GRAB your partner and paddle up for the 10th annual Pam Golding Properties Winter Challenge set to take place in St Francis Bay at 10:00 on Sunday, July 24. The challenge consists of a 20km and 10km race.The format is that of a doubles race and pri-zes will only go to those competing in the doubles race. However, single paddlers and K3-paddlers are welcome to take part in the race.Beginners are welcome to enter the shorter 10km course. “Even if they do not finish, it might be the start of a long love affair with paddling,” says Richard Arderne from Pam Golding Properties in St Francis Bay.Life jackets are not required.“It being held on the sheltered canals, the race will go ahead in any weather conditions,” says Arderne. “Canal residents are asked to encourage paddlers coming past their houses, and if on their boats, to give way to the racing paddlers.”Last year the race was won by the top combination in the Eastern Cape: national paddler Greg Louw and stalwart Rob Welsh. The second place went to Clint Hempel and Phil Smith, while Richard von Wildemann and Richard Arderne took third place.Paddlers taking first place in the 20km race will go home with R750 each and a trophy, while paddlers coming second and third will respectively win R500 and R250 each.A bottle of wine will go to the following paddlers in both the 20km and 10km race: first mixed double, first ladies’ double, first local double, first over 50s’ double, and first u.18 double.A Carbonology split paddle and cover valued at R2 500 will be up for grabs as a lucky draw prize.The race will start and finish at the Quaysyde Restaurant in Seaglades Drive where spectators can cheer on their favourite paddlers.The entry fee is R70 per paddler.For more information, phone 083 284 0168.