on the banks of Camps Drift in the heart of
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Canoe Club is one of the oldest and proudest
canoe clubs in South Africa.
The host of the annual The Dusi Canoe Marathon as well as
a number of other prominent races, the club has produced numerous
internationals, some world champions and generation after generation
elite paddlers that have become the benchmark for marathon
The weekly club time trial on Thursday evenings is open to all paddlers.
and Boschoff head for the Yukon
Only 12 teams have been brave
enough to enter the longest canoe race in the world, the Yukon 1
000 - as in 1 000 miles (1 600 kilometres) - and they include
the South African Dung Beetles, Duncan Paul and Donovan Boshoff
of Natal Canoe Club. The event starts in Whitehorse, the capital
of the Yukon, in Alaska and concludes at the Alaska
Pipeline/Dalton Highway after seven to 12 days of paddling for
18 hours a day. Clearly, it is not for the faint of heart.