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CANOE NEWS Fall 2008 Vol 41/3

Left: A decal on a kayak at the USCA Nationals commemorates our friend Patrick Sawyer’s life. Read tributes and remembrances in this issue, and please consider helping with the fund for his family.

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Vol 41 Issue 3

CANOE NEWS Photo Š 2008 by Rich Hodgkins

The magazine for marathon competition paddlers throughout North America

In this issue: USCA 2008 Bristol, IN Nationals Results Remembering Patrick Sawyer (1968-2008) Lightning Strikes Canoe Racers

Also in this issue: Highlights of the SemiAnnual Meeting Paddler of the Year, Youth Encouragement, & Good Sportsmanship Awards US $5.95 CAN $6.95

Main photo caption and credit: see Contents page (page 3).


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Canoe News Volume 41 Issue 3: CONTENTS Hut! — Larry Liquori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Advice From the Vice — Ken Gerg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Dan Hassel — Peter Heed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Short Strokes — Gareth Stevens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Lightning DOES Strike Twice — Craig Creighton & Kris Archibals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Nationals 2008: Wrapup and Thank Yous — Gareth Stevens, Mandy Streib . . . . . . . . 8, 9 Tom Thomas Wins Bill Klebe Award for Good Sportsmanship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Patrick Sawyer, 1968-2008 — Ted Beatty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 A Talent for Being Unsensible – Remembering Pat Sawyer — Janet Perry . . . . 12-13 Index to Nationals Race Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 USCA Nationals Race Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-75 Adult Sprint Championships . . . . . . . . . . 14-17 Adult/Youth Sprint Championships . . . . . . . . 18-19 Adult/Youth Sprint Championships . . 18-19 Canoe Orienteering Championships . . . . . . . . 20-23 Canoe Orienteering Championships . 20-23 The Phillip H Soule Run/Paddle Biathlon . 24-27 Youth Sprint Championships . . . . . . . . . . 29-33 Marathon Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-74 State Point Awards and Youth Sprint Division Points Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

USCA Nationals Articles & Reports

Sprint (Team) Report — Bill Corrigan . . . . . . . 14 Canoe-O on the St-Joe — Steve Miller . . . 20-23 The Run/Paddle Biathlon — Tom Walton . . . . 24 Preparing for Nationals — Dylan Freedman . . 35 Bittersweet Nationals — Matt Meersman . . . . . . 39 Dream Come True — Roxanne Barton . . . . . . . . 44 Savanna’s First Nationals — Mike Herbert . . . . 48 Competition & Comedy — Marc Gillespie . . 52 The C1 Stock Trial — Brian Benson . . . . . . . . . . . 60 K1 Unlimited Man — Elmore Holmes . . . . . 36-74

First Time at the Sprints — Brian Benson . . . . . . 16 Paddle Like a Girl — Jackie Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Forge Racing — Marc Gillespie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 C2 Men Up Front — Marc Gillespie . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 DQ’d at Nationals — Al Limberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 C2 Mixed Marathon — Marc Gillespie . . . . . . . . . 47 Good People All — Wally Werderich . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 About the Rest of Us — Shawn Burke . . . . . . 54-55 Battle Wounds — Sarah Tompkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 ICF Open — Rob Hartman & Mike Herbert . . . . . 70

USCA Paddler of the Year 2008: Ken Gerg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 USCA Youth Encouragement Award 2008: Clifton Rickey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77-78 USCA Semiannual Meeting Highlights — Joan Theiss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78-79 Two Critiques of USCA Nationals — Rebecca Barton and Bruce Barton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Back, and Still in the Game — David Landenwitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78-79 USCA Business Affiliates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 USCA Membership Application / Renewal Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 USCA Delegates & Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84-85 USCA Committees & Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Disclaimer: Opinions and/or advice expressed in this magazine by individuals, whether or not they are officers of, or delegates to, the United States Canoe Association, are personal, and do not necessarily, therefore, reflect the official position of the United States Canoe Association. Publication by the United States Canoe Association, whether in print, on line, or in any other form, does not imply endorsement.

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Main cover photo: Mike Herbert just ahead of Rob Hartman in the K1 ICF Men Open Championship. Photo ©2008 by Rich Hodgkins

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Advice from the Vice (and Paddler of the Year Award Nominee

If you can communicate well, write an article for Canoe News, or one of the . . . . . . . . . . Larry Liquori, many, wonderful regional marathon pad USCA President dling newsletters. If you don’t think you ike the old saw of how write well, take photos and submit them. do you get to Carn- There’s a job for everyone but, alas, not egie Hall (Practice! Practice!), the way someone for every job. Please pitch in. to get better in marathon paddling is to Help think of new ways to help, ways ) Train! Train! Likewise, the way we can that haven’t been mentioned here. We make the USCA bigger and better takes can use your imagination besides your . . . . . . . Ken Gerg, Vice President, USCA work. A concerted effort is required for brawn or your other skills. Please read this! You could be the future us to increase our numbers. of paddle sport! To the point: USCA (in As in the famous World War I poster of my opinion) desperately needs younger Uncle Sam pointing, the USCA needs folks to step up to leadership positions. hat a great Nationals we just you. If you can’t think of ways you can had! Mandy Streib (with at least We need people without an agenda, make marathon paddling attractive to some help from Matt, although he flatly without an axe to grind, who are willing more people, or more attractive to our to come forward and take the USCA denies it), put on a great show. Not existing people, you should ask. We having been to Nationals prior to 1988, to the next level. There is much to be currently have a lot of marathon padgleaned from the current leadership, I don’t know if a Nationals organizer dling events: races, on-water demos, ever did anything like this while toting a and it is comforting to know you have and clinics. Volunteer to help with baby at the same time (or was it a baby experienced people off whom you can these. Races need registration personbounce your ideas/recommendations/ and a half?) nel, course officials, starters, finish line proposals. Since we are a volunteer organization, spotters, etc. Your efforts need not be this is what makes us so successful: great About twenty years ago I went to my at the event itself, either. They can be volunteers. Thanks Mandy! first winter meeting. Although some of accomplished beforehand as in publicthe delegates and officers, and members The sprint and marathon conditions ity, pre-race registration, donation or that attended that meeting are gone, were good, the weather was great, the sponsorship solicitation; or even after many, if not most, are still with the camaraderie was wonderful, and the the races as in clean-ups, press releases, competition was keen (isn’t that why we organization and, in fact, “holding it tomedal and trophy presentations. gether”. Their dedication is commendhave Nationals?). The Elkhart/Bristol Besides event assistance, we can always able, to say the least. They have indeed use people who help spread the word to area was very nice, as were all of the given back to their beloved paddle sport. non-USCA people I encountered. those who don’t know about us or our It just seems to me there should be othTo name everyone who contributed sport. Take a newbie paddling. Preers in our membership who for whatever sume to know enough to teach a novice to this terrific Nationals would be an reason are holding back. almost Herculean task, so just let me something about our sport. Help start Members who are interested could do a a paddling organization (formal club or thank everyone else collectively. just a loose group of paddlers) in an area On another note, other than Nationgood job and they could pick the brains where there aren’t many paddlers now. of some of the existing old timers. I als, what else would you like to see the Help arrange car pools to events. suggest it best be done before too long! USCA do? What can we do to make your membership in your organization If you are already a worker, or even a Please call me and volunteer: “My job that much more worthwhile? Please let is open!” Phone (814) 486-1691, email leader, ask for help. Don’t let yourself get burned out by doing so much of the us know via the USCA yahoo! e-group, joken2@zitomedia.net. Again, Thanks work yourself that you stop too soon. via email, snail mail, or even by phone. and have a beautiful Fall and active winter. Cheers, Ken

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What a Great Nationals!

