Dabs Winter tt series 2016

ADD RESINS WINTER TIME TRIAL SERIES 2016

Attention paddlers far and wide, big and small, fast and not so fast!

In the words of the late Ned Stark “Winter is coming!” and with it brings the annual Dabulamanzi Winter Time Trial Series!!!

So it’s time clear your calendars and dust off those pogies to ensure that you don’t miss out!!! Details:

Where and when: Thursdays, 5:30pm, Dabulamanzi Canoe Cub, Emmarentia

What YOU need to do to Qualify: Brave the cold for 8 of the 13 Add Resins Winter Time Trials and you will be rewarded with an Add Resins Winter Time Trial CHILL CHEATER valued at R250.

NB Dates to remember:

Thursday 02/06/2016 First Time Trial of the Series

Thursday 23/06/2016 Winter Solstice 5km ProAM

Sponsored Bar Tab: Ttrumpet

Thursday 28/07/2016 Sponsored Bar Tab: Best

Thursday 25/08/2016 Last Time Trial of the Series

But most importantly there will ALWAYS be cheap drinks, good tunes and a warm fire to welcome you off the water!

The series will also present an opportunity to get some solid base training in for the Hansa Fish Canoe Marathon taking place in October; an event that requires stamina on the river and in the liver so don’t forget about the bar.

There will be pre printed lists to record times so please don’t forget be honest and to do this after each event!

Enjoy it! And if you have any queries or need assistance with a (canoeing) partner please do not hesitate to contact me:

Robert Levick

083 928 9496

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Thanks you to our sponsor Add Resins and Sub Sponsors Best and Ttrumpet.

 

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SOS - Save Our Suburbs

SOS - Save our suburbs

For those of you who are not aware, The Greenside and Emmarentia Residents Associations have started a campaign to oppose a development that will significantly impact our community at large.

The proposed development on Corner Gleneagles, Linden Road and Barry Hertzog Ave, is proceeding, the developer has given the notice to start the process of rezoning the stands in the remainder block and start construction. In short the developer is planning to build a 5 storey high commercial, retail and residential complex with space for 89 residential units, 5000m2 retail shows, 2500m2 office of medical suits with parking for 500-600 cars.

We need to unite and all residents and other community stakeholders of the Emmarentia/Greenside, Linden “The Parks” and surrounding areas to oppose this development as it will affect everyone in these areas. Get involved, We need to act now, the closing date for the objection process is on the 3 December 2015. The goal is to collect 3000 objections, to date 429 objections have been collected, a further 2571 objections are needed to reach the goal.

For more information on where and how to show your support go to http://www.emmarentia.co.za/sos/ or download the objection form here, and mail a copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

This development should not go ahead because:

 

  • The scale of the development in a residential area. To put this development into perspective, the square meterage (area) the proposed development is going to provide, is the equivalent of the entire Greenside business node along Gleneagles road.
  • Traffic congestion. Our roads in the area cannot cope with the current traffic, adding another potential 600 cars to this going to cause gridlock on Gleneagles and Linden roads.
  • The strain on municipal infrastructure. Our municipal infrastructure will become even more stained with the development, as it is a monster consumer of power water and other services.
  • Residents have no say.The residents of Emmarentia and Greenside vehemently opposed the initial proposal by the developer to amend the Existing Precinct plan to accommodate 6/5 story buildings in the suburb (currently only 3 stories are allowed).
  • Carte Blanche land use rights. The Developer wants to remove all restrictions from the existing title deeds in order to build this building, however, all other residents need to abide by the title deeds for esthetics and Heritage preservation in Emmarentia and Greenside.

 

 

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BERG RIVER MARATHON 2015 – AN OPINION PIECE

Chances are, you just kakked yourself a little reading that title. The statistics also show that, chances are, as a canoeist, you’ve never done the Berg either. But I'm pretty sure you still kakked yourself a little reading that title.

Afraid of what we don’t know are we?

