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Erasmus and la Grange win in Durban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Saturday, 18 December 2010 18:11

FlyingRocco Erasmus and Yvette la Grange were almost unbeatable the modified class in Durban's surf. Eight wins in nine heats over three days gave them a comfortable victory in the surf discipline in the Red Square 2010 P750 Inflatable World Championship. Barry Marx and Yolandi van Dijk chased them hard, but had to settle for second place. Consistent finishing by the husband and wife duo of Formyn and Beatrix de Kok gave them the final podium position.

The other competitors, all of whom showed a real turn of speed at times, suffered from mechanical problems or flips in the big surf and were left to fight for the minor placings. Lars Nilsson and Siyabonga Nkumbi were the best of the rest in fourth with Carl Talbot and Jasme Jordaan in fifth. Collin Gaffney and Bongani Ndesi had to settle for sixth.

 
Barnett and Oosthuizen win PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Friday, 01 January 2010 23:13

Dave Barnett & Tjaart OosthuizenDave Barnett hit the beach at the Strand today at the head of the field after five days of racing to claim his seventh Trans Agulhas victory with co-pilot Tjaart Oosthuizen. The South African based Australian brought his Battery Energy Drink / AAD Nissan boat home over forty minutes ahead of his closest challengers in the modified class Andre Erasmus and Ryk Lombaard in the AE Electrical boat.

Wimpie Ackermann and Whitey Louw (Imperial Cargo) had a comfortable win in the blueprint class finishing over twenty minutes ahead of the Blush / Bon Courage team of Wilhelm Rabie and Nicolaas de Villiers.

Jacques Matthee became the youngest winner of the standard class when he and Carlo Watkins piloted their PH Plant Hire boat to victory ahead of Rianto van Niekerk and ohann Janse van Rensburg (Rocket Trading / Vega Graphics).

Adrian Farrell and Andre Augustinho (Stingray Viking) must have thought they had the novice class victory in the bag as they approched the finish line at the Strand but a momentary lapse of concentration saw them flip and the battle was on to get their boat upright and underway again before Johan-Hugo Reineke and Almaro Barnard (Crystal Cool Logistics) made up the deficit. The SANDF team kept their cool, got their boat going again and went on to victory much to delight of the large crowd.

 

 
Swedes win standard class longhaul PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Monday, 13 December 2010 19:32

Tobias Vikstrom and Mattias JarviThe Swedish pair of Tobias Vikstrom and Mattias Jaarvi won the standard class longhaul event on the Vaal River earlier today. For the first half of the race the pair were in second place close behind Gordon and Donovan Butler, but once they got past the South Africans they had a comfortable run to the finish.

Esli Berry and Monica Fouche claimed the final podium position ahead of Tertius Bothma and Monique la Grange. Raynard Berry and Riaan Keyser were fifth.

The Irish duo of Kieth Plummer and Lee Casey were slowly making their way up the field when they were caught out by a sudden gust of wind. The resulting flip put them out of the race.

 
Is it going to be seven for Barnett and Oosthuizen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Thursday, 31 December 2009 21:08

Stian Cloete & Dirk SteynDespite breaking an engine mounting on today's fourth stage of the 2009/10 Trans Agulhas and losing five minutes to their closest challengers, Dave Barnett and Tjaart Oosthuizen still have a 45 minute lead over Andre Erasmus and Ryk Lombaard going into the final stage. Francois van Wyk and Brandon Thirion are in third in the modified class. All Barnett and Oosthuizen need to do to clinch their seventh title is to get to the finish at the Strand tomorrow.

 

 

 
Third day of circuit racing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Monday, 13 December 2010 17:31

The final day of circuit racing in the Red Square 2010 Inflatable World Championship took place at Loch Vaal earlier today. In the modified class Barry Marx and Yolandi van Dijk had not been beaten in the previous two days and today was no different, although Carl Talbot and Jasme Jordaan did come very close on a couple of occasions.

Consistent driving by Formyn and Beatrix de Kok gave them the final podium position for the day. If Rocco Erasmus and Yvette le Grange had not hit a turn buoy in one of the heats, resulting in their disqualification from that heat, they would have finished better than the fourth place they were credited with.

A similar misfortune befell Lars Nilsson and Siyabonga Nkumbi who ended the day in fifth. Collin Gaffney and Bongani Ndesi had a day they will prefer to forget. Engine problems, then and unexpected swim for Ndesi, meant they ended in sixth.

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Marx and van Dijk take another win PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Sunday, 12 December 2010 18:47

Barry Marx and Jolandi van Dijk continued their run of good form in the Red Square 2010 Inflatable World Championship today when they took another hat-trick of heat wins in the modified class on the second day of competition in the circuit racing discipline.

Behind them, however, things were not as clear cut. Carl Talbot and Jasme Jordaan, Lars Nilsson and Siyabonga Nkumbi, and Collin Gaffney and Bongani Ndesi all claimed a second place in one heat. Talbot and Jordaan had the best other results, giving them second overall. Nillson and Nkumbi ended the day in third ahead of Gaffney and Ndesi.

