Pam Golding Properties KING OF THE KROMME – hosted by St Francis Paddling Club.

This annual event will be held starting at Quaysyde at 3:00pm, Saturday 3rd April. This flat water paddling race takes paddlers up the beautiful Kromme and into peaceful waters of the Geelhout before returning down the Kromme, into the canals  to finsh where it started at Quaysyde. With tides and sand-banks to contend with the race takes not only fitness but skill to stay up with the pack in the hope of crossing the finish line first.

As always there will be the celebratory party after the race abiding by Covid-19 protocols of course where the winners of the events of the day will be presented with their trophies

So who will lift the 2021  title of “KING OF THE KROMME”!

we are hoping defending King of the Kromme champion Andy Birkett who has just won the 2021 Dusi for the eighth time  will be back to defend his title on Easter Saturday.

He will be up against top local paddlers Phil Smith, Gordon Spalding and Andrew Carter. Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate our first local winner!

It’s a beautiful 20km course up the Kromme and Geelhout, with a 12km short course, and junior “guppy” races too.

A Carbonology split paddle at a retail value of R2600 will go to a lucky draw winner.

Pam Golding Properties have sponsored this event since inception. Call Richard Arderne on 083 284 0168 for more info.

Who will it be this year? Maybe we will see a home grown winner for the first time in Phil Smith.

Some facts on the defending champion Andy Birkett published on the website of his Alma Mater (the ed is also an Old College Boy).

Maritzburg College is considered one of the top canoeing schools in SA, and the convenience of having the Msunduzi River right on our doorstep has fuelled the continued growth of the school’s canoe club.
 
2021 saw OC Andy Birkett claim his 11th Dusi Canoe Marathon win, making it eight wins consecutively! Andy first started paddling at Merchiston under Sally Peckett – and he and his brother “Ox” joined the College paddlers on a canoeing expedition to Knysna when they were still “Mudrats”. Andy competed in his first Dusi when he was only 13 years old.

Here are the Pam Golding “King of the Kromme” from 2009 to 2019 including some of the top paddlers in the world.