Race and Roll Event 1998
by Don Dimond
The 1998 TCSKA Race and Roll Event will be remembered for quite awhile.
The event was pushed back to October 17th so that Bill Newman could participate
while he was working on researching paddling routes for a book. We all
met at Thomas Beach on the south side of Lake Calhoun with cloudy skies
hanging over us.
The first Race and Roll Event activity would be a two-mile race across
the Lake. While the competitors warmed up, I finished cutting a unique
knee tube for a club member's cockpit. When I readied my kayak for the
race, I noticed Bill placing his secret weapon on his boat. Bill was placing
tape over the skeg box of his kayak so that water would not recirculate
in it while he paddled, thus causing his maximum hull speed to be lowered.
Sarah Frueh shouted out the count down while Chad Brey, Al Kasinskas, Bill
Newman and I waited on the starting line, and with the word "Go" we sped
off. John Ware hit the start button on the official stopwatch for the race.
As we paddled away at our maximum paddling speeds, Chad Brey broke away.
Then we all redoubled our efforts. I always teach students not to paddle
at 100%, but we were all going to do just that for two miles. At the halfway
point I was the first pivot around a large buoy that was the halfway point
of the race. I turned the kayak 180 degrees and headed toward Thomas Beach.
As I set off, Chad came into my field of vision along side of me. Nearing
the beach, Chad and I were side by side until the shallow water slowed
us down and caused acramp to develop in John's abdomen. As our kayaks came
to a stop, his pain slowly faded away. We decided to stay in our kayaks
while we re-energized for the next event.
After we recovered from the race, the rolling event took place, and
I was the first participant to roll. We all would have one minute to do
as many 360 degree rolls as possible. I had decided to wear no bulky clothing
that would add water resistance to my torso while rolling. I plunged into
the water with my first roll, and when I finished my first roll, I stopped.
The water was cold enough to make me forget about the competition, but I
rolled two more times and stopped due to the ice cream headache I was getting.
Bill Newman met the water temperature challenge by rolling six times well
before his full minute was over. Chad Brey was the final rolling contestant
and pulled off three rolls well before his full minute was over.
Race and Roll Event Results (1998)
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