Four locals take on Fish canoe marathon

Four Port Alfred men, Andrew Kingon, Ian Robertson, Louis du Preez, and Alan Robb will be participating in the gruelling Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock this weekend.

EXCITED FOR THE CHALLENGE: Local paddlers, from left, Andrew Kingon, Ian Robertson, Louis du Preez, and Alan Robb will be representing Port Alfred at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock on October 5 and 6

Day one will begin on the Grassridge Dam and ends 8km down river at Knutsford bridge while day two starts below Knutsford bridge and finishes 36km further down-stream in Cradock.

Robertson and Kingon will be doing their first Fish while Robb and du Preez will be doing their 12th and 20th fish respectively.

Du Preez said that although all competitors had trained hard and put in plenty of practice hours, the Fish River which flows at 26 cumecs (cubic metres per second) can be very dangerous and difficult.

“Anything can happen on the day,” said Du Preez. “In previous competitions Alan [and his partner] had to abandon their boat, because of a wipeout that resulted in in his partner receiving 25 stitches, and the second time they lost their boat.”

 

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