Published on November 28th, 2012 | by Peter Svensson0
Manly Wine King of the Harbour Race Report
Jacobs again, Baggaley returns.
Sydney’s Tim Jacobs continued his run of wins in last weekend’s Manly Wine King of the Harbour at Manly Beach in Sydney. Jacobs and Queensland’s Jeremy Cotter went head to head over the fourteen kilometre course with Jacobs making his move in the final kilometre to the beach.
Tim Jacobs and Jeremy Cotter
Cotter had a solid lead at the ten kilometre mark but the lanky Jacobs with his relaxed effortless stroke pulled back the faster rating cotter in the two kilometres up wind section. Cotter fought back and took the lead with less than two kilometres to go but Jacobs came through. Rumour is that Jacobs was trying to impress his brother, Pete who was on the beach to help out for the day. Jacobs P recently took out the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon adding another trophy to the already bulging Jacobs memorabilia cabinet.
Top 5 Open – Reece Baker – 5th, Jeremy Cotter – 2nd, Tim Jacobs – 1st, Murray Stewart – 3rd, Sam Norton – 4th
After a bad start, Olympic Champ Murray Stewart fought his way through the pack to fill the final spot on the podium. Jacobs who was favourite for the 750m Australian Sports Nutrition (ASN) Hot Spot fell off at the start giving the Sunshine Coast’s youngster Billy Bain a clear run to the turn. Bain was challenged early by Reece Baker and Nathan Baggaley, but showed great maturity to maintain his poise and pick up the ASN Hotspot $500.
Unfortunately for the rest of the field, Bain stopped on the turn to remove bluebottles that had wrapped around his arm, causing a traffic jam with many having to stop and back up and some falling off. Bruce Taylor and Kurt Tutt were just some of the casualties with Taylor taking a ski to ribs and spending some time in the water. Both paddled their way back through the field but failed to crack the top ten.
Jo Brigden-Jones (1st) and Sarah Knapman (2nd ) in the Open Female
Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones like Stewart was favourite for the ASN Hotspot in the ladies and like Stewart went into water at the start. Sarah Knapman took advantage of Jo Brigden-Jones disadvantage and added $250 courtesy of ASN to her bank account. Jo Brigden-Jones made up the deficit over the course of the race relegating Knapman to second with New Zealand’s Tracy Wilson picking up the bronze.
The return of Baggaley
The big news of the day was the return of Nathan Baggaley to the racing arena. After an extended layoff it didn’t take Baggaley too long to get his well-known competitive spirit back. Very close to the leaders for about half the race, fitness played its part and he faded to a creditable 15th by the time he came ashore at Manly.
This was the first event of five to be held in the THORZT Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS). The next event will be the Mandurah Duel in January followed closely by The Doctor. The series will end up once again in Sydney with the Bridge to Beach on February 24th.
Big thanks to all the supporters of the series THORZT and Pro Choice Safety Gear along with all the major craft sponsors, Nelo, Stellar, Fenn, Carbonology and Vadja. It’s great to see all these suppliers come together in one series and the result of this was a well-supported race with good numbers and a very competitive field.
Results (please note the SUPs and Short Course categories raced a shorter course however are mixed in overall results)
Photos by Sherene LaGasse
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