ACCLIMATISATION, TRAINING, OTHER EVENTS
The Organising Committee would like to welcome all paddlers and participants to come to Pietermaritzburg in advance for acclimatisation or training camps.
The weather in March and April in South Africa is beautiful, and there are many venues for training.
The weather is nice and warm (see temperature table), and the days are long. There is generally zero wind at that time of the year, and the chance of heavy rainfall is very low.
South Africa and Pietermaritzburg are the training venues during European Winter for paddlers from the following countries:
– Czech Republic
WARM UP EVENTS
NATAL CANOE CLUB WILL BE PRESENTING 2 WORLD CLASS EVENTS ON CAMPS DRIFT, THE EXACT SAME COURSE AS THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE HELD ON.
THE BEST SOUTH AFRICAN PADDLERS OF ALL AGES WILL PARTICIPATE IN THESE EVENTS.
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS AND PADDLERS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE, AND ARE ENTITLED TO WIN PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL MEDALS AND TITLES.
KZN CANOE MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS – 4th AND 5th AUGUST 2017
The KZN Championships is the regional/provincial championships held in the province where Hank Macgregor, Andy Birkett, Louis Hattingh, Jean van Der Westhuizen, Bridgitte Hartley and Jenna Ward paddle. A full programme of K1 and K2 events is presented in all age categories including Masters categories.
SA CANOE MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS – 12th AND 13th AUGUST 2017
The SA Canoe Marathon Championships is the selection race for the South African team, and has always been a highly competitive event. A full programme of K1, K2, C1 and C2 events are presented in all age categories, including all Masters Categories.
THESE EVENTS WILL BE EXCELLENT WARM UP EVENTS BEFORE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.
WEATHER IN KWAZULU NATAL
Pietermaritzburg normally receives about 695mm of rain per year, with most rainfall occurring mainly during mid summer. It receives the lowest rainfall (6mm) in June and the highest (112mm) in January.
The monthly distribution of average daily maximum temperatures shows that the average midday temperatures for Pietermaritzburg range from 20.5°C in June to 27°C in February.
The region is the coldest during July when the mercury drops to 5.6°C on average during the night.