 9.30am. The three leading modified and two leading…

Trans Agulhas Day 4 – Races won by beach sprints

The Trans Agulhas gave spectators the most incredible action today as winners were decided on the run up the beach by the co-pilots like never before with only one second making the difference in one class. Modified of course set the pace early on with the two leading contenders for winning the epic event literally deciding the race on the beach and Pro-stock 2nd and 3rd boats arriving on the beach together and co-pilots run up the beach to finish was just one second between them. Rocky outcrops had to be negotiated and kelp in the long haul and in the afternoon short haul dash, the treacherous Danger Point was where it was won. The final stage on New Year’s day from Gansbaai to the Strand beach will be very interesting as has many hazards along the way to negotiate…

Rough water action and nail biting finish on day 3 of Trans Agulhas

Well the action on day 3 of this epic event was nothing short of extreme, with many close contests in all classes for the front spot, with couple of flips and even a burst boat in the night race. Modified class are just spectacular in their speed and finishing, with Dave Barnet and Tjaart Oosthuizen in the Rusgenot Transport/Bikes and Bikes Infanta swopping the lead many times from the dominant Wade Ball and Brandon Shaw in the Land Rover/Splendid Logistics/Motolek Infanta, but running almost side by side most of the way. The eventual result was one of the most exciting moments on the beach when the race was won on the beach run between the two co-pilots with Tjaart Oosthuizen beating Brandan Shaw by 1 second to the line in the sand. The teams provided the most fantastic exciting beach…

Day 2 of Trans Agulhas provides plenty of thrills in rough and windy conditons

The 2nd day of racing certainly lived up to expectations as water conditions were rough and the wind was gusting heavily and a couple of flips were had to add to the thrills. The modified class as always provided spectators with some high speed racing with old man of Thundercat racing Dave Barnet and Tjaart Oosthuizen in Rusgenot Transport/Boats and Bikes in an Infanta hull, taking overall line honours from yesterday’s winner Wade Ball and Brandan Shaw of the Landrover/Splendid Logistics/Microlek team in an Infanta hull, and 3rd place going to Joe van Wyk and Paulus Barnard in the Ford Mosselbay/USN team. Pro-stock class filled with more veterans of the sport is always the class to watch as close racing is had between the leading teams and yesterday was no exception with the leading boats changing places all the time…

Mill pond conditions provide record speeds for 1st stage of Trans Agulhas

The water was like a mill pond for a change in this 29th year of the Trans Agulhas race, with a record time being set by the winners. This extremely long stage 1st stage had 6 beach stops which really made it very exciting for spectators along the coastline and with many boats falling out due to engine issues. The favourites didn’t disappoint in the Modified and Prostock classes with Wade Ball and Brandon Shaw setting the pace from the beginning in their Land Rover/Splendid Logistics/Motolek sponsored Infanta hull, completing the race in 2 hours 58 seconds. They led from beginning to finish with veteran driver Dave Barnet and Tjaart Oosthuizen staying in their wake to the end in the Rusgenot Transport/Boasts and Bikes sponsored Infanta hull just 50 seconds behind at the finish. Finishing 3rd in this class behind…

ThunderCat racing action at Mykonos, South Africa thrills the crowds

It was the Mykonos 7 stars ThunderCat SA National that took place over this past weekend up the coast from Cape Town at this fantastic venue. On Saturday 14 May the surf racing took place and Mykonos surf providing the usual excitement at the starting line. In the pro-stock class some of our more experienced pilots such as Marc Gleed, Wimpie Ackerman, and Dreyer van Niekerk competed against each other as usual, providing plenty of very close racing through the surf. The 1st place being taken by Marc Gleed/Wiltas Leeuwner, 2nd place going to Des Potgieter/Ruan van Tonder and 3RD being taken by the young brothers Dian and Christiaan Beyers. Stock class Raynor Becker/Michael van Geems took 1st place, 2nd place going to SA Champions Pieter Groenenstein/Nicol Parr and 3rd for the day Albrecht de Jager/Jaco Ferreira. Many competitors putting…

2016 Trans Atlantic ThunderCat Race – massive surf and roughest racing ever

The final day of the Trans Atlantic certainly gave not only all the competitors, but the thousands of spectators who turned up to watch the racing, the most exciting yet this year in South Africa. With the high winds and extremely rough sea conditions the Trans Atlantic this year gave photographers and film cameraman the most incredible pictures and footage. With many bruised and aching bodies and some very tired muscles, the 45 teams gave it their all on Sunday, 3rd and final day, with all 4 classes, 11 boats in Novice, 16 boats in Stock, 6 boats in Pro-Stock and 11 boats in Modified, providing some really nail biting racing with positons changing constantly and lots of dicing. Once again old time Pro-Stock class thundercat racer Marc Gleed with his much younger co-pilot Christiaan Beyers of Team Brent Oil, had…

Tough conditions create great racing for the 2nd day of the ThunderCat Trans Atlantic

The Trans Atlantic once again on day 2 has provided plenty of action with 45 boats competing in four classes, being Novice, Stock, Pro-stock and Modified. The extreme weather due to the huge storm of the Cape resulted in the racing being moved from Club Mykonos to Yzerfontein down the coast where there was more sheltered waters to enable rescue of boats. The windy conditions had subsided to a large degree but the sea had not so was still very rough with plenty of white crests. The top man on the day in overall top position, was once again the very experienced Pro- Stock class driver, Marc Gleed with Christian Byers as co-pilot in the Brent Oil Team boat who led the way from start to finish in the long haul and winning it by a massive 12 min and…