ERK paddlers break Dusi’s record


ERK paddlers Liam and Michael Stewart broke the 24-year-old’s fastest father and son record by 32 minutes to finish 19th overall in the Dusi Canoe Marathon last week.

The Stewarts finished in 09:03:00 over the three days to finish in the top 20. Boksburg’s Richard Tandy and Jonathan Nel finished the race in 10:37:00.

According to Gauteng Canoe Union Media Liaison Jenny Dallas, this year’s race has been recognized as a K2 event.

“This year, the Dusi has been recognized as a two-person kayak and it alternates each year with K1 single-seaters.

While paddlers can and do participate in the craft of their choice, winning titles are recognized based on that year’s recognized boat category,” she said.

“For many paddlers, the Dusi is still the ultimate achievement in a year of paddling. Some years the water levels are decent, while other years they are rocky, shallow and bony and require a lot of walking and boat hauling. Many paddlers carry their broken boats for miles to find a repair kit so they can keep racing.

The men’s race was won by Andy Birkett and Dave Evans, while Abby Solms and Bianca Haw won the women’s race.

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