Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
MacLaren aims for fourth
Breede title on the trot
Robertson – Stu MacLaren is setting his sights on a fourth successive
title at the two-day Breede River Canoe Marathon on 25 and 26
August, but has broken his habit of changing partners for each
of his title winning efforts after securing Kenny Rice to defend
the title they won last year.
“I know it is going against my usual habit, but I will actually
be paddling with the same partner two years in a row,” quipped
“The partner hopping is unintentional,"
he added. “Kenny pointed out to me last year that my partners
have been better looking each year.”
But he admitted that they will be going into the race with a
number of conditions hanging over them, not the least of which
is prioritising their bid for K2 glory at the world marathon
championships in Portugal two weeks after the Breede.
The pair blitzed their way into the national team after an
impressive showing at the national trial at St Francis in June.
“If it is means having to take our foot off the pedal at the
Breede to save ourselves for the world champs, then it is a
sacrifice that I am willing to make,” said MacLaren.
He added that he was mindful of the intense schedule of top
international events that lies ahead for his partner.
“Kenny has committed to racing the Nelo Summer Challenge surfski
race the weekend after the Breede, then the world champs, then
the Liffey Descent in Ireland and then the new surfski race in
“So we may have to make some tough decisions about what to
prioritise,” he added. “We will take it week by week.”
He pointed out that a number of the other top Cape crews were
facing a similar dilemma, including the likes of Jasper Mocké
and Nicky Notten.
“That just leaves to door wide open at the Breede for any of a
number of other crews to make their mark,” he said.
“It really opens up the field. Just look at how well people like
Ernest van Riet or Luke Stowman are going. Graeme Solomon always
organise a partner at the last minute, and we all know what a
beast Solly is on the river.”
MacLaren said the local paddlers were watching the water
conditions in the Breede closely, hoping that the succession of
cold fronts on the weather radar will top of the desperately
low river level.
The annual pre-Breede Robertson to
Bonnievale race has been cancelled due to unpaddleably low water
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
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Canoe Marathon 2018 Logo - Horizontal on white (JPeg)
Triple winner of the Breede River
Canoe Marathon Stu MacLaren has confirmed that he will defend
the 2017 title that he won with partner Kenny Rice.
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