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USCA Annual Meeting

Tarpon Springs, FL – January 9-11, 2009

Delegates: please attend. If you cannot attend, please make sure you give your voting proxy to a delegate or other USCA member who will. Nearest major airports: Tampa or St Petersberg/Clearwater. Lodging: USCA rates at Holiday Inn, Tarpon Springs – $69 + tax for parkside rooms, $79 + tax for poolside double, $99 + tax for suites. Call (877) 863 4780. Contact: Karl Vogel Vogel for further details: tech6outriggers@hotmail.com

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PS: Really appreciate the “Paddler of the Year” award. Thanks to those who supported me. It is an honor I will cherish forever! There is hope for everyone as it is obvious that prowess with a paddle is not a requirement :) !! Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


Dan Hassel

Short Strokes

Dan Hassel

Michigan, Minnesota, and Canada. Some of his boats are still out there . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Heed – just ask Doug Howard or Abby Kingman – going strong. Every once in a while, our worlds are Yet there was so much more to Dan blessed by the positive impact of the Hassel. He will always be remembered life of another – a person, who simply for his personal gentleness (such a by the way they live and approach the contrast to Dan the competitor), his challenges of life, teach us all so much, generosity, kindness, and good humor. without even knowing they are having As a new paddler, I remember how such an impact. Dan Hassel was such Dan always shared stories of the “old a man. days” and taught me most of what I Many canoe racers relatively new to know about handling the stern of a the sport may never have had the opportunity of meeting Dan - but those race canoe – then he would delight in demonstrating at the next race how we who did will never forget him. all had so much more to learn! Quiet and unassuming, Dan Hassel raced canoes with some of the best who Most of all, Dan was a man of quiet courage. He battled various health ever lived ­ during a time when racing issues and then cancer for many years, was the domain of rugged individuals and he faced it all with a dignity and with hand-built canoes and huge grace – from which we can all draw paddles. An era when you were often inspiration about facing life’s challenges. judged by the size of the blade you Canoe racing will never be quite the could swing and the amount of time same without Dan Hassel. you could “put on” your competitors. But his spirit lives on in all of us. So In this age of tough men and tougher think of Dan at the end of your next competition, Dan Hassel thrived, ­ race; give a young paddler a hand out winning most of the greatest races of his or her canoe, and be sure to say, against competitors like Ralph Sawyer, “Nice race, kid.” Dan wouldn’t want it Buzz Peterson, Big John Baker, and any other way. Claude Corbin (yes, Serge’s older brother!). One of Dan’s favorite partners was Gene Jensen. Their victory in the 1973 Classique internationale de canots (aka Shawinigan) is still the stuff of legend. Dan was without peer in the stern of a racing canoe – one of the greatest to ever pick up a paddle. He was a leader by example, a man of determination and Aluminum Nationals integrity; he played it straight and with honor, but he knew how to put the hurt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gareth Stevens ull report in the next issue of Canoe to everyone else when the shallow water News, but the highlights are: came. He was the first to kick your butt on the The winners of the 2008 USCA Stock river, and the first to welcome you to the Aluminum Canoe Marathon Championfinish line (his canoe already on his car) ships held on the Colorado River in Bastrop, TX on Saturday, September 27, are: with a warm smile, a cold beer, and a soft-spoken “Nice race, kid.” Men: Wade Binion (TX) & There was no tougher competitor on Jerry Rahburn (Belize) the river, and no nicer man on the in 2:09:06 riverbank. Dan went on to design Men Master: Dale Burris (AR) & some of the most successful pro boats Don Walls (AR) in racing. For most of the 80s, the in 2:11:29 “Hassel” boats dominated races in

Stop Press & Short Strokes

Highlights of Selected Races in September and October

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Women: Becky Burris (AR) Ruth Sayger (AR) in 2:26:04 Women Master: Teddy Gray (TX) & Cindy Meurer (TX) in 2:22:58 In total 22 paddlers attended from nine states and three countries. Thanks to the Texas Canoe Racing Association and the Lower Colorado River Authority for hosting a great event. See photos, page 82.

The Triple Crown The 75th anniversary Classique de canots in Québec concluded this year’s Triple Crown in grand style August 30-September 1 with a win for Andy Triebold (MI) and Steve Lajoie (PQ) in 12:49:53, just under 13 minutes ahead of second-placed Marc Gillespie (NY) and Matt Rudnitsky (NY) (13:02:46). Andy and Steve also won the first and second races in the series, the General Clinton and the AuSable River Marathon, putting a firm lock on the Triple Crown Trophy for 2008 – doubly firm when you look at the margins by which they won. [Andy and Steve’s time at the Clinton was 8:08:54, with Matt Streib and Steve Rankinen second in 8:29:00 and Marc Gillespie and Matt Rudnitsky in 3rd at 8:30:58. At the AuSable, Andy and Steve’s time was 14:09:06, a full 24:25 ahead of Matt Streib & Steve Kolonich. Full Triple Crown results and reports will follow in the next Canoe News edition.]

Patrick Sawyer Memorial Canoe Race / 5th Annual St Joe River Marathon September 27, 2008: A number of course records were broken this year, in various classes, but Patrick Sawyer, for whom this year’s race was a memorial, still holds the course record for the fastest overall time of 59:55. The net proceeds from the race are being contributed to the Sawyer Family Fund (see page 13). Full results and report in the next issue.

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PADDLE LIKE A GIRL!!!

ALSO IN STOCK: “PADDLE LIKE A GIRL!” Stationery. 10 cards per package at $7.50 each! White note cards with motto in blue or pink type.

Hot pink women’s shirts are 100% cotton; dusty blue women’s shirts are 100% polyester quick-drying technical shirts. Men’s shirts are all 50/50 cotton/poly. Women’s sizes, currently in stock: S(pink & blue 4/5) M (pink & blue 6-8) L (pink only: 9-12) XL(pink only: 13) Men’s sizes, currently in stock (bright pink or what one customer calls “off-red” .XL(44-48) All pink shirts: $15 All blue shirts: $30 S&H: $5 first two items/third item on up $2.50 each Orders for out-of-stock items will delay delivery.

Contact Janet Perry to buy shirts, NOW. Janet Perry 24 Roosevelt St St Charles, IL 60174 (630) 584-6931

Over the last seven years, the Women’s Interests Committee has been working to connect with other paddling organizations inside and outside of the country to engage them in dialog encouraging equity in recognition of females who pursue paddling goals that result in extraordinary achievement.

All these organizations have received sponsorship through the PADDLE LIKE A GIRL! t-shirt project. A few women have demonstrated both excellence in the sport and financial need, and therefore also have gotten sponsorship from the fund.

