Welcome to The Non-Stop
It gives me great pleasure to welcome the competitors, officials and
spectators to the 2015 edition of 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
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 Tuesday 3rd March 2015,
and be on the start line at 5:30am on 6th March 2015.
All the best to each and every one of you and may you achieve your
goals for the race.
Non-Stop Dusi Organising Committee