Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
Breede Marathon secures SA K2 River Champs for 2018
Robertson – As the Western Cape canoeing season shifts to the K2
phase on the Breede River, interest in the annual Breede River
Canoe Marathon, that forms the climax of the doubles racing
season on 25 and 26 August, has been heightened by the
announcement that the popular event will double as the SA K2
River Championships for 2018.
With the Berg River Canoe Marathon having enjoyed much better
water than the preceding drought ravaged four years, paddlers
are eyeing the K2 season in the Breede valley with enthusiasm,
and the addition of the nation doubles title adds distinct
lustre to the event, which spans the Breede River from Robertson
The Breede is a regular venue for the national K2 and K3 river
championships because it offers an acceptable balance between
large wide tracts of flatwater, where classic marathon tactics
and bunch racing can dominate the racing, and the technical
tests of rapids, currents, eddies and weirs.
To further bolster interest in the event, the race has started a
bold drive to encourage first time paddlers to the Breede to
take part through a novel “Nurture A Novice” programme.
This entails an experienced paddler agreeing to paddle the two
day race with a novice in the back seat of their K2 to safely
introduce them to the excitement and pleasure of the trip at the
foothills of the Langeberg mountains.
“The Breede is not a technically difficult race and it is easily
do-able for a visitor from outside of the province arriving just
in time for the race and not having done any tripping or
scouting of the river,” said race committee head Richard Allen.
“Safety is always a top priority for us, and we won’t ever
compromise on that,” he added. “With a seasoned paddler taking
charge of the steering of the boat and making all the technical
decisions, this allows a novice to relax and really enjoy the
two days on a really special section of river,” he added.
“What we are excited to see is the number of novices that have
already committed to doing the race with an experienced partner
doing the weekly time trails and training with that partner to
get ready for the race,” he said.
“For a lot of experienced paddlers, the added attraction of
having the SA K2 Champs at the Breede means that there are CSA
medals up for grabs in all of the K2 classes, from the Juniors
to Under 23, seniors and all the veteran and master classes.
“Many paddlers have done a lot of races, but here is a chance to
add a CSA medal to their collection, so it tends to get quite
exciting to follow these races within a race for the various age
group class categories,” he said.
Normal entries close at midnight 12 August 2018.
Breede river Canoe Marathon 2018
Stage One -
Saturday 25 August
Robertson (McGregor Bridge) to Riggton River Farm, Bonnievale.
Stage Two - Sunday 26 August
Distance : 33,5km
Bonnievale (Riggton River Farm) to Kam'bati River Resort.
The 2018 Breede River Canoe Marathon takes place from Robertson to Kam'bati River Resort
outside Swellendam on
25 and 26 August. More
information can be found at
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Canoe Marathon 2018 Logo - Horizontal on white (JPeg)
The Breede River
Canoe Marathon on 25 and 26 August has been confirmed as the SA
K2 River Championships for 2018.
The Breede River Canoe
Marathon has a few challenging obstacles, like the Secunda weir
on the first stage of the race.
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