Greetings to ALL Dabs Members,
It is the height of winter on the Highveld, but it’s pleasing to note this has not deterred members from attending the Thursday time-trials and enjoying the fire-side sherries and Glühwein.
Well done to Dabs/Scarc members who excelled at the recent SA Marathon Champs at Camps Drift, PMB:
Dave Hamilton-Brown Gold K1 vets; Gold K2 vet
Brian Longley Gold K1 sub GG masters; Gold K2 sub GG masters
Nic Oldert Silver K1 sub G master; Gold K2 masters
Colin Wilson Gold K2 masters
Wayne Jacobs Silver K2 sub-vet
Nicole Smith Silver K2 U18
Sibusiso Chwayi Silver K1 U16; Gold K2 U16
Tinyiko Mahwayi Bronze K1 U12
Nicholas Erwee Bronze K1 U10
Good luck to members going to World Champs in Hungary under the (grand)fatherly eye of Steve Jourdan. Congratulations also to Graham Paull, who will represent South Africa at the Paracanoe World Champs in Milan, Italy during August
-The dreaded Egyptian Geese
Due to the public’s insistence on feeding these birds, their population has swelled to the detriment of other smaller water birds, as well as the state of our jetties and lawns. The other banks and grass have also been damaged. We are investigating humane ways of restricting their growth, but will welcome any suggestions.
Thursday 9 July: The Scarc/Dabs TT where every K2 has one Dabs member and one Scarc member.
Saturday 15 August: One day Canoe Concepts Liebenbergsvlei race.
Week-end 5 & 6 September: Two day Liebenbergsvlei race. Can also be done as one dayer on either date.
Winter Series: June, July and August. The first couple have been well attended, so keep up your training and avoid the mid-winter spread! Complete 8 out of 12 Thursday time-trials and qualify for an awesome Dabs branded thermal top, thanks to Ttrumpet, Sealy Mattress Gallery and Canoe Concepts. There is enough time to start now and still qualify!
This iconic race is from 14 to 18 July. To many (including yours truly) this is a “once only”, to others it’s a “not to be missed”. We wish all the following a great race through the Cape wine lands. May the river be full, the wind at your back (fat chance…) and the sun shine!
Watch out for the Dabs prodigy, Brandon v d Walt.
There are more than a dozen of us Dabs members doing the Mauritius Ocean Classic early in July. Hopefully we can overcome the stress and physical demands of a remote island over-run with Aussies! Commodore O’Connor reminds us of the following ski info:
Durban Downwind Series happening every weekend at the moment This series culminates in a world cup event 11 or 12 July (wind dependent) Scottburgh 2 Brighton is over weekend of 18/19 July (wind dependent) Gauteng Champs will be 14 & 15 November in East London
-Membership and Admin
Orcillia will be on leave from 2nd to 23rd July. Lucian will provide a skeleton service from 9 am to 1 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings in the intervening three weeks. Please note that members who have kindly provided payment but not forms or vice versa; your tags have not been updated, and boat stickers have not been issued.
To those boat-rack squatters, we advise you of a pending boat auction – you have been warned.
-Dabs Paddling Top
Members are reminded that it is compulsory to participate in club colours for all races. Chad Andrews of Canoe Concepts has designed a great new Dabs paddling top. Please make an effort to get one soon. There is a special price (R390 vs R450) on offer if you pre-order yours now.
-Car Guards (repeated for benefit of those who missed it – you know who you are)
Please remember to tip Patrick and Johannes. They provide a selfless service, and have been active in apprehending thieves. A guide is R8 to R10 for 90 minutes, or R120 per month, but all small change helps.
NB: Do NOT “hide” your keys while paddling. The thieves are way ahead of your cleverness.
Yours in paddling,
"A man can drive 100 miles in a car, but if he paddles 1 mile in a canoe he will be much further from where he started"