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ALAN GARDINER CHALLENGE 2017

posted 10 Nov 2017, 07:42 by Stella Canoe Club

Date: Sunday 12 November 2017

 

Time: 07h00

 

 

River route: This race is the perfect start for all Dusi paddlers as it

covers 23km of exciting B-grade rapids & challenging

portages. The race starts at Ibis Point on the Umgeni

River just above the Causeway. The route includes

Marianny Folay Bridge, Gum Tree Rapid, Tombi Rapid,

Hippo Rocks, Marriot’s Rapid, Big Bend Rapid and then

a short paddle on the dam to the finish.


NOTE: The finish is at Mbeje store this year



Map to Start (29°38'24.67"S  30°41'28.84"E)

N3 from Durban – take Hammersdale offramp, turn RIGHT over the freeway and continue on past Caltex Garage. Just after garage turn RIGHT towards Nagle Dam.

N3 from PMB – take Cato Ridge offramp left passed Spar. Turn LEFT towards Nagle Dam before Caltex Garage.
THEN – turn LEFT, again towards Nagle Dam following POLICE sign. Follow this road down into the valley. Turn RIGHT at the D1002 / Valley of 1000 hills / POLICE sign. Follow this road till you get to the river and there is a road going off LEFT back and across the river at Mariany Foley Causeway. Go over river and turn LEFT on opposite bank. Start of race is just BELOW the weir above Mariany Foley Causeway.





Remember: Life jackets are compulsory!

Please ensure boats are numbered correctly.

ALAN GARDINER CHALLENGE

posted 8 Nov 2016, 23:18 by Maya Opperman



Date: Sunday 13 November 2016

 

Time: 07h00

 

Entries: At the shops or online at www.canoesa.co.za

 

River route: This race is the perfect start for all Dusi paddlers as it

covers 28km of exciting B-grade rapids & challenging

portages. The race starts at Ibis Point on the Umgeni

River just above the Causeway. The route includes

Marianny Folay Bridge, Gum Tree Rapid, Tombi Rapid,

Hippo Rocks, Marriot’s Rapid, Big Bend Rapid and then

a short paddle on the dam to the old Dip Tank finish on

Inanda Dam.


NOTE: The finish is not at the DUSI overnight stop. 



Map to Start (29°38'24.67"S  30°41'28.84"E)

N3 from Durban – take Hammersdale offramp, turn RIGHT over the freeway and continue on past Caltex Garage. Just after garage turn RIGHT towards Nagle Dam.

N3 from PMB – take Cato Ridge offramp left passed Spar. Turn LEFT towards Nagle Dam before Caltex Garage.
THEN – turn LEFT, again towards Nagle Dam following POLICE sign. Follow this road down into the valley. Turn RIGHT at the D1002 / Valley of 1000 hills / POLICE sign. Follow this road till you get to the river and there is a road going off LEFT back and across the river at Mariany Foley Causeway. Go over river and turn LEFT on opposite bank. Start of race is just BELOW the weir above Mariany Foley Causeway.





Remember: Life jackets are compulsory!

Please ensure boats are numbered correctly.

Stella Canoe Club - Special General Meeting: Tuesday 8 March 2016

posted 13 Mar 2016, 00:01 by Maya Opperman   [ updated 13 Mar 2016, 00:02 ]

Hi All



Further below correspondence and subsequent meeting at PYC on Tuesday past,
I am very pleased to announce that Stella Canoe Club will officially become
part of Point Yacht Club ( PYC ) as of 1st June 2016.



The meeting on Tuesday was well attended and together with the Proxy's
received, more than 50% of the club was represented which is more than the
Stella Constitution requires to form a quorum.

The vote that took place in deciding whether Stella Canoe Club should move
from the current location in Bayhead to PYC on the Victoria Embankment and
thereby also be incorporated into the membership of PYC, was unanimous in
favour of the move to PYC.



