DIRECTOR MAKES CONTROVERSIAL DECISION, PADDLERS BOYCOTT IN RESPONSE
As 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.
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.
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 good idea.
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.
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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