by Richard Arderne


Hello Paddlers!

As you might know, the Pam Golding Canals Winter Doubles Challenge is next Sunday!

Here are a few things you should know:

* Prizes are only for doubles but singles are very welcome 👍

* Start is 11am. Registration from 10am. Race briefing at 10.45am.

* Please help the registration team by entering online as soon as possible at

* Race numbers must be stuck on the left front.

* There is one start at the usual TT spot, with 20km paddlers in front and 10km paddlers behind. Faster paddlers as usual further forward.

* The route is the usual TT route. Two laps for 10km and four four for 20km.

* Huge thanks to Carbonology for once again (as they have done for so many years) provided a lucky draw Carbonology carbon split paddle, valued at R3500.

* Tide will be mid-tide, coming in.

* Life jackets are not compulsory

* Thanks in advance once again to Charlie, Jen, Mandy, Magda, Marie, Anita, Gail, (I’m sure a few more who we can thank next Sunday) And Capt Pete for the briefing



1st boat: R2500
2nd boat: R1000
3rd boat: R500

1st ladies boat: R1250
1st mixed boat: R250
1st 65 and over*: R250
1st under 18: R500

* as per CSA, you must turn at least 65 in 2023 😳

Bottle of Pam Golding Red Wine for both paddlers:
1st place ladies, men, mixed, 65 and over
(8 bottles)


1st under 18: R250

Bottle of Pam Golding Red Wine for both paddlers:
1st place ladies, men, mixed, over 60
(8 bottles)

Lucky Draw:
Carbonology Paddle, valued at R3500

Some of my comments after last year’s race:

In my opinion it was another fun and successful event, thanks largely to all our wonderful volunteers 🙏🏻

And so good to have a strong field, with four world class doubles …but nice to have our locals Phil and Ricky being the strongest of the strong! (sorry AC!)

Next year I would like us to try to persuade more of our regular 5km paddlers to take the opportunity to try 10km (in a single or a double)

And besides the great weather and fine red wine prizes, and lucky draw Carbonology paddle (won by Ricky) .. the race was especially pleasant with Flash Gordon in the front half of my boat, ruined a bit by Pete King and Shaun Frayne pipping us by a meter at the end, especially after we pulled the bunch WAY more than them. In fact they kept falling off the bunch, then ousted the poor ladies double 😂