Dicing on the Dusi: long portages around weed

2011-02-17 00:00

DURING the 60th Dusi Unlimited Marathon that started today at Camps Drift, intrepid paddlers are shooting rapids, rowing hard on the straights, fighting burgeoning water weed, ignoring crocodiles scares and carrying their canoes over long portage sections

Dusi media officer Dave MacLeod said water hyacinth is a threat for athletes in at least three areas of the race course.

“On day two at Hippo Rapid, just below Nqumeni Hill, hyacinth will be pushed against the rocks by the water released from Nagle Dam that morning.

“On the same day it will be another struggle at the start of the Inanda Dam as hyacinth will build up against the boom of the dam,” said MacLeod at the press briefing.

Another challenge for paddlers will be in day three when they will have to navigate the newly formed portage at Papwa Sewgolum Golf Club in Durban.

“Hyacinth in that area has forced paddlers to run a stretch of about 2,5 kilometres through Siripat Road all the way to the N2,” said MacLeod.

During the press conference at the Natal Canoe Club at Camps Drift yesterday, organisers announced the Dusi Marathon, and its host city will feature on Trans-World Sport.

This is a sport programme aired on all major airlines throughout the world, said spokesperson Ray de Vries.



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