Let’s be fair then. The Berg has a reputation for being a brutally long and cold race. And yes, there have been years when it has been made longer by low water levels and stiff head winds, dense blue-gum forests in the river course that only wily Capies know their way through, and the ability of the distance to make the skin come off your hands. It is done during the coldest and wettest winter month in a place that has cold and wet winters for many months. And you sleep in a barn on the 3rd day. Oh yes – The Third Day. Isn’t it quite long? And then there is yet another long day?? Coming to think of it, it really does sound like a terrible idea. Let’s go do something less challenging instead - like a cycling race.

But I digress. Let’s have a look at this race from an objective point of view. I’m going to deconstruct the 8 top criticisms or reasons I have most frequently heard people give for shrinking to the occasion.

1. It’s too far to race. My body can’t handle the distance.

It’s not a race, you chop. Sure, there is a podium, medal and age group classes, prize money and the usual fanfare that comes with a sports event. It’s not an informal Sunday time trial after all. But it’s not a race in the traditional sense that you go out guns blazing. At least, not unless you’re from SCARC and it’s your first Berg. The aim of the Berg is to put your preparation into action, and to reach the finish line. Where you place in the field of competitors is a function of completing the adventure – not the aim. Your position is in fact such a trivial detail that at prize giving in the town hall of Velddrift every Berg finisher is called up individually and personally handed their medal. And I admit, ironic to my argument, by a former winner. However, this is a tradition that started at the Berg many years ago as a sign of respect that even the mightiest give to the rest of the field as a doff of the old cap on what is a fine achievement. Whether you come in the top 10 or last, you are saluted by your paddling peers equally for finishing as much as for winning.

2. I’m from Gauteng – I don’t know the river and there might not be water.

Well two things have pretty much sorted this problem out.

Firstly, there is a dam from which the race organisers can secure a release.

Secondly, there has been a massive drive to clear the river of invasive plant and tree species. The worst of the tree blockages and notorious “forest sections” have been cleared out in the past 5 years – making for much easier navigation through the trees. When I learnt to paddle on the Berg River 10 years ago there were sections we couldn’t get through. We tripped with axes and saws on the weekends leading up to Berg. I hadn’t been back for 5 years until last year’s Berg and there were areas I couldn’t recognise because the same trees that caused all this trouble had been removed. In fact, we are talking more Lunar Landscape less Enchanted Forest these days.

3. But isn’t it cold?

Yes. Put on warm clothes. It’s easier to pack on layers for a cold day than what it is to go into The Devil’s Cauldron on a hot day.

4. But isn’t it cold in the months leading up to Berg?

Yes – but literally only for 8 weeks. Many people tell me that training through an entire winter for Berg is what put them off. I must agree – if I had to train an entire winter for Berg I would also be put off. Be realistic here. Berg is 10 weeks into the Highveld winter – not at the end of it. It only starts getting cold in April. May and June are the only genuinely cold months in which you have to train. 8 Weeks. (Besides this current cold front which is not helping my argument here. Yet another winner handing out a medal from the skies above). By July you have done the hard work – here you have 1 week of “maintenance work” (sitting in the sauna at gym) and another of “tapering” (sauna at gym followed by a beer) and off to the Berg you go. So this whole “I don’t like training the whole of winter” story is also a fib. All you need is 8 weeks of putting on pogies and a beany. True story.

5. I can’t leave my family in Joburg for 2 weeks and take leave off from work…

Well then don’t. Fly to Cape Town on Tuesday morning (the seeding time trial is Tuesday afternoon should you wish to have a front row start) and fly back on Saturday evening. 4 days leave from work, 5 days leave from the Bulldog and your progeny, R1250 for a return flight, send your boat on a trailer. It’s much less admin than Umko or Ithala with similar travel costs with the added bonus that your boat will look new when you finish the race.

We know where the cheap accommodation is (and lekker places too, like Laerskool Riebeek Kasteel’s Koshuis) and a few little spots along the way. Just ask, I will give you the low down on how we run our show.

6. I’ve seen footage of people with no skin on their hands. No ways – I’m not crazy enough. Besides, I would never last the distance. 75km in one day is for the mentally insane. (For overcoming the distance obstacle, refer to point 7.)

