The start is at 3pm at The Quays. It has been based here for the last 6 years, since moving from the Cove in Shore Road. The finish is also at the Quays.

There is R6000 in cash for the first three men and the first three ladies. This year, there is equal prize money for men and ladies for the first time. 

And a trophy each for the men and ladies 20km winners, the 2022 Queen and King Of The Kromme! 

Will Jade Wilson and Phil Smith win back to back trophies? Or will former world champ Jasper Mocke have his name engraved on the trophy again? 

 

There are 36 bottles of fine red wine for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for both men and ladies for the 20km and the 12km in the three age groups: Seniors (i.e. 18 to 60), U18 and over 60’s. 

And a podium photo of each category by a professional photographer. 

And a lucky draw for a gold Carbonology split carbon fibre CS2 paddle (retail value R3200) for one of the paddlers who stay until the end of the prize-giving. Thanks as always to Jason and Hein from Carbonology. 

According to the Pam Golding tide table, high tide is at 3.45pm on Saturday, a lovely full moon spring tide, so sandbanks shouldn’t be an issue. 

The fastest long course paddlers will probably paddle into the end of the incoming tide for the first half of their paddle back. 

As always, it’s a singles race, and prizes are only for singles. 

Doubles are very welcome, but they won’t take home the cash or a bottle of wine …. but maybe the lucky draw Carbonology paddle. 

There will be a sweep boat (probably Pete King’s as usual) for safety, sweeping … and maybe sustenance for the last long course paddlers! 

And an ambulance will, as usual, be in attendance, heaven forbid. 

The entry fee of only R140 includes a First Choice recovery drink as you leave the water, a tasty Quays meal and a cold beer. 

Don’t rush off after your meal. Instead, stay for another drink and swap a few stories whilst our hardworking timekeepers prepare for the prize-giving. 

There will be one start for both the 20km and 12km races, but short course paddlers to are to please start behind the long course paddlers. 

After the start, there will be guppy and paddle-board races, also with great prizes. 

Life jackets are only compulsory for guppies. 

Online entries are open until 6pm on Friday at paddler.canoesa.com

Please stick a Pam Golding sticker onto your boat. They will be available at the registration table. 

Good vantage points for watching will be the Cove at the end of Shore Road and the Kromme bridge.

It’s an opportunity to paddle up to the Kromme River Island, about 8km upriver, then a few km up the beautiful meandering tributary, the Geelhout River, to the turn buoy.