Pietermaritzburg - A sudden surge in entries and the signing of two
sponsors has helped the organisers of the annual Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon
confirm that the event will be staged this Friday, March 2, with water certain
from Henley dam, but very little prospect of any water below Inanda Dam for the
final section into the finish at Blue Lagoon.
2017 title sponsors Lovemore Brothers have been joined by the new corporate
Savunde Accountants as co-presenting sponsors to ensure that costs and prize
money is assured for the 2018 Non-Stop Dusi presented by Lovemore Brothers
& Savunde Accountants.
Often the take up on entries is fairly late for the Non-Stop with paddlers
watching weather systems carefully as well as checking how much damage the
Dusi Canoe Marathon might have caused to the body, coupled with speculation
about water from the major dams in the uMngeni system.
Despite the certainty that the drought will prevent any water outflow from
Inanda dam, meaning the brave paddlers will run much of the 25km to
the tidal estuary above Blue Lagoon, the core Non-Stop Dusi fans have not been
intimidated by this prospect, and entries have started arriving at the race off
at Camps Drift.
The 125km journey from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban
follows very different rules to its three day long big brother with the race
not following a specific craft class and paddlers can race for the title in
either a K1 or a K2.
Along with this the race’s rules are a lot more lenient when it comes to where
they are allowed to portage. The only rule of the race is that you have to run
underneath the College Road Bridge, however from then on it’s up to the
paddlers discretion as to how much they want to paddle or run.
The race is seen as the ultimate show of endurance and stamina with
temperatures in the valley often peaking in the high 30’s but humidity playing
a huge role as the paddlers get closer to the finish at the coast.
“We thought the certainty of no water for the final section below Inanda dam
would chase all the paddlers away, but we underestimated the spirit of the
Non-Stop Dusi core paddlers,” said race director Steve Botha.
entry in came from the mixed double crew of Shaun Dias and Kerry Segal, and
they were so enthusiastic. Soon more entries came in, and I am sure we will
take entries right up to the race start on Friday morning,” he added.
Paddlers will set off from Camps Drift at 05:15 with three cut-off points along
the way, the Finger Neck portage, the Inanda Dam Wall and finally the Pump
more information go to www.nonstopdusi.co.za