Stuart MacLaren will attempt to defend his Breede River Canoe Marathon title with a new teammate, Jasper Mocké, on September 3 and 4.
MacLaren said the team paddled together at the Western Cape sprints and that Mocké was a “machine in the boat”.
They will experiment with each of the canoeists in the driving seat during races leading up to the Breede to find the winning constellation.
The move by MacLaren broke up the winning combination canoe legend Graeme Solomon.
However, last year’s winners continue to have a good relationship.
MacLaren likes Solomon’s chances this year. “Solly has a tradition of winning the race with one partner and then coming back the next year with some-one else and winning it again,” he said.
With the field starting to take shape, rumour has it that Solomon will partner with Greg Louw from the Eastern Cape to compete for his seventh title.
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