The sudden death of Ernie Alder last week, that resulted in the mourning of so many, has been followed by another tragedy, this time in the Western Cape.
The Notten family siblings of Dominic, Nicholas and Anna have been members of the Peninsula Canoe Club since 2010. All 3 are fantastic paddlers who have achieved some superb results over the years.
Last Sunday morning, their parents, Doug and Julia, were hiking above their home in St. James when they were attacked. Doug was stabbed to death and Julia suffered injuries when rocks were thrown at her.
The paddling community in the Cape is devastated. Our thoughts are with the family and friends during this incredibly sad time.
It is difficult to be light hearted after receiving such incredibly tragic news, so please forgive the “blandness” of this week’s news.
The first issue of the “Paddle Mag” has been released for 2018. It can be found RIGHT HERE
Once again, a huge thanks to Terrence and his team for a superb job.
The official date for the close of entries for the Dusi was yesterday.
So far, entries for the race have surpassed expectation, with many proving that they are prepared to give it a go irrespective of drought conditions.
Let’s face it. Nothing could be lower than last year’s 3rd day.
The new philosophy of the race being a “peoples” race, with as much attention being placed on the back markers as on the leaders, has led to a number of innovations for this year’s race.
– There will be cold trucks with 75000 litres of water and tons of ice going to each water point to ensure cold beverages for everyone, all day.
– There will be an extra water station on day 3 under the N2 bridge to help paddlers on those last 5kms or so to the finish.
– There will be showers available at both overnight stops, and at the finish so that paddlers can freshen up before their first bracingly cold Hansa.
– The watering points are going to be “vibed up” to help the psyche.
So, if they can’t organise flood conditions, they are doing the best they can.
Maybe a few late entries may now surface?????
Those of you who may be in the Eastern Cape for the weekend may hear the sounds of bells on Saturday.
Two of the country’s leading paddlers are about to become one.
Nix and Andy, we will be thinking of you.
Some of you may remember participating in a survey recently regarding the status of our sport and how we can improve the status quo.
Besides the usual water quality (and quantity) issues, there were numerous rumblings of discontent around the cumbersome registration and race entry processes that are currently in place.
A couple of years ago, Cycling South Africa approached a company called DotCloud to develop an app that would streamline their registration and race entry procedure. The app has been hugely successful, to the extent that Triathlon South Africa have also signed up.
We (CSA) began a bit of a mating dance with DotCloud a few months ago. They presented to our board at the last meeting, and will be presenting to some of the KNCU club chairmen, and anyone else who may be interested, next Wednesday afternoon.
If you would like to listen in and add your 5 cents worth, you will be most welcome.
It is bizarre that we live in a country where Cape Town is fast approaching day zero and this week’s Lions river race has had to be cancelled because the river has burst its banks.
Until next week