You will get a blister or two. But with the modern advent of rubbing Vaseline or Dubbin on your hands before the race, this problem seems to subside dramatically. If you look after your hands, they will look after you. Look at what the old river dogs do, and do it. There are many tricks and lessons you learn on this journey that make it more manageable. And as my FinRek lecturer always used to say: "You only learn to do what you need to do by doing it." Little did I know that this also applied to Vaseline.

(There is certainly a personality type that has done a Berg that talks up the harshness of the experience to validate the achievement. Take the war stories with a pinch of salt – these personality types also amaze me at how much they could drink in their youth, how many hours they used to train, how many woman they have bedded. Their list of grand achievements is only superseded by the lack of witnesses and an objective barometer. Make no mistake, it is a tough challenge and it commands respect. But take a good story from whence it comes too.)

7. Training. I don’t have the time to go to the Vaal for 7 hour sessions.

Not unless you’re trying to win the Berg you don’t. You would be surprised how flexible your training can be for someone who just wants to finish. There is a saying in the running fraternity that you don’t have to run the comrades in training to run it on the day. This also applies for Berg. Here is a breakdown of a typical week of training required to finish the Berg: (Please note: no 7 hour sessions at 5am on the Vaal when there is ice on the water. You need a head of stone to think this is required. Sure it helps - but it is not required.)

Monday : Rest (Wow, nothing on your first day)

Tuesday : 1h15 of interval training

Wednesday : 10 - 15km steady

Thursday : Time Trial

Friday : 45 minutes speed work

Saturday : Klip Race / 21km Flat Race / HASSC / Marathon Champs GCU & SA etc.

Sunday : 3 hours steady on Hartebeespoort Dam*

This is just an example, but if you follow this type of training program you will get the hours in your body to cover the distance of Berg. On the weekends, alternate the race days with your 3 hour session. So if there is a Klip race on Saturday, do your distance Sunday and vice versa. This is a 9 hour training week. Do this CONSISTENTLY for 3 months and you’re mint.

*A side note on Hartebeespoort Dam. Since 2005 there has been a R900m cleaning project conducted on the dam and catchment areas. Where this project stands now I’m not sure, as the internet and DWAF have gone quiet on it, but the effect on paddling is that it has been a pleasant experience doing a session from Paddle Power down onto the dam for the past 2 years or so. Also, it is about 7 degrees warmer at Harties than the Vaal on any given morning, with a squadron of yachts and the occasional roar from a lion in the zoo next to the dam wall, which is a great bonus. Drive time from the West Rand and Northern Suburbs is about 35 minutes to Paddle Power – so you can leave home at 7, be back at 12, and get your 3 hours under the belt every weekend.

8. I have a family of 5. It’s too expensive for everyone to go.

What can I say… Buy a TV?

So get a good April’s worth of training into your body and commit to a further 8 weeks of winter training to prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime. It really is that simple.

El Capitano

Dabulamanzi

P.S. If the Vaal is the “Toughest Canoe Marathon in the World” then how hard can Berg really be?

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Dabs AGM - March 2016

NOTICE of 36th AGM 2016

DATE: THURSDAY, 31 MARCH 2016

VENUE: DABULAMANZI CANOE CLUB

TIME: 19.00

All paid-up members are welcome to attend.

DABS COMMITTEE MEMBERS Nominations welcome!

Download forms here:

- AGENDA

- Proxy

- Minutes AGM March 2015

 

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Emmarentia Dam Wall Rehab

Dear Members

You may have heard or read about the rehabilitation currently happening on the dam wall.

Jason Brown, John Barrow and myself had a meeting with the consulting (design) engineers and the construction (contracting) engineers.

The Problem

The dam wall has shown some settlement over the years. Inspection found that there are significant voids in the fine material just below the rock layer (rip-rap) on the upstream face. This could lead to a failure of the wall with potentially catastrophic damage downstream. The stream downstream of the weir has been eroded.

The Repairs

It is deemed serious enough to warrant a significant repair and re-construction during the dry season. You may have noticed the removal of the tree that was growing on the upstream face (where time trials are started). The paving on the walkway has been removed, and cracks and voids were evident. The wall material will be replaced and the slope of the upstream wall will be made less steep. The gabions below the culvert are to be repaired.

