Seems like summer has hit the road. I had to put a full cotton T shirt on this morning with my slops. Can’t imagine what the brothers in Gauteng are having to wear.
Hopefully the sudden change in weather will spark off a rain pattern where it is mostly needed.
The poor Cappies were given a smattering of what they were hoping, but not a huge difference to the levels of the major dams.
Rumour has it that the organisers of the Berg River Marathon are once again looking at the possibility of a low water option.
Race organiser, Andre Collins, has hinted that “the race committee was planning a rejigged race route that will take best advantage of the most paddleable sections of river in very low conditions, but said they would remain flexible right up to the race hoping for the arrival of the annual winter rains”.
The race normally covers the 240 kilometres from Paarl to the West Coast town of Velddrif in four stages. But Collins explained that the back-up plan involved starting downstream of Paarl and racing the more reliable sections of the river.
Under the low water rules, the first day will be raced from Gouda Bridge to Misverstand Dam Wall (46km); Day Two over a shorter segment of the same stretch of water from Gouda Bridge to Bridgetown (30km); Day Three from the normal fourth stage start at Zoutkloof to Oordraplek (49km); and the final day spanning the usual last stage from Zoutkloof to Velddrif (59 km).
“While we try to hold the race over the original course from Paarl to Velddrif every year, we have to be realistic,” said Collins.
“Under the low water plan the total paddling distance will be less than a normal Berg, the total time spent on the water will very similar to a marathon on a medium level river,” he said.
Those fortunate to live at the coast always have the option of heading out to the blue yonder where water is guaranteed.
If you are a ski paddler and want real blue yonder, have a look at the FB promo for the Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic. It is undoubtedly the best Ocean paddling week anywhere, ever. There is still time to raid the piggy or to cash in on the life policy of the “soon to be Ex”. Make a plan. It is an ICF World Cup Event. So those looking for points towards the 2019 World Championships in France should look seriously at this easy option.
Our 4 “person” sprint squad is settled in Szeged (Hungary) and will start racing on Friday. The link to the provisional draws is http://szegedcanoe2018.com/_content/preliminary_startlist_wc_szeged18.pdf
They head off to Duisburg the next weekend for the 2nd World Cup.
READ THE PREVIEW TO THE WORLD CUPS HERE – http://www.canoesa.org.za/sa-paddlers-set-for-sprint-world-cups/
The marathon season kicks off with a blast this weekend. The KZN champs will be held at Camps drift. The “shorts and slops” brigade from the coast are in for a nasty shock when they arrive in Pietermaritzburg at six in the morning on Saturday.
SASCOC have pulled the rug on our team to the Africa Youth Games.
Seems like our good results in Barcelona, allowing two paddlers to qualify for the Youth Olympics, means that we no longer need to qualify through the continental games.
In order to keep some semblance of humour in these weakly offerings (heaven knows they are getting lame), I have decided to include a joke every week.
Here is the first one;
“A young man excitedly tells his mother he’s fallen in love and is going to get married. He says, “Just for fun, Ma, I’m going to bring over three women and you try and guess which one I’m going to marry.” The mother agrees. The next day, he brings three beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while.
He then says, “Okay, Ma. Guess which one I’m going to marry.”
She immediately replies, “The red-head in the middle.”
Stunned, the young man says, “That’s amazing, Ma. You’re right. How did you know?”
“I don’t like her,” she says”.