Bay Union King of
02 May 2019
by: Nick Tatham
King of the Bay
boosted by KZN singles title status
Durban – The most unique surfski race in KwaZulu-Natal, the Bay Union
King of the Bay, the only race that allows surfski paddlers to race
across and out of Durban harbour, has been boosted by being awarded the
KZN Singles Surfski title on Sunday, 12 May.
The event is a must-do on the ocean racing calendar in the KZN and with
the added incentive of being the provincial title race it will see some
of the province’s best surfski paddlers battling it out for places on
After exiting the harbour mouth, the competitive paddlers will head out
to a turning buoy off the uMngeni River mouth before returning to the
Marine SLC clubhouse to complete a 22 kilometre route, while the less
fit paddlers have the eleven kilometre short course option that turns
into Marine SLC straight after completing the harbour crossing.
“It is such a privilege to be able to paddle out of the harbour mouth
and this is the only time that we are allowed to do it!” Durban surfski
stalwart Jenna Ward said.
“What adds to the uniqueness of the race is that there are three
different elements to the race.
“You will have the flat water at the start of the race when you race
through the harbour and then you will have a downwind section as well as
a section into the wind - if there is any wind.”
There is the possibility that there won’t be any wind for the race which
will mean that paddlers will have a tough 22km stretch on flat water.
“If it is flat it is going to be a long hard race but I think that it is
going to be great training for me and I am expecting a top quality
ladies field at the race.
“A lot of the girls will be coming off a good weekend of racing at the
SA Champs in Cape Town so they are in good form going into the race next
“I am excited to line up against the girls because I haven’t raced in
the sea for a while so it will be a good race,” the Euro Steel/Fenn
Kayaks athlete added.
The race will attract the cream of the KZN racing crop with recently
crowned national champions Hank McGregor and Hayley Nixon likely
starters while Matt Bouman, Wade Krieger, Michelle Burn and Sabina
Lawrie are also potential starters.
The King of the Bay will form part of a busy month of surfski action in
May with races every weekend of the month.
The final race of the month is the iconic Pirates Umhlanga Pirates, the
oldest surfski race in the country on 26 May.
Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019
Course: Silt Canal, Durban Harbour to Marine Surf Lifesaving Club
Distances: Short Course 11km | Long Course 22km
can be found at www.kotb.co.za
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Bay Union King of the Bay Logo.
Durban ocean racing star and
Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks paddler Jenna Ward is looking forward to taking
on the unique challenge of a paddle through the Durban harbour before
heading out to sea during the iconic Bay Union King of the Bay surfski
race taking place on Sunday, 12 May.
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