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8423RE: [DelmarvaPaddlers] 15th Annual Broadkill River Canoe & Kayak Race
- World PaddlerJul 30, 2014
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Which direction is the tide flowing on the Broadkill River during the race this year? The Broadkill River is a tidal river. I find that if it is an incoming tide the race will take me one hour twenty minutes, if it is an outgoing tide it will take me two hours and ten minutes, which is hard for me since I hit the wall when I paddle longer than two hours.
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Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:50:42 -0400
Subject: [DelmarvaPaddlers] 15th Annual Broadkill River Canoe & Kayak Race
So some of you may have seen this post below from Lady Justice aka Susan.
Frankly she’s appealing to a group who may actually want to race, the other 100+ boats that usually enter will just be having fun. But her point is absolutely accurate, anyone can do this kayak event. She may still have the DFL category record.
Irish Eyes is hosting the after party again. I’ve been a part of the organization committee this year and I can assure you that EVERY attempt is being made to accurately time each and every participant in the “race”. The volunteers from last year who were thrust into service at the last minute did their best, but got many of the times wrong and they are committed to correcting that this year.
Mark your calendars for Saturday August 23rd. Oyster Rocks Road, with race start of 10:00 am. As soon as the race registrations are announced I’ll post it to this site. Look for me in the middle of the pack. Chris
Yes, it's a good race. Giant mass start of recreational boats you can watch crash into each other then a giant mass start of racing boats. You get to play dodge the erratic recreational boats for the first mile of the course and that's kinda fun. And the recreational people really seem to enjoy watching the racing boats go by.
It can be hot, please watch the weather. There is no shade on the 9-ish mile course until the last 3/4 mile or so. The trees are deceiving. You think you'll come around the turn and get to the trees but they're really another 5 miles away LOL! Plan hydration accordingly if it's gonna be hot. Also check tides, an outgoing tide will make a much slower race.
There is nothing to hit on this course. Those who know me know that I can assure you that if there were, I surely would have found it. I've done this course in a recreational kayak, sea kayak, ICF K-1, ICF K-2, surfski, OC-1, C-1 and pro C-2. Nope, I'm not kidding.
And if anyone is hesitant to do this race, please just look at my 2003 time and you're 100% guaranteed to feel a whole lot better about yourself. I was over 3.5 hours in a recreational kayak. I have personally set the bar for longest time ever on that course so you'll never, ever have to worry about being the record holding slowest person to finish the Broadkill. As Chris Beckman (one of my greatest cheerleaders from day 1) says when trying to encourage new paddlers, "look at that 3.5 hour time, you gotta start somewhere and look at her now."
This is the race where I first met Judy Jeanes. I was minding my own business, busy setting that awesome 3.5 hour record finish time, when around me comes the prettiest, sparkliest, weirdest looking, pointy shaped, oddly long, one man boat that I'd ever seen in the history of all mankind. Some tiny blond pony tailed chick was paddling it with a black stick that must have broken because it had only one blade, at a cardiac arrest stroke rate, and going approximately NASCAR speed. In my head I was like WTF is THAT?! Since I was near exhaustion and delusional from my record setting 3.5 hour pace, properly fueled and hydrated with a whole 12 ounces of plain water and a stick of gum, with only 8 more miles to go, all I could manage to say was, "I really like your sparkly boat." And in the time span it took her to reply, "Thanks, I usually paint my nails the same color but I didn't have time last night," she was around the corner and disappeared on her way to win the women's racing C-1 category.
I think it may have been the following summer when Judy let me try the sparkly C1 in the Brandywine. I believe I made it 1 1/2 strokes off the dock before I flipped over. I'm not sure, Judy might remember, it might have been only 1/2. I recall saying what kind of wackjob would ever want to paddle one of those things, I'm never doing that again. Of course, in law school I also said I never want to practice criminal law and NFW am I ever going to be a trial lawyer. 16 years prosecuting with the county and 370 races later ...
So do the Broadkill. Good people. Good race. And don't make me be the only wackjob out there.
On Jul 28, 2014, at 5:40 PM, waterconfidence <waterconfidence@...> wrote:
Wish I could go, but, you know, that Hawaii thing...I hope some of you will go.
Excellent race for OC1, OC2, or C2's that know how to brace. I'm sure one of Susan's blog posts reference some of the power boats.
There will probably be a ton of SUP guys and girls there, too. The event is held on tidal water and ends with the last couple of miles in a smaller creek with nothing to hit your boat on.
DATE: Saturday, August 24th. REGISTRATION STARTS AT: 8:30 AM at Oyster Rocks RACE STARTS AT: 10 AM FINISH: Milton Memorial Harbor, in Memorial Park Milton's Memorial Park will be the site of the annual "Bargains on the Broadkill" and the "Great Duck Race". These popular annual events bring the park to life with lots of fun activities and vendors for the paddlers as well as their family and friends! - See more at: http://www.georgetowncoc.com/event/community-events/14th-annual-broadkill-river-canoe-kayak-race#sthash.xIxcyRXW.dpuf
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