Short Strokes, Continued: Adirondack Classic

Holyoke Cup, October 4th

The shirts have been so popular, they have been reprinted twelve times! All profits of your purchases are distributed to the Through this contact, the USCA Women’s Interests Committee has become involved programs listed above. The pricing for the t-shirts is listed in the advertisement above with USA WomenCan, JustCanoeIt!, (t-shirts graciously modelled by Pam the USACK Marathon Committee, CapeAbility, Paddlin’ for the Pink and All Boteler, (C1 and C2 ICF Masters Sprint the Rest, Teens Tackling Cancer, and many Champion, and founder of JustCanoeIt!). individual extraordinary paddling women, As the committee chair, I found that some people didn’t want shirts, and yet wanted young and old.

to contribute to the goals of the project — so I ordered stationery this year. There are two color styles (blue and pink) with the Paddle Like a Girl! motto emblazoned on the foot of the cards. There are also black and white sketched style notecards with either an ICF canoe or ICF downriver kayaks illustration. If you want to make these more festive for your annual holiday cards, let me know, and I’ll send you holiday stickers to decorate the cards for an additional $2.50 per packet. Only $10 for the holiday versions! Thank you for your support! Janet Perry, USCA Women’s Interests Committee Chair

K1 Pro Woman in 3:27:42 over Kathy Manizza (CT) (3:36:43). The Holyoke Cup was named in 2004 Full results for this race and for the 14k September 5-7: 251 boats started, 237 by that illustrious rag Canoe News as one Amateur classes (canoe and kayak) are finished. Fastest time: The Richard Reyn- of the four best new races of the year. It posted at http://www.holyokerows.org. olds Express-Forge Racing voyageur canoe is the only one to have survived, and is USCA Instructor Brian in 12:14:34, with Holly Reynolds in the still going strong in its fifth year! Masters Missing from the Most The pro kayak race course is 40k with bow. Recent List in Canoe News three portages, and equal prize money Holly’s father, Dick Reynolds, died rian Masters IS an active instructor. for men and women. tragically in 2007. Now, there is an award given in his memory at the AdHere is his information, from Tave Sean Brennan (NJ) won the K1 Pro irondack Classic. Lamperez’s master (Masters?) list: Man division in 3:04:17 – by quite a wide margin over Jim Mallory (NY) Brian Masters, 6357 Riverdale Drive, Full story of the race, with photos, in (3:17:59). Kaitlyn McElroy (MA) won Madison OH 44057 (440) 428-4637. the next issue of Canoe News.

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Lightning DOES Strike Twice

Lightning Strikes Canoe Racers

became overwhelming proached, Craig and Kris angled their C2 and and the shore became headed for the closest shore of the large lake, life. but not in time to avoid what was about to happen. Running the boat up onto On July 26, 2008, Canadians Craig Abruptly, the wind picked up and rain the rocks seemed a natural Creighton and Kris Archibald thing to do, and hiding in poured from the clouds with such ferocity were struck by lightning – twice among the trees also seemed that it appeared the rain would quickly – during a canoe race. They were right. The paddlers huddled pass. Lightning lit the sky as the together in the bush, the rain storm quickly descended. Craig and lucky to survive. Craig, a longtime unrelenting. Although there was Kris turned 90 degrees and headed USCA member, came to Nationals no visible injury, their muscles straight for shore. in early August and told his story were jumping, like bacon Within a heartbeat, a lightning to the USCA delegates. fat in a frying pan. They By Craig Creighton and Kristoffer Archibald bolt struck the shore directly had indeed been struck by ahead and both paddlers felt an he North Bay to Mattawa race is a 64 intense electric charge pass through lightning. Twice. km (38.5 miles) route that stretches As the storm hovered overtheir bodies. Both paddles (one on the across some of the most beautiful scenery head, the two watched the left and one on the right) exploded from in Ontario, Canada. other canoes pass by on the lake their hands, simultaneously landing 7 On July 26/08, Craig Creighton and seemingly unaffected. As the sun or 8 feet away from the boat. The two Kristoffer Archibald were forced to stop broke out, and with muscles stiffwere tasered into a convulsive ball for midrace and, for once, smell the roses, af- about five seconds. Regaining control ening, the team sought out a nearby ter being shocked by lightning—TWICE. of their bodies, the dazed racers sat cottage for medical care. Back on shore the two reconsidered what stunned in the middle of the lake, For them, for this year, the race was was important in life. Yes, being electrohands empty, their canoe continuing over. cuted in the middle of a lake can bring it to glide forward while the storm Questions and notes: all home and make a person realize what is raged overhead. Then, snapping Should we have headed for shore earlier, truly important. This is what happened... to their senses, they grabbed their or were we just in the wrong place spare paddles. The two agreed to, The professional class started the race at the wrong time? I suppose if we “get the hell out of here!” at 8:00am in North Bay, Ontario. The had gone to shore at the first sound canoes headed down Trout Lake for 1 ½ The sense of urgency grew as of thunder, this might not have haphours, after which the lake narrowed and they sprinted to reach shore. pened, or we might have taken a direct the prominent winds finally subsided. Six to seven strokes later a flash of hit…the first lightning bolt was directly Although the sky was overcast and the sheet lightning momentarily blinded ahead of us, on shore. forecast predicted rain, no indication of them and in another instant, elecSpare paddles: never leave home without violent thunderstorms was called for and trocution occurred again (within ’em! all of the participants carried on without about 45 seconds of that first concern. Should the race have been called? It is a question shock). organizers must consider however rarely is it done. An hour later and two portages into the An instant fear of death surged race, the lead team of Craig and Kris had Whatever the policy, this racer will never through both paddlers’ minds reached Talon Lake. Rumbling began in question the value of winning over safety and they felt disbelief at the distance. As the thunderstorm apagain…no race is worth it! still being alive; paranoia

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Craig Creighton [left] and Kristoffer Archibald [right] at the finish of the 2006 North Bay to Mattawa Canoe Race, where they raced in competing canoes.

Photos copyright © 2006 by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority



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USCA Nationals 2008 - Bristol, IN - Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer, 1968-2008

Nationals 2008 —Bristol, Indiana

Two stars of this year’s Nationals got along famously at their first meeting: Dane Streib (seen variously on Mandy’s hip, Matt’s shoulders, or charging fearlessly through a forest of legs) and veteran Nationals participant, Norm Ludwig’s dog, Lindy.

The 2008 USCA National Canoe & Kayak Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gareth Stevens he Bristol Nationals went off with barely a hitch. Heaton Lake served the sprint events well. The marathon races on the St Joe River demanded good river reading skills, and were a delightful mix of deep, shallow, and suck water. The portage offered a choice of paths and was well marked. The stretches of strong current in the final loop tested boat handling skills nicely and provided a good upstream course challenge. After some concern about the length of the marathon course in the three weeks before the event, there was barely a complaint afterward. With very few exeptions, winning times for the full marathon course ranged from 2:00 to 2:30, and very few teams or solo paddlers took longer than 3:00. Temperatures and the mix of sun and moderate cloud cover, and moderate wind (most of the time) were perfect: not too hot, not too cold (despite a little shivering reported in the early mornings from some correspondents). Attendance was 392 participants, many of whom, of course, raced in multiple events. The wonderful, imperturbable, calming, efficient Mandy Streib planned and managed the week’s events impeccably, well attended by Dane Streib (age 11/4), Matt Streib (older) and a host of other great volunteers. The sadness occasioned by the so-untimely loss of one of our great paddling friends, Pat Sawyer, was hard to ignore for those who knew him. Pat would have loved the events: on a river he knew and loved, with the friends and family he loved. The 2008 USCA Nationals were dedicated to Pat’s memory. During the course of the week, many paddlers contributed to the fund to help Pat’s wife, Nancy, and their children (see page 13).

