Well, the penultimate race of the season was a smoky affair – the haze from the forest fires definitely took the temperature down a notch or two which was much relief from the 32 degrees that had been forecast!
However, it wasn’t the smoke that got people down last night, it was the WEEDS! Coming around Grey Rocks it was almost impossible to avoid the floating debris, and it must have been sheer luck for those who got through without picking up some unwelcome ‘speed reducers’ on the way. I think David Morris wins the award for most prominent collection as the “blackberry bush” he was dragging around was actually sticking out of the water!
Congrats to Rod Hope and Scott Wanless for taking the win, with Shane just behind them. It was awesome to have Wes Hammer back paddling, and he brought some huge contenders from the Burnaby Canoe Kayak Club in the form of Edward Calhoun and Katrina Loutet who came 3rd in the K2 after leading for quite a considerable amount of the way, and Ivan Strashenko in a surfski too just behind the lead pack.
There were some great battles last night, possibly because it is the last ‘real race’ of the season. As staff – Neil Muncey, Andrew Hubbard and myself had all been partaking in some trash talk before the race as we were all in Think Kayak Evo or Evo II surfskis, but Neil maintained his record of beasting through, and Andy took better decisions in seaweed management and dropped me at Grey Rocks.
There were some great sprint finishes to the dock too – neither Mike Darbyshire and Rozanne Pilbeam wanted to give up the place and were sprinting so hard I thought Rozanne might actually expire…despite them being in different craft! And Clay Ronaghan and David Morris have been battling all season, but with the aforementioned bush incident for David, Clay took the victory last night.
Congrats to Paul Jackson from One SUP who won the SUP division last night with Mike D right behind him. Paul was sporting an interesting leash set up in the form of a tie down as he had forgotten/lost his leash which looked pretty funny on the video footage…you can see why a coil leash is popular for sure!
Angela Jackson also from One SUP took the women’s 12’6″ podium looking really strong but it is always great to see so many women on sups out there – Carmen, Laurisse, Michelle, Isy, Julie and Krista and Suzanne too.
In the short course, Vanessa Iverson took the gold in a surfski, leading a bunch of double kayaks and sups into the dock too. Congrats to ALL who raced last night, especially in the smoky conditions.
Next week is the last race of the season and it will be the Race of Truth and it is by donation for Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue so BRING YOUR CASH!! As the last race it is the PARTY afterwards at the Raven Pub – get your tickets by clicking here. Results from this week below, photos on Facebook as soon as they’re ready.