Race Report by Tim Quarles
September 11 – Race of Truth
Our 23 rd and final TNR of the season was the “Race of Truth”; but the truth is that many of us are not prepared to face the hard question, “what the heck am I going to do next Tuesday night?”
This race is just a whole pile of fun with paddlers having to use the same craft: the sit-down crowd had Necky Looksha 14’s, while the SUPers could choose between a Starboard Atlas or Go. These quality rental vessels were available by donation, with all proceeds going to the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. Combined with the 50/50 draw and auction held later at the Raven, over $2000 was raised for these volunteers that help keep us safe on the water. Thanks so much!
The Race of Truth had 81 paddlers, including 47 in kayaks (plus Shane/Linda/Alex in a double) and 32 on SUPs. With a mass start, it meant for mass turbulence and confusion in the tight turns of the course; a real spectator friendly “Tour de Cove”. To say it was bumpy for the SUPs would be an understatement, but that meant there was kayak wash to ride if you were lucky enough, otherwise it was a challenging, but super fun slog. Mike, Jason and Adam got all tangled up just before the finish (accidently, on purpose) allowing Warren Stanhope to grab a well-earned win.
The kayakers adapted the mantra of “racing is rubbing” and were having a blast. Taking a nice wide turn on the corners meant taking three or four boats with you. Dion Maxwell avoided calamity to take the win, while brothers Seth and Lucas managed to tie for second place, wow! Karly must have busy at the finish because boats were coming over the line fast and furious. A few keeners opted out of the Race of Truth and paddled around Jug Island, with Daryl R. taking the win over Chris D. by a couple of seconds.
The year-end party at the Raven was a huge success with tons of draw prizes given away. The more races you entered, the greater your chances were, and although few can make the claim “I’m worth a million in prizes”, at least some of you are well on your way!
So, the Race of Truth is a fitting way to end the 2018 TNR season. Why? Well, because it’s not about the latest designed hull or the lightest board or even who’s fastest…it’s mostly just a great time on the water with great people. Thanks to all of you for participating and supporting this amazing community. And the truth is, I think we’ll all be wondering what to do without TNR next week. Paddle anyone?
Tuesday Night Racing shifts into winter mode in January with cross country skiing at the Hollyburn Nordic Area at Cypress Mountain. And see you in early April for the start of the 2019 paddle racing season!
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