Busy canoeing weekend ahead

2009-12-11 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL has no fewer than four canoeing events on the calendar for this weekend.

Alex’s Wasps Canoe Club and new sponsors Varsity College are first up this evening with their Jimmy Potgieter Memorial Nite Race. They have a new venue for the 20 km flat-water race, which will start at 6.30 pm from the Henley Midmar Yacht Club on Midmar Dam.

The multilap course will include 300-metre portages between laps and there will be a short-course guppy race for the U12s at 4 pm. The premier attraction on the evening will be the All-Africa Intercontinental K3 Challenge, which is the second event in the World K3 Series.

The concessionary entry fee for the dam is R25 per car and paddlers are reminded that life jackets are compulsory. Hot food, showers and cold drinks will be on sale.

Tomorrow morning, the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Club are hosts for their two annual dash-and- crash races from Camp’s Drift to Low-level Bridge on the Msunduzi.

With a reversal of the usual start order, the K2s race starts at 10 am with a lap of the canal and then over Ernie Pearse Wier and down the river for eight kilometres to the Low- Level Bridge. Ever­yone then rushes back to Camp’s Drift for the K1 event over the same course at 1 pm.

There will also be a guppy race at Camp’s Drift at noon, in-between the main races. The prize giving will be held at Camp’s Drift after the K1 race where there will be catering.

Finally on Sunday, Eston Canoe Club have their iNsingisi Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge race. This is a 25 km Premier B Class Dusi seeding race.

The start is from the Bridge at Campbell’s checkpoint in Bishopstowe at 7 am and the course covers the standard Dusi route over Guinea Fowl portage through Mission Rapid down to the finish at Dusi Bridge, the site of the first overnight stop for the Hansa Powerade Dusi in January.

The race is promoted as a K2 event and there is a hot-spot prize for the first boat through Finger Neck checkpoin­t, as well as generous class prizes courtesy of iNsingisi Lodge and Spa.

There will be a standard Dusi water release from Henley Dam starting this evening, which will cover both the dash-and-crash races, as well as Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge.

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