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 stops ever seen. The Ford Mosselbaai/USN team of Joe van Wyk and Paulus Barnard had to tackle veteran racer Rocco Erasmus and Stephan le Roux in the Red Sqaure/Century Electrical/Libra Makelaars boat who seemed to hound them all along the way and finishing on the beach almost together.
The Pro-stock class was once again dominated by the Eben de Bod and Gerhoud Fernhout in the SA Farm Assured Meat Infanta with Dreyer and JD van Niekerk in the Moku Racing/Marshmallow Pop Bobkat giving them a very close chase all the way to the finish with just 12 seconds in it at the finish line. Wimpie Ackermann and Whitey Louw in the Imperial Cargo Infanta were bit further behind but consistent and secured the 3rd place in class, only just managing to beat Lohan and Wehan Malan of The Cheese Trader/Hansel Team on the beach run, so really exciting finish.
Novice class was hotly contested with Albrecht de Jager and Jarno Ferreira of the Zoutpanputs/LNJ Construction team running with the leaders and leaving the rest of their class far behind, and managing to finish a commendable 1st in class without much competition, and beating most of the other pro-stock and stock boats in the process. Raynor Venter and Tonel Arcega in the Artificial Grass/LA Steel boat were 2nd and 3rd was Joshau Muyburgh and JC Colombo of the Boost Performance Team.
The very hotly contested Stock class was dominated by two boats with Jamie Streicher and Wildri van Deventer of Team Kam’Bati River Resort eventually taking the 2nd from the winners in this class being Johan Niemand and Jacques Minnie of Team Rest Assured.
The 3rd place went to Iwan Botha and Hugo Erasmus of Team Albertinia Vervoer/H&L.
The surf event was the most exciting of the day in all classes with spectacular racing from the Pro-stock boats when the leading boat of the start was Dreyer and JD van Niekerk of Team MOKU/Marshmallow Pop in the Bobkat, who really hauled the rest along on the back straight and gave the commentator something to talk about, but then went on to do a spectacular barrel roll on the dog leg bouy.
The night race as always had thousands of spectators lining the beach start and finish from the club house at Struisbaai and there were two starts, one for Stock and Novice and one for Mods and Prostock.
The finish was as always hectic as this is a very short dash over a triangular course with crews wearing lights on helmets and racing in the dark. The Stock and Novice heat had a popped boat, when one ran over the other in the dark, so set the scene for the Modifieds and Prostocks to come, where the race was won on the beach, between two co-pilots JD van Niekerk and Gerhard Fernhout, who came in together, but with Dreyer wanting to avoid having a boat ride up on him from the rear in the dark, he swerved to one side to avoid this happening and gave JD a bit more distance to run up the beach, allowing the straighter run for Gerhard, so all very exciting indeed.
The 4th leg will today will have two beach stops and finish in Gansbaai, and expecting to be a flat water run, with some treacherous route via rocks and kelp.
Photo: Heinrich Sauer Photography