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

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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 along the way.

The winners of this class were eventually once again Eben de Bod and Gerhard Fernhout in South African Farm Assured Meat in an Infanta hull and a very close second place went to the UK entered boat of Dreyer and JD van Niekerk of Moku/Marshmallow Pop in a Bobkat Hull, with 3rd place going to Wimpie Ackermann and Whitey Louw of Imperail Cargo team in an Infant hull.

The Stock class was dominated by Jamie Steicher and Wildri van Deventer in the Kam’bati River Resort team and 2nd place was hotly contested and eventually taken by Iwan Botha and Hugo Erasmus in the Albertinia Meubelvervoer/H&L team with 3rd place going to Johan Niemand and Jacques Minnie of the Rest Assured team.

As always the Novice class for those who have never done the this event before had very close racing with Albrecht de Jager and Jarco Ferreira of the Zoutpanputs/LNJ Constuction team taking the class win from 2nd in class Ryno Verster and Tonel Arcega of Articial Grass/LA Steel team and very close 3rd going to Joshau Muyburgh and JC Colombo of Boost Performance Team.

The afternoon surf racing was real surf this time with extreme wind and gusty conditions making the sea very rough and after two flips in the first Stock heat, the officials decided to shorten the course to a triangular one with only 4 laps per heat.

Even although this was done there were many flips with it even catching out veteran racer and UK entry Dreyer van Niekerk of Moku Racing team with a most spectacular flip over backwards, whilst heading out through the surf.

He said afterwards the wind caught him underneath after he gave bit too much throttle.

Stage 3 will certainly be interesting today as it is bit more windy and has the very dangerous 12 mile rocky reef for teams to negotiate through on way round Arniston to next finish at Struisbaai.

Photo: Heinrich Sauer Photography

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