The fraud examiner at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said although he has done some fair amount of kayaking and scuba diving, it would be a first for him to paddle among whales. “I have never been to Madagascar, and I’m so looking forward to getting to know the island! We have spent a few wonderful holidays in Mozambique, and we really enjoy the landscape, fishing and water sports, so we can’t wait to see what Madagascar has in store for us.”
Duane and his son Wesley, 25, who will later this year qualify as a helicopter technician, will join Andy and Riaan in kayaking among whales off the coast of Madagascar in August.
The Three Ships competition ran between April and May, and consumers entered by purchasing a bottle of Three Ships whisky at a participating outlet. The prize to the value of R100 000 includes flights, accommodation, all meals, kayak equipment and the memorable kayaking experience.
Riaan is no stranger to Madagascar. In July 2009 he achieved a world first when he circumnavigated the island in a kayak, alone and unaided. This time around, the trip will not be as extreme but a truly memorable experience.
Riaan and Andy are kindred spirits. Both push the boundaries in their individual fields, with groundbreaking results. Riaan has attained many world firsts as an adventurer, while Andy has achieved many firsts for the South African whisky industry, such as winning the title World’s Best Blended Whisky for the Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old at the 2012 World Whisky Awards.
The team is set to travel to Madagascar on August 18, returning with boundless tales to tell on August 22.