Dusi boils down to Burma portage
IN one of the most closely contested races in many years two boats will be set off virtually together this morning from the Msinsi Resort on the banks of the Inanda Dam to contest the R100 000 winner’s purse in the 2010 Hansa Powerade Dusi Canoe Marathon.
The K2 (doubles) pairs are Ant Stott and Michael Mbanjwa, both previous K2 winners, and Andrew Birkett and Jason Graham. The pairs have identical overall times of five hours 28 minutes and 18 seconds – thanks to Stott and Mbanjwa wiping out out the 73-second deficit in yesterday’s stage for the two boats to finish line abreast.
Stott predicted that the deciding factor in today’s third and last stage would, barring accidents, most definitely be the Burma Road portage. “If we are still together at that stage,” said Stott, “and if we both decide to run Burma, then the one who crests it first will surely win this year’s Dusi.”
Meanwhile defending K2 champion Abbey Miedema and her new partner Robyn Kime extended their lead in the women’s race to 11 minutes, posting an overall two-stage time of 6:22:32.
Abby Adie and Lindi-May Harmsen (6:33:55) overtook Hilary Pitchford and Jen Hodson (6:36:21) yesterday to lie second, two-and-a-half minutes ahead.
“We were excited to see how full the Umgeni was when we reached it,” said Miedema.
“But we dented our rudder at Tombi Rapids and then took a swim at Hippo which we took advantage of to fix the rudder. Otherwise we had no other mishaps.”