Dear Berg paddler! 26 June 2018
The Pink Lady Drakenstein race on the weekend had a big entry that enjoyed great water in the Berg River over the two stages from Gouda to Bridgetown and Paarl to Skooltjie. The race saw a number of Berg stalwarts put their hands up, while there were also very exciting performances from the Young Turks!
Normal entries about to close
So what can you do with R250? Quite a lot actually! So don’t waste it on the late entry penalty. Get your Berg entry in before midnight on Wednesday this week, which is when the normal entries close. After that the late entry penalty kicks in.
Click here to access the quick and easy online race entry forms.
Lots of paddlers have been out tripping and racing on the river in the past few weeks. “I genuinely think we are out of the woods as far as water is concerned,” said Graeme Solomon. “There is plenty of water in the system. Misverstand dam is overflowing and there is excellent runoff around Paarl every time it rains in that area.”
“The best thing is that the water is clean and the river is looking so good now after all the efforts a few years ago to clear trees,” he added.
There is consistent rainfall forecast for the next few weeks, so the prospects of a normal Berg are really good, and we can finally turn our backs on the tough past four years of the drought.
As paddlers start to organise their team entries, don’t forget that we are offering a subsidy to any group of paddlers that are trying to get a trailer-load of boats down to the Berg. There is a R5000 grant on offer if you have a trailer carrying ten or more boats from out-of-province to the race.
Just contact race manager Anthony Penderis on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up the Berg training!
The Berg River Canoe Marathon team.