Last year’s Breede River Canoe Marathon winners Graeme Solomon and Stu MacLaren will team up with different partners when the two-day event takes place from Robertson to Swellendam on Saturday.
Solomon will combine with Greg Louw and MacLaren will partner Jasper Mocké as they try to clinch another title.
For Bamboo Warehouse/Knysna Racing’s Solomon, a win this year would bring him his fifth title, while his partner Louw (Knysna Racing/Merrell) hopes to add to his 2014 crown.
The pairing of Euro Steel’s MacLaren with 2013 winner Mocké (Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling) will see him continue his transition from the top of the U23 group to the upper echelons of the senior ranks in marathon racing.
Both Mocké and MacLaren, as well as Solomon and Louw, will be chased hard by some highly talented K2 teams.
AQRate’s Louw van Riet and Gavin Louw have spent much time together in training – both in K1s ahead of the Berg River Canoe Marathon in July and now in a K2 for the Breede – and will be eager to throw their hat into the ring for a podium finish.
Think Kayaks’ Sean Rice is another who knows what it takes to win on the Breede, having reigned with Solomon in 2012, and he and his younger brother, Kenny, will bring plenty of power to this year’s clash.
Lance King and PW Basson have reunited for this year’s race, having achieved Breede success in 2009, while King’s 2011 winning partner Heinrich Schloms will also be part of this year’s mix, partnering John de Villiers.
Euro Steel’s Brandon van der Walt and Maritzburg College junior Hamish MacKenzie, as well as UCT’s U23 emerging talent Tyron Maher and the vastly experienced Edgar Boehm jnr, represent two more crews with top five aspirations.