For some, it is almost weekend. Others are already in the shuttle after their first downwind.
With Dusi and Non-Stop behind us, many will have tossed their paddles into some dark recess in their garage, only to be retrieved in week 3 of when it is too late to start training for next year’s event.
Talking about next year’s event, how would you fancy a March Dusi? Just saying. There are rumours floating around. Don’t tell anyone you heard it from me.
For the rest of us hamsters, the wheel is about to get a boost. So much of excitement on the horizon.
If any of you have some excess bulk washing they need to get done, pop down to Shongweni dam over the weekend with a box on OMO and lob it into the dam.
Over 130 canoe polo players will ensure a decent wash cycle for you.
It is the SA Canoe Polo championships, and the two day tournament will see players competing across five different divisions.
The annual tournament has historically been dominated by teams from KZN and Gauteng. Pundits, are however, backing the representation from the shadow of the Maarntin this weekend, as the Western Cape have apparently experienced a dramatic resurgence in the discipline.
The event will double as a selection event, so there is much to play for in certain age groups.
While the paddlers will be churning up the water at Shongweni, the water may be churning up the paddlers on the Umko.
The Mickey Mouse stretches of the river have been raced on during previous week’s. On Sunday, it will be the main game, as the Mel Gibson’s amongst us take on the dreaded 1 to 8, on their way from Hella Hella to Josephine’s bridge.
Many will be using the race as a curtain raiser for next weekend’s Umko.
As usual, it will be interesting to see what paddling combinations crawl out of the woodwork. Racing snakes, who lap you in the club time trial, will be replaced by a more “mature” and “seasoned” veterans. The realisation that avoiding a rock is preferable to hitting it while going very fast.
A very few days after the Umko is one of the largest paddling events on the calendar, the SA Schools sprint championships.
This year, for the very first time, it is being held on the Buffalo river in East London.
Nothing moves very fast in East London. The locals even talk slowly. So it will be a refreshing change to see the lighties going hell for leather down the same course that the rowers have been using for decades.
Those wishing to enter need to shine up and get entries in before they close on the 12th (that would be this coming Tuesday).
Those wishing to learn more about river safety may wish to take advantage of the swift water rescue course that is being held on the Orange river next month.
I was sent the following notice:
“We will be running a Swift water course with Rob Hill on the 12 to 14 April 2019 on the Orange River. The program is as follows: Arrive 12th April around lunch time. Unpack start theory at 2pm. Braai around 7ish. 13th April – Breakfast – A little theory – tea and biscuits – on the water around 11ish – put into practice river skills, rescue, foot entrapment, swimming down rapids etc. – lunch about 1ish – afternoon playing in two fabulous rapids. Dinner around 7ish and enjoy some good war stories. 14th April – Breakfast – Finish off about 11ish – Leave for home when you ready. We will be staying in a beautiful 5 Star lodge near Hopetown on the banks of the Orange river and all meals with professional River guide all-inclusive for R3,500.00 for the weekend. Please can you advertise in your newsletter or with novice paddlers this is really worthwhile to teach them all they need to know. They will also be given a certificate after the course.
Cell: +27 82 454 0112
Ski paddlers who don’t wish to have a very serious bout of FOMO had better get entries in for the Freedom Paddle (SA Double Ski Champs), and the SA Single ski champs, to be held on consecutive days next month.
The cost of the FP entry rises exponentially the closer you get to the start. The last minute fence sitters are going to cough properly. The cost of the SA K1 is an attractive R150.
Ironically, the organisers of the Freedom Paddle have timed it perfectly, as the race actually happens on Freedom Day. Who said that the Capies were laid back and out of touch????????? (LOL)
Sorry. Gotta go. Off to the Marine series race.
Maybe some more next week.