Should you wish to join PYC earlier than 1st June 2016, please feel free to
do so. You will then pay a pro rata fee until 31st May 2016



The PYC membership fee agreed upon for the 2016 / 2017 season is R 1500.00 /
male and female senior member.

Racks will be available at R300 / rack for existing Stella Canoe Club
members, but due to a current shortage of space at PYC which allows us to
initially place only 1 container at PYC for boat storage, we are
unfortunately going to have restrict the number of boat racks to 1 per paid
up and registered PYC/Stella member.



Please note that your KNCU fees ( which should be around R 700.00 / paddler
for the 2016/2017 season ) are still to be paid, over and above your R
1500.00 PYC registration fee.

Your KNCU registration form must still be completed by yourself, as in the
past and forwarded to Jane and myself.

A copy of the 2016/2017 KNCU registration form will be forward to you,
soonest it is made available to us.

In order to not put too much strain on the PYC admin office, your KNCU fees
for this year at least, are still to be paid into Stella's Standard Bank
account.

As in the past, we then pay KNCU and insure your registration is processed.



Please see attached the complete fee breakdown for Senior, Junior and
Retired members.

Should you have any questions regarding the attached fees, please feel free
to contact me directly.

Your annual PYC membership fee will include access to PYC Victoria
Embankment, as well as access to PYC's beach site, now known as Point
Watersport Clubs which are DUC, PYC and Durban Ski Boat Club.



Please also find attached the 2 page membership form for PYC.

When completing the form, please write "Stella Canoe Club" in the space
where it asks to "Name of other Club/s of which you are a member"

This will identify you as a paddler and allow you the discounts where
applicable.

Providing a photo of yourself is included, completed forms may be scanned
through to me and Edrich de Lange (in copy) who is a PYC Committee Member,
although it is preferred that you deliver the completed form to PYC in
person. And which better day to do that, than on a Tuesday after the dice ?

Payment and PYC banking details will follow in a separate email.



Arrangements regarding the remaining boats at and the future / closing of
the Bayhead site will also be relayed via a separate email.



I thank those again for their attendance at the Special General Meeting on
Tuesday and those who have forwarded proxy forms.



We look forward to spending many happy hours paddling and making new
memories at PYC.



Yours in Paddling



Neels Meyer

Chairman - Stella Canoe Club

Stella Weekend 2015

posted 5 Nov 2015, 04:51 by Maya Opperman   [ updated 17 Nov 2015, 19:58 by Stella Canoe Club ]

Pope's Walk 

Saturday 4th November 2015
5:30am to midday
Free conducted tour of part of the Dusi course on foot with the experts from pope's Canoe Centre.
Dusi Bridge to Umfula Store


Land Rover Durban - Alan Gardiner Challenge

Sunday 15th November 2015 7am

Ibis Point to Inanda Dam 25.7km B Class


For the race on Sunday:

Map to Start (29°38'24.67"S  30°41'28.84"E)

N3 from Durban – take Hammersdale offramp, turn RIGHT over the freeway and continue on past Caltex Garage. Just after garage turn RIGHT towards Nagle Dam.

N3 from PMB – take Cato Ridge offramp left passed Spar. Turn LEFT towards Nagle Dam before Caltex Garage.
THEN – turn LEFT, again towards Nagle Dam following POLICE sign. Follow this road down into the valley. Turn RIGHT at the D1002 / Valley of 1000 hills / POLICE sign. Follow this road till you get to the river and there is a road going off LEFT back and across the river at Mariany Foley Causeway. Go over river and turn LEFT on opposite bank. Start of race is just BELOW the weir above Mariany Foley Causeway.





Online entries on www.canoesa.co.za


Pope's Weekend 2014

posted 19 Nov 2014, 21:59 by Stella Canoe Club

Walk on Saturday the 15th and race on Sunday 16th November 2014

For the race on Sunday:

Map to Start (29°38'24.67"S  30°41'28.84"E)

N3 from Durban – take Hammersdale offramp, turn RIGHT over the freeway and continue on past Caltex Garage. Just after garage turn RIGHT towards Nagle Dam.