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Nationals Wrapup & Thank Yous

Nationals and hope to have things back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mandy Streib our way sometime. Thanks to all those who attended. Sincerely, ello to the Paddling Community! Mandy Streib With my limited amount of time, I Much Kudos from All Sides: will keep this piece short. Folks Had a Good Time! I would like to start out by thanking all “Online registration: now that’s a new the volunteers who devoted their time item that I thought was great. It made to helping make this year’s Nationals the start of a busy week just that much a success. I won’t try to name people because I know that someone will be left easier. I hope this continues to be an option for future events. – Brian Benson off the list, but you know who you are who really helped to make the event run “My first Nationals was fun, and the water smoothly. depth was perfect: shallow, like the creek Also, a special thanks to all our sponsors. we train in (the Irondequoit, near Rochester, NY). My two partners Katherin Because of their contributions, we were Donovan and Erik VanDis were great. able to provide racers with some very They were both hard workers and we did nice goodies. all right. So to sum up: my first year of I was exceptionally exhausted after the racing canoes was an amazing experience. week was over, but overall the races I met tons of great people and was able seemed to go very smoothly. As a first time race host, it was challenging some- to be outside and compete. What more times to know who I should be talking to could you ask for? I feel truly blessed.” – Dylan Freedman or exactly when I needed to have things done for the race, but I would just fall “The USCA Nationals were actually back to Tave Lamperez and have my much better than I had expected or was questions answered. led to believe. The course was definitely The biggest goal I had as race organizer challenging (which Nationals should be). was to have the awards done quickly after Deep water with weeds, a 200 yard porraces were finished. I think we were able tage, lots of “suck and shallow water, some to accomplish that goal for the most part. strong currents (on an upstream leg) and The only thing I may have done differsome fairly challenging counterclockwise ently was changing the start order so that buoy turns (my most unfavorite).” the fastest heats for the day took off last. – Ken Gerg The town of Bristol and all the local “My daughter, Savanna and I had great Indiana racers really enjoyed hosting time. Matt laid out a very challenging, fun

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Photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


Kudos on a Great Nationals

Lindy, with her master, Norm Ludwig, USCA’s Competition Chair (for over a quarter century). course and we look forward to next year’s Marathon Nationals. – Mike Herbert ‘This was my first time to race in a canoe. It was fun paddling with kids my age. I enjoyed watching all the races. It was worth the long trip to get to Nationals and the hotel we stayed in was nice (The Ramada Inn). – Joshua Sayger “I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the scenery. Even though it got a little chilly, it was a great vacation!” – Mark Sayger “There were so many different aspects to this course that really kept it interesting: deep water, shallows, upstream, buoy turns, just to name a few. I felt I was sufficiently challenged – dead dog tired and wore out is probably a better description. I have learned that I have a long way to go. I already knew that, but these races, with all the great paddlers I raced behind, really brought that fact home. I have already started preparing for next – Don Walls year, though.” Race course was awesome! Paddlers paddled a course representing deep water, shallows, upstream and portages. Thanks to Mandy and Matt Streib for their huge efforts to put together, manage and promote the Nationals. The starts and timing were good. It was great to have the awards so quickly after the conclusion of the last race. The online registration was well worth the expense! It would be awesome to have single starts for C1 and C2 Men. – Lynne Witte Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

The Bill Klebe Award for Good Sportsmanship

The Bill Klebe Award for Good Sportsmanship: to Tom Thomas

racers to see. He had to have spent over two hours doing this, and I am sure he saved several boats and occupants from damage and spoiled races.” The Selection Committee approved the recommendation without hesitation. And the conferment was endorsed Eligibility: independently after the event in a letter Any USCA member who has shown outto Canoe News from Mike Herbert, who standing sportsmanship during the week of had not been present when the award the USCA Nationals is eligible to receive was announced on the last day of the this award. The award can be given to races: any competitor or non-competitor of the Hello, I am writing about the 2008 events. USCA Nationals. I just wanted to Selection Committee: thank publicly Tom Thomas from Executive Committee, Executive Director, Indiana. A couple days before the long Representative from the St Charles Canoe races started, he scouted out the course and on the lake portion there were some Club, St Charles, IL This year, Bob Allen submitted the fol- big stumps just under the water’s surface in the direct racing line, that you could lowing nomination before the Awards not see until you hit them. He spent ceremony on Sunday: time to mark them with flags to show I would like to put Tom Thomas in where they were at – and there were a for the Bill Klebe Good Sportsmanlot of them. ship Award for his concern about boats Every time we raced by them, I was very getting wrecked on the stumps in the grateful to miss these hazards for they above-the-portage section of the marathon race course. He obtained red flags would have caused a significant amount of damage to many people’s boats.” and pins. He hammered them into – Mike Herbert, Rogers, Arkansas the tops of the offending stumps for all

Tom Thomas, here with the trophy for winning the C1 Man Veteran 1 race. On his right is Bob Allen, who nominated Tom for the Good Sportsmanship Award (and who came 2nd in the race), and on his left, Ed Sayre, who came 3rd. See page 58 for these race results.



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Patrick Sawyer, 1968-2008

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ted Beatty atrick Sawyer died on July 21, 2008 from injuries sustained in a hit and run accident while he was riding his bicycle. Pat is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his four children: Daniel, Joseph, Thomas, and Laura. His obituary in the local South Bend Tribune, written by those who knew him best, reads: “Only days ago Pat was here with us, handsome and strong, living a full life devoted to his family and his dreams. He was just weeks away from completing his nursing degree in the accelerated nursing program at Indiana University South Bend. He had just participated in the US National Marathon Kayak team trials. He was training with his oldest son Danny for an upcoming youth triathlon. “He has been an endearing uncle and father-figure to nieces and nephews, a respected brother, a loyal son, a trusted friend, an involved and extraordinary father to his four children, and a dedicated and loving best friend and husband to his wife, Nancy. “Pat was loaded with vitality and brought honesty, hard work, compassion, and care to whatever he was doing. He was a well-known kayak competitor and promoter of the sport. He competed in the US National Marathon Kayak trials twice. He raced in two of the three Triple Crown events of marathon canoe and kayak racing. “In 2002 Patrick drew the region’s attention to river ecology by embarking on a solo journey, River Quest, along the full length of the St Joseph River, starting in his kayak at the river’s origin at Lake Baw Beese in Hillsdale County, Michigan, and over the next four days paddling the 210-miles to the other end of the river at Lake Michigan. Patrick was a founder of Paddlefest, an annual kayak and canoe festival centered on the St Joseph River

