MAKES CONTROVERSIAL DECISION, PADDLERS BOYCOTT IN RESPONSE
the big wind began to settle, and a small window of calm water appeared,
the Race Director decided to shuffle the race shedule.
Hoping to finish the medal-awarded races before the wind returned,
the Race Director initially chose to bump the Rats race #56 back, and then
later chose to cancel race 56 altogether.
shore-bound Rats, Epic Express, CVA, Predator Blades, and Draco Sports
Club, waiting for three hours on the beach, were indignant at this call,
and protests flew.
Epic Express suggested some novel ideas to settle the deferred race,
including arm wrestling and tug o war and a dance competition.
Then they took a look at Dennis, and decided that would not be a
waiting over 3 hours to race, the Epic Express, CVA, Predator Blades, and
Draco , many of whom had to catch flights back to Vancouver and Calgary,
chose to leave without competing, effectively boycotting the final race.
default, this left the remaining River Rats in 6th place
overall, but the victory was tasteless.
After 4 hours of waiting on the beach, wearing lifejackets and
watching other boats race through the wind, the Rats finally chose to
leave the site at 5pm.
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