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Knysna will once again host the annual Midway Classic Regatta and Heads Race. The event, organised by Western Cape Rowing, takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October at Belvidere Estate.
The event is fast becoming a flagship event for rowing in South Africa, with the 2015 event drawing top crews from the Western Cape (Bishops, SACS, Rondebosch, Somerset College and Peninsula Girls Rowing Club) and Eastern Cape (Grey College PE, Clarendon, DSG, St Andrews, Zwartkops Rowing Club and Selborne College).
More than 300 rowers and their supporters will descend on Knysna for 2 days of racing, showcasing some of the top rowing talent in South Africa.
The event, which offers a free entry marquee with luxury food and beverage vendors from the local Knysna area, will be packed with activity. In classic, rowing regatta style, tables, benches and umbrellas will line the Belvidere Water’s edge to accommodate spectators at the event.
Local residents are invited to join us at this fabulous event. Rowing is an extremely exciting spectator sport and South Africa’s win at the 2012 Olympics has certainly put rowing on the map in South Africa.
The Knysna Midway Classic also provides Western Cape Rowing with an opportunity to raise funds for their development programmes, which aim to create and develop sustainable rowing clubs in previously disadvantaged communities. Two development programmes are already in place in Cape Town and Grabouw involving 5 local schools.
“Achievements in life are only limited by your drive to achieve them”. This is a value that Western Cape Rowing would like to continue promoting through our programme”, said Greta Engelbrecht, President of WCR.
Overlooking Knysna's lagoon, Belvidere Manor Hotel offers delightful cottage accommodation, delicious food at Caroline's bistro and pub meals at The Bell Tavern, all within the historic Belvidere estate.