Wow , what a windy affair . A resilient bunch of paddlers pitched to take on the wind on a relevantly weed free waterway. Thanks to CCPOA for doing a manual cleanup of weed for this event with both their weed cutters out of action.
The times were slowerer than usual due to the conditions although Guy Pike was able to hang onto Andre with much huffing and puffing to record a great time. Greatstuff
Good to see Francois back in the saddle and slogging it out to complete a Time trial . His first in a while .
An amusing story from one of our novice paddlers , no names mentioned,
Whilst paddling around Intaka in front of the Knights Bridge block of apartments the said novice paddler’s paddle caught on some weed causing a capsize . The nearest jetty was the weedcutters jetty which is higher than the normal jetty , which presented quite a challenge to mount . With a bit of a struggle and much cursing the boat was emptied and a remount attempted only to once again tip over and swim , and the paddler had to start all over with the process of a difficult remount.
Eveeeentually a successful remount was achieved and the the paddler slowly paddled off only to hear clapping and cheering coming from the many Knights Bridge balconies . Eish , that feeling of wanting to ……………!!
I’m sure there are many similar stories that can be told by our paddlers and maybe future newsletters can relate some of these, as we have all had these harrowing experiences which is all part of growing as a paddler..
10km Time Trial Results Time Keeper : Colin McClement
Tough conditions with a blustery North Wester . The good news is that we had WEED FREE canals as promised by CCPOA and, and hot showers.
Welcome to Jordan Zeelie for his first time on the canals. Hope to see you in the future.Guy Pike , John Joshua and Manfred Hanni look ready to take on the Fish with all the advice being shared around the bar counter.
Next week is our final winter time trial and from November on we will commence with our summer series which will happen on a Thursday so as not to clash with the Downwind Dash Series which will happen on a Tuesday or a Wednesday. These dates are still to be confirmed .
Training on the Canals will continue on a Tuesday , Thursday and Saturday . These sessions will be communicated via our whatsapp group on an ongoing basis.
Robin Tindall and John Standley worked with John De Villiers up front on the shallower canals to break the 50min mark. Hard work to say the least. The exposed grass was a problem for the paddle but not the nose of the boat. Not as bad as anticipated was the comment.
Great vibe around the fire and the winner of the togbag Manfred Hanni felt his K2 driver deserved his spot prize . Damn fine gesture.
Great to see our neighbouring Club (Milnerton CC) join our Time trial. It made for some great diamond work and great times. .
Gavin White clocked the fastest time this season pipping the Richards Kohler and Allen’s boat . Crispin and Bianca were just off their slip in the last lap. Denver and De Villiers had a great paddle working with Eugene and Richard Mudd.
Active paddling members were presented with the new Club vest .Kindly sponsored by Century City Property Owners Association. Hopefully members will proudly wear our colours when participating in flat water races where PFDs are not required.
The togbag spot prize was won by Guy Pike . Every week we will be spot prizing a long sleeve club top or a togbag . This is besides the Captains bar voucher award(R80) and a random draw spot prize .(R80).
Great atmosphere afterwards in the Club House with a great meal being served.