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The South African Are Coming !!!!

There will be 3 South African boat racers at the AOF Short Course Nationals to be held in Lake Placid, Florida, March 6 & 7. They will be Colin Duncan, Brett Duncan and Tinus van der Merwe (pronounced Teen-us).

Colin Duncan

scourse_nat99_1_s.jpg (5843 bytes)Colin is President of the South African Boat Racing Federation (S.A.B.R.F) and was also a former South African Power Boat Association (S.A.P.B.A) Vice-President Sport & Technical. He also sat on and chaired the provincial and national selection committees and was President of the South African Hydroplane Association.

Involved in powerboat racing since 1982, Colin was 2 x South African National Champion in the OE Class and a strong contender in the OC class before retiring from driving. During this period Colin represented South Africa and his Province several times. South Africa's leading race boat designer and builder, Colin is the Strygon Racing Team manager and with his expertise in building, modifying and maintaining the teams motors, has produced 37 South African Champions under the Strygon banner in 9 different classes. Colin has also organized and held over 40 racing events including several OC(500cc) Internationals.

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Brett Duncan

brett1_s.jpg (13617 bytes)Brett has been racing since 1983. He started his racing career in the junior classes and was national champion every year for the 4 years that he raced in the junior classes. In 1987/1988, he started racing OC (500cc) hydros.

brett2_s.jpg (11452 bytes)In the first year that he raced OC hydros, he was national champion. Between 1988 and 1996, he was nation champion once, 2nd in the national championships 5 times and 3rd once.

scourse_nat99_3_s.jpg (4885 bytes)Brett was also 2nd in the National Championships in 1994/1995 and National Champion in the Mod E Hydro class in 1995/1996. Brett also managed to beat a formidable team from England and Europe in an international match up in the OC class in 1988. Brett is also Colin’s son.

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Personal Details:

Age: 25

Married: Yes

Children: None

Year Started Racing: 1983

Racing Achievements:

1983/84

South African Speed Record – OA (Junior Open) Class
Eastern Transvaal Provincial colours

1984/85

South African Champion – OA (Junior Open) Class
Eastern Transvaal Provincial colours
Nominated for Witbank News Sport Star of the Year

1985/86

Highveld Provincial colours
Third – National Championships – OA (Junior Open) Class

1986/87

South African Champion – OA (Junior Open) Class
Highveld Provincial colours.
Tony Vas Dias Memorial Trophy – (Highest overall points for the season out of the entire National field of pilots,both snr & jnr.)

1987/88 Started racing in the OC (500cc) class, at the age of 14
1988/89

South African Champion – OC (500cc) Class
Represented South Africa in OC (500cc) Class
Ist Position – International event
Man of the moment trophy – for the fastest lap times for the season

1990/91 Second – National Championships – OC (500cc) Class
1991/92 Third – National Championships – OC (500cc) Class
1992/93 Second – National Championships – OC (500cc) Class
1993/94 Second – National Championships – OC (500cc) Class
1994/95 Second – National Championships – Mod E Hydro Class
1995/96

Second – National Championships – OC (500cc) Class
South African Champion – Mod E Hydro Class

Current South African Champion – Mod E Hydro Class

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Tinus van der Merwe

tinus1_s.jpg (12686 bytes)Tinus started competing in water-ski races in 1978. He obtained numerous National Championship titles in water-ski racing as pilot, observer and skier. In 1985 he started his powerboat-racing career and since then claimed 8 South African Championship titles in various classes. He is regarded as one of the fastest and most refined pilots in South Africa and has vast experience in racing various types of boats and conditions.

tinus2_s.jpg (12294 bytes) He has also been involved in the management of the sport in the capacity of chairman and treasurer of the South African Boat Racing Federation. Tinus has been national champion in the OC (500cc) hydro class 6 times and has been the Mod E hydro national champion.

scourse_nat99_2_s.jpg (5976 bytes)He is the current OC champion. Tinus is also married to Colin’s daughter.

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Personal Details:

Age: 34

Married: Yes

Children: 2

Year Started Racing: 1978

Racing Achievements:

 

Waterski Racing

1978

Northen Transvaal Provincial colours

1979 – 1989

8 x Southern Transvaal Provincial colours

1980 – 1983

3 x National Champion – Formula 5 (90 Hp class)

1984 – 1986

2 x National Champion – Formula 4 (140 Hp class)

1987 National Champion – Formula 3 (225 Hp Class)
1988

National Champion – Formula 2 (260 Hp modified Class)

Powerboat Racing

1985/86

Highveld Provincial colours
South African Champion – SN Class

1986/87

Highveld Provincial colours
Second – National Championships – OC (500cc) class
Second – National Championships – SN class
Second – National Championships – ON class
Pilots Highpoints Trophy – Inter-provincial championships

1987/88

South African Champion – OC (500cc) Class
Represented South Africa in OC (500cc) Class
5th position against International team

1988/89

Represented South Africa in OC (500cc) Class
2nd position against International team

1990/91

South African Champion – OC (500cc) Class
Man of the moment trophy – for the fastest lap times for the season

1991/92

South African Champion – OC (500cc) Class
Man of the moment trophy – for the fastest lap times for the season

1992/93 South African Champion – OC (500cc) Class
1993/94 South African Champion – OC (500cc) Class
1994/95 South African Champion – Mod E Hydro Class
1995/96

South African Champion – OC (500cc) Class
Current South African Champion – OC (500cc) Class

Current South African Champion – OC (500cc) Hydro Class

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