World number 3 fifth in Port Alfred rubber duck race

WORLD CLASS: Well-known boat builder from Cintsa, Murray Elliott, the pilot of the modified boat, M14, with supporter Kevin Ackermann from Port Elizabeth/Kenton, at the surf section of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival rubber duck national race at East Beach on Saturday Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES

World number 3 in 2009, Murray Elliott was hoping to make a comeback at the Royal St Andrews Amanzi Festival rubber duck national race held at Port Alfred’s East Beach on Saturday, March 31.

But he seized his  engine in the second heat and although engine trouble is common in especially in the modified class, he was unable to do finish the surf challenge.

When a boat flips, the engine takes on water and the spark plugs need to be taken out.  Most pilots can strip and re-assemble an engine on the beach in time to join in the next heat and carry on racing.

“Capsized boats are common especially when the boats go out over the waves as the waves shoot you sky high and then the wind catches you,” said Elliott.

Unfortunately he was unable to participate in the long-haul, Barnacles Challenge out to sea on Sunday, but he said he would be back to ride again.

At the prize giving for the rubber duck national race and jet ski race held at the Royal St Andrews Hotel on Sunday night, Elliott proved to have enough points to gain fifth place in the race.

The results were: Murray Elliot and co-pilot Zane Schonknecht in 5th, Elandre Human and Tristan Wille from Grahamstown in 4th, Rowan Nortje and Jurie van Gendt 3rd, and Candice Hatting and Chad Romans tied for first place with Mark Gleen and Willis Lenar

Elliott is known throughout the country and the world and has been to the US and China, even building boats for the US Navy.  He usually spends a few months overseas, and returns to Cintsa where he has a boat-building business, Ocean Extreme, and surfs, and takes clients out on leisure rides to see the dolphins and the whales or on adrenalin rides.

See Talk of the Town this week for action picture of this boat.

FASTEST ON WATER: At the prize giving for the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival rubber duck national race, from left, Rowan Nortje and Jurie van Gendt came third, and Candice Hatting and Chad Romans tied for first place with Mark Gleen and Willis Lenar Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES

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