Too much water halts slalom champs, but Wild Water benefits

2008-03-18 00:00

The KZN Provincial Slalom Championships had to be postponed at the weekend due, for a change, too much water rather than too little.

The event, planned for Sunday after the KZN Wild Water Championships at Hella Hella on the Umkomaas, will be held later in the season at a date still to be confirmed.

The Wild Water Championships, by contrast, benefited from the huge water, with the small entry enjoying some of the most exciting conditions in many years. The Umkomaas was flowing at 2,2 metres on the Hella Hella Gauge, equating to around 150 cumecs of water in the river.

Sub-master Alick Rennie showed his experience, winning the event from U21s Guy Anderson and Ian Rennie. Nigel Briggs was top master and Guy Haines won the sub-grand masters’ category.

• In the Ngwenya Upper UMngeni beginner’s race on Sunday, a group of 86 paddlers braved the cold wind and overcast conditions for the second of the end-of-season races.

With the uMgeni at 6,1 cumecs, great fun was had by all. Hosts Ngwenya Canoe Club went to a great deal of trouble to move the dangerous tree blocks along the streach of water, clearing a path for paddlers.

Cameron Wells was the first K1 home and overall winner, with Sven Bruss and novice mixed-doubles partner Cara Kennard in second place overall. Mark Summers won the boys’ race from Donovan Wewege and Mandy Austen-Smith was the first woman home ahead of U14 Brittany Petersen. A total of 10 mixed doubles and 12 women’s boats completed the race.

The final event of the series, hosted by Stella Canoe Club, is scheduled for April 6.

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