Just 12 teams entered the 2014 Yukon 1000, an unsupported biannual canoe and kayak expedition race, which is the longest in the world at 1000 miles (1 600 kilometres). Among the entrants this year were Natal Canoe Club's Duncan Paul and Donovan Boshoff, who finished in fourth place overall.
Only 12 teams have been brave enough to enter the longest canoe race in the world, the Yukon 1 000 - as in 1 000 miles (1 600 kilometres) - and they include the South African Dung Beetles, Duncan Paul and Donovan Boshoff of Natal Canoe Club.
As soon as the aeroplane approached the Eduardo Gomes Airport in Manaus, we already had the impression, the strong feeling, that time has a different currency in this city.
Well, we’ve known it for years. But now it’s official. Following the Thames through the Cotswolds, Berkshire, Middlesex, Surrey and London is one of the world’s ‘best experiences’, according to Lonely Planet.
As we kayaked, red-tailed hawks circled above us looking for food and snowy egrets played along the banks. A cormorant dived into the water next to me and leaped back to the surface just inches in front of my kayak.
Five years ago I made a kayaking trip on the Danube river from Regensberg, Germany to Linz, Austria. I had then wished to return some day and explore other parts of the Danube. So, here I was in Vienna to continue the journey.
The 740-kilometer wilderness adventure paddling race is held on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Held during the last week of June, the YRQ is known as the “Race to the Midnight Sun”. Paddlers race round-the-clock, as the sky never gets dark.