Feeling very brave, and desperately in need of time on the ocean in my new Fenn Swordfish, I shot through to Fish Hoek after work on Friday for my first Sea Dog surfski time-trial.
The course for the evening was 5 laps of a triangular course. The strong south-easter made it pretty tough, and there was a bit of a swell to contend with as well. I managed to take a swim twice, which was probably not bad going all things considered. I was glad to have my paddles on a leash connected to my ski as falling in was less complicated — I just had to grab the ski and retrieve the paddle afterwards. My Garmin tells me that my average speed over the 5.26km was 7.5km/h, with a maximum speed of 19.6km/h — it’s likely that was when I was getting back on the ski after falling in (not keen on having anything nibbling on me).
The Sea Dog Paddle Series is held every Friday at 18h00 at Fish Hoek Beach at the Fish Hoek Lifesaving Club.
Presented by the VarsityCollege Surfskischool and The Paddling Centre, the Sea Dog time-trial takes place every Friday from October to 07 December 2012 and 8 January to 12 March 2013, making it 2 series of ten weeks.
All Paddle craft welcome: surfskis, paddleboards, SUP’s, sea kayaks, just pitch up from 17h00 to register at the Fish Hoek Lifesaving Clubhouse for a 18h00 start. R50 series registration (per 10 week series) and R10 per race, or R130 upfront all-inclusive, or R20 per race once off.