TJ did it again!

Tuesday, 16-Nov-10 08:45:54 UTC
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Tim Jacobs cemented his position as the leader of the Ocean Series with his fourth straight win this weekend in the Bing Lee LG Epic Kayaks Ocean Series Race 4 Narrabeen Downwind Challenge.  A clear victory against a tough field sets Tim up perfectly for his campaign to win an unprecedented third Dubai Shamaal in a row. The question now is, at the pointy end of the season, can Tim keep up his form, and can anyone beat the crocodile-riding champion?

Once again, the first half of the race turned into a struggle between TJ and Murray Stewart. Nathan Smith was unable to race so that left a hole in the potential podium places. Murray lead until Newport Reef: “I saw Tim on the inside – I thought he was too narrow, but as I got around the reef he was 200m ahead!”. After that, no-one came close to touching Tim until he crossed the finish line. Murray, underestimating the distance, felt the grand piano drop at 15km and fell out of contention to 4th place. David Smith, the stroke of Australia’s 1000m K4 in Beijing, took the opportunity and came screaming home in second place. In third was Corey Hill, “fresh” from a second place in the Coolangatta Gold last week (to Caine Eckstein). Corey is a rising star in Ocean racing so watch out for him over the next few years.

It turned out to be a good day for the Smith family: as well as Dave’s second place, younger sister Lauren won the women’s race over Kelly Jury, who dominated last year’s series. Lauren has won three races in this year’s series, but it’s the first time she has beaten Kelly. Both Dave and Lauren are elite kayak paddlers, but both have turned to ocean racing in the off-season. Dave will be heading to Dubai in a few weeks’ time and will be one of the many trying to de-throne TJ. Lauren won’t be making the trip this year, but hopes to get across in the future. Instead, she’ll stay at home and focus on winning the 20 Beaches, hoping to take out the series win and the trip to Molokai 2011.

We are happy to have such a talented group of paddlers in the Nelo Team, well done TJ, Smithy and Lauren!

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