Hank McGregor and Lee Furby dominated in the Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge, claiming the overall win on the second stage from Salt Rock to Zinkwazi on Sunday.
The opening stage took paddlers 42km from Suncoast Pirates Surf Lifesaving Club to Salt Rock and the pair of Matt Bouman and Wade Krieger pipped Euro Steel/Epic Kayak’s McGregor and partner Furby to the opening day honours.
The Epic Kayak’s pair of Bouman and Krieger were in the pound seats following the opening stanza and went into the second 32km leg with a 40 second advantage over the chasing McGregor and Furby,
Fenn Kayak’s Luke Nisbet and REVO Kayak’s/Bay Union’s Gene Prato were three minutes back in third.
The opening day of the race was not without drama as the final sprint ended in a win for Bouman and Krieger after a mishap from McGregor and Furby which cost them the stage win.
“We were hoping to win both days but we had a little altercation with a surfer and we fell off our ski on the sprint to the beach on Saturday,” said McGregor.
The race was an exciting one heading into final stage and all the contenders decided to take varying lines in the benign conditions on Sunday with McGregor and Furby’s tactics proving to be the difference on the day.
The 40 second deficit that McGregor and Furby had to overturn on the second day was going to be a tough task, however they made a push heading into the final half of the day and never looked back after that until they were over the line.
“Making up the time was the first goal and then we pushed as hard as we could to Zinkwazi and we are just really happy to have got the win,” said McGregor.
Despite a barnstorming second day, which saw them finish second, the pair of Woods and Manson ended outside the top three with Nisbet and Prato taking the final podium spot.
The Carbonology mixed duo of Bailey de Fondaumiere and Hayley Nixon ended in tenth place overall, while the Fenn Kayak’s ladies pair of Nikki Russell and Jenna Ward, the only all-ladies pair in the race, came home in fourteenth place overall.
View the final results here.