"The sea was angry that day my friends. Like an old man trying to return soup at a deli" - George Costanza, Seinfeld.
Special note on paddle times
Paddle times listed in the results reflect the automated times recorded at the respective timing points at the end of the swim and the start of the run (including both
transitions). They make NO attempt to try to rectify obvious injustices and inconsistencies that occurred as a result of the different distances paddled by paddlers.
Obviously we try to achieve a fair and equitable outcome in every race we run. However the combination of the northern turning buoy drifting
southwards (meaning that the first paddlers paddled the furthest) before being washed in to shore, then being replaced for a period by a water safety craft, before that
craft in turn was called on to help struggling paddlers, and finally having all remaining paddlers called directly in meant that virtually no two paddlers paddled exactly the same
course. In short, we did our best to keep the course going and as even as possible, but eventually, the safety of our competitors was the bigger concern.
We have elected NOT to nullify the paddle completely however, firstly because we consider it an important part of the sport of adventure racing, and secondly because it would have
created even greater injustices in some of the results - notably in the open individual men where the victor - leading at the time - paddled marginally further than his peers yet still managed to win. We will review course marking contingencies
for wild weather but stand by our decisions to put competitor safety first and leave the results as they are.
The only exception to this is where we have applied a penalty (included in the paddle time) for competitors who ran the final beach
or who otherwise would have received an unfair advantage affecting prize money. We've tried to be fair to all and have done the best we can. As such, no further correspondence will be entered into.