Klippenstein takes #3 with win at Round #1 of the Hot Products Triple Crown of Offshore- The Dana Point to Oceanside & Back race!!
On an unseasonably cold May morning in Southern California, Offshore Endurance racers gathered at the Dana Point Embarcardero for Round #1 of The 2016 Hot Products Triple Crown of Offshore- Dana Point to Oceanside & Back presented by Jettrim, Hydro-Turf, Sea-Doo, Sea-Tow, Jet Re-Nu, Oakley, Kawasaki, Amsoil, Skat-Trak, Yamaha, PWCOFFSHORE.com & So. Cal. Watecraft Club. With a group of very seasoned verterans and a handful of new racers the event got underway and the question on everyone minds was "who was going to be two time DP2O Champion, Mike Klippenstein, #212 Yamaha FXSVHO from Ft. MacMurray, Alberta, Canada?"
Water conditions for the 53 mile round trip were typical for the Spring race with some areas of the course on the Pacific Ocean that were very calm but most areas seeing swells of 3-5 feet or bigger. At precisely 9:30 am, the white flag turned to green and with that the race was on. Riders rocketed past the start/finish boat on their way some 25+ miles South towards the Oceanside Pier and the sister boat to the Start/Finish boat provided by Series Sponsor- Sea Tow. At the turn boat some 25 minutes later it was once again Mike Klippenstein with his #212 Yamaha FX 1800 in the lead with fellow Pro/Am class rider Tony Hoa, #88 San Gabriel, CA aboard his Yamaha SVHO and Paul Pham #99, Los Angeles, CA on his Kawasaki 300X from the Vet/Master class battling each other for the 2nd spot. This would be a side by side battle until the finish line. The rest of the racers filed in and rounded the Sea-Tow turn boat and headed North to the finish line just outside of Dana Point Harbor, all fighting for each finishing position.
In the end Mike Klippenstein proved once again why he own's this race with his 3rd consecutive win with a time of 50 minutes and 59 seconds and secured the top spot in the Pro/Am Open class. Paul Pham just barely, less than 1 second, edged out Tony Hoa for the 2nd spot in what was the closest finish in the history of this race. Congratulations to all competitors and now the points race is officially on to decide who will be crowned the Hot Products Triple Crown Champion in their class.
A special Thanks to April & Aaron Cress, Ryan Ellefson & Deanna Moreno for all their hard work and help producing Round 1 of the Triple Crown!
Up next, Round #2 - The LB2CAT - Long Beach to Catalina & Back IJSBA Offshore Endurance Championships schedule for Sunday, July 17th!
1st- Mike Klippenstein, Ft. MacMurray, AL Canada, #212 Yam FX1800 - Pro/Am Open 50 Mins 59 Sec
2nd- Paul Pham, Los Angeles, CA #99 Kaw 300 - Vet/Master Vet/Master 51 Mins 38 Sec
3rd- Tony Hoa, San Gabriel, CA #88 Yam FX SVHO - Pro/Am 51 Mins 38 Sec
4rth- Bill Scott, Lake Havasu City, AZ #102 Kaw 300 - Mfg. Stock 52 Mins 21 Sec
5th- Mark Gerner, Aliso Viejo, CA #21 Kaw Ultra 310R - Pro/Am Open 53 Mins 21 Sec
6th- Charles Anderson, Lake Havasu City, AZ #212X Yam FX SVHO - Mfg Stock 59 Mins 06 Sec
7th- Daniel Cox, El Cajon, CA #525 Kaw 310R Mfg Stock 1 Hour 19 Sec
8th- Marlon Macadildig, Los Angeles, CA #27 Sea Doo 4 Stroke Stock 1 Hour 2 Mins 44 Sec
9th- Gerry Wong, Ft. MacMurray, AL, Canada, #55 Yam FX SVHO Vet/Master 1 Hour 3 Mins 6 Sec
10th- Shawn Mulkey, Orange, CA #248 Sea Doo RXTX 4 Stroke Stock 1 Hour 9 Mins 05 Sec
11th- Fadi Sacre, San Diego, CA #930 Yam FXHO 4 Stroke Stock 1 Hour 12 Mins 26 Sec
12th- Cody Rivas, Anaheim, CA #325 Sea Doo GTX LTD Mfg Stock 1 Hour 15 Mins 05 Sec
13th- Michael McCormack, Minden, NV #777 Yam FXSVHO Vet/Master 1 Hour 20 Mins 31 Sec
14th- Jeff Lane, Anaheim, CA #83 Kaw Ultra 310 Vet/Master DNF
15th- Tom Cruz, Oceanside, CA #12 Kaw 300X Vet/Master DNF
1st- Mike Klippenstein, Ft. MacMurray, AL Canada, #212 Yam FX1800 - 50 Mins 59 Sec
2nd-Tony Hoa, San Gabriel, CA #88 Yam FX SVHO - 51 Mins 38 Sec
3rd-Mark Gerner, Aliso Viejo, CA #21 Kaw Ultra 310R - 53 Mins 21 Sec
1st- Paul Pham, Los Angeles, CA #99 Kaw 300 - Vet/Master - 51 Mins 38 Sec
2nd-Gerry Wong, Ft. MacMurray, AL, Canada, #55 Yam FX SVHO - 1 Hour 3 Mins 6 Sec
3rd-Michael McCormack, Minden, NV #777 Yam FXSVHO - 1 Hour 20 Mins 31 Sec
4th- Jeff Lane, Anaheim, CA #83 Kaw Ultra 310 DNF
5th- Tom Cruz, Oceanside, CA #12 Kaw 300X DNF
4 Stroke Stock
1st- Marlon Macadildig, Los Angeles, CA #27 Sea Doo - 1 Hour 2 Mins 44 Sec
2nd- Shawn Mulkey, Orange, CA #248 Sea Doo RXTX - 1 Hour 9 Mins 05 Sec
3rd- Fadi Sacre, San Diego, CA #930 Yam FXHO - 1 Hour 12 Mins 26 Sec
1st- Bill Scott, Lake Havasu City, AZ #102 Kaw 300 - 52 Mins 21 Sec
2nd- Charles Anderson, Lake Havasu City, AZ #212X Yam FX SVHO - 59 Mins 06 Sec
3rd- Daniel Cox, El Cajon, CA #525 Kaw 310R - 1 Hour 19 Sec
4th- Cody Rivas, Anaheim, CA #325 Sea Doo GTX LTD - 1 Hour 15 Mins 05 Sec