Duo speed to world ti­tle

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - MFUNDO PILISO mfun­dop@dis­patch.co.za

East Lon­don’s very own Candice Hat­ting and Chad Ro­mans felt a sense of re­lief when they won this year’s an­nual In­flat­able Power­boat World Cham­pi­onships that were held in France, and con­cluded last Sun­day.

The two lo­cal speed fa­nat­ics, who man­aged to take first po­si­tion in the mod­i­fied boats cat­e­gory, said they were al­most de­feated even be­fore they started, but it was their fighting spirit that forced them to not give up.

Hat­ting said her hopes of win­ning their world champs al­most faded away when their boat ex­pe­ri­enced me­chan­i­cal fail­ure.

“Our en­gine failed and luck­ily my hus­band, Michael Hat­ting, is a me­chanic and he had an hour and half to fix the en­gine be­fore the race took place.

“And when the boat failed I kind of had my own doubts. When the en­gine died I ac­tu­ally said this is it and there goes our cham­pi­onships. But thanks to my hus­band we were able to con­tinue to com­pete,” said Hat­ting.

She said the first cir­cuit was a bad start and they had two days of rac­ing on rough sea wa­ters and had to be ex­tra cau­tious.

“The sec­ond day the wa­ters got too rough and the race was moved to our off day.

“We then had 19 laps of 6k with a to­tal of 120km, but the wa­ters were rough still. So we left twice and the or­gan­is­ers were ac­tu­ally think­ing of can­celling the race.

“And the amaz­ing thing is that we had done 19 laps and the other guys did like 15 laps, but we were just happy that we were able to go there and com­pete and win.

“And with the long haul race that we won, we had enough prac­tice, be­cause the ac­tual race only took place af­ter 2pm,” said Hat­ting.

This was Hat­ting’s first ever world ti­tle.

Her only pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance at the world champs came in 2009 when it was held in Port El­iz­a­beth where, along with her hus­band Mike, they fin­ished as run­ners-up.

Ro­mans, how­ever, is no stranger to be­ing world cham­pion as this is his third ti­tle.

His first ti­tle came in 2013 when he pow­ered to the win in Eng­land in the Stan­dard Class, and fol­lowed that up by pick­ing up his sec­ond world ti­tle in 2015 in Monaco in the same class.

The Dis­patch was un­able to in­ter­view Ro­mans as he is in China par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Auto-Moto Boat Race.

The sec­ond day the wa­ters got too rough and the race was moved to our off day

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

VIC­TO­RI­OUS: Chad Ro­mans and Candice Hat­ting on their way to win­ning the In­flat­able Power­boat World Cham­pi­onships that were re­cently held in France.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

CHAMPS: Chad Ro­mans and Candice Hat­ting are the in­flat­able power­boat world cham­pi­ons.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.