|Barnett and Oosthuizen lead Trans Agulhas|
|Written by Paul Bedford|
|Monday, 28 December 2009 18:11|
Dave 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.
In the King of the Waves challenge held at Mossel Bay's Santos Beach this afternoon Roy Ball and Theo Rischbieter took a narrow win over Barnett and Oosthiuzen ith Erasmus and Lombard third in the modified class.
Steyn Basson and Jan Kriel took the victory in the blueprint class with Erasmus and Geldenhys just two seconds behind them. Dzjan Schutte and Kevin Pattinson claimed the final podium position.
With Almost all of the standard class boats back on the water for the King of the Waves challenge Mattee and Watkins were pushed all the way by Willem Strydom and Willem van Tonder, eventually ending just two seconds ahead. Stian Clote and Dirk Steyn ended in third.
The novice class went to Farrell and Augostinho ahead of Johan-Hugo Reinke and Almero Barnard with Kersop and Jansen third.