2016 FNB Dusi Canoe
Biggest weekend of Dusi qualifiers approaches
Pietermaritzburg – Some much needed rainfall arrived in Pietermaritzburg
this week giving many paddlers the peace of mind that the GWK Dash n Crash
will go ahead as originally planned whilst the popular Campbell’s to Dusi
Bridge on Sunday will be raced in more favourable conditions than originally
The eight kilometre GWK Dash n Crash hit-out on Saturday has both a K1 event
in the morning and a K2 event in the afternoon taking the paddlers around
Camps Drift then down the Msundusi River to the finish at the low-level
The race provides paddlers with a chance to race the opening stages of the
Dusi route in typical race conditions, with a second chance over 25km on
Sunday providing another chance to experience FNB Dusi race conditions and
brush up on river skills.
With the drought having played havoc with the early Dusi season preparations
many paddlers will see the trio of races as a gilt-edged opportunity to
secure elusive Dusi proficiency points and qualifiers at the same time as
practice on the river in conditions similar to those that can be expected
from the FNB Dusi in three weeks’ time.
The seeding points on offer on Sundays Campbell’s Farm to Dusi Bridge race
will be the main focus of a number of the top crews jockeying for a place on
the front row of A batch for the three day race to Blue Lagoon.
The top crews should be out in force over the weekend with two of the ladies
crews taking on the Msundusi River for the first time as Abby Solms reunites
with the impressive Anna Kožíšková whilst the young and exciting pair of
Jenna Ward and Hungarian marathon ace Vanda Kiszli making their river racing
debut as a combination.
With the FNB Dusi just under three weeks away many of the top crews will go
into hiding and start to keep their cards very close to their chests as they
begin to taper off with the three-day epic approaching rapidly.
Saturdays duo of GWK Dash n Crash races star with a lap of Camps Drift
followed by seven kilometres on the Msundusi River that includes Ernie
Pearce Weir, Commercial Road Weir, Musson’s Weir and Highway Rapid, with
good prize money on offer, and even more value in lucky draw prizes.
In between the two races, paddlers have been invited to a round table
discussion on the FNB Dusi rules, providing an opportunity to9 engage with
the race officials and seek clarity on specific aspects of the race course.
Sunday’s action could provide a much-needed benchmark for the elite boats,
particularly as the race includes the tough 5km Guinea Fowl portage, as they
sum up the competition and where their form is going into the final few
weeks before the FNB Dusi.
Despite their recent problems Sbonelo Khwela and Banetse Nkhoesa will be on
the start line for the Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge but they are well aware
that their preparations are still in their infancy after the set-back of
Nkhoesa’s December stab wound.
With the dangerous crew of Khwela and Nkhoesa seemingly ruled out of the
title race for the 2016 FNB Dusi it appears that there is a potential spot
on the podium up for the taking however it is going to be interesting to see
which crew puts their hand up to fill the void left by the Shongweni based
The FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg
to Blue Lagoon, Durban from 18-20 February 2016. More
information can be found at www.dusi.co.za
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In what will be one of the most
important weekends in the build-up to the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon many
of the top crews will look to gain valuable seeding points at the Campbell's
to Dusi Bridge on Sunday.
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