Patrick Sawyer, 1968-2008

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June 9, 2002: Pat Sawyer in a USCA C1 racing to place third behind Calvin Hassel & Matt Streib at the first Paddlefest, of which Pat was a founder and first race director. that draws paddlers from around the country. “A testament to his nurturing character, he shared his love of the sport by introducing it to others and by investing his time and talent in patiently instructing and cheering on others— unique for a competitor at his level. “Patrick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, the youngest of eleven children. He served honorably in the Army and was stationed in Korea. Before entering nursing school he was a master craftsman, as a mason. His work in that craft stands at the University of Notre Dame and other sites in the area.” The obituary only begins to touch the central elements of Pat’s life. Two days after his funeral, over 300 people gathered for a bike ride in his memory, and to make a public statement for safer streets. Pat’s great passion of course, was paddling. When Pat spoke of paddling, and of how it came into his life, it was clear that he saw it as a gift. He spoke often of how it enriched his life immeasurably, had broadened his horizons, had challenged him and allowed him to challenge himself. But Pat’s sense of this gift was tied intimately to the people who gave it to him – paddlers in Indiana and beyond who reached out, who took time to teach him and paddle with him.

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August 2006, Pat in Glacier National Park with his nephew, Ted Meck, after “swimming” in the icy, icy water.

And it was very much part of Pat’s ethos that he worked selflessly to pass it on. This was an essential part of Pat’s life: to give as much, and when possible, much more than he received. I came to realize only slowly, for instance, that Pat sacrificed his own training for the better part of a year to bring a number of us into this sport – to share his love for the river; to share the work and the challenge and the beauty of boat and water together. Whatever Pat did – paddle, swim, bicycle, study, work, parent, try to whip Top photo copyright © 2002 by Rich Hodgkins Lower photo copyright © 2006 by Nancy Sawyer


USCA’s 2008 National Canoe & Kayak Championships were dedicated to the memory of Pat Sawyer

Friday, August 12, 2005: Pat on the Allegheny River in Warren, PA, on his way to winning the USCA National Championship title for Downriver Kayak.

June 2007, Paddlefest, portaging.

June 2008, Paddlefest, right after portaging.

his aging friends into some semblance of racing shape – he did with a deep and inevitable intensity. This was not an intensity simply built on the desire to be the best and to win (though he did not lose often, and took home a fair number of race trophies and national championships), and it was certainly not an arrogant intensity. Just the opposite: it was an intensity built on the humble belief of how he should live his life: giving everything he could to those around him, getting the most out of whatever abilities he was born with, embracing each opportunity he chose to pursue with a passion. Many of us have stories about Pat’s intensity and passion. I spent many hundreds of hours paddling with him – or, I should say, behind him, struggling to

keep pace, and of course not talking (“If you can talk,” he’d say, “you’re not paddling hard enough.”) Many of us of have done the same—paddled in his wake—but we were never left alone. This too was part of his ethos: to stay with us—coaching, yelling, encouraging, and just modeling—but never pulling away. I never have figured out how he knew exactly the pace that would leave me exhausted and panting but still right on his tail. That was Pat through and through: deep connections, selflessly generous, and seriously intense. He is greatly missed by his many family and friends. Ted Beatty teaches at the University of Notre Dame on the banks of the St. Joseph River and spends as much time as possible paddling where and how Pat led..

Top left photo copyright © 2005 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Other photos copyright © 2005, 2007, 2008 by Nancy Sawyer

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Graduation: May 2008, Pat participated this past May in full gown, although technically he wasn’t done until this August. He participated in the ceremony so his kids could see all the hard work he had done culminating in graduation. St. Joseph River, South Bend, probably 2005, just out for a training paddle. (Come back, Patrick!!!)

Please visit Pat’s memorial web site:

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A Talent for Being Unsensible: Remembering Pat Sawyer

A Talent for Being Unsensible

Remembering Pat Sawyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Janet Perry hat I’ll remember best about Patrick is his courage, or what Kevin LeRoy calls “being unsensible”. Patrick would just do things. It didn’t matter if he had no experience in what he tried. He didn’t hear those voices inside his head telling him that he couldn’t. He could. He did. Patrick lived his life as an object lesson — do what you love, do it as well as you can, and share it. Do not be concerned about what you might get out of it. That will take care of itself. Any Midwest kayaker knows Patrick. Pat spoke to each of them at races about how great they did, or how great they were going to do – no matter how new they were to the sport or what kind of tub they paddled. Moreover, just in case they were still worried, he’d tell them he was undertrained, overmatched, and would suffer dearly. They’ll remember Patrick forever for this kind attention – and the extremely brief, bright hope that they might actually beat this nice guy in his fast-looking kayak. (It was a hope, I hear, that lasted from the time Pat spoke to them to approximately the first stroke off the start.) What is a surprise to most of these kayakers is that Pat started out in a canoe. Personally, I think Pat left canoeing in order to stop pestering poor Bill Kanost. The way I heard it, Pat got a C1, a nice one, but not the latest model, then showed up at a race looking all shiny new and easy to shellac. Bill seemed an easy fellow to talk to, so Pat asked him what to expect on the course — letting Bill know, with these rookie questions, that Pat was a newbie. Then Pat beat Bill in the race. Pat shook Bill’s hand afterwards, and thanked him for the race. Then Pat asked Bill for advice, “You know, I didn’t feel like I did all that well on the buoy turns — how do you turn that C1 so well?” Bill’s jaw dropped, and in spite of his own good nature and Pat’s obvious innocence, he said, “You just BEAT me! You think

Patrick at Paddlefest 2006 after paddling and winning the Fun Race with son Tommy and daughter Laura.

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I’m gonna give you more advice?” Bill stomped off. Pat laughed and persisted, having taken it all as a joke. Bill eventually relented and explained how to force trim forward and lean while using your sweep stroke as you accelerate through the turn. Naturally, Pat thanked Bill for the advice, did better on his buoy turns in future races, and caused Bill some consternation even while Bill was cheering Pat on. When he won too many of those, he switched over to ICF kayak...firmly believing that being best meant trying even harder against a more difficult field of competition. At least, that was Pat’s explanation to the world. Personally, I think it was to stop torturing Bill so as to torture people who really deserve it — kayak racers. I told Pat the story from Bill, to cheer him up one fine day, as a joke. But, Pat didn’t catch on to the idea that in order for someone to win a race, there are usually quite a few people who lose. And, some of those might not be too pleased about being beaten by someone they think is a rookie. “You mean, Bill was mad at me for that?” Pat looked at me like I’m nuts. “But Bill’s a really good guy!!” he exclaimed. “No question,” I replied. “Should I let him win, then?” “What? And, spoil everyone’s fun? No way! But maybe you should ask for all the

