Another Epic Dusi Race
The Dusi Canoe Marathon concluded this past weekend, and as usual, it was an epic affair. The three-day race, which is the largest canoeing event on the continent of Africa, attracts somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 paddlers. Here’s how the organizers describe it on the official website:
“The Dusi Canoe Marathon was founded in 1951, and covers roughly 120km between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, on the East Coast of South Africa.
It is the biggest canoeing event on the African continent, and one of the world’s most popular river marathons, attracting between 1600 and 2000 paddlers each year.
Paddlers can choose between normal marathon K1s, K2s or even K3s (yes a K4 has even finished the Dusi before). These boats need to be of robust construction to be able to take the knocks dished out by the rocky river, and must have an overstern rudder. Paddlers must wear splashcover (spraydescks) and lifejackets (PFDs) and, if very full river conditions occur, will be required to wear helmets. Paddlers must make provision for their own hydration, and carry enough fluids for each stage of the race.”
Pre-race favorites Andy Birkett and Hank McGregor and sisters Cana and Jordan Peek took the respective men’s and women’s top spots on the podium when it was all said and done. You can read the full recap here. Meanwhile enjoy this look at the second stage of the race.