RATS PLACE IN KELOWNA TOP 10
After two tough
500m heats, our EDBRC River Rats placed 6th out of 98 teams at Kelowna.
started weak for the Rats, allowing the strong Epic Express from Vancouver to surge ahead
at the start. The Rats paddled furiously,
neck-and-neck with the remaining TCC and TD Lightning teams until the halfway mark, where
the Rats surged ahead to take a decisive 2:22 second place, a length ahead of the third
and fourth teams. It wasnt first place,
but it was satisfying to quash the loud-mouthed TCC team, and to qualify in the top 10!
Heat 2 was a
bigger battle. Lining up against the Steam
Team from BC Rail, Team Masala, the Tsunami and the Electric Dragons, the Rats bolted
right from the first stroke, but so did the other four teams. It was a dramatic race, neck-and-neck for all five
teams until the last 100 m, where the Rats lost timing, and allowed the strong Tsunami and
Electric Dragons to gain a quarter-boat length on us.
The final Heat
2 results had the top 3 finishing within 1 second of each other, Rats finishing with a
2:29:84 behind the Electrics 2:28:98 and the Tsunamis 2:28:75.
The rest of Sunday was a shore-bound disappointment for the Rats (see Bogus Weather article below). The top medal honours were eventually taken by the CIBC Imperial Dragons.
It's hard to see in this photo, but Rat boat #5 (farthest lane from the camera) was less than one bench length behind the winning team at the finish line.
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