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South Africans victorious in first round of circuit racing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Saturday, 11 December 2010 19:17

Lars Nillson & Siybonga NkumbiSouth African crews top the points tables in all three classes after the first day of circuit racing in the Red Square 2010 Inflatable World Championship. Barry Marx and Jolandi van Dijk lead the modified class, dZjan Schutte and Anzel Janse van Vuuren the blueprints with Gordon and Donovan Butler heading the standard class table.

Barry Marx and Yolandi van Dijk put the engine problems they suffered in yesterday’s longhaul race behind them, taking victory in all three of today’s modified class heats. Two second places and a four position gave Swede Las Nillson and Siybonga Nkumbi second overall for the day with steady drives from yesterday’s winners, Formyn and Beatrix de Kok, ensuring third overall.

In the blueprint class dZjan Schutte and Anzel Janse van Vuuren were just beaten to the flag in the final heat, but wins in the first two made sure they took the overall victory for the day. Leon Kruger and Tiaan Janse van Rensburg ended the day in second with Hilton Otto and Rudi van Wyk taking the final podium position.

Brothers Gordon and Donovan Butler blotted their perfect record in the third heat, a spin dropping them down to seventh place. They did take the overall win however, thanks to their victories in the first two heats. Second, on a count out, were Tertius Bothma and Monique la Grange while Elsi Berry and Monica Fouche ended the day in third.

 
Barnett and Oosthuizen lead Trans Agulhas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Monday, 28 December 2009 18:11

Dave Barnett & Tjaart OosthuizenDave Barnett and Tjaart Oosthuizen have an eight minute lead over Roy Ball and Theo Rischbieter after today's first stage of the 2009/10 Trans Agulhas which was run from Plettenburg Bay to Mossel Bay. Barnett and Ball are followed in the modified class by Andre Erasmus and Ryk Lombaard with Francois van Wyk and Brandon Thirion in fourth. Francois du Toit and Alex Haleen round out the class.

In the blueprint class things are a lot closer. Wimpie Ackermann  and Whitey Louw will start tomorrow's second stage just a minute and a half ahead of Wilhelm Rabie and Nicolaas de Villiers with Rocco Erasmus and Jacques Geldenhuys a further one minute and 18 seconds back in third.

In the standard class Jaques Matthee and Carlo Watkins were the only pair to complete the tough stage whih mechanical gremlins stopping the other four competitors although most of them are confident of being back on the water for tomorrow's second stage.

The novice class also had a high attition rate with only two of the five competitors making it to the finish line in Mossel Bay under their own steam. The Stingray Viking I team of Farrell and Augustinho finished nearly fourteen minutes ahead of the sister Stingray Viking II boat of Kersop and Jansen.

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Longhaul win for Formyn and Beatrix de Kok PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Friday, 10 December 2010 16:15

Formyn & Beatrix de KokSouth Africa drew first blood at the opening round of the 2010 Red Square P750 Inflatable World Championships on the Vaal River earlier today when Formyn and Beatrix took a comfortable win in the Longhaul event.

Reigning South African champion Barry Marx, with Jolandi van Dijk alongside him as co-pilot, opened up a substantial early lead but electrical problems put paid to his victory chances. The husband and wife de Kok team moved into the lead and were never challenged on the way to the end of the 120km long race.

Carl Talbot and Jasme Jordaan came home in second place two and a half minutes behind the winners. Swedish pilot Lars Nilsson, who had Siyabonga Nkubi alongside him as co-pilot, was the first of the international drivers in third place. Fourth place went to another international competitor, Ireland's Colin Gaffney who was accompanied by Bongani Ndesi. Marx and van Dijk solved their ignition problems and got going again but the time they lost meant they finished at the back of the modified field.

 
P750 Inflatable World Championship returns to South Africa PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 10:15

The South African Inflatable Boat Association (SAIBA), an affiliate of Powerboat South Africa (PSA), will be hosting the Red Square 2010 P750 Inflatable World Championship during December 2010. The hosting rights were awarded to South Africa following the very successful 2009 event which was held in Port Elizabeth.

The multi-discipline event will start at the Emerald Resort & Casino on the Vaal River on Friday, 10 December 2010 when the 120km Longhaul event takes place. The circuit racing discipline will take place at the Loch Vaal Club from 10th to 13th December before the competitors move to Durban for the surf races which will be held at Battery Beach from 16th to 18th December 2010.

An opening ceremony, during which colours will be presented to the South African team members, will take place at the Emerald Resort & Casino on Thursday, 9 December 2010.

P750 Inflatable Boat racing is run in three classes and World Champions in each class will be crowned at the closing ceremony in Durban on the evening of 18 December.

The three classes are:

  • P750 Standard – Powered by a standard 50hp outboard motor with no performance enhancements and limited to rev at a maximum of 6000 RPM.
  • P750 Blueprint – Powered by a 50hp outboard motor that has been bought to original factory specification (or “Blueprint”)
  • P750 Modified – Powered by an outboard motor with an original capacity of not more than 750cc. Extensive modifications are permitted.

With confirmed entries from Sweden and Ireland, the South African competitors will have to be at their best to defend the titles they won in Port Elizabeth last year.