Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon – Day 3

What an incredible race. After 3 days, a couple of dead-heat sprints, some kick-ass white-water play and erm, boat loads of breathtaking Northern Cape scenery, #gkcm2013 came down to half a boat length … Although Andy Birkett took the final day, Jasper Mocke’s overall time came in at 1.5sec faster, allowing him to walk away with the spoils (a substantial winner’s purse of R18 000). Ivan Kruger and Dawid Mocke followed on their wake, with Lance King (5th) claiming a cool R10k in Bridge Prizes. Michele Eray dominated up-front in the Ladies’ field, with Nikki Mocke and Kirsten Penderis grabbing the other podium spots. This race, however, is not about the prize money or the bragging rights, but about big-hearted locals, wide-sky landscapes and the unique Kalahari culture you will only ever find up here in the Northern Cape. Kudos goes to Gawie Nieuwoudt, Izanne De Villiers Nieuwoudt and their Khamkirri Team, Andrew John Kellett who ran River Safety, Ronelda Visser and Emile Joubert for handling the PR, Johann van Schalkwyk for the NCTA Funding, and the superb sponsorship support from Orange River Wine Cellars. If you paddle only ONE river race in 2014, make it this one … but you had better book early before it fills up.

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