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advice before you beat people who give it. Then, they’ll have no idea they polished you up just enough to beat them.” At that theory, Pat finally laughed. But he never liked it that Bill might be even mildly resentful of losing to Pat for even a nanosecond. I have no proof that Pat switched to kayaking because he felt deeply sorry that he’d ever tortured Bill. All I know is, Bill’s a sweet, helpful guy who says his best paddling partner is his wife Deb. He’s also quite fast. So, Pat being Pat, it would be logical for him to try to torment world-class ICF kayakers like Matt Streib, Kiril Florov and Mike Herbert (whenever Mike Herbert would wander into the Midwest and shine on it with his sunny disposition). Moreover, it makes even more sense that guys who’ve been racing since they wore diapers would give Pat a lesson in how to really torment one’s competition. That’s the only reason that Matt would have tortured Pat the way he did at Classique two or three years ago. You can all argue with me about the facts, but I was bank-chasing a couple of boats, and I saw Pat at every portage. I know. During every run, Pat’s face was purple and twisted with agony, he was sucking air, and all his food was in his throat. Since Matt had put Pat on the bow, it looked like Pat was being pushed up and down hills, like a toddler running on feet going too fast for his body, Matt “encouraging” him to go a little faster. As much as we felt sorry for Pat, we lied Photo copyright © 2006 by Nancy Sawyer


Remembering Pat Sawyer

to him, “You’re looking great! Good job on that portage! Just a little to go, now!” On the way to the next pit, we’d say to each other, “He looks like he’s going to puke! I hope he doesn’t collapse! Will he finish?” I don’t want to know if Pat puked. He didn’t collapse, though, he did finish, and he and Matt finished very well. Like every other massive effort requiring the tiniest grain of madness for it to get done, Pat was ready for this achievement. His insensibility, his madness — his courage — pulled him out of his comfort zone and into a place he never thought he’d see. But he did see it. For that, I’m profoundly glad. At the recent USACK Marathon Trials in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Pat unfurled himself from Sonja and Guy’s car after a marathon drive, including a mess of studying for his last two months of nursing school. He looked tired. I told him I was surprised to see him at the Trials, but that it was great he could do them. As usual, he regretted how much training he didn’t have, that he wasn’t sure about his kayak, and that he probably should not have come for all the good it would do. I told him the Classique story of his racing with Matt. Pat replied, “Oh, that! I never should have done that race with Matt! It was a lesson about racing too far above your ability.” “But you tried to do it,” I argued amiably, “and wasn’t it the best feeling to be up there with all those guys in the top five teams?” He grinned widely, irrepressibly, and replied a little sheepishly, “Yeah. It sure was.” I credit Pat’s enjoyment of this talent for being unsensible to the people closest to him. Nancy must really love him and he her, for such lunatic freedom to have been nurtured, loved and appreciated for its gifts. Pat was truly grateful for it, too. He never acted like it was his inalienable right to go for his dreams. He knew that it was love that allowed him to chase the next adventure. The Sawyer kids must be an inspiration, also. Who but childlike people are capable of heedlessly jumping in with both feet and having full faith that, not only will it all be OK, but other people can join the fun as well!?

Knowing Pat, he saw this mad joy in each of his active little folk, and this encouraged him to be an example of courage for them the rest of their lives – even after they are “too grown up”. All we paddlers were lucky for the gift of Pat’s life in ours. Not merely for his and our amusement when he plunged into the competitive paddling life, but for his grown up side, too. He was committed to his responsibilities towards his family, courteous also. He was always admirably careful about planning the execution of his dreams and in how he would be participating in the paddling community...as a whole beast. We’ll all forget things about Pat. We friends must forgive ourselves for losing these small treasures – the sound of his voice, how he’d hold his paddle, his expressions. For those even closer to him, the thousand sweet intimacies shared with anyone we love and trust utterly – all these may go quietly without even the simple courtesy of a light kiss or a wave goodbye. His courage though, that “talent for being unsensible”, that will live with all of us in our hearts, for ever. Thanks, Nancy and all the Sawyers for letting Patrick play with us. Thanks, Pat for being one of the best pals ever.

Janet Perry was asked by Nancy Sawyer to write about the loss of Patrick and get it published in as many places as possible so that everyone knows and feels what a great man has left us, what a fine, loving, and wonderful person is gone, and what great luck we all had in knowing him... in the hopes that people will do their best to find ways to be as generous as Patrick and carry on what he was doing as he would want it done.

The Patrick Sawyer Family Fund Many of Patrick’s paddling and cycling friends have been helping Pat’s family, who are in need. If you would like to make a donation, or a further donation, please send your check to: “Benefit For Patrick Sawyer” Key Bank 202 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN 46601

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Index to Nationals Results

USCA Nationals Results & Reports Where to find ’em: BIATHLON & ORIENTEERING: Canoe Orienteering . . . . . . . . . . . 20-23 National Run Paddle Biathlon . . . 24-27 SPRINTS: Adult Sprints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-17 Adult/Youth Sprints . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 Youth Sprints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-33 MARATHON: Barton Challenge Cup / C1 Jr 62, 64, 66 Barton Challenge Cup / K1 Jr . . . 65-66 C1 Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52-59 C1 Stock Man, C1 Stock Woman . . . 60 C1 Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 C1 Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 C2 Adult/Junior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-51 C2 Adult/Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-49 C2 Men (incl. Junior) . . . . . . . . . 36-42 C2 Mixed (incl. Junior) . . . . . . . . 46-47 C2 Standard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 C2 Stock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 C2 Women (incl. Junior) . . . . . . . 44-45 K1 Downriver Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 K1 Downriver Woman . . . . . . . . . . . 72 K1-ICF Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70-71 K1-ICF Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70-71 K1 Sea Kayak Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 K1 Sea Kayak Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 K1 Touring Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 K1 Touring Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 K1 Unlimited Man . . . . . . . . . . . 68-69 K1 Unlimited Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 K2 Unlimited Men, Women . . . . . . . 67 POINTS & AWARDS States Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Paddler of the Year Award . . . . . . . . . . 76 Youth Division Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Youth Encouragement Award . . . . 77-78 Bill Klebe Good Sportsmanship Award . . 9

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Adult Sprint Championships­— USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Tuesday, August 5, 2008

USCA Adult Sprints Championships 2008

C1 Woman (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 2 Joanna Faloon (ON), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:13 2 4 Meghan McDonough (IN), 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:23 3 3 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:29 4 1 Dawn McCracken (PA), 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:12 C1 Woman Master 1 1 Pam Fitzgerald (NY), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:20 C1 Woman Senior - no participants C1 Woman Veteran 1 1 Priscilla Reinertsen (NH), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:43 C1 Man 1 5 Calvin Hassel (NE), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 4 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 1 Ben Josefik (IL), 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2 Aaron Vidusek (IL), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Left to right: Griffin Williams (2nd), Aaron Vidusek (5th), Josh Quintel (3rd), and Calvin Hassel (1st) in the C1 Man sprint race.

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Sprint (Team) Report 2008

. . Bill Corrigan – USCA Sprint Chairman he USCA National Sprint races were held at Ideal Beach in Elkhart, Indiana. Tuesday was cloudy and over cast but there was no rain for the Adult Sprints this year. We started thirty classes; I think there were 25 starts due to starting some small classes together. Everyone seemed to have a good time. We finished the races a little early. Youth Sprints on Thursday were great, in spite of the wind. We started seventeen classes at Youth Sprints this year. All of this success is due to the hard work of the USCA and Bristol volunteers. From Mandy Streib and her volunteers doing registration, to Ron Kaiser, Jerry Patton, and Tim Frantz tracking and passing out boat numbers, Norm Ludwig firing the starting gun, to the race timers, and to Priscilla Reinertsen passing out the awards. All of the volunteers deserve our thanks. Now for what went wrong at the Sprints: One of the printing stopwatches misprinted on Tuesday, one time. On Thursday a C1 turned over and there was no safety boat to the rescue; this will be fixed for next year. Yes, the course was not 500 meters but everyone raced the same course. Once again, thanks to all the volunteers for making the Sprints a success.

