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The Annual Stanbic DYC Zanzibar Adventure Paddle
June 15, 2019
This epic paddle was founded in 2015, when a group of Dar es Salaam Yacht Club paddlers teamed up with sponsors, Stanbic Bank, to complete the 6.5 – 7 hour paddle adventure. Four years later, with Stanbic Bank still, this paddle adventure has become an annual event and as from 2018 had 10 Stanbic Sponsored EPIC surfski’s available for out of town and/or International participants. In 2018 the event took place on the 30th of June. The dates for the 2019 race are confirmed as 15th June.
Approximately 34km of sea lies between mainland Dar es Salaam and the Pungume sandbank in Zanzibar. What looks like a simple trip on Google Earth turns into a very respectable challenge to those who might aspire to such things. The sea floor in this passage is variable, ranging from very deep to very shallow and the currents can be strong, but with the right preparation, one experiences a magical early morning departure in the dark, panoramic sunrise out of the ocean and a rewarding run with the ocean swells and breeze.
- June 15, 2019