17 January 2017
Hi Drak Paddler!
Raceday is upon us!
The build-up to the N32TC Drak Challenge this year has been unbelievable – a real festival of purist paddling. Regular storms have kept the uMzimkhulu full and the river has been full of paddlers having a total ball! For the first time in over two years the summer rainfall pattern is looking normal again, and things look positive for a great race this weekend!
We are taking late entries until midnight on Wednesday night this week (18 January), so if you haven’t got your entry, time to do it NOW!
Speaking of seconds, remember that the EuroSteel Drak Descent MTB team has arranged a fun ride and trail run on the weekend that will allow seconds and family members to get well and truly involved.
Drop in at their registration at the Sani Spoors/Duck and Spoor on Friday afternoon.
Registration opens at 2pm at the NEW race base at the Underberg Country Club. Dinner will be served there on Friday night by the fired-up team from St Patrick’s School. They will also be doing an awesome ribs and chicken breast burger dinner on Saturday evening. Grab your First Ascent race tee and all the rest of your goodies, together with the race maps.
Boat Repairs. There will be a proper boat repair centre at the Underberg Country Club on Saturday, where any Day One admin can be ironed out. Located next to the polocrosse field.
The Underberg Education Academy will once again be running the useful vehicle shuttle service for paddlers without seconds. Just drop off your vehicle at the start and collect at the finish – read more here. Booking required.
The social, nine hole, no-handicap required golfday starts at 2pm on Saturday afternoon at the Underberg Country Club. Share clubs, chilled dress code and heaps of fun. Just pitch ‘n play! Hansa mulligans at the par 3 5th for those that put their drive into the dam!
Saturday night Party Night!
Party away Saturday night at the Underberg Country Club with the locals. Plenty of Hansa, great music, good food and good times. And the draw for the first of 2 Kayak Centre K1s!!!! Gotta be there to win it!
Kayak Centre lucky draws
Clive and Rick have made available two K1s OF THE WINNERS CHOICE at this years race. The first will be drawn at the Saturday night party, and the second at the end of prizegiving. We have been trying out their new new intermediate river K1 the Ignite – watch the video review here. It is a perfect Drak boat!
Alick Rennie Fellowship Award
The most important award at the prizegiving, in honour of the legend Alick Rennie, to a paddler who goes above-and-beyond, and does something brave or selfless during the race. Remember it is up to you to make nominations for this award – come to MC Dave Macleod before the start of the prizegiving on Sunday.
Bamboo Mountain Spring Water
Locally sourced just close to Khotso Horse Trails, each paddler will be able to savour a cold Bamboo Mountain Spring Water at the end of each day. A top way to end a magic day on our river!
It is easy to stay in touch with what the river is doing! Just follow our Facebook page, Twitter feed and new Instagram account for regular updates. On raceday we will post updates and images from 6am.
See ya on the uMzimkhulu this weekend!!!!