I came down to Cape Town, as I had the privilege of being the Guest Speaker at Somerset House School. I got to present their Sports Awards. The Headmaster there, Chris Storey, was my first canoeing coach, and after setting up the every successful canoeing program at Bridgehouse School, he moved to Somerset House about 4 years ago. It was great, and I hope I inspired some future Olympians!
I am here for the week, and am hoping to get in some quality training, and race practice. On Sunday I raced the Discovery Sunglass Hut Series race at Oceana. It was an out and back course. Out into a strong wind and swell, but then turning and enjoying the downwind on the way back. After a terrible start, I managed to haul in first place, Nikki Mocke. After sitting with her and Billy and Tracy Harker (mixed doubles winners) I put in a surge to try to catch the bunch ahead of us. In the process I dropped her and the Harkers. I turned in first, and then managed to open up my lead on the downwind section, to win by over 3 minutes.
I am training here for the next week, and race the Peninsular Marathon on this coming weekend, before flying to Dubai to defend my title there. It’s always great to be in Cape Town, catch up with old friends and just enjoy the beauty of it!
Thanks to John for the awesome images. Click on them to go to his website.