8 March 2017

Dear Paddler,


With the memory of a bone dry 3rd day of the Dusi still indelibly etched firmly into our brains, some sordid individuals are contemplating repeating the experience on Friday.

Small difference is that, they will have already completed day 1 and day 2 before they get there.

The “non stop”, which had been shelved, due to lack of sponsorship, has had a last minute revival.

The start time has been brought forward slightly, and the cut off time at pump house has been extended to 5.30.

This will still, however, mean that a fair percentage of the field will start, and finish, in the dark.

If you wish to be the most popular citizen on the planet, take the afternoon off and go to Pumphouse weirs with a bag full of Voltaren and Myprodol (and the name of a good shrink).

I will stay at home and slam my finger in the door for 10 hours in sympathy.

Some of the faster competitors may make it to Durban in time for the 9th race in the FNB ski series. Big hearted Barry has offered free entry to all non stop finishers.

This will be the second last race in the series. The men’s series winner is pretty much sewn up, however, the women’s winner is still to be finalized. Much to race for.

While the Umgeni valley has shown signs of only a mild recovery from the drought, many other catchment areas have been blessed with almost more than they can handle. A number of our large dams have suddenly begun to overflow and rivers like the Umkomaas and Umzimkulu have been at extreme levels.

The first in the Umko series races was held from Nyala Pans to St. Elmo’s on Sunday. Fortunately, the river had subsided from the 4m level of the week before to a more manageable 2.2m for the race.
Paddlers were treated to a river with hardly a rock to be seen and a massive rollercoaster ride.

The next race in this series will be the Traderplus Hella Hella to Josephines race on the 12th, followed by the main race, the Stihl Umkomaas Marathon, on the 18th and 19th.

Entries for the Umko close this Sunday. Commit early and get those butterflies into overdrive. You know, deep down, that you need to tick this one off. Now is as good a time as ever.

For those wanting a slightly less hectic experience, but almost as rewarding, the Orange Descent is a perfect alternative.

Scheduled for the 28th and 29th of April, this race is characterized by the superb local hospitality and the magnificence of the stretch of the Orange river.

More next week

Your SG



SA Canoe Polo Champs heads to Benoni
The 2017 South African Canoe Polo championships will take place at Homestead Lake in Benoni this weekend with fourteen teams from around the country contesting the national honours. Full story here.


Invitation for U15 Canoe Polo Players
The African Canoe Polo Champs will be held from 14 – 17 April 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. South Africa Canoe Polo would like to send an U15 team (boys and girls) to this tournament. This will be a development side with the aim of getting more experience and lots of fun for the kids. This is an open invitation to all players (boys and girls) who would like to attend.

If you need further information contact Chris de Bree (cdebree@hotmail.com).

SA Canoe Polo Championships
The South African Canoe Polo Championships are scheduled to take place over the weekend of 11-12 March. The event will be hosted at East Rand Kayak this year and if you need any more information contact Chris de Bree (cdebree@hotmail.com).

Sprint Season Selection Documents
If you need any information and copies of the 2016 Sprint Selection documents. Click HERE to get all the information you need


KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Union
The FNB Surfski Series continues on Friday evening! Race 10, The Varsity College Surfski Challenge and Varsity College SA Schools Champs takes place at Marine SLC. Head to the website here to find out all the details!





Bako Excel K2 M
With bag
We have rarely used it’s in excellent condition.
We are asking R20 000
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1. FENN Elite SL. Vacuum Carbon construction. Ultra light. Used only a handful of times and in pristine condition. Comes with fully protective transport zip-up bag with red tail ribbon. R12 000.
2. FENN Elite. Fibre glass construction. In good condition, no damage. R2 500.
Contact Craig Flanagan on 082 536 2160 or craigpflan@icloud.com


Fenn Swordfish S full carbon or Carbon hybrid
Fenn XT Double Carbon
Carbonology Zest Double Carbon
Call Clive on 079 312 1683 or clive.mcgill@gmail.com

Second hand Fenn Double Elite (Carbon or glass).
Based in CPT, but could arrange shipping.
Contact Gustav via this e-mail address or 084 234 1731

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