N3 from PMB – take Cato Ridge offramp left passed Spar. Turn LEFT towards Nagle Dam before Caltex Garage.
THEN – turn LEFT, again towards Nagle Dam following POLICE sign. Follow this road down into the valley. Turn RIGHT at the D1002 / Valley of 1000 hills / POLICE sign. Follow this road till you get to the river and there is a road going off LEFT back and across the river at Mariany Foley Causeway. Go over river and turn LEFT on opposite bank. Start of race is just BELOW the weir above Mariany Foley Causeway.





Online entries on www.canoesa.co.za

Stella News - April 2014

posted 4 Apr 2014, 06:05 by Maya Opperman

Hi Everyone

 

Believe it or not, but it’s the start of yet another canoeing season !

As a reminder, the canoe season runs from 1st April to 31 March and in order to participate in KNCU sanctioned Surfski or canoe races, you are required to join a canoe club, KNCU and the CSA.

 

Due to an impromptu club meeting on Tuesday evening, due to a Proper lightning and thunderstorm that kept even the hardest of paddlers off the water, it was suggested and approved to increase the annual membership fees by R140 in order to add a bit more money to the bank account.

 

The new fee structure for the 2014 – 2015 season, is therefore as follows:

 

R 500 – Stella membership for Seniors

R 400 – Stella membership for Juniors

R 200 – Stella boat rack fees

R 595 –  KNCU & CSA fees for Seniors

R 180 –  KNCU & CSA fees for Juniors

 

Please find the relative forms attached.

 

Please complete the Stella application, the KNCU registration form, PLUS the National, Provincial and Club Indemnity / Safety Declaration, which is the last page on the KNCU form attachment.

PLEASE NOTE :You must also sign the KNCU, National and Club indemnity/ Safety Declaration.  This is important and no forms will be processed without this form being signed by the applicant or

in case of a Junior member / Minors, by  his/her parent guardian.

 

Please make payment directly into Stella’s bank account and NOT directly to KNCU.

Stella’s account details appear at the bottom of the Stella Application form.

We will then process the forms and forward to KNCU who then debits us for their portion of the fees.

 

The date of the AGM will be forwarded in due course, but it was decided to have the AGM in May rather the April, due to all the upcoming public holidays.

 

Happy paddling this year and see you at the club.

 

Regards

 

Neels Meyer

Chairman

ONLINE BOAT AUCTION

posted 23 Oct 2013, 22:53 by Maya Opperman

Hi Everyone,

 

There is a change of plan for the boat auction that was planned for this Sat, 26 Oct.

 

3 months ago, we had 30 boats in the racks not paid for or simply abandoned in the racks.

We then gave everyone notice of the auction, saying they have to collect their boats or pay for the rack.

 

It so happened that most of the ‘auctionable’ boats have now been collected and now we are left with 14  boats that are worth auctioning and at least 6 that are still in very good condition.

The rest of the boats are really only good for flat water paddling and most of these need a lot of TLC and spares, to start with.

Should we not get any interest in these boats as per the suggestion below, they will be donated to developing clubs, or taken to the dump.

 

We have therefore decided to have an on-line auction for a period of 2 weeks.

 

Please refer to the attached spreadsheet indicating the 14 boats that are available and that we thought would still be worth some money.

We have also put an estimated price and rating next to each boat, to give an indication of value and condition.

 

Should you be interested in one of the boats, then you may purchase it outright at the price indicated, or you can indicate your bid-price to this email address (neelsmeyer@solowebs.co.za  ), which I will indicate on the list accordingly and update at 3pm, daily.

The updated list will then be published on Stella’s website and can be viewed at www.stella.co.za

The on-line auction will end on Friday 8th  November.

 

Should you want to view any of the boats on the attached list, you can do so before or after the dice, at Stella Canoe Club on Tuesday 29 Oct and Tues 05 November.

 

Any boats of value left over after this date, will either be donated to development clubs, or we will lock them up and take them to the next Kingfisher Canoe Club or Umzinyathi Canoe Club auction.

