Four events this weekend

2012-01-27 00:00

THERE are no less than four canoe races scheduled for this weekend, all focused around the upcoming Umlimited Dusi, now just three weeks away.

The action begins this evening with the Hansa Nite Race on Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg. This 15 km flat-water race starts at 6 pm from the Dusi Pavilion, home of Natal Canoe Club and the start venue for the Unlimited Dusi.

The course is a three lap affair with two portages.

There is R1 000 on offer for the winning K2 as well as lots of other prizes, hot-spots and lucky draws. Full catering is available in the Pavilion.

UKZN students from the Piet­ermaritzburg campus are hosts tomorrow for their aptly named Dash and Crash races.

The short 10 km “dash” is from the Dusi Pavilion on Camps Drift to Low Level Bridge beyond the N3 highway. The “crash” results from the mass start of all entrants at once and a narrow course including Ernie Pearce Weir and the Witness Weir at Commercial Road in the early part of the race and Mussons Weir and Highway Rapid near the end of the course. The K1 race starts at 9 am with a breather and early lunch before the K2 event at 1 pm.

The prize giving will be back at the Dusi Pavilion at 3.30 pm.

Finally on Sunday it’s the turn of the farmers of Eston Canoe Club to host the most important event of the weekend, the Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge race.

This starts at 7 am from the bridge on the Bishopstowe to Ashburton road. The 25 km B Class course covers a large portion of Dusi day one, finishing at the site of the first overnight stop at Dusi Bridge.

It includes Hole-in-the-Wall, Guineafowl, Finger Neck and Cabbage Tree portages as well as the Maze and Mission rapids and is a must for paddlers wanting to get a look at this part of the Dusi course under race conditions.

There will be a seconding table as usual at Finger Neck and catering at the finish. The race is also the penultimate seeding event for the Dusi, the final one being the Inanda Dam to Durban race on February 5.

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