There has been the odd crackle on the airwaves, whatsapp groups are coming alive, The Fish entries reminders are hitting the SMS and email channels, and though one swallow has not yet a summer made, the paddlers are coming back to life. So there is stuff to read about……



  • Sunday 8th & 9th of September – World Champs will be streamed live at the club.
  • Sunday 9th of September – the Boat Sale – buy the boat of your dreams/nightmares and then watch Hank and Andy in the K2 World Champs
  • Thursday 20th of September – 10 in 1, also streaming live at the club


Pilates for Paddlers starting at the Dabs club house

Come and join the pirates, I mean, pilates classes starting on the 15th and 17th of August 2018.

Pilates is great for the prevention of injuries and will create flexibility, mobility, stability and core strength, which will help you to sit taller and be stronger and faster in your boat

Classes will be every Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6 – 7 am and 7 – 8 am.  Your first Pilates session will be free of charge, thereafter R100 pp per class, Juniors R50. *(please bring your own mat)

You are welcome to bring your wives, friends and kids along. (Afternoon classes can be arranged if there is a demand).

Call Sonja if you have any queries on 084 9119881 or


Only a month until Liebenbergsvlei

Check it out on Facebook –

What a way to start your river season, it’s 4 Sunday TTs away.


Dabs Annual Boat Auction – lots of boat action

( @ Dabulamanzi Boat Racks)Sunday 9 September 2018

Viewing from 10h00
Auction starts approx. 11h00

  • Bidder registration R20, between 10h00 and 11h00 on the day, in the boat pound.
  • Auction fee per private sale boat, the greater of R100 or 10% of sale price.
  • R100 seller’s registration per boat to be paid up front at office between 09h00 and 10h30.
  • Boats are bought “voetstoets”. All winning bids must be paid for immediately after auction and boats must be removed from site same day too or placed in a paid for rack.
  • Boats can be viewed from 10h00 on the day in the boat pound.

And watch Hank and Andy in action at the World Champs afterwards at the club over a cold one – smugly knowing that you have a new(ish) boat.



Surfski Reminders – the sea is still the place to be


18 19 Aug
Great qualifier
I know Mark Garden and Tex and Gary are committed

19 20 21 October
Commit now
This is the only Dabs organised ocean race
You’ll kick yourself if you don’t

20 Oct
GREAT RACE if you are getting married on 19 Oct and can’t do Turtle Tour

24 to 28 Oct
180 km
Warm KZN water
Ideal qualifier

3 4 November
East London
Dabs and Gauteng fun weekend away. Gauteng’s opportunity to fly our flag

5 6 7 8 December
The ultimate challenge
Commitments from 4 Dabs crews
You know you want to!
This is a proper test. Mere mortals must commit now and prepare properly.
If you sit on the fence you will have to wait until 2020 (when the wind is against you).

15 Dec

Yes it is very busy and you can not do everything. So sift through the programme. Get a partner. Get off the fence. Choose your races. Commit. !!



Attention again paddlers.. It gives Rob Levick great pleasure (he’s easy to please) to announce that the winter series is back and with the change of season comes a change in name…  The Dabulamanzi Derakane Dash Winter Series! In 2016 we had the Chill Cheaters… In 2017 we had the dry bags – both of these are the envy of every South African, if not the world’s paddling community… With this in mind 2018’s prize promises to Trump both of these and so he urges the paddlers and socialites alike to clear their calendars from June to August so that they don’t miss out!!!

Watch this space as well as the club for further details!

Special thanks to our sponsor Add Resins, without whom this event would not be possible.


Time to think about losing that winter condition…..