Millers Downwind Series: Race 1
Yesterday saw the start and first race, of the Millers Downwind Series. 38 frothing paddlers met at False Bay Sailing Club for what was promising to be an all time run. At the club we were seeing a live wind reading averaging 30 knots. The anticipation was rising as boards were being loaded onto the trailers, and we made our way to the start line, at Millers Point.
We arrived at Millers and the conditions were absolutely perfect, a steady 25-30 knot South Easter was lining up from the Millers slipway straight onto Fish Hoek Beach. Some last minute tactics were exchanged by the seasoned pro’s and advice was given to some of the new comers. A few hi-fives were thrown around for good measure and then it was time to start! The starting procedure was staggered, which would ensure all groups would hit Fish Hoek Beach at roughly the same time. Off first and the biggest of the groups was the “Shark Bait” group. This group consisted of two prone paddlers (Kit and Brett), Brad Ewing at 16, our youngest competitor, the newcomers and 4 ladies (5 in total including Tarryn) a new record for the Millers. 15 Minutes later the whistle blew for the “Shark Spotters”, which to the dismay of the crowds, included one of the favorites Greg Bertish, as well as Tarryn King, hot off her US tour and top 10 finisher of the Pacific Paddle Games. Last but not least, 5 minutes later it was the start of the “Shark Warriors”.