CHAPTER SEVEN – Incidents & Anecdotes



work in progress – Paddlers are sending in their stories and photos to and we are compiling them.


2957 paddlers have completed the Umko. 18 have done more than half of all Umkos to date. Another 171 paddlers have done ten or more, earning them race numbers in perpetuity. Among the ladies Antje Manfroni (16), Debbie Germiquet (13), Penny Meakin (11), Diana Rietz, Patricia Stannard & Colleen Whitton (all 10) have been hugely involved. The first ladies to paddle the Umko were Marlene & Jenny Boshoff in 1983 (to my knowledge).

And lastly – but far from leastly – one thousand four hundred and ninety three paddlers have done ONLY ONE Umko – thus escaping “Charlie’s Rule of Certifiability!” (of course, he’ll hasten to tell you that maxim only counts for the Berg!).

In fact, I bet there’s someone out there who has entered ONE and finished NONE who has A Good Story To Tell!
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Author: bewilderbeast

It's about life, marriage, raising kids, paddling rivers, travel in Africa . . . re-posting thoughts written over decades - at random, I'm afraid.

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