2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe
Organisers flexible on Dusi qualification
Pietermaritzburg – With just over a month until the 70th edition of the
MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon, organisers have shifted seeding and qualifying
races to the next few weeks in order to give paddlers the best possible
chance to be ready for the three day race from 18-20 March.
The local KwaZulu-Natal calendar has been condensed into the next three
weeks to give top paddlers the best chance to get a good seeding for the
race but to also give paddlers a feel of what racing on the Msundusi and
Mngeni Rivers will be like, particularly given the unusually good summer
The weekend of 20-21 February will host two of the race’s most important
build-up races with the Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge race providing a dress
rehearsal for a key part of the first day while Sunday’s 50 Miler helps
sharpen up your skills as it covers most of the Dusi Second Stage..
The following weekend’s action takes paddlers from Inanda Dam to Blue Lagoon
giving paddlers insight into what to expect from the third and final day of
In close consultation with the KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Union the organisers have
decided to take a common sense approach to paddlers looking to qualify for
this year’s Dusi.
“As far as the number of Dusi qualifying races go, six is required under
normal circumstances,” race organiser Shane Le Breton said.
“Two of these may be club trips organised by club safety officers who then
send us a list of all the participants. Two of these may also be a swift
water course with Rob Hill, who also sends us a list so there are several
options for paddlers to get to the six mark.
“For Dusi this year we will certainly be reasonable, and anyone a little
short on the six should apply for consideration with the details of what
they have actually managed to complete.”
Given that there are four races between this week and the Dusi on 18 March
many paddlers can get close to that six race threshold, however if they
can’t, the organisers will consider every reasonable request for a
relaxation of the qualifying criteria; but this is up to the discretion of
the race organisers who cannot make guarantees to paddlers.
“Paddlers just need to be reasonable in their expectations,” Le Breton
added. “Two Klips or two Upper Umgeni races are not going to cut it but say
Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge, 50 Miler and the 2 Day Klip or Inanda to Durban
would be fine.”
For paddlers in Johannesburg the Two Day Klip has been moved to the end of
February to give them a chance to qualify with the organisers happy that
that race will be sufficient in conjunction with others for paddlers looking
to paddle the Dusi.
Another means to entry is the traditional Five Times Rule which allows less
experienced paddlers who do not have the sufficient proficiency to paddle
the Dusi in the back of a K2 with someone who has completed five Dusis.
Given the situation and how it is continuously changing, organisers have
stressed that they are more than willing to assess each case on its own
Normal entries for the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon close at midnight on
The 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from 18-20 March 2021.
Entry details and more information can be found at
Website : www.dusi.co.za
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current situation in South Africa, organisers of the 2021 MyLife Dusi
Canoe Marathon have managed to pin down some dates for their qualifying
races and will also be slightly flexible to those paddlers that might
not have met the qualifying criteria for this years race starting on 18
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