A virtual paddle sports fest this weekend, especially beyond our borders.
The two big ones are the ICF Junior and U23 World Sprint Championships, being held in Pitesti, Romania and the Sella Descent in Spain.
The event will be covered by live streaming from the start of the heats tomorrow morning. Just go to the ICF website https://www.canoeicf.com/ and click on events. All will be revealed.
The Sella will also have live streaming. Their website is: http://www.descensodelsella.com/
In addition to the two racing snake combinations of Hank/Wayne and the Louw brothers, there will also be an additional mixed bag of “has beens” containing a distinctly South African flavour.
You have guessed it. The strawberry blonde German/Portuguese/Westville High School misfit has squirmed its way onto the start line. Not content with a solo performance, it has schlepped Papa and younger brother along for the ride.
It will be somewhat of a celebration for the Chalupsky family. Paul will be paddling with Kevin Culverwell in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the year that they won the race (1969).
Oscar will be paddling with Herman to celebrate the fact that they won the race in 1986. The names of the winners are engraved into the concrete of the bridge where the race finishes. There are a number of other South Africans reflected there.
Other news regarding international tours, is that the marathon team manager, Washy, has managed to twist someone’s arm into turning an astronomical quote for the marathon container into something far more palatable. So, for those masters who are still sitting on the fence, take the plunge. The cost per boat will probably be less than it was last year to Portugal.
One of the favourite ski races of the year in KZN will be taking place on Sunday. The Bay Union, King of The Bay will incorporate the KZN Single Ski Championships, and promises to attract most of the top paddlers in the province, and many from over the borders. Windguru is predicting another sublime KZN winters morning.
Now, time for your bi-annual reminder regarding PFD’s (personal floatation devises, or “lifejackets” as they are sometimes incorrectly referred as).
When CSA negotiated the deal with SASMSA nearly five years ago, they gave us a five year moratorium to adhere to the minimum specifications of PFD’s that need to be worn at our events (river and sea). This generous moratorium was to give our manufacturers time to become compliant, to give retailers time to get rid of non-compliant stock, and to give paddlers an opportunity to get some mileage out of their newly purchased PFD.
The moratorium comes to a grinding halt in January of next year. After this date, PFD’s that do not have the correct ISA rating (ISO 12402 – 5 (level 50)), will not be allowed at CSA sanctioned events.
So, if you are considering the purchase of a new PFD over the next few months, please ensure that it has the correct rating, or else you will be getting very little mileage out of it.
That’s all for this week.
Travel and paddle safely
Jack goes to his friend Mike and says … “I’m sleeping with the minister’s wife. Can you keep him back in church for an hour after service for me?”
Mike doesn’t like it, but being a friend, he agrees. After the service, Mike starts talking to the minister, asking him all sorts of stupid questions, just to keep him occupied. Finally the minister gets annoyed and asks Mike what he’s really up to. Mike, feeling guilty, finally confesses to the minister… “My friend is sleeping with your wife right now, so he asked me to keep you occupied.”
The minister thinks for a minute, smiles, puts a brotherly hand on Mike’s shoulder and says…”You better hurry home now….. My wife died a year ago”.