Effects of the Repair

· The anticipated road closure of Olifants Road (road going along dam wall), is Thursday or Friday (30/31 July)

· The first of the cores were drilled through the main weir on Tuesday. Two 200mm cores were drilled through at a depth of 300mm below current level. This should have no notable impact on our use of the dam.

· The plan is to drop the level by a total of 1.7m, and has been approved by interested parties and just awaits final sing-off from JRA. This is likely to happen within the next 2 weeks and level to remain down until December. Having taken depth measurements around the dam, we should still have a fair amount of useable water. Until the water has reached 1.7m below current level we won't know the full extent of the impact on the current course, but with the possible shifting of buoys and maybe adding one or two, we should hopefully still be able to have a lap of 1000m or close to that.

· The racks on the upstream side of the culvert (Scarc and adjacent racks) are deemed to be unsafe in the event of a flood, and are to be removed.

· The current design effects the access steps up to motorised gate at the boat compound.

· Once work begins on the gabions and spillway, we will have to reroute boats from boat pound out the pedestrian gate and along Louw Geldenhuys in via the parking lot. Anticipate this may happen within the next 2 weeks.

· It is likely that the Candoc polo court will have to be erected somewhere else, e.g. Florida Lake

We have asked the engineers to consider a proper clean-up of the exposed dam bottom, of sludge and refuse/rubble, while the level is lowered.

The contractors will supply and install a walk-way and platform for us over the mud that is exposed as a result of the water level reduction.

We have also asked to be engaged in the replacement of the steps.

We are aware that this is not good news, but I’m afraid it is inevitable. The club will do all it can to maintain a semblance of normality on the reduced dam area. For those that don’t participate in the local races, maybe this is a chance to get back on the rivers!

We will keep you informed as developments arise.

Kind regards,

Tony Purchase
Chairman
Dabulamanzi Canoe Club

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Emmarentia Dam Water Quality

Please see the test results from the past year, detailing the E-coli counts at the inlet to the dam and the outflow.

 

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Results HASSC - 2016

Saturday's High Altitude Surf Ski Champs was a great event thanks to the 140 paddlers who turned out. The results, below, are essentially correct which is a major achievement in all that mayhem. Well done!! Thanks to Desiree and Lauren and Roy for sponsorship and Meyer for organising the finish.

BIG THANK YOU - All Sponsors.

Adreach and Brad the Fish and Steve for again backing the race. Don't only think pouches. numbers, SCARC support, raz-matazz and lots more.

FENN caps. Collectors item. Thanks Jim for organising

Carlo's Cocktails

Standard Bank for meals organised by Brad B

PLUSSSZ thanks Sean

Prizes from support from Sean Lupton-Smith from USA. See you here next year Sean!

Prizes from SET KAYAKS. Offered one paddle gave two! plus all the surf skis and support. Chad's the man!

Petrol for Wave Generators given by our Chairman.

Great behind the scenes support from Euro Steel aka Woodrow

Some pictures below:

Results:

