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21 August 2019

Hi Paddler,

2019 once again promises to be another action-packed, memory making good time at the Fish River Canoe Marathon and the whole Cradock community cannot wait to welcome all the visitors.

Entries are now open so be sure to beat the closing deadline of 01 September to avoid a price increase!

Head here for all the entry information that you need!

If you need to see who has entered, so you know who your competition is! Visit the confirmed entries page HERE.

As always you will have the luxury of 26 cumecs of water on both race days which always makes for some exhilarating racing and an awesome experience.

Charity Batch & Wild Card Batch

The Fish River Canoe Marathon continues to support Cradock Cancer Care and the Cradock Hospice and will be doing so again this year.

If you want to be set-up for your two days in the comfort of the charity batch and also make a difference in the lives of others, get those bids in here.

The Wild Card Batch give you the chance to better the seeding that you arrive in Cradock with so if you are keen to move up a batch or two then this is what you need to do.

It takes place on Wednesday, 25 September and you take part in a time-trial starting at the Marlow Causeway to the finish.

If this interests you then have a look at other T’s&C’s here.



In view of our commitment to a greener Fish, there is a second’s map that can be downloaded to your smart phone right HERE.

We plead to seconds and supporters to read through the directions on the seconders map very carefully and abide by the rules that the race has set out.


It’s always tricky finding accommodation in Cradock for the weekend so we would suggest that to avoid disappointment head to the website here and sort a place to stay ASAP.

There won’t be any free camping at the Cradock Spa this year!

They will starting filling up very quickly!

Pimp my Ride

Once again we will be running the Pimp My Ride competition at this year’s Fish where you have the chance to win A LOT of Hansa!

This year the theme is RUGBY WORLD CUP!


Be sure to come down to the Hansa Tent at the sport complex where bonfires and ice cold beer will be available.

The tent will be set up in a new site that will give you a brilliant view of the Fish river in the background.

We all know that the Saturday night after-party is one for the books and we hope that you can join us again for an epic celebration to bring down the curtain on this year’s race.

Be part another awesome Fish River Canoe Marathon this year… and bring your mates!

Get your entry in now!



The Big Fish and the Hansa Fish Organising Committee

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