Washington Canoe Club Race Recap
What a great race put on by Kathy and the rest of the WCC in DC this past Saturday! It was the first race of the year and a good chance for everyone to brush off the cobwebs from a long and cold winter. The weather was perfect and the river, while having a strong current, was relatively calm with very little boat traffic. There was a lot of close competition and a lot of fun had by all. If you have never raced in DC before you should absolutely keep it in mind for next year.
The race started with Brian Meyer (Annapolis) and Nathan Bankson (VA) shooting off the line early. Goose (Annapolis) ended up catching them after the first turn. Brian and Goose went back and forth to the finish with Goose ending up taking the win. Nathan Bankson took 3rd and then the next battle was between Mark Nelson (Berlin) and Jason Beaks (VA) who were neck and neck the whole race as well. Neil Macindoe (Annapolis) followed them to round out the top 6.
Sandy Deeley (OC) and Larry Lubbers (Annapolis) both of MD took one and two in the seniors division. We all hope to be in as good of shape as these guys are when we get older!! They are beating guys half their age!
The overall top 12’6 winner and 1st female across the line was Dawn Ehman (OC) who is crazy fast. Kate Dowling (Kent Island) and Karen Apollony (OC) rounded out the top 3 females. Scott Jorsee took 1st in the Men’s 12’6 followed by Chris Sperry (Annapolis) and Richie Price (OC).
And, in the highly anticipated battle of the weathermen, it was Brian Keane taking the first battle over Wyatt Everhart. Brian was looking fast but Wyatt was not too far behind, lots of races left for these two to battle it out- haha.
The race results can be found here https://paddleguru.com/races/KumuohuChallenge and there are a few changes to the SUP rankings. Goose Norman jumped in front of Brian Meyer to take over the # 2 spot and Mark Nelson finished in front of Neil Macindoe to take over the # 4 spot. Maryland was well represented with 8 of the top 10 finishers in the 14’ class, and top 3 in the 12’6 class for both men and women were all from MD as well.
There is a little bit of a break in local races now. There is the Carolina Cup in April and then the Paddle for the Cure in May, but the next MD races aren’t till Bliss on the Bay in Baltimore followed by the Surf Swap Challenge in OC. More info to come on those races
Great to see everyone this past weekend and looking forward to the upcoming season!