Bay Union King of
Bay Union King of the Bay gets the green light
Durban – Surfksi paddlers are toasting the news that the iconic Bay
Union King of the Bay surfski race, that was postponed when the hard
lockdown was implemented, has been rescheduled for 4 October, and will
retain its national double-ski championship status.
The distinctive 25 kilometre paddle starts at the Silt Canal on the
Bluff Bayhead and paddles across the breadth of Durban harbour before
exiting the breakwaters for an open ocean leg to the Mngeni River mouth
and back to Vetch’s Beach.
Event organisers Neels Meyer said that the mood in the surfski community
was enthusiastic and he anticipated that the event, which already draws
a big entry, will be seen as a celebration of a return to enjoying
landmark paddling events.
“It was confirmed at the KZN Canoe Union Zoom meeting this week that we
can go ahead with the race on Sunday 4 October and it will decide both
the SA and KZN double ski titles,” said Meyer.
“The Pirates-Umhlanga-Pirates race last weekend attracted a record
entry, so we are planning on a huge response to the Bay Union King of
the Bay as it is a very accessible event with its long course and short
course options,” he added.
The SA single ski championships will be decided at a race in St Francis
on the weekend of the SA canoeing marathon championships the weekend
after the Bay Union King of the Bay.
Meyer stressed that the organisers would adhere to every aspect of the
lockdown regulations that currently apply to hosting paddling events,
and was confident that the paddlers would be fully co-operative.
“It will be different as we work with smaller numbers and ensure social
distancing, and we have seen from the first few races that the KZNCU has
held on the Upper Mngeni that this is very do-able, and the paddlers
have been co-operative and adapted well,” said Meyer.
“The big thing is the event is happening,” he stressed. “Paddlers have
been able to train and enjoy the ocean but they have not been able to
“The Bay Union King of the Bay is the one chance in the year that we can
paddle across the harbour and out through the breakwater piers, so it is
fitting that we can use this as a chance to celebrate returning to doing
what we love, after persevering through the lockdown,” he added.
Meyer said that the downwind event that had been mooted as a precursor
to the Bay Union King of the Bay will not happen, but confirmed that the
King of the Bay will take place over its traditional course on Sunday 4
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The iconic Bay Union
King of The Bay has been given approval to go ahead on their revised
date of 4 October 2020 giving Durban's surfski community another
exciting race to look forward to. The event will double as the South
African S2 and KZN S2 championships.
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