82nd Sunset Race – 9/10/2015

Holy cow, what a great Sunset Race!

Role Call: in order of finish
Joey Hager => skinny wooden kayak 1st place
Joe Sartori => kayak
Hogan/JoJo => 17′ Grumman
Danielle Sartori => skinny kayak
Charles/Paul => 17′ Osagian

It was a great number of boats and we had ourselves an aluminum shootout! Grumman vs Osagian. I think the boats were equally matched, mine just had more experienced paddlers who knew the river. Nevertheless, they gave us a scare at the end and we had to pour on the power to maintain our place!

I have to say that after paddling fancy boats for a while now, its nice to go back to the pureness of an aluminum boat with no rudder. I had to focus on my paddling skills more to keep the boat going in the direction we wanted!

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Hogan Haake

76th Sunset Race – 4/9/2015

The 76th Sunset race started with me arriving early and going for a 2 mile unicycle ride down the paved path. I turned around when the path went under the waters of the flooded Meramec river.

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Shortly after my ride, Joe Sartori showed up to paddle with me. He brought out his whitewater boat that can handle just about anything.

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Once out in the current, the river was quite peaceful and easy to paddle upstream in. We went up a bit past Simpson lake before turning around and coming back. Here are a few snaps of the flooded river.

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Hogan Haake

Missouri Whitewater Championships – 3/21/2015

Jo has been telling me about the whitewater championships for a few years now. She said that I  would get a kick out of seeing the boats run down the St. Francis river. Its held there every year in the early spring. This year, I decided that nothing would cause me to miss it. So Corvin and I hopped in the van for the 2 hour drive to the start of the race. The race started around 10am and I needed to be back in St. Louis and downtown at 1pm. From the parking lot, it was a 1 mile walk to the viewing area for the race. Corvin and I settled down to enjoy our 45 minutes worth of viewing!

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OK, so settled in meant that Corvin was climbing up and down the rocks while I watched the paddling. I had a vested interest in the 3 Sartori paddlers and Jo Newbold.

Lucky for me, the 4 of them all made their runs in the 45 minutes we were there before we had to high tail it home.

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Jo Newbold getting ready for a drop

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Joe Sartori taking a different line

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Danielle Sartori with a clean line

And Deborah Sartori cheering on her family!

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And don’t forget all the safety boats out there to protect the paddlers!

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Dan Prater as a safety boat

It was a very cool event that I would like to see more of next year!

Hogan Haake