ICF Canoe Marathon
World Championships 2017 Media Release
16 Aug 2017
Written by: Dave Macleod
Organisers fine tune after SA Championships at Camps Drift
Pietermaritzburg – With the successful South African flatwater
marathon championships under their belt, the organising
committee of the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships at Camps
Drift next month is dissecting the two day national
championships to fine tune and learn as many constructive
lessons from the event as possible.
Organising committee chair Steve Botha was pleased with the
uniformly positive response from the record field of over 500
paddlers that took part in the event.
“By and large, the response from the paddlers and the spectators
was very encouraging,” said Botha. “The atmosphere was great on
Saturday and Sunday, and we had very few complaints.”
“We saw the SA Champs as a dress rehearsal for the Worlds and
the fact that we had such a huge field was always going to be a
good test of our infrastructure and set-up at Camps Drift. We
tried hard to get all the small things right.”
Botha said the principle focus was on getting the racing right,
starting the big fields of paddlers efficiently and making sure
the course was fair.
“The paddlers enjoyed the course. We learnt lessons from the KZN
Champs and made changes to the layout of the turn buoys, which
“On the weekend, we changed the location of the boat weigh-in
site, which will be easier for the paddlers to access. We were
also under pressure to handle the multiple starts, two minutes
apart, and the timing was impeccable,” said Botha.
He said that the commentators location on the deck of the NCC
clubhouse was also a lesson learnt, and he was relocating the
live streaming commentary position from the ground floor to the
deck for the World Champs.
Botha said their biggest challenge now was to complete the
tidying up of Camps Drift itself before the arrival of the
“There is a little more cleaning up to be done on the banks, and
we plan to flush the Drift again,” said Botha. “There is rain
forecast for this week as well which will be helpful.”
He added that there was concern over the incidents of boats
hitting submerged objects and damaging their rudders, and that
he and his team would lower the level of the water in the Drift
to identify any obstructions, and would then raise the water by
adding sandbags to the wall of the Drift.
Camps Drift will be playing host to the next leg of the popular
Euro Steel McGregor Series on Friday evening, and Botha wants
the venue to put on another success event in the build-up to the
World Champs from 4 to 12 September.
The ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships will be held at Camps
Drift in Pietermaritzburg from 8 to 10 September 2017, preceded
by the Masters Cup competition. More
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“We saw the SA Champs
as a dress rehearsal for the Worlds and the fact that we had
such a huge field was always going to be a good test of our
infrastructure and set-up at Camps Drift. We tried hard to get
all the small things right,” said 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World
Championships organising committee chairman Steve Botha.
“The feedback was
very positive, and we feel that we are moving in the right
direction,” said 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships
organising committee chairman Steve Botha.
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