Race Info
Total distance 54km / B-Grade Race

Day 1 (SA K1 River Champs) will start at Die Punt Resort, Keimoes
and finish 26km down stream at Die Mas Resort, Kakamas.

Day 2 (SA K2 River Champs) will start at Sakkie Se Arkie, Upington
and finish 28km down stream at Oranje Rus, Kanoneiland.

Registration Day – 6 NOV 2020

Registration is from 10:00 – 16:00 at Orange River Wine tasting room in Schröder Street, Upington (GPS: 28°26’26.2″S 21°16’27.8″E)

17:30 – You and your family are invited to a sundowner cruise on Sakkie se Arkie at R150 pp. (Light platters will be provided and there is a cash bar on board. No own alcohol allowed.)

We would prefer it if everyone could stay at Oranje Rus Resort or nearby in Kanoneiland, Keimoes or Upington. The reason for this being practicality seeing as all meals and entertainment will be at Oranje Rus for the evening of registration day and day 1.

Day One

Day 1 will be SA K1 River Champs and will start at Die Punt Resort, Friersdale Keimoes and finish 26km down stream at Die Mas Resort, Kakamas.

Race Briefing – All necessary information will be send via WhatsApp and uploaded to our website and Facebook page 

* Vehicle transfer service is available. Please book and pay in advance at R200 per transfer – therefore R400 for both days.

08:00 – Bunch start at Die Punt Resort, Friersdale Keimoes (GPS: -28.744617, 20.823474)

14:00 – Last paddlers in at Die Mas, Kakamas (GPS: 28°45’47.3″S 20°38’45.6″E)

14:30 – There will be a self drive trip to Augrabies Falls.
Park Fees are payable at the gate.

Paddlers will be able to enjoy a meal at the Augrabies Falls restaurant which will also give us an opportunity to view the Augrabies Falls at night when illuminated by spotlights.

Day Two

Day 2 wil be SA K2 River Champs and will start at Sakkie Se Arkie, Upington
and finish 28km down stream at Oranje Rus, Kanoneiland.

Race Briefing – All necessary information will be send via WhatsApp and uploaded to our website and Facebook page

07:00 – Batch Start at Sakkie se Arkie, Upington (GPS: 28°27’37.3″S 21°14’43.8″E)

12:00 – Last paddlers in at Oranjerus Resort , Kanoneiland(GPS: 28°38’20.3″S 21°07’06.1″E)

Accommodation Options

Here are some of the guest houses and resorts located on our race route:

Central Accommodation – Kanoneiland  / Keimoes 

Day 1 – Accommodation – Kakamas / Keimoes

Day 2 – Accommodation – Upington/ Kanoneiland / Keimoes 

 

Safety information and regulations

Whenever the safety or health of participants is endangered, the organizers reserve the right to enforce the withdrawal of any number of participants.

The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any participants, penalise participants with a time penalty or apply appropriate disciplinary action against any competitor in breach of the canoe race rules or who in any way tries to improve his position in a dishonest way.

The organizers have the right to amend or add to the rules at any stage. No change or amendments to the rules are allowed unless approved by the chief official. The organizers reserve the right of entry. Unless sound reasons can be given, a canoeist who disobeys any rules – whether they be specified in the brochure, on the entry form, pre-race note or given at the pre-race meeting – will be disqualified. Any appeal must be lodged in writing within one hour of the competitor completing the specific leg, to a member of the Jury. R50 must accompany the protest. CSA rules will apply.

Only paddlers 15 years or older (in the year that you turn 15) are allowed to compete in a K1.

10 liters of buoyancy (in front AND in back) is imperative and will be checked. Beach balls and bottles ONLY permissible if secured to the boat.

DECALS – Valid CSA registration numbers must be placed on each side of the front deck of the boat. Orange Descent Canoe Marathon Race decals must be placed on the front deck of the boat. Any other decals must be placed on the rear deck or on the sides behind the front point of the cockpit.

Paddles may be exchanged. No canoes replaced. No outside assistance of any kind is allowed, except in an emergency.

Lifesavers will be placed at most tricky places to assist paddlers.