 

Thank you and regards

Neels

 

 

Stella News - July 2013

posted 23 Jul 2013, 00:54 by Maya Opperman

Hi Everyone,

 

Thanks to the helpers we had at the work party on Sat 29th June, we managed to sort out the boat racks and assign racks to those Stella members who have paid for the racks and their Stella membership for the 2013 – 2014 season.

 

Please refer to the attached racks list indicating racks already allocated.

 

The Red highlighted names are for members who indicated that they want racks, but are yet to pay for them.

Please could these members pay for their racks by Tuesday 30th July, otherwise the racks will be allocated to other members and thboats in those racks, will be removed.

 

We also have about 30 odd boats that were found un-paid for in the old containers.

Some of these boats are still in very good condition and we urge you to make contact with us via this email address, should you be aware that you still have boats at Stella.

You can claim your boat, free of charge until Tuesday 30th July, after which a R200.00 penalty per boat, will be enforced.

 

The boats that remain unclaimed at the end of August 2013, will be auctioned.

We plan to have a boat auction on Saturday 14 September 2013.

A list of boats that will be available for auction, will be published in the last week of August.

 

I also want to congratulate a few Stella members on their paddling achievements in the last month or so.

 

Firstly  to Cameron Hudson, who was chosen to represent South Africa at the 2013 ICF Junior and U23 Sprint World Champoinships to be held in Welland, Ontario, Canada.

Cameron, we wish you well and much success and know that you will make South Africa and Stella Canoe Club , very proud.

Well done on all the hard training you have put in and commitment shown.

 

Cameron’s trip is not a fully funded tour and his parents need to raise R24000.00

Should there be an individual or business willing to assist in funding the tour, please contact Cameron’s dad, Tyron on the following email address:sandthudson@polka.coza 

 

Secondly, we congratulate Lee Mcgregor for his superhuman effort in finishing 8th overall in the 2013, 4-day, 280km Berg River Canoe Marathon.

And this at the tender age of only 62 !

Lee, you are truly amazing and we salute your achievement.

 

Thirdly, we congratulate Patrick Eley for finishing 2nd in the Masters Class of the first ever ICF Surfski World Champs, held in Portugal earlier this month.

Patrick, I know how hard you have trained for this race and your efforts again prove that hard work and determination, really pays off. Well done !

 

A further reminder that the canoeing season is now in full swing, so please got those registration forms completed, make the payment and get onto the water.

Please see the Stella and KNCU forms attached again.

A summary of the fees are as follows -

Juniors:  Stella  R 110 + KNCU R 175 = R 285

Seniors: Stella R 360 + KNCU R 570 = R 930

Boat racks are R 200 each for all.

 

See you at the club.

 

Rgds,

Neels Meyer

 

Chairman

Sewerage spill - Blue Lagoon

posted 22 May 2013, 23:05 by Maya Opperman

Hi all,

 

Some key news from the Bartman.

Apparently scrap metal thieves have hacked into the main sewer pipe at Silver Pipeline on the Lower uMngeni (braves dudes), resulting in quite a major spill into the river.
Fortunately the eThekwini staff scrambled last night to address the problem and are working on it right now.
But for now, give Blue Lagoon a skip!

 

Dave Macleod
Gameplan Media
Tel +27 (0) 31 764 3017
Fax +27 (0) 31 764 2990
dave@gameplanmedia.co.za 
www.gameplanmedia.co.za

Winter Surfski Season - King of the Bay

posted 14 May 2013, 22:11 by Maya Opperman

Yesterday we received 80 Pairs of Deadly THULE Paddling Shorts, produced by Trashy Harker. You can earn yourself a Free pair by completing 5(five), of the 11, Durban Winter Surfski Season Races. Howz THAT for a Bonus!

