16 August 2017

Dear Paddler,


At the risk of going down as one of the worlds prime examples of ‘famous last words’, I am going to take the plunge and say ‘those poor internationals’.

After what I witnessed at the SA marathon champs this past weekend, across all age groups, I would not like to be in the shoes of the visitors in under 3 weeks’ time.

It appears that the call to get motivated for a home world championships has not gone unheeded.

The past weekend’s event was the largest SA marathon championships ever, with well over 500 competitors.

Many of the master class spectators I spoke to indicated that they were not paddling the national championships, but would definitely be paddling the world championships.

This, coupled with the introduction of the open mixed doubles event, will swell the SA participation numbers even more.

The standard of marathon racing in the country is at an all time high. The old guard is being challenged by a host of new and exciting faces.

The predicted Hank/Andy showdown in the senior K1 did not disappoint, and produced an upset. Bar a few exceptions, Hank has dominated the relationship. Andy was stronger on the day and walked away with the gold medal and the title.

Bridgitte, on the other hand, dominated the K1 race and walked away an easy winner.

Hank managed to get one back on Sunday when he and long time partner, Jasper Mocke, proved to be the strongest of a very talented front group of 4 boats, edging out Andy and Jean Van der Westhuyzen.

A number of results were affected by mechanical failure, with rudder problems (predominantly understern), being the top of the list.

The women’s K2 race was an example of this.

The nail biter was eventually won, by a significant margin, by the crew of Nix Russell and Jenna Ward, who, earlier in the race had fallen of the pace after a swim at one of the first portages.

Perhaps the only slight disappointment of the weekend was the fact that the message that marathon racing is for everyone and not just for the ‘hotties’, appears to have got lost in the post for the senior and younger age groups. Besides a few intrepid souls, the masses preferred to exercise their participation option from the bank.

The national team and the masters teams can be found right HERE

The masters team is not a direct reflection of the results of the races. Those who failed to submit a nomination form are not reflected.

Bear in mind that participation at the world masters cup is open. It is not necessary to have been selected to the team to be able to take part, just enter through the event website. All masters will be allowed to (encouraged to) paddle in the kit that has been designed for the SA team for the event.

While the majority of the country continues their preparation for the world marathon championships, the surfski fraternity gears up for the national double ski championships, which will be held in conjunction with the Dolphin Coast challenge this weekend. The 2 day event, held on the north coast is notorious for big surf and exciting racing. This year should be no exception.

Well!!!!!!!! It’s all happening.

Get involved.

Your SG


Strong SA team named for Worlds
After the record-breaking South African flatwater marathon championships held at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on the weekend, Canoeing South Africa has announced a team of 73 boats to compete at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships and Masters Cup events at the same Camps Drift venue from 4 to 12 September. Read the full story here.

Viaene claims SA Waveski title
Spectators and competitors were treated to a spectacle of waveski surfing during the 2017 SA Waveski Championships in Jeffery’s Bay this past weekend with Bruce Viaene taking home the overall honours. Read the full story here.

McGregor settles scores on final day of SA Champs
Hank McGregor evened the scores with Andy Birkett on the final day of the SA Flatwater Marathon Canoeing Championships held at Camps Drift when he and his partner Jasper Mocké prevailed to win the men’s K2 title in a tense end sprint with Birkett and Jean van der Westhuyzen. Read the full story here.

Birkett and Hartley steal the limelight at Camps Drift
Andy Birkett turned the tables on reigning marathon canoeing world champion Hank McGregor by winning the men’s K1 title at the SA Marathon Champs at Camps Drift on Saturday in a thrilling showdown between the top two ranked marathon paddlers in the world. Read the full story here.

Key date shift for 2017 Breede
The organisers of the annual Breede River Canoe Marathon have shifted the dates of the 2017 race to the weekend after the ICF World Marathon Championships in Pietermaritzburg, hoping to lure some international stars to extend their stay in South Africa to take on the two day classic through the Cape winelands. Read the full story here.


South Africa Double Surfski Championships
The Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge on 19-20 August will be the national doubles championships! Head to their website here to find out more about this exciting event.

2017 Fish River Canoe Marathon
The 2017 edition of the popular race in Craddock will also be the South African K2 Championships! Entries are open so get yours in here.

SA Canoe Polo Squad Application 2018 Overseas Tour
I hope everyone is getting the dust off their boats and getting some time in the water. We have a big season ahead with many events planned around the country. In anticipation of the overseas tours next year the national committee has put together a squad application document which invites players, coaches and managers to apply to the squad. Please fill this in and return it to me before the 30 September 2017. If you would like to put your name forward as a player please fill in the application form HERE. If you would like to coach or manage a team please fill in the application form HERE


KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Union
This Friday is the next leg of the Euro Steel McGregor Paddle Series in Pietermaritzburg. For all the information that you need head to their website here. The Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge is this weekend! It is the SA Double Surfski Championships!! Head to their website here to find out more about this exciting event.

Gauteng Canoe Union
NWU Watuni Klip Race Date: Saturday 19 August 2017 | Start: 9h00, The Makery, Henley-On-Klip (Just below Scout Hall) | Finish: Caravan Park, Meyerton | Distance: 22 Km. Contact Jan on 0836805952 for more detail.

Eastern Cape Canoe Union
The Kowie Challenge is coming up on 26 August! If you want to get involved then head to their website right here to find out all the info you will need.


2017 Dischem Pete Marlin Surfski Race
Once again, the Border Canoe Club and East London will be hosting this very popular downwind Surfski race on 4 & 5 November. With the valued contribution from our sponsors Dischem, Mazars, Fenn, Investec and Bate Chubb & Dickson there will be a total of R80,000 on offer for prizes. In addition, this race is one of the World Surfski Series races and will also host the Gauteng Surfski champs. Please visit our website for more information and entry forms: www.bordercanoeclub.co.za/pete-marlin or email petemarlin@bordercanoeclub.co.za

VKB Liebenbergsvlei Canoe Marathon
This race is raced on 25 CUMECS of clean water over two days from 16-27 September. This year is a K2 event and with R50 000 in prize money and great giveaways its a great race to do! Entries are available at www.canoesa.co.za or for more info visit their Facebook page here  or visit www.dabulamanzi.co.za

Breede Canoe Marathon
The 2017 Breede River Canoe Marathon is set to take place the weekend after the 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships. The two day race through the winelands is always a popular choice and to find out more about the race head to their website here.

25th Cape Point Challenge
This year is the 25th running of the Cape Point Challenge and the organisers are pulling out all the stops to make it one to remember. Put this date in your diary: Saturday, 16th December… and start working the long distance paddles!


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