Highlights and key takeouts from this week’s missive include:
Squatting boats and & Fees (and by fees I don’t mean an Afrikaans festival)
Marathon Volunteers and goodie bag donations
Beginners time trial – put on ice for now
Add Resin winter series – it’s back
Dam wall clean up – 30 June
Surf ski races – COMMIT!

Your disc is going to stop working this month
You can have a boere fees by die Liebensbergvlei, but you must first pay your fees there by the club.
End of April was the due date, end of May is the cut off date and access won’t be so easy if your tag doesn’t work and the guy in front of you going into the pound has a long car.
We will also be doing the rack audit and the red ants will come and evict any squatters.

Support our Marathon Champs
We still need help for the GCU and SA Marathon Championships. Marshalls, massuers (just kidding) and general hands on deck.
There is also a working weekend out there this weekend to make sure all the ducks are in a row, so to speak, so please consider having a lovely day in the countryside and lending a hand.
We also need goodies for the goody bags. This is a very good way to get your product out there. We all know how we’ve discovered a new hair lotion or energy bar brand that we never would have tried if it wasn’t for the good ol’ goody bag.
Please contact Sarah on 082 785 2213 to offer your services and products. Brylliant!

Beginners’ Time Trial
This has been put on hold until the water is warm again. Beginners aren’t really queuing up at this time of the year. No-one wants to take a swim in this weather and be a bit red-faced about it.

However, for those braver, the Add Resins winter series is back
It starts in June and the GCU and SA champs will count towards it. We will also have a special event for the winter solstice. More detail will follow in due course.

Surfski News from our new surfski chairperson
As per Copper’s CSA newsletter last month, there have been a few changes to the KZN surfski calendar this season. The season centres around the “BIG 3”. The Bay Union – King of the Bay, the Pirates/Umhlanga/Pirates (oldest ski race in the world), and culminates with the Scottburgh to Brighton (second oldest ski race in the world – by only one year).

Dates as follows:
??? – 22km/10km – Bay Union King of the Bay (BIG 1) – postponed due to water quality, new date TBC
26 May – 25km/12km – Pirates Umhlanga Pirates (BIG 2)
22 or 23 June – 46km Scottburgh to Brighton (BIG 3)

No news of trailers just yet, but GCU do have some skis in Durban which can be booked at a reasonable rate. Contact Rene to book.

In terms of recent results, a number of the Transvaal Navy made their way down to Cape Town last month for the Freedom Paddle. Pre-race favourites and experienced high altitude surf ski paddlers, Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett took the overall title. A notable finish from the Dabulamanzi stable was our star studded S3 of Grant Ahlschlager, Riccardo Talevi and Luke Symons, who won the S3 category comfortably and finished 8th overall.