Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
Breede awaits strong field of paddlers
Robertson - The 52nd edition of the Breede River Canoe Marathon
gets underway on Saturday morning, with the iconic race once
again plagued by low water conditions.
Despite the fact that the Berg River Canoe Marathon and the
Bamboo Warehouse Push and Pull marathon both enjoyed excellent
water levels this year, the winter rains have since then dried
up and the level of the Breede has dropped steadily and is
currently running at a very low level.
The race organisers from Milnerton Canoe Club have opted to
stage the entire race on the lower reaches of the river, where
the Riviersonderend tributary offers a little extra water and
the Breede River basin deepens somewhat.
The first stage will be the full 34 kilometre haul from the race
base at Riggton Farm to the Kam’Bati resort, and the paddlers
will return to the same starting point for a 17km second stage
on Sunday ending at Drew Bridge.
“As was the case last year when we had similar water levels, the
demands of the race are very different,” said race director
Richard Allen. “Tough boats are useful, and the ability to read
shallow water and decide where and when to jump out and carry
your boat over the rocks is very important.
“We get to race the section from Riggton to Drew bridge twice so
I expect the competitive crews to use the first stage to
carefully learn the lines and channels so that they can use this
knowledge to their advantage on the final stage,” he said.
“Most of our entrants come for the pleasure of two days paddling
in this fantastic valley. For them it will be a case of bringing
a tough boat, a good sense of humour and an adventurous spirit,
along with the kit to repair boats overnight!” he added.
With the race deciding the WCCU K2 River Champs, there is a lot
at stake, and the seeded men’s A batch features a number of very
strong crews, even if the defending champions Stu MacLaren and
Kenny Rice are absent because they are travelling to the surfski
world champs in France.
Pressure on the podium places will come from the Cradock raised
siblings Ryan and Greg Louw, the light Under 23 crew of Alan
Houston and Stew Little, the ominous combination of Anders Hart
and Dom Notten, Paarl rising star Bartho Visser and Ernest van
Riet, the seasoned Heinrich Schloms and John de Villiers, and
the pairing of Clint Cook and Shaun Rubenstein.
The women’s race should be just as intriguing with the new K2
pairing of Dusi champ Christie Mackenzie and Kim Van Gysen
attracting much attention, but they will line up alongside some
strong crews like Melanie Van Niekerk and lifesaver Christian
Geromont, Angie Austen and Jess Pollock and the experienced Lis
Hart and Romy Findlay.
With low water a certainty there are a number of wily paddler
who have opted to race the two day outing in K1s, including the
powerhouse Simon van Gysen, and it will be interesting to see if
he can stay with the leading K2s overall.
The race was due to host the SA K3 championships as well, but
the very low water level is unsuited to the unwieldy and heavy
craft, and in the last week more than half the K3 entries have
unbundled in K2s and K1s, leaving just three hardy K3s in the
starting batches for Saturday morning’s first stage.
The first stage is a 34km leg from Riggton Farm near Bonnievale
and finishes at Kam’Bati Resort close to Swellendam. The second
stage is a 17km leg from Riggton Farm to Drew Bridge. The prize
giving will take place at Riggton Farm.
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Canoe Marathon 2019 Logo - Horizontal on white (JPeg)
Organisers of the Breede Marathon on 7 and 8
September have changed the race format to best deal with the low
The Breede River Canoe Marathon
this weekend will decide the WCCU K2 River Championship titles.
brother Greg (front) and Ryan Louw will be a force to be
reckoned with at the Breede River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8
Stew Little (right)
and Alan Houston (left) will team up together for the first time
in a K2 at the Breede Marathon on 7 and 8
Christie Mackenzie will team up
with Kim Van Gysen for the first time at the Breede Marathon on 7 and 8
Kim Van Gysen will team up
with Christie Mackenzie for the first time at the Breede Marathon on 7 and 8
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