At the start Chris Stock and Olivia Meyerson got off to an excellent start, dropping everyone in their wave immediately, while a few waves back Wes and Gus did the same. The hand offs for leg 2 went pretty smoothly as Cate and Jacob took over for the juniors and the Burnhams for QCC a few minutes later. No one went for a swim this year and the junior boat was much improved through all the legs, but despite the trash talk in the end, experience paddling canoes in a straight line won out over enthusiasm and youth and the old guys in the QCC finished for the 9th year in a row in 1st place, while the Jrs. took the top spot in the mixed category and an excellent 7th overall, moving up 4 spots from last year's team. I suspect that if the race had been all portages and the juniors practiced a bit more the old guys would have been toasted by the Jrs. The water this year was high and fast and at the broken dam in Watertown Rob and I had to negotiate our way through two overturned canoes in the small patch of white water. A fun day to avoid, once again, doing chores at home. The 2011-2012 ski season begins tomorrow!
Olivia and Chris cranking on Leg 1
Gus and Wes start the Open Class
Chris and Olivia half way through Leg 1
Wes and Gus passing boats from earlier waves
Jacob at the hand off to Leg 2
Cate taking control on Leg 2
Bob getting the canoe from Wes to start Leg 2
Eli after the finish
Hannah after a strong finish
Part of the CSU Jr Team. Missing were Zoe, Jacob, Olivia and Chris.