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Left to right: Ben Josefik (4th C1 Man), Mark Wendolowski (1st C1 Unlimited [C1U] Man), and Bobby Galbraith (2nd C1U Man).

Pam Fitzgerald, C1 Woman Master champion - and 2nd C1 Woman overall, beaten only by Joanna Faloon, a senior racing Open.

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Adult Sprint Championships­— USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

Jim Dipelesi on his way to the C1 Man Senior title,with Larry Frederick (5th) in the background. Below: Joanna Faloon, C1 Woman Open champion, leading Pam Fitzgerald, C1 Woman Master champ.

Above: Tom Thomas, who edged Tom Ostrowski (below) for the C1 Man Veteran title. Roland Muhlen, below, came 5th.

C1 Man Master (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 2 Russ Reker (MI), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:01 2 4 John Edwards (FL), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:02 3 5 Don Walls (AR), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:12 4 3 Mike Bradford (MI), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:13 5 1 Paul Kane (MI), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:14 6 6 Shawn Burke (MA), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21

C1 Man Senior 1 8 James Dipelesi (NY), 57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 Ted Cramer (IA), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 5 Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 3 Tom Walton (NH), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1 Larry Frederick (FL), 58 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 7 Doug Pennington (MD), 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 10 David Landenwitch (KY), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 Jim Short (MO), 58 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 9 Jack Wait (IN), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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C1 Man Veteran 1 12 Tom Thomas (IN), 63 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:08 2 4 Tom Ostrowski (MA), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:09 3 5 Charlie Bruno (PA), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:10 4 2 LaVerne Young (FL), 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:11 5 9 Roland Muhlen (OH), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:13 6 7 Robert Allen (MA), 64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:14 7 11 Glen Vandewinckel (NY), 71 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:15 8 8 Bob Bradford (MI), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:16 9 3 Dale Newton (MI), 75 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21 10 6 Larry Liquori (NY), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:22 11 13 Fred Zeien (IL), 73 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:23 12 1 Don Browning (IL), 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:42 13 10 Philip Cole (NH), 89 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:47 Special Recognition: LaVerne Young, first Grand Veteran. Phil Cole was first Grandmaster Veteran! C1 Unlimited Woman - Demo - no participants C1 Unlimited Man - Demo 1 1 Mark Wendolowski (MA), 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:16 2 2 Robert Galbraith (VA), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:39

Above: LaVerne Young (4th) and Bob Allen (6th) in C1 Man Veteran and, below: Phil Cole, first Grand Veteran.

Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

Jim Short and David Landenwitch share a laugh at the finish of the C1 Man Senior race.

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Adult Sprint Championships­— USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C2 Women (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 1 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 / Joanna Faloon (ON), 53 . . . . . . 2:06 C2 Women Master 1 1 Priscilla Reinertsen (NH), 65 / Pam Fitzgerald (NY), 47 . . . . 2:13 C2 Women Veteran - no participants C2 Men On the right, Josh Quintel (bow) & 1 5 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 / Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . . . . . . 1:51 Griffin Williams on their way to beating 2 6 John Edwards (FL), 59 / Calvin Hassel (NE), 44 . . . . . . . . . . 1:53 Calvin Hassel (bow) & John Edwards for the C2 Men Sprint championship title. 3 3 Tomáš Kratka (IL), 14 / Martin Kratka (IL), 11 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:39 4 4 Jack Wait (IN), 55 / Alex Wait (MI), 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:10 C2 Men Master 1 2 Russ Reker (MI), 44 / Mike Bradford (MI), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . 1:57 2 4 David Landenwitch (KY), 55 / Brian Benson (IN), 43 . . . . . . 2:16 3 3 Brent Ernsberger (IN), 44 / Guy Gilman (IN), 52 . . . . . . . . . 2:27 C2 Men Senior 1 1 Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 / Ted Cramer (IA), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . 1:57 Russ Reker (bow) & Mike Bradford on 2 4 James Dipelesi (NY), 57 / Larry Frederick (FL), 58 . . . . . . . . 1:58 thier way to winning the C2 Men Mas3 6 Doug Pennington (MO), 50 / Jim Short (MO), 58 . . . . . . . . 2:01 ter division race. 4 2 Philip Cole (NH), 89 / Tom Walton (NH), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:10 5 5 Jack Wait (IN), 55 / Larry Liquori (NY), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:15 C2 Men Veteran 1 2 Robert Allen (MA), 64 / Tom Ostrowski (MA), 65 . . . . . . . . 1:59 2 5 Tom Thomas (IN), 63 / Charlie Bruno (PA), 61 . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 3 3 Roland Muhlen (OH), 65 / Bob Bradford (MI), 65 . . . . . . . . 2:01 4 1 Dale Newton (MI), 75 / LaVerne Young (FL), 72 . . . . . . . . . 2:09 5 4 Glen Vandewinckel (NY), 71 / Fred Zeien (IL), 73 . . . . . . . . 2:12 Special Recognition Dale Newton and LaVerne Young, first Grand Veteran Above: David Landenwitch (bow) C2 Mixed & Brian Benson - see story, this page. 1 3 Brian Benson (IN), 43 / Devann Benson (IN), 16 . . . . . . . . . 2:16 Below: Tom Ostrowski (bow) & Bob 2 4 Meghan McDonough (IN), 31 / David Landenwitch (KY), 55 2:17 Allen, C2 Men Veteran champions. 3 2 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 / Ted Cramer (IA), 54 . . . . . . . . . 2:22 4 1 Mark Wendolowski (MA), 33 / Alicia Wendolowski (MA), 32 . 2:26 C2 Mixed Master 1 4 John Edwards (FL), 59 / Joanna Faloon (ON), 53 . . . . . . . . . 1:58 2 3 James Dipelesi (NY), 57 / Pam Fitzgerald (NY), 47 . . . . . . . . 2:06 3 5 Priscilla Reinertsen (NH), 65 / Bob Bradford (MI), 65 . . . . . 2:10 4 1 Jim Short (MO), 58 / Donna Short (MO), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:24 Special Recognition: John Edwards and Joanna Faloon, first 50+ [*Editor’s note: As any good reporter would,

First Time at the Sprints. . . . . . . . Brian Benson

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e registered online, so all we had to worry about on race day was getting to the race on time. As we live close to Elkhart, we drove up Tuesday morning. This being our first sprint competition, we were unsure of what to expect. I

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was a bit nervous. Just ask my partner David Landenwitch: we almost turned our event into a paddle/swim biathlon. No comments from the Indiana twins* please (Skeet and Pont). Anyway, the day got better as the nerves settled down. My daughter, Devann and I had two sprints, nearly back to back, and we did well in both. It was a fun experience and we would do it again.