1 HANK MCGREGOR KIN KZ [ 0:44:54.54K1]
2 DAVE HAMILTON-BROWN WAYNE JACOBS DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:44:58.37K2]
3 ANDY BIRKETT PETER OCONNOR NAT KZ DAB GA [ 0:46:19.9K2]
4 LUKE SYMONS MARCO MAGNI DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:47:27.07K2]
5 ETIENNE RAWLINSON MICHAEL-JOHN ROBB DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:47:32.50K2]
6 ALISTAIR JACKSON CORNELIS HUMAN DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:49:14.10K2]
7 SISEKO NTONDINI SOW GA [ 0:49:22.81K1]
8 NICHOLAS WEEKS TOMMY BOOTH ERK GA ERK GA [ 0:49:29.90K2]
9 BRADLEY FISHER SIFISO VINCENT CEBEKHULU DAB GA SOW GA [ 0:49:33.50K2]
10 NICOLAS OLDERT DAB GA [ 0:49:36.84K1]
11 BRIDGITTE HARTLEY SARAH ROBINSON NAT KZ DAB GA [ 0:49:40.00K2]
12 GREGORY SMITH MARTIN VAN DEN BERGH VIC GA JCC GA [ 0:49:47.86K2]
13 BRAD BREETZKE KEITH FLEMMER DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:49:48.41K2]
14 JAMES THORBURN THEO SMIT CEN GA CEN GA [ 0:50:08.63K2]
15 LOVEDAY ZONDI SOW GA [ 0:50:15.65K1]
16 TOM NGCOBO SOW GA [ 0:50:45.99K1]
17 ALEX MASINA JCC GA [ 0:50:50.67K1]
18 ALARIC PAGEL SEAN MARTIN DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:50:52.82K2]
19 MARK GARDEN DAB GA [ 0:51:36.70K1]
20 BARRY PAINTING DAB GA [ 0:51:37.39K1]
21 ZONELE NZUZA SOW GA [ 0:51:44.55K1]
22 TONY PURCHASE GRAHAM STEPHEN NEATE DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:51:56.33K2]
23 DEAN BURSCOUGH HARALD WATTRUS DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:51:56.92K2]
24 NKOSI MZOLO SOW GA [ 0:51:57.50K1]
25 CARLO NATALI JOE TORLAGE DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:52:02.96K2]
26 SEAN EVANS NAT KZ [ 0:52:06.98K1]
27 HERCULES SANDENBERGH KELVIN BYRES DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:52:47.14K2]
28 ROBERT CRICHTON DAB GA [ 0:52:52.55K1]
29 GRANT POLLOCK DAB GA [ 0:52:55.08K1]
30 RAOUL GOOSEN DAB GA [ 0:53:14.51K1]
31 COLIN Mussett DAB GA [ 0:53:18.90K1]
32 PHINEAS ZULU SOW GA [ 0:53:26.40K1]
33 GRAHAM HOLM DAB GA [ 0:53:26.50K1]
34 NICHOLAS WARREN DAB GA [ 0:54:07.18K1]
35 NEIL BARROW DAB GA [ 0:54:15.05K1]
36 SIMNIKIWE NTONDINI SOW GA [ 0:54:26.82K1]
37 CLAUDE NISH JOHN CUNNINGHAM DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:54:29.60K2]
38 PAOLO MAGNI DAB GA [ 0:54:35.05K1]
39 BRIAN LONGLEY DAB GA [ 0:54:39.46K1]
40 JIM DAVIES DAB GA [ 0:54:42.27K1]
41 JOHN BARROW DAB GA [ 0:55:08.99K1]
42 KOBUS FILMALTER WAT GA [ 0:55:31.58K1]
43 THULANI NGAMLANA SOW GA [ 0:55:32.45K1]
44 DANNY HANF DAB GA [ 0:55:41.55K1]
45 ANDREW MARCH WAYNE LAWRIE ZUL KZ ZUL KZ [ 0:55:47.90K2]
46 COLLEN GIBBS VIC GA [ 0:56:00.75K1]
47 CHAD ANDREWS DAB GA [ 0:56:02.25K1
48 ANDRE ZANDBERGH WAT GA [ 0:56:08.69K1]
49 GARY RALPH DAB GA [ 0:56:08.70K1]
50 CHRIS VAN DER MERWE KEVIN HUNT FLO GA FLO GA [ 0:56:24.70K2]
51 GUNTHER GRUNE CEN GA [ 0:56:32.55K1]
52 BRYAN SLATER DAB GA [ 0:56:37.72K1]
