Sea­gate run­ning away in God­zone

New Zealand team’s suc­cess cred­ited to ori­en­teer­ing ex­pert Chris Forne

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

World adventure rac­ing cham­pi­ons Sea­gate stamped their author­ity on the God­zone race early on Satur­day morn­ing and by yes­ter­day were look­ing un­likely to give up any ad­van­tage to clos­est ri­vals, the Brazil­ian/ Span­ish team Vi­daraid, and Queen­stown’s Sword­fox.

At the time of go­ing to print, Sea­gate were some­where in a for­est near Waikaia and had to make the jour­ney back up to Cen­tral Otago for the fi­nal stages of the 550km race.

Wanaka teams Tiki Tour and Tor­pedo were slug­ging it out for fourth.

The New Zealand team’s amaz­ing race can be cred­ited to the freak­ish abil­ity of nav­i­ga­tor Chris Forne, an ori­en­teer­ing ex­pert; calm tran­si­tions; and con­sis­tent pace of travel.

Tail end char­lies were still lan­guish­ing on the Matuk­i­tuki River and Glendhu coas­t­eer­ing stages yes­ter­day, caught out by the mon­ster trek through the Al­bert Burn from Makarora and ris­ing rivers af­ter rain on Satur­day and again yes­ter­day.

A few teams have pulled out, af­ter get­ting lost or in­juries, but most of the 55 teams were bat­tling the course and con­di­tions.

If all goes ac­cord­ing to the plans be­ing scripted yes­ter­day by fans shel­ter­ing in Wanaka cafes, Sea­gate should be at the Roys Bay fin­ish line early this morn­ing.

Sup­port­ers were plan­ning to head down to the Up­per Clutha Rugby Club from 6.30am to cheer the win­ners home.

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Which way: Freaks . . . Sea­gate nav­i­ga­tor Chris Forne and cap­tain Nathan Fa’avae with their nose in their map.

Just the be­gin­ning: And they’re off . . . God­zone teams leav­ing the start­line at Fan­tail Falls in the Makarora Val­ley near Haast Pass on Satur­day morn­ing.

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