Tim Hookins – post ICF World Champs race

Hi Guys,

Its sizzling hot at 6.10pm here in the Southern capital of Seville and though the siesta is still on I am writing here in my room while the mad Judy makes her way down the winding alleys to get a sim card for the iPad. She dropped it this morning and it has little cracks across the screen but it is still working fine. We are dreaming up ways of getting photos to you. This place is crammed with fantastic images and places and it’s just wonderful to be here, even though I’m sweating as I write in my hotel room with the sound of trickling water in the courtyard below. The cathedral tower and the cloisters were built by the moors (Muslims) in about 1100 when they controlled the place. The Christians took over in about 1200 and built the hugest cathedral in Spain, it’s wonderful, just to show the Muslims what they could do. The great thing was they were willing to keep all the best bits of what the Muslims had done. I thought that was very tolerant of them. The Christians of the time thought the Muslim construction style was all the rage and built the most beautiful palace (The original Alcazar) in the Muslim style. Still following?

Two nights ago we spent in Elvas, a Portuguese fortified city built to defend itself against the Spaniards in the middle ages. To make it hard for the Spaniards, they built fortifications like Cape Town Castle multiplied by ten (no exaggeration) We stayed in a hotel converted from the military hospital built in 1640. Its now 6.26pm. Jude is probably by now dancing Flamenco with a red rose in her mouth. We have plans to go to a Flamenco show tonight. Tomorrow we are planning to go to the Alhambra palace in Granada.

Sorry about the blog. We never quite got round to it. Internet is a bit suspect in Portugal and Spain. The World Champs were an absolute hoot. We had such fun. I have to report however that I came in 9th out of 12 paddlers in the 60 to 64 age group. That puts me 9th in the world. I’m sorry I couldn’t have done better. [Tim sells himself short – the results online show he was 8th in the world in his division].

It became clear that the South Africans are top dogs in the surfski business. They had this huge team, but we had the best uniforms. That didn’t seem to make us go faster. A Saffer won the champs followed by two Aussies in the open. The Aussie team had a whale of a time and some of our kids turned out to be absolutely hilarious in what they got up to.

On the last night we all went to a bull fight. More accurately a bull taunt. But they don’t kill the bull in Portugal and the horsemanship the picadors or whatever display is astonishing. What I really liked is the unique feature of Portuguese bullfighting. About 10 amateurs line up in front of the bull (500kg) and as it charges the front bloke grabs the bull by the horns and then the rest of them see if they can overpower it! Sounds crazy? You’re right. Absolutely petrifying! But the first bloke has to take the big thrust and he comes out of it with the seams of his clothes exploding, etc.

It’s now 6.50. I better go and see if I can find Jude out in the streets of Seville.

Best wishes

Tim Hookins reports 4 hours before the start of the ICF World Champs in Portugal

As the dawn slowly appears, it’s clearly different this morning. Thinner mist and a gentle breeze from the North! That’s what we want! There’s a red flag on a marker bouy about a half a km out there between the rocky islands and its fluttering in the breeze. The start will be at 4pm this arvo and hopefully it will build until then.

Last night we had the opening ceremony within the walls of the ancient Fort St Joao. The athletes were all gathered in their national groups with the Aussies possibly the most striking looking in the gold and green, but the South African Team is definitely larger. Quite a big group from United Kingdom, all buoyed on by unrelated victories in cycling and tennis.

The truth is we are all on edge, not knowing how our boys and girls will fare against the opposition.
There were team photos and the boxing kangaroo and the flags were there. The local Mayor, Mario and another guy from ICF each gave welcoming speechs. The Portuguese anthem was played and the flags of Portugal, the town and the international Canoeing Federation were raised. It is clear that

Andre, the event organiser, is trying his utmost to see that the event has true World Championship status. We were all told that national gear is to be worn on all occasions. Andre gave the briefing which included the usual things and the use of flares, the start and the finish. Then there was dinner inside the little castle which is used as a restaurant. People strolled around the battlements and looked out to sea from the turrets for any signs of wind.

Most things are now sorted for the paddlers. Everyone at last has a boat that I know of. Some have a vacuum fibre where they might have preferred a carbon. The young bucks are sizing up their opposition. Michaeal Booth knows his major threat is a young South African , I think a Van der Walt, and im guessing right now he’s thinking how he can finish ahead of him.

We have seen very little of Timmy Jacobs so far. He is obviously the incumbent here so the pressure upon him must be immense. He kept away from the limelight yesterday at the ceremony and I’m sure he’s planning his way ahead.

A few possible matchups to look at during the race:
Tony King Vets 60+ v a Pommie bloke called Smith
Jimmy Walker Vets 40-44 v Tommy Woodriff v Dave Tudor-Jones v a South African called Biggles.

It’s now 10.30am here in misty Vila do Conde and it’s time for me to get preparing for the race. So many other things to tell, it’s been such a hoot and our captain, Jimmy Walker has been great.
Wind is expected to be 20 kph Northerly, so it’s improving.

Think of all our boys and girls doing their best today!

Australian Surfski Racing Team in Portugal

Australian Surfski Racing Team: Wednesday 10th July. Today most of us registered for the race. Registration is in the shadow of a medieval castle guarding the entrance to the old harbour of Vila do Conde. What a setting. Pics tomorrow. I was too preoccupied today getting the boat organised. Actually got onto the water and paddled along the coastline, lots of little bommies, water quite cool but nice. Got my Vaikobi gear on and it felt good to wear. Thanks to Pat Langley of Vaikobi who sponsored all the on-water paddling gear.

Conditions better than I imagined the Atlantic would be. Cool and misty today.