53 JARRYD BREEDS ERK GA [ 0:56:40.55K1
54 ANNA CLIFFORD ARWIDI DAB GA [ 0:56:47.15K1]
55 ROBERT LEVICK DAB GA [ 0:56:49.47K1]
56 LLOYDE HANSON DAB GA [ 0:56:51.69K1]
57 SIMON WILLMOTT DAB GA [ 0:57:12.86K1]
58 DAVID BROWNE DYLAN BROWNE DAB GA DAB GA [ 0:57:33.57K2]
59 FRANZ LOTTERING ERK GA [ 0:57:39.08K1]
60 DONOVAN ALHO ERK GA [ 0:58:17.77K1]
61 ANDREW COOPER DAB GA [ 0:58:20.40K1]
62 IAIN HUME DAB GA [ 0:58:50.00K1]
63 SINENHLANHLA LUDIDI SOW GA [ 0:58:52.15K1]
64 BREM PETERS DAB GA [ 0:59:10.29K1]
65 FRANK DABROWSKI DAB GA [ 0:59:12.27K1]
66 MEYER STEYN DAB GA [ 0:59:37.81K1]
67 MICHAEL HANEKOM DAB GA [ 1:00:05.77K1]
68 RYAN ZIERVOGEL WARREN ZIERVOGEL JCC GA JCC GA [ 1:00:13.54K2]
69 JASON HOWELL DAB GA [ 1:00:34.03K1]
70 SARAH EVANS DAB GA [ 1:00:58.85K1]
71 ROBERT MACFARLANE DAB GA [ 1:01:00.93K1]
72 PAUL ROBINSON DAB GA [ 1:01:02.82K1]
73 RIAN SMITH MIKE HUBBLE ZUL KZ ZUL KZ [ 1:01:13.64K2]
74 GRANT MORSHEAD ERK GA [ 1:01:26.67K1]
75 GORDON MALCOLM DAB GA [ 1:01:43.63K1]
76 SIMON SPOONER DAB GA [ 1:01:59.84K1]
77 PHIL DE GRAAF DAB GA [ 1:02:13.96K1]
78 NICHOLAS ERWEE DAB GA [ 1:02:20.23K1]
79 JAMES WILMOT DAB GA [ 1:02:22.80K1]
80 CONNOR ERWEE DAB GA [ 1:02:40.76K1]
81 JANET BARTLET DAB GA [ 1:02:51.56K1]
82 CLIVE EVANS DAB GA [ 1:02:56.77K1]
83 HUGH HAWARDEN DAB GA [ 1:03:08.95K1]
84 WILLEM BURGER DAB GA [ 1:03:42.98K1]
85 SANDILE HLONGWANE SOW GA [ 1:03:46.81K1]
86 ANDRE VAN STADEN NWU GA [ 1:04:29.07K1]
87 JASON BROWN DAB GA [ 1:05:43.53K1]
88 MATTHEW CRUICKSHANK DAB GA [ 1:06:10.79K1]
89 JONATHAN HOCH DAB GA [ 1:06:36.59K1]
90 CONNOR DAVIES DAB GA [ 1:07:40.32K1]
91 PAUL VAN HEERDEN DAB GA [ 1:08:06.80K1]
92 WILLEM VAN DER MERWE ALAN ROBB DAB GA DAB GA [ 1:08:09.27K2]
93 VAUGHN VAN DER MERWE DAB GA [ 1:08:25.31K1]
94 SCHALK VAN ZYL WAT GA [ 1:08:39.10K1]
95 DONAVAN PRETORIUS WAT GA [ 1:08:39.79K1]
96 CHRIS ROWE ERK GA [ 1:09:26.40K1]
97 ANTHONY WALD DAB GA [ 1:09:31.36K1]
98 ROY LYNN DAB GA [ 1:09:51.16K1]
99 CAROLINE POWER DAB GA [ 1:11:10.40K1]
100 DEAN CONRAD ERK GA [ 1:11:37.38K1]
101 MARCH STRAUSS DAB GA [ 1:11:39.11K1]
102 MARIETTE ZANDBERGH WAT GA [ 1:11:50.75K1]
103 TONY LIGHTFOOT DAB GA [ 1:12:03.30K1]
104 LUCA GOVETTO DAB GA [ 1:12:59.73K1]

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Nine Yards (June 2015)

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.

-Congratulations

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.

-Up-coming Events

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!

-Berg Marathon

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!

Andile Nyanga

Cornelis Human

Etienne Rawlinson

Hercules Sandenberg

MJ Robb

Phineas Zulu

Sipho Qoko

Siseko Ntondini

Watch out for the Dabs prodigy, Brandon v d Walt.

-Surfski

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,

Tony Purchase

 

"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​"

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