Port Alfred hosts Intercity
PORT Alfred will host the NFB Intercity Challenge today with East London coming out guns blazing in a bid to defend their run of titles in recent years.
Nelson Mandela Bay, represented by the Blue Water Canoe Club under a new club captain and chairman, has reinvigorated the sport locally.
Hoping for a different outcome, the club pulled off a biggie by securing the services of Greg Louw, who has paddled under his hometown of Cradock his entire paddling career.
Louw will race the 24km course in a K1 and will be hoping to cross the line first overall in the traditional K2 event.
Border Canoe Club has a strong junior contingent eager to strut their stuff and show the likes of Louw a thing or two.
The Bay’s hopes for the K2 title rest squarely on Luke McNish and Carbonology Sport owner Hein van Rooyen. McNish and Van Rooyen have had a great season of racing together and are building up towards the Fish River Canoe Marathon, where the pair may paddle a new type of craft.
Full-on Excel spreadsheet experts are sourced from within club ranks to work out exactly where points will be scored in various age groups and categories. From six-year-old guppies to 70-year- old great grand masters, each entry counts and makes for a unique event.
Great weather is expected after the storm front that brought havoc along the Eastern Cape coastline has now abated.
In Durban last weekend, the Gara Paddles Dolphin Coast Challenge was held and served as the country’s Double Ski Championships. Gara Paddles co-founders Hank McGregor and Lee Furby teamed up and took a hard-fought victory over Luke Nisbet and Steve Woods.
McGregor, paddling a Rob Welsh-designed double ski, teamed up with his business partner Furby and managed to pull off a stunning victory and in turn defended their 2016 title.
Day one’s route had to be changed due to high surf and an out-and-back course was held from Durban UnderSea Club. Nisbet and Woods finished a close second, with Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in third.
Excitement levels are growing as we speed towards the ICF World Marathon Championships hosted by South Africa. With our paddlers tipped to win many events, huge crowds are expected to support the likes of McGregor, Birkett and Hartley as they race for glory in September.