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 –


McGregor hits form ahead of Drak Challenge

Ten time world champion Hank McGregor showed ominous signs of his best form on the weekend as he won his second title at the tough 60km FastDrak race in the build-up to the important N3TC Drak Challenge on 20 and 21 January. A relaxed and measured McGregor mastered the low uMzimkhulu River and the challenges