It looks like the big race will be held on Saturday. Not much wind or swell around, we live in hope. I had imagined we would be paddling off this quiet, quaint Portuguese village, but of course, no. More like a far denser, older version of the Gold Coast. But the beaches are nice. As usual, all the actual water belongs to us paddlers.

This evening we had the team dinner, attended by the team and the supporters at an ocean facing restaurant. Jimmy Walker, team captain, gave a well aimed discourse on what it means to represent Australia at a world championship event and how to get your mind right for preparing a race plan for an event like this. You could just see how this hit the spot especially as far as the younger paddlers are concerned. Thanks Jim!

Tomorrow we are doing probably the last bigger training all as a team out there. We are all looking forward to it. Wish you were here! Tim

Brothers Tim and Pete Jacobs set to take on the world


July 2013 Sydney, Australia July will be an action packed month for the Jacobs family this year with siblings Tim and Pete Jacobs set to take on the world in their individual sports. The Jacobs brothers, both born and bred on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, have endurance accomplishments only most can dream of.

Brothers Tim and Pete Jacobs are both outstanding athletes
Tim Jacobs, current 2 x defending Dragon Run Champion ‐ Hong Kong, 2 x winner of the worlds richest Ocean Ski race in Dubai, and coach of recent Olympic K4 member Gold medalist Murray Stewart, will be part of the Australian National Team at the World Ocean Ski Championships on 12-­‐14th July at Vila Do Conde, Portugal.

The world renowned paddler is looking forward to getting back onto the European waters hungry to taste victory yet again after his win in 2010 at the ICF World Series Nelo Summer Challenge ‐ Portugal. Jacobs stating “The North Atlantic Ocean will provide some fantastic racing conditions and the field will be one of the best and largest ever assembled. The magnitude of this race being the inaugural World Championships will bring out the best of everyone.”

Tim Hookins, Australian Ocean Racing Selector and Manager said “We are hoping to match it with South Africa, the other world powerhouse in ocean racing. I expect that battle between Australia and South Africa to be as fierce as any rugby test”

The European Ironman Triathlon World Championships on July 7th in Frankfurt will see Ironman Triathlon World Champion Pete Jacobs front and center as the man to beat. The 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2 run has the crème de la crème on the starting list with the likes of Marino Vanhoenaker, Eneko Llanos and Sebastian Kienle. World Champion Jacobs explains “Frankfurt is definitely one of the biggest and most prestigious races. I need a strong focus to stay on track with my training and recovery throughout the year and the Ironman European Championship will definitely give me that. It’s going to be a very strong field and I’d love to show them how I’ve always performed well in Germany.”

The Jacobs brothers flying the Australian flag on the world stage is not new, although both endorsing the same product is. The duo will be donning Rudy Project eyewear both on and off their respective race courses in Europe this month.

A Nelo ocean ski and Braca paddle will be the older brothers tool of choice mid month. A Boardman Bike, Asics Hyperspeeds and blueseventy wetsuit will add to the armor of Pete come July 7

Tingira Teams Challenge | Background & Press Release

In 2011 Paddle NSW gave our newly formed club, the Shark Island Paddlers, the opportunity to hold a new event at Rose Bay. After doing some research into why Tingira Beach & Park at Rose Bay was such, we soon became hooked on the history of the Tingira ship, originally named the Sobraon which held the speed record for sailing ships from England to Australia. The interesting part is the Indigenous meaning of the word “Tingira”, which means Open Sea, as well as the way in which the ship, when it was moored in the middle of Rose Bay, was employed to train crews of young men for the Open Sea.

The parallels are obvious to our paddlers who spend a lot of time on the water and are familiar with the spiritual & challenging nature of being on the open water.

We then found that there is a Tingira Association which led to speaking to Mark Lee, the Secretary who had the association generously donate our beautifully crafted perpetual trophy. As the attached article outlines, John Diggins was the inaugural winner of the cup during 2011. We look forward to presenting this special trophy to the overall 2013 winner.

For this year we have decided to create a truly unique event on the paddling calendar, the first ever Teams Challenge, so the event has been re-named the Tingira Teams Challenge. This concept more faithfully follows the history here and will encourage our regular paddlers for the first time to put together a team. Our criteria is simple, there are 4 boats that make a team and these boats can be either single or doubles, there must be a minimum though of 1 x (One) Double in each Team. The categories are Men Open, Men Senior and Mixed, which is a combination of male & female. We are trying to encourage more females to paddle & would like to see an all-female team as well!

Start putting together your Teams now because as well as the glory of a Team category place, we’ll be looking for the most creative Team names.
Our lucky auction winners from the Rose Bay Challenge along with Clint Robinson OAM & Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins will be joining & competing as part of a Team in Double Crews.

Proceeds will go to support NSW Marine Rescue who we have previously supported where our donation purchased a Defibrillator which has been housed on one of their boats. This device has been twice used in an emergency and credited with saving the lives of the patients involved.

The story of the history of the Tingira ship is here http://www.navyhistory.org.au/the-history-of-hmas-tingira/

We would like to thank Alan Phillips who has modified the Paddle NSW Timing system to suit this, the Tingira Association Inc, NSW Marine Rescue, Mal Odgers – our outgoing SIP Treasurer & Boat Captain, David Jepson – our new SIP Treasurer, Tim Hookins & the OTW Committee, Val Titov for her design work, the sponsors of the Rose Bay Challenge Auction prizes ie Epic, Clint Robinson & Hoppo, Paddle NSW & Woollahra Council.

If you require any further information:

Tingira Teams Challenge Race Director & Shark Island Paddlers President : Howard Bernsten 0412 618 220

Tingira Teams Challenge Race Organiser & Shark Island Paddlers Secretary : Tony Haines 0411 532 000

Tingira Teams Challenge Race Organiser & Shark Island Paddlers Committee : David Edelman 0425 280 879