Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sore shoulders, arms or are you getting forearm pump?


Do you have sore shoulders, arms or are getting forearm pump?
I don’t. Even after 50 years of paddling.
Maybe it’s time for a new paddle?
As the Gara agent here in Durban, I have the full range of Gara paddles for you to demo.

Send me a message, so I can meet you at DUC or KCC to give them all a try and find out what suits your style – no obligation.
See you on the water …

Lee Mc Gregor
(082 589 0880)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mc Gregor Classic ski - latest review from Oslo, Norway
August 4 at 7:46pm · Oslo, Norway ·
McGregor Classic Surfski Preview

Just had the pleasure of previewing the rocket nose McGregor Classic Surfski from Knysna Racing. The ski is a very rare beast, not least in Norway. My friend Anders W Andersen got one this summer and let me test it. Thanks!
Test was 11k in flat to very nice smaller 10kt runs, boat wake and cross chop.
I noticed that it looked a lot like the old pre-Oscar Nelo 560, that I test swam at the club three years ago, as the super cool sprint padlers were relaxing in the pier looking at the surfski fool remounting every third stroke.
I’m pleased to say that testing the McGregor was just fantastic with only a few things I’d improve in the next generation. It’s very very light, you can pick it up with one hand. It looks super fast, doesn’t look too fancy nor boring, just fast. It sits very well in the water and initial stability is sort of just enough and feels comfy for me (intermediate, +40, paddling 4-6 times a week, mostly small bumps in Oslo).
The seat is round, comfy and forgiving and will feel like this for most folks I believe. It let me rotate really well. A very important feature, and I’m not the smallest paddler around at 186cm, 86kg.
Immediately I noticed that every single ripple on the water goes through the hull and into your hips, you get a very cool feeling for the water in this boat. A bit like the V14, but more pronounced. A lovely feature.
On the flat it accelerated so well, got it up to 18km/h, just a bit under the Uno Max that I mostly paddle, maybe because of that, as I think the McGregor will go faster. Looking at the nose makes you feel and want to go FAST!
Took her out into the chop outside the pier and found it a bit challenging at first as I had the non-secured GoPro in my lap and had to not get in the water.
Then I hit the waves and it pierced the upwind waves extremely well, turned around thinking a bit about the camera, but once I aligned with the waves it was just stable, fun and fast. You’ll catch and surf every little wave, you can manoeuvre the ski just as you like, as it turns so quickly.
After 11km I wanted to paddle more, but had to go.
Finish is good, very good. Above new Nelo, below Think, probably EPIC.
Two issues. Knee bump/hump, it's tall and in my way, most other boats are lowering the hump. Wish this would be the case in a future Mc Gregor Classic.
Pedal system, why must every brand engineer their own solution? I know why of course, but it’s probably a complicated piece of engineering getting all these small parts right and you just wont succeed in first go I think. Mechanically the system worked fine and feels solid, but the bolts and nuts were very annoying to my feet. Had it not been for this feature, this would have been my next purchase for sure. Personal issue though, test for yourself and don't take my word, my feet are long.
All in all it’s a very good ski for folks like me and smaller folks for sure. Light, low volume, rocket nose, manageable, accelerates very well, surfs every wave, would fit many people in smaller waves. Don't think I'd enjoy it a lot in larger seas though - but then again - you might!!
Very nice! Looking forward to a potential 2018 upgrade of the smaller issues, and I'll put my name on their customer list!

Sune Wendelboe
P.S. The new updated Classic called the Mc Gregor Rhythm is out of the factory!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

LUX Surfski Week - Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic Race July 2017

Well done to Hank, defending his LUX Surfski Week - Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic title! Always difficult to beat some of the best downwind paddlers in hectic conditions.

Friday, April 14, 2017

MACSquad 2017

First big event of the year: South African Sprint Championship and National Trials 👍

Here are the results:

Gold medals 17
Silver medals 21
Bronze medals 12

Total medals collected 50

Well done to everyone!  Now for our big one: Marathons. 


And here are some photos of the action:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Grande Finale in 2016: The Cape Point Challenge

Hank Mc Gregor dominates Fenn Cape Point Challenge. Win no.7!

December 17



Lee finished Top 10 with the new Mc Gregor Classic from Knysna Racing.



  Kyeta and Emma winning the 1st Double Ski Women's.

And Hamish Lovemore made 2nd Junior and 16th Overall in his new Mc Gregor Classic from Knysna Racing.

Playing Catchup with 2016!

Well done Hank McGregor - Athlete for winning the Hong Kong Dragon Run today and the World Series from all of his MACSquad Family around the world !!!

November 12

Stoked to finish off the World Surfski Series with a win against a loaded field in Perth at The Doctor!

November 23

Randall Taylor and the North Florida Watermen may be bringing a bit of an advantage to the start lines next year.  The Florida league of distinguished gentlemen have enlisted the help of Masters World Champion and former South African Olympic Kayak coach Lee Mc Gregor.

Check out the article in

December 12