Welcome to The Non-Stop Dusi 2019!
It gives me great pleasure to welcome the competitors, officials and spectators to the Non-Stop Dusi, a limited rules, self supported extreme paddling and portaging endurance challenge from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, hosted by the Natal Canoe Club.
The Non-Stop Dusi has so few rules that they can be summed up in one sentence:
Paddlers must be over 18 years, finish in the craft they start in and may paddle and portage wherever they wish, save that they must pass under College Road, below the Ernie Pearce Weir and through check points at Finger Neck, Mfula Store and Inanda Dam wall.
For some of you the challenge is to compete at the highest level and attempt a win, whereas for the majority of the field the challenge is to compete and finish the event. For the past 3 years strict cut-offs have been put back in place which has made the challenge even more challenging. I hope that all of you will achieve your goals set out for this gruelling race.
This challenge caters for both genders over the age of 18 years in K1s and K2s. There are no separate categories for K1s and K2s as they race against each other. Amazingly the race has been won a number of times by K1s. In 2006 Hank McGregor was the first competitor to finish the race in a K1 as well as win the race – an incredible feat! Past overall winners in K1s also include Andy Birkett with the ladies proving they can do it as well with Debbie Germiquet, Hilary Bruss and Robyn Kime also winning.
In 2007 the race had its first black winner when Martin Dreyer and Thulani Mbanjwa teamed up to win the race. Thulani went on to win again in 2008 and 2009, which is an incredible feat.
2010 was a year that proved the Change-A-Life Academy was working when Thomas Ngidi and Sibonelo Zondi won the race, with Kwanda Mhlope and Richard Cele in third, Mbanjwa with Cruikshanks in fourth and Loveday Zondi and Lucas Mthalane in fifth and sixth in K1s.
In 2014 Hank McGregor and Sbonelo Zondi won with Lance Kime and Thulani Mbanjwa second and Zonele Nzuza and Nhlanhlayekhe Cele third. Jacques and Jen Theron were first mixed double in 8th narrowly beating Abby and Alex Adie by 30 seconds who were the first ladies.
Since 2012, the rules for qualifying and completing in the race had been made stricter and have been enforced, which has returned the event to its original extreme status as was the case at the inception of the event.
By entering this race, you are obviously looking to challenge yourself in the World’s Toughest One Day Canoe marathon.
Train hard and wisely, get your entries in by Wednesday 27th February 2019, and be on the start line at 5:30am on 1st March 2019.
All the best to each and every one of you and may you achieve your goals for the race.
Non-Stop Dusi Organising Committee