In the past the race has attracted various sponsors which enabled the organizers to reduce entry fees and subsidize cost such as meals, T-shirts, etc.
Unfortunately some of the major sponsors are no longer aboard, and the organizers had no alternative but to set the entry fees at a level that covers the actual cost or the race. This fee covers essential expenses such as race admin fees for officials, safety, toilets, showers, overnight stop rentals, prize money, media coverage, website, etc. The basic entry fee also covers free accommodation in the barns at overnight stops and free transport of paddler’s belongings down the river.
The paddler is therefore offered a “Race Only’ entry fee with meals and T-shirts offered as additional extras. This year we also offer private tent accommodation and a training camp on top.
Additional expenses for development paddlers and international participation are covered by smaller sponsors.
Book your own private tent.
From 2017 we are adding accommodation in private tents at the overnight stops as a further optional extra under the following conditions:
We will supply you with a private tent, mattress and carrier bag to transport your belongings.
You must supply your own bedding.
You collect your carrier bags at registration.
You must drop off your belongings at the start of the race at our truck if you do not have your own transport.
We will pitch your tent at every overnight stop which will be ready for you with your mattress and carrier bags with belongings when you have completed the day’s race.
We will collect all your belongings, tent and mattress each day and take to the next overnight stop.
You must collect all your belongings at our truck on the last day in Velddrif.
You can share a tent with someone under the same conditions.
The cost will be:
Private tent 3 nights – R975.
Private tent two persons sharing 3 nights – R1300 (R650 each)
Race entry fees or meals during the race are not included in this cost.
Join the International training camp
An International training camp will be run from Nelson Wine Estate, Wellington, from 5 to 11 July which South Africa paddlers may join. Two options are available, a Standard option at R4 900 and a De Lux option at R14 900. Both these options include accommodation during the race as well. The details are as follows:
During the training camp you will be accommodated in a private tent (Standard Option) or private room (De Lux Option) at the Estate.
We provide transport and guides for training sessions along the river (5 -11 July).
Meals are not included.
During the race you will be accommodated in private tents (Standard option) or in private rooms (De Lux option) at Nelson’s Wine Estate and in guest houses along the river (12 – 15 July).
We will collect all your belongings each day during the race and take to the next overnight stop.
Terms and condition for tent accommodation will be the same as above for private tents.
Neither the De Lux or Standard options include race entry fees or meals during the race.
We also supply transport from Cape Town International airport on 5 July and drop you off again on 15 July for both the Standard Option and De Lux Option.
Should you wish to order a K1 you can contact Knysna Kayaks directly (www.knysnaracingkayaks.com) who will deliver your boat to the Nelson’s Wine Estate training camp.
For 2017 all paddlers must be A-grade.
The race rules can be found here