Race #4 – The Maui Jim Molokai Challenge
‘It Was The Battle Of The 5’
With flat conditions and a very strong race contingent, the race was a brutally tough up front with Clint Robinson, Jasper Mocke, Sean Rice, Hank Mcgregor and Cory Hill all trading places throughout the 53 km crossing. In the end, it was Hank who crossed the line in 1st place paddling past a very frustrated Cory Hill who had come to close to the infamous China Wall reefs, consequently smashing his rudder, with only 2 km left to the finish. The defending champion had to relinquish his lead to give McGregor a Molokai hatrick. Sean Rice and Jasper Mocke, both still searching for that elusive Molokai victory, capitalized on a step up the podium, while 3 x former winner Clint Robinson finished in 4th place.
The Molokai Challenge is the oldest independent downwind ocean paddling race in the world. Up until the inception of the World Surfski Series in 2007 the Molokai was the de-facto World Championship event on the ocean racing calender. Many paddlers consider it a pilgrimage.