May 3, 2010

Canoe Wrap-up

Whitewater canoe racing season is over... and the results were pretty good.  A fourth place, third place and two first places!

I raced the Scantic with my uncle Eric and although I think we were running well, we ended up going over three times and that pushed us off the podium.  It was a bit frustrating since if felt as if we made stupid mistakes that cost us.  Scantic Results:

For the Hockanum, I raced with Greg and while we had no major mishaps, we fell behind Eric and Nate and ended up taking 3rd place.  The Hock tends to get decided by maneuverability and strong paddling and although we had a strong finish it was clearly not enough to catch the 2 boats ahead of us.  Hockanum results:

The last race was this past weekend, the New England Whitewater Championships and Eric and I were reunited for the 2 events, the 1 mile sprint and the full 5 mile downriver race.  The course is more challenging then the other races we've done, but we had a perfect fun for the 1 mile sprint and came close to catching our main competition that started 1 minute ahead of us.  The longer 5 mile race started and we again got through most of the first section well, with one mishap were I ended up falling out of the boat.  We recovered quickly and then ran an almost flawless race, really hitting the rapids well including the tough Class III section.  The final result was first place, beating the next boat by almost 2 minutes.  We did get a mention in the Keene Sentinel :

You can check out pictures from the first two events here: or


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