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Outings => River Rats => Topic started by: upthecreek on August 09, 2014, 03:28:38 PM

Title: Canoe race
Post by: upthecreek on August 09, 2014, 03:28:38 PM
I guess it's been 35 years or so since I was in a canoe race. As part of a local celebration called the Smith River Fest, I took part in one today. The weather was gloomy with lots of showers but there were about 50 boats that actually took part in the event. A darn good turn out I thought. Here are a few pics.

Part of the gang waiting for the "safety meeting"

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Some trying to stay dry

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One heat at the starting line

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A few pics of the crowd and boats at the finish

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All finds of stuff to do. I didn't take many more pics for fear of getting my camera wet.

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The intrepid little Mohawk that I rode.

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A real fun event. Feel for the folks at the festival. Hadn't rained in 3 weeks. Today it did..and did..and did.

Creek   :canoe:
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: kanukkarhu on August 09, 2014, 03:58:17 PM
Good times! Gotta love a canoe... man, it's been too long. I've been out only once so far this year, and that in waves that we're breaking over the side. :shocked: Time for a nice paddle...

Racy pictures, Creek. Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: wolfy on August 09, 2014, 04:54:49 PM
As our official Blades & Bushlore entrant, I hope you brought home the GOLD for us! :hail: :banana: :canoe:
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: upthecreek on August 09, 2014, 05:06:57 PM
As our official Blades & Bushlore entrant, I hope you brought home the GOLD for us! :hail: :banana: :canoe:

I'm sorry to say I think I came in third. (official results haven't been posted). However, there were 17 in our heat so..not too bad. I reckon. Was fun and I was happy to see so many folks come out.

Creek
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: wolfy on August 09, 2014, 05:23:46 PM
As our official Blades & Bushlore entrant, I hope you brought home the GOLD for us! :hail: :banana: :canoe:

I'm sorry to say I think I came in third. (official results haven't been posted). However, there were 17 in our heat so..not too bad. I reckon. Was fun and I was happy to see so many folks come out.

Creek
Well, heck...I'd say that was a very commendable performance, in light of your age and all. 8)    Probably a passel of young bucks in there nippin' at your heels all the way down the river, too.   Swingin' those axes all the time must keep your arms in shape! :chopwood:  :canoe:
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: Yellowyak on August 09, 2014, 07:12:15 PM
Man, that looks like a ton of fun. Congrats on your placement too, great job.
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: crashdive123 on August 09, 2014, 08:01:50 PM
Looks like a great time.  Congrats on third place.
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: Spyder1958 on August 09, 2014, 09:28:48 PM
Thanks for sharing, looks like a hoot there creek, and congrats on smoking all them young bucks, if I had know I'd got you the cedar strip all waxed up. You would have took 1st for sure ;)
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: SwampHanger on August 10, 2014, 07:47:15 AM
You couldn't bully first? Lol sounds like fun.
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: upthecreek on August 10, 2014, 08:37:51 AM
You couldn't bully first? Lol sounds like fun.

Heck no! Those boys took off like their canoes were on fire. Both were paddling old town 11's. As we talked later, they are training for a 100 mile run on the James river. I knew I was at least 3rd in the first 10 minutes :) There is a pic of their finish and the were side by side. I'll see if I can post it. Those boys were stroking! I'm sore today ..lol. Tons of fun and that's the point.

Creek
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: wolfy on August 10, 2014, 08:59:47 AM
WHICH James River are you referring to, Creek?
Title: Re: Canoe race
Post by: upthecreek on August 10, 2014, 09:09:36 AM
through Richmond to the Chesapeake Bay wolfy.

Creek