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!
We had a new participant for the Sunset Race this month, Kelly Kasten. She is a local SUP paddler, but we were happy to have her join us! Also along was Joe Sartori and JoJo. This month was more of a casual paddle than a race, and a good time!
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.
Shortly after my ride, Joe Sartori showed up to paddle with me. He brought out his whitewater boat that can handle just about anything.
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.
Another cold sunset race with Joe Sartori and myself. It was too dark for photos during the paddle.
This paddle represents 6 years of us going out monthly and doing the Sunset Race. Winter paddles are cold, so we all had our foul weather gear on and were ready for anything. After a nice and cold paddle, I decided that I should test my equipment to ensure it will protect me. So I pointed the van down towards the river and made sure it was warmed up for maximum heat.
With as much light as I could provide, Jo and I went into the river to test out our dry suits. Her suit worked flawlessly, mine, almost… I didn’t have one of the zippers all the way tight and water got in. It was a mistake I was glad to experience once we were done paddling! Always a great night with good friends.