The start of the third day of the Southern Shamaal International Surfski Challenge has provisionally been postponed until 12pm due to low visibility.

The start will also be moved from Hamburg to the Fish River Mouth, according to race director Anton Erasmus.

Erasmus said the organisers were working closely with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) to ensure participants’ safety throughout the four-day, 240-kilometre event between Port Elizabeth and East London.

“We were advised by the NSRI that conditions are too dangerous to launch due to the overcast conditions and low mist.” The original starting time was set for 9am.

Erasmus said the start may be delayed for a further hour if conditions don’t improve. “If the conditions have still not cleared by then, the stage will be cancelled.”

Station commander of the NSRI in Port Alfred, Juan Pretorius, said they advised the organisers to postpone the start as it would be impossible to recover missing paddlers in these conditions.

Instead of a relay, the singles and doubles combinations will tackle the same stage between Fish River and Port Alfred, a distance of 26 kilometres.

At the halfway mark, Team South Africa leads Australia and the Transnationals.

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