Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kayak Race 2009 Postponed

In order not to mess you about, we have taken an early decision to postpone the race. As of this morning the forecast for Sunday is a black south easter with 4mm rain, 5m swells, max temp of 12 degrees and 40kph winds - more than enough to keep most people at home in bed.

The race will now take place the following Sunday October 4th and depending on weather may move to Long Beach at Simon's Town station.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kayak Race 2009

Paddle for the Penguins.
Sunday 27th September 2009 - Seaforth Beach

Every year we at Paddlers organise a fun day out based around our Paddlers "Timed" Event. Eventually we had to succumb and call it a race, but the emphasis is still fully in the taking part rather than racing. This year all funds raised will be donated to SANCCOB and the event has been been generously sponsored by Enviropaedia, in line with the "Go Green with Marine" theme, who will generously be donating a free copy of their excellent book the "Enviromental Encyclopaedia and Networking Directory" to each race entrant.

The main Kayak Race is open to everyone, with a long course, a short course and, drum roll, an even shorter course, specially introduced to allow the larger, heavier recreational kayaks such as Fluid Synergys to take part - it really makes the start quite a spectacle. Winners in all categories will be acknowledged.
Relay Race - This Team event is specially designed for teams of 4 paddlers. Each team will be supplied with identical double sea kayaks, and be required do to three laps around Ark Rock - on each return to the beach they must swap at least one team member. There is some room for tactical manoeuvering, and skill in the change-over will definitely prove an advantage.
All entrants stand to win prizes in our spot draw, plus the Best Dressed Paddler award, Babe of the Beach and Hunk of the Day.
Kiddies Kayak Korner - free rides for the little ones throughout the morning.

WEATHER DELAY - If the weather is unpleasant the day's events will be moved to to the following Sunday, October 3rd.
Updates, weather forecasts and cancellation plans for the race can be found on this blog
Or you can call 082 556 9945 on the morning and LISTEN to the voice message.

Registration is from 8.30pm - entrance fee is R30 single, R60 Double, Team R1000 (R250pp)
MAIN Race Start time is 9.30am
RELAY Race Start time 11am

Race Courses
Long Course - Seaforth Beach, Ark Rock, Paddlers Buoy, Circuit of the Yacht basin, return to Seaforth Beach
Short Course - Seaforth Beach, Ark Rock, Bull Nose, Yellow Submarine Bouy, return to Seaforth Beach
Relay Course - Seaforth Beach, Ark Rock x 3.

Main Race Categories by kayak size which will even the field.
A Category: All kayaks above 4.8m or below 24kg in weight - e.g. Epic 18 and 16ft, Skua, Swift.
B Category: Kayaks between 4m and 4.8m - e.g. Contour 480 & 450, Malachite, Pelican, Napali, Solo.
C Category: Kayaks below 4m - e.g. Acadia 370, Breeze, Avocet.
D Category: Doubles
S Category: Surf Ski's

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Dear Fellow Paddlers;

Last Sunday was a miserable day for paddling (actually the conditions looked worse than they actually were but no one likes to paddle in offshore conditions).

This Sunday looks no better with strong northerlies as the next front approaches.

The forecast for Saturday is excellent at the moment. The plan is to meet at 08h30 at Bertha's.

Paul W

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Kayak Race - Sunday September 27th

Charity Kayak Race - Sunday September 27th in aid of SANCOB
Seaforth Beach at 9.30am
This is a mixed event with paddlers in craft of all shapes and sizes welcome, with a lot of emphasis on the taking part and the fun, rather than serious competition. Spot prizes mean everyone has chance of going home with something from the day. One of our local sponsors is providing prize money -

There are three courses this year - a very, very short course for the real recreational plastic owners (Fluid, Feel Free, etc), a short course of 5kms and a long course of around 10kms.

After the race we will have a selection of kayaks for the kids (old and young) to take onto the water in the beach area, so the whole family can come along and spend the day in this most beautiful part of the world, enjoying our beaches, and then heading to Boulders where the SANCOB team have organised lots more activities.

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