Berg rains herald the start of ‘Drak Season’

With entries for the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon, in partnership with FNB, starting to arrive at the race office, paddlers are eyeing the arrival of the summer rains that herald the start of what has become known as “Drak Season” in the Southern Drakensberg. The organising club, Canyon Kayak Club, has expanded the events


Underberg paddlers work for river ecology

As canoeists return to the uMzimkhulu River that runs through Underberg after the onset of the summer rains they will notice several important changes resulting from the ongoing ecological drive to manage problems facing the river ecosystem. During the winter when the river runs very low, tree fellers have been hard at work in the


Jenna Ward to jet back for Drak defence

As paddlers start to enter the 2019 edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon, in partnership with FNB, in the Southern Drakensberg on 19 and 20 January, defending women’s champ Jenna Ward has confirmed she will race back from the northern hemisphere to try and retain her title Ward will return from holidaying in


Entries open for N3TC Drak Challenge

Entries have opened for the 26th edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon in the Southern Drakensberg on 19 and 20 January, with the event retaining its status on the International Canoe Federation’s Classic Series. With the approach of regular summer rainfalls paddlers are eyeing the water levels in the popular 62km stretch of


All systems go for 2019 N3TC Drak

Preparations are well under way for the 26th edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge bin Underberg on 19 and 20 January, and it will once again form a leg of the International Canoe Federation’s World Series. During the winter the host club Canyon Kayak Club have been hard at work, cleaning up the river, continuing


2018 – Birkett races into record books

Andy Birkett bagged a fifth consecutive win at the N3TC Drak Challenge on Sunday to equal Ant Stott’s record for the most overall race wins, racing away from his FNB Dusi partner Hank McGregor in a gruelling duel on the lowest river in the race’s 25 year history. Birkett started the day with a two


Drak day one lives up to expectations

The fickle weather left the uMzimkulu River running very low, forcing the organisers to shorten day one of the 2018 N3T Drak Challenge, however Andy Birkett and Robyn Owen claimed the respective men’s and ladies spoils, on a day of drama and incidents that moulded the final overnight leaderboard. The racing was white hot off


Exciting Drak Challenge on the cards

The 25th edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge will once again throw up an exciting showdown in both the women’s and the men’s races when the race gets under way on a testing low uMzimkhulu River on Saturday. The two-day rain-dependant race is the first of the years major races and despite the lack of


The N3TC Drak 2018 by numbers

0 – the number of compulsory portages on the race 1 – the number of international winners of the race – Max Hoff (Germany) in 2007 3 – the number of weirs on the race 3 – the number of times the race has been started at the Trout Hatcheries due to low water –