FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon

14-16 February 2019

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24 JANUARY 2019

Dear Paddler,

We are just three weeks away to the day from the start of the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon! The organisers are hard at work and the Dusi buzz is starting to take hold.

Water points are being mowed and the clean-up of river banks is under way.

Entries
Remember that normal entries close next week Wednesday, 30 January at 12pm! Make sure you avoid the added late entry fee and get your entry in earlier rather than later!

Click HERE to enter.

Charity Batch
The Charity Batch is still open and will be until 3pm on 7 February!

The batch is limited to just 60 boats so get those bids in now! Bids have to be a minimum of R500!

Click HERE to place your bid.

Rules Change
We need to bring it to your attention that there has been a slight tweek to the rules for this year.

These relate to the cut off times for day two and day three.

Please make yourselves familiar with the race rules HERE.

Weekend’s Racing
This weekend is your final chance to get your Dusi seeding done! There are two races this weekend with the Crash ‘n Dash taking place on Saturday (check their website here) and the SuperBock Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge race on Sunday.

Both races will give you a good idea of day one conditions so we recommend you take part in the races this weekend!

Taxi Rapid
Taxi Rapid on day one has, over the years, turned from a little bubbly to a meter drop off. Those who have swum here know it is not an easy recovery point.

In the past paddlers used to shoot this rapid with the paddle touching the left bank as you go over. This was done as there was a rock shelf under the water and it was just a matter of your nose dropping onto the shelf and getting safely down the rapid. Over the years the rock shelf developed a hole from the boat noses and boats would then come to a dead stop.

The organising team has since cut the bank on the left away and concreted the hole up. Paddlers can now hug the left bank, shoot the rapid with your paddle touching the left bank as you go through, and safely get down Taxi Rapid.

Jonsson T Shirt Competition
Thank you for all of the votes in our annual Dusi T Shirt competition run by Jonsson Workwear! This year is another great design and we can’t wait to see you all in your new race shirts.

Sbonelo Khwela was chosen as the model and we are really happy with the choice that you made!

Thirsti Competition
One of the race’s sponsors Thirsti is running an incredible competition where you can win R50 000! Head to their website www.thirsti.co.za to find out more!

Water quality
The DUCT team continues to work hard to assist the municipalities to look after our rivers.

Their weekly water quality test reports are published here, so you can be informed all the time about the water quality in the various sections of the river.

DUCT recently had to remove a huge Gum Tree that had fallen into the river at Newton School. We thank them for their incredible service to the race.

Train hard and we look forward to welcoming you in February 2019.

STEVE BOTHA
DUSI GENERAL MANAGER

 

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