McGregor, Bruss are the boat to beat

2008-01-14 00:00

THE Hansa Powerade Dusi is on the tip of everyone’s tongue this week as organisers and paddlers prepare themselves for another year of thrills and spills and lots of action. And each year the guess is on as to who the possible winners could be.

In a K2 (doubles) year it is all about who the pairings will be as top paddlers attempt to get the best pairing that will win the R80 000 on offer for the first crew in. Hank McGregor and Sven Bruss must stand out as one of the most difficult boats to beat.

They won the Vaal Canoe Marathon in 2007 together as well as a number of titles on their own, Hank winning the prestigious Stihl Non Stop Dusi in a K1 (singles) boat, beating all the other crews in K2s. Canoeing pundits claim that this is arguably the best canoeing performance seen to date.

“We get on really well and are good friends” said McGregor

“We dominated World Champs until we had boat problems, but still placed 8th. We click well in the boat and have spent many hours together. It is all about combining well and being mentally strong for the Dusi.”

McGregor was in the winning K2 combination in 2006 when he and Martin Dreyer won the race. Both canoeists list the Michael Mbanjwa/Martin Dreyer team as their big competition.

Dreyer and Mbanjwa have been playing their cards close to their chest. Multiple Dusi winner,

Dreyer has loads of Dusi experience and with powerful Mbanjwa could be the boat to beat.

Ant Stott and Wayne Thompson, who placed second in the last K2 Dusi in 2006, will also be right up there come January 19.

“We start our build-up three to four months before the Dusi with tripping the river and clocking up the hours of training together. The whole vibe around the Dusi is what makes it so attractive, not just the race. There are so many questions and so many secrets. It is a total adventure that is unique to this country — we are ready” said McGregor.

Entries for the race are now open at www.dusi.org.za

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