Robertson - The organisers of the annual Breede River Canoe Marathon have
shifted the dates of the 2017 race to the weekend after the ICF World Marathon
Championships in Pietermaritzburg, hoping to lure some international stars to
extend their stay in South Africa to take on the two day classic through the
Normally on the first weekend in September, the 2017 edition of the 71km race
will now be staged on the weekend of September 16/17.
Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg will be the venue for the much-anticipated ICF
Canoe Marathon World Champs from September 7-10, the venue which is also the
start of the Dusi Canoe Marathon in February each year.
This has piqued the interest in the colourful calendar of major multi-day South
African river marathons among many international marathoners, some of whom
are planning to head to the Western Cape after the conclusion of the World
Champs to take on the challenge of the famous Breede Marathon.
The race is skewed heavily in favour of K2s, or doubles, with the generally
wide and flat nature of the Breede river lending itself to marathon racing in
K2 and even K3 craft.
Local paddlers have shown a willingness to help international paddlers by
assisting with river-ready K2 craft with overstern rudders best suited to
racing the Breede, as the flatwater marathon K2 craft are all fitted with
Race organisers are optimistic that the forecast for late winter and spring
rains will help ease the drought-ravaged region into paddler-friendly
conditions come mid-September.
Entries for the event have already opened online at the race website, and
normal entries can be lodged until midnight on Tuesday, September 5.
The first stage consists of 37km from outside Robertson to Riggton Farm near
Bonnievale, which includes technical tests at the Goudmyn sliding weir and low
level bridges and Secunda weir. The final stage is 33.5km to the Kam’bati
Resort outside Swellendam.
Breede river Canoe Marathon 2017:
Stage 1: Saturday, September 16
Robertson (McGregor Bridge) to Bonnievale (Riggton River Farm)
Stage 2: Sunday, September 17
Bonnievale (Riggton River Farm) to Kam'bati River Resort
The finish will be at Kam'bati River Resort near Swellendam.
Prize giving will start before 14:00.
The 2017 Breede River Canoe Marathon takes place from Robertson to Swellendam
on September 16 and 17.
More information can be found at www.breedemarathon.co.za