2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe
Paddlers in for a full-river treat on Sunday as Dusi series expands
Durban – With three weeks to go until the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon, eager
paddlers are itching to return to the uMngeni River to train on the final
stage of the race when the Inanda to Durban is staged on Sunday, marking a
return to the popular race for the first time in a decade.
The exceptional summer rainfall has left Inanda Dam spilling, and after
years of being unpaddleable as no water has been spilling over the dam wall,
canoeists have been relishing tripping on the section below the Inanda dam
wall to the Dusi finish at Blue Lagoon after the recent heavy rains.
Sundays race, which starts at the eNanda Adventure Park at 7am, will treat
the Dusi aspirants to superb water conditions, as the local water liaison
authority has organised for the race to coincide with a release of 20 cumecs
of water as part of an ecological flush intended to clear the dam scours and
provide a vital ecological flush of the river basin.
With a big field of Dusi paddlers expected to enter, the organisers of the
new MyLife Dusi Series have agreed to add the race to the series to add
further spice to the contest between the elite stars that will aim to make
the most of the simulated race conditions on one of the most popular
sections of river in the country.
The race will include a short paddle out of the bay from the start at the
eNanda Adventure Park to the portage around the dam wall, before the
paddlers can enjoy the full river for iconic rapids such as Tops Needle,
Umzinyathi, Graveyard, Little John, Five Fingers and Island Rapids.
With the Burma Road portage still firmly out-of-bounds following the call
made before last year’s Dusi to remove the tough portage as an option to
safeguard the security of all the paddlers, the section around Burma Road
has become increasingly important for Dusi paddlers to study before the
race, and this weekend’s simulated race level will make it a top priority
for aspirant Dusi racers.
Island Rapid itself has changed significantly since major earthworks were
carried out in that section of the uMngeni Valley, and last year’s Dusi
provided something of a surprise for may hardened Dusi paddlers when they
negotiated Island Rapid.
The MyLife Dusi series now comprises the Umpetha Challenge, Inanda Dam to
Durban, next weekend’s Lighthouse Designs Ozzie Gladwin and the MyLife Dusi
Tactics amongst elite paddlers who fancy racing onto the Dusi podium, with
many opting to downplay their performances during the pre-Dusi races to
avoid revealing too much about their race form, while others elect to race
these one-day races hard to test themselves against the rapids and portages
and the likely elite challengers.
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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One of the
most popular sections of river during the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon,
day three's stretch from Inanda Dam to Blue Lagoon, will host the first
Inanda to Durban in a decade after brilliant summer rainfall offers
paddlers good water levels to paddle on this Sunday.
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