Please Note All Durban Winter Surfski Season results are available on www.surfski.co.za 
The Bay Union Series Results can be Found on www.pitchandpaddle.co.za 

Race3 of The Durban Winter Season - This Sunday 19 May 
Race3 of the Durban Winter Surfski Season, The McCarthy Toyota (Durban North) King of The Bay race, will be a Double Ski Focused event in the 10km & 22km Events. Have a Look at The Race Prize Money Template below.

Before you look at the Race Prize Money Template, I would like to draw your attention to two Interesting Age Group Categories we have created (cos we can).

(40-54 - Vet, SM, Master) 1st R400, 2nd R350, 3rd R300, 4th R250, 5th R200 
(55+ SGM, GM, GGM) 1st R400, 2nd R350, 3rd R300, 4th R250, 5th R200

"So How do I enter These Race Categories?" you ask.

In Double Ski Racing, the age of the youngest competitor will determine the category in which the crew competes.
"Sorry Billy, Who is this Royal "WE", you keep talking about" you ask
Myself and Stella Canoe Club Head Honcho , NEELS "The Dutchman" Meyer.
 
OK, Here is the Rest of The Race Prize Money Template for The King of the Bay:

10km Race Course Prize Money
Double Ski - 1st R300, 2nd R250, 3rd R200, 4th R150, 5th R100
Single Ski Male - 1st R100
Single Ski Female - 1st R100 

22km Race Course Prize Money
Women Double 1st R300, 2nd R200 
Junior Double 1st R300, 2nd R250, 3rd R200
Overall Double 1st R500 2nd R450, 3rd R400, 4th R350, 5th R300
MIXED Double 1st R500 2nd R450, 3rd R400, 4th R350, 5th R300
40-55 Years (V, SM, M) 1st R400 2nd R350, 3rd R300, 4th R250, 5th R200
55+ (SGM, GM, GGM) 1st R400 2nd R350, 3rd R300, 4th R250, 5th R200

Can one Win more than 1 Cash Prize Money Category?
Yes, If Oscar Chalupsky (Master), paddled with Antje Manfroni (Vet) and won the race Overall, They would Win the 40-55 Category, Mixed Doubles and Overall Prize Money.

As you may or May not Know, Oscar (The not so BIG O) will not However be paddling with Antje this weekend because he is Racing the Molokai Challenge this coming Saturday hoping to win his 13th Molokai Race (His Current fighting weight is 92kg's, The same weight as he was in Matric!).

The not so BIG O does however, have his work cut out for him, as Sean "The Turbo PRAWN" Rice is also in Molokai (There are also a couple Aussies in the Mix but the not so Big O seems to have the measure of them. Okes keep cramping up near the finish) Ha ha ha, what a Hoot.

On a serious Note, I would like to Wish All competitors at Molokai a great race and I am Praying you get wind....and remember as long as your are giving it your best and having a nice time, you are actually winning in some way!

McCarthy Toyota (Durban North) King Of the Bay Race Sun 19 May 
Start at Stella Canoe Club, Finish at Marine SLC
10km Short course - Stella cc, Thru Harbour to Marine LSC 
23km Long course - Stella CC, Thru Harbour, to PnP Hyper by the Sea, back to Marine. 

Start Time: 
Short course – 9am
Doubles – 9h10am
Singles – 9h20am 
NSRI and Marine SLC safety - Provided

Entry fee:
Short & Long course :
Juniors – R80
Seniors – R100 

First 350 paddlers receives a cap at registration !

Pre race registration:
Thursday 16/05 @ DUC, 5pm to 7pm
Friday 17/05 @ Marine SLC, 5pm to 7pm
Normal entries taken on the bank at Stella on Sunday 19/05 from 7am - 8:30am 

King of the Bay Race Info: Neels "The Dutchman" Meyer – 083 231 0919

Check your Oil!

Billy Harker

THULE Retail & Fitment Centres
Durban - 114 Intersite Ave, Springfield Park (Near Hollywood Betting Shop)
Umhlanga - Coastlands Hotel Centre, 325 Umhlanga Rocks Drive (Near Harley Davidson)

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