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I immediately called the “twins” for comment. Terry Pontius was cagey (or kind) – “nothing of any monumental notice” – but Skeet Craig, he opened right up, laughing and laughing. “I didn’t know we was gettin’ to him with all that teasin’!” said Skeet. “Brian was between me and Terry in this one C1 race – right behind me. He got caught by a wave and flipped. I didn’t see what happened, but we kidded him after, and in other races too, about how he’d do a whole lot better if he kept his boat upright. We told him he stood just no chance of winning his race under water!”] Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


Adult Sprint Championships­— USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

K1 Woman (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 5 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:53 2 2 Meghan McDonough (IN), 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:55 3 3 Alicia Wendolowski (MA), 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:13 4 1 Dawn McCracken (PA), 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:35

Nathalie Hanson staying just ahead of Megan McDonough to clinch the K1 Woman sprint title by two seconds.

K1 Woman Senior 1 1 Wendy Brinson (IN), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:25 K1 Woman Master 1 2 Sonja Gilman (IN), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:06 2 1 Ann DeBrouwer (ON), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19 K1 Woman Veteran - no participants

Above: Griffin Williams, K1 Man Sprint champion (Javier Comelli following). Below: John Edwards (bow) & Joanna Faloon, C2 Mixed Master winners.

Above: Ron Kaiser on his way to the K1 Man Master title, Paul Kane behind him. Below: Jim Goochee, K1 Man Sr champ.

Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

K1 Man 1 4 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 8 Austin Schwinn (IN), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 Mark Wendolowski (MA), 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 9 Javier Comelli (GA), 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1 Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Tomáš Kratka (IL), 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5 Martin Kratka (IL), 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3 Vaughn Taylor (MI), 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2 Oliver Taylor (MI), 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1:40 1:46 1:47 1:48 1:57 2:21 2:39 3:05 3:50

K1 Man Master 1 3 Ron Kaiser (PA), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 Brent Ernsberger (IN), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1 Paul Kane (MI), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 5 Milan Kratka (IL), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1:46 1:54 1:55 2:13

K1 Man Senior 1 4 Jim Goochee (PA), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 5 Jacob Rabatin (OH), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 Guy Gilman (IN), 52 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 1 Robert Galbraith (VA), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2:04 2:05 2:06 2:26

K1 Man Veteran 1 4 Bob Dean (ME), 71 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1 Jerry Patton (PA), 69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 Doug Keiper (FL), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2 John Hart (IN), 66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special Recognition: Bob Dean, first Grand Veteran

2:01 2:11 2:14 2:26

Left: Bob Dean ahead of Jerry Patton, 1st and 2nd K1 Man Veteran, with (right) Doug Keiper coming in 3rd.

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Adult/Youth Sprint Championships­— USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

Left photo: Lindsey Stone (bow) & Priscilla Reinertsen, 2 seconds ahead of Zane (bow) & Alicia Wendolowski in C2 Woman/Fledgling 1, with Oliver (bow) & Mark Taylor (also shown in photo to right). Ashley & David Diget (not shown) won the C2 Man/Fledgling division.

Heads Up, Warren!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

USCA Adult/Youth Sprint Championships 2008

— the Saygers are Coming, the Saygers are Coming!

C2 Woman/Fledgling I (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 2 Priscilla Reinertsen (NH), 65 / Lindsey Stone (MI), 7 . . . . . . 2:42 2 1 Alicia Wendolowski (MA), 32 / Zane Wendolowski (MA), 8 . 2:44 C2 Man/Fledgling I 1 2 Ashley Diget (MI), 6 / David Diget (MI), 69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:31 2 1 Oliver Taylor (MI), 7 / Mark Taylor (MI), 41 . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:53 C2 Woman/Fledgling II 1 1 Pam Fitzgerald (NY), 47 / Briana Fitzgerald (NY), 8 . . . . . . . 2:34 C2 Man/Fledgling II 1 3 Calvin Hassel (NE), 44 / Shannon Hassel (NE), 9 . . . . . . . . . 2:14 2 2 Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 / JD Jones (MO), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19 3 5 Vaughn Taylor (MI), 9 / LaVerne Young (FL), 72 . . . . . . . . . 2:20 4 1 Don Walls (AR), 45 / Joshua Sayger (AR), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:23 5 8 Glen Vandewinckel (NY), 71 / Annie Ripton (NY), 9 . . . . . . 2:24 6 7 Mark Wendolowski (MA), 33 / Juletha Wendolowski (MA), 10 2:35 7 6 Roger Clark (MI), 56 / Austin Clark (MI), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:36 8 4 Brennan Stone (MI), 10 / John Stone (MI), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:41 C2 Woman/Bantam 1 1 Sosha Jones (MO), 13 / Donna Short (MO), 55 . . . . . . . . . . 2:33

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Walls In the sprints I got a chance to paddle with all of the Sayger kids that came to Nationals: Thomas, Josh, and Mark. That, of course, was quite a treat but also a little challenging, racing to shore to get the next one in the boat for the next race. Rumor is that in 2009 they will be bringing the entire family – nine kids! I may need to recruit some help.

Above: Briana (bow) & Pam Fitzgerald ahead of Juletha (bow) & Mark Wendolowski (not shown).

Left: Shannon (bow) & Calvin Hassel paddle to victory in C2 Man/Fledgling II over JD Jones (bow) & Gareth Stevens. Right: Vaughan Taylor (bow) & LaVerne Young lead Annie Ripton (bow) & Glen Vandewinckel for 3rd & 5th places respectively.

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Mark Sayger (bow) & Don Walls in C2 Man/Bantam: heading for victory.

Jackie Stone (bow) with her father, John Stone, warming down after competing in the C2 Man/Bantam sprint race. See Jackie’s account of her week on page 28.

C2 Man/Bantam (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 7 Don Walls (AR), 45 / Mark Sayger (AR), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:11 2 6 Milan Kratka (IL), 43 / Martin Kratka (IL), 11 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:27 3 1 Eric Lindstrom (IL), 13 / Donald Lindstrom (IL), 50 . . . . . . 2:29 4 3 John Stone (MI), 45 / Jaclyn Stone (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:38 C2 Woman/Juvenile - no participants Fathers and sons: Above, Milan (stern) & Martin Kratka; below top, Donald (stern) & Eric Lindstrom (with Sosha Jones, stern, & Donna Short behind them); and below bottom, Calvin (stern) & Levi Hassel.

C2 Man/Juvenile 1 3 Calvin Hassel (NE), 44 / Levi Hassel (NE), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . 2 5 Justin Reker (MI), 13 / Russ Reker (MI), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2 Ryan Bennett (MI), 13 / Mike Bradford (MI), 43 . . . . . . . . . 4 6 Milan Kratka (IL), 43 / Tomáš Kratka (IL), 14 . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1 Don Browning (IL), 72 / Jeff Lindstrom (IL), 15 . . . . . . . . . . 6 4 Roger Clark (MI), 56 / Austin Clark (MI), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . .

2:04 2:05 2:10 2:25 2:26 2:35

C2 Woman/Junior 1 1 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 / Joanna Faloon (ON), 53 . . . . . . 2:03 C2 Man/Junior 1 6 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 / John Edwards (FL), 59 . . . . . . . . 2 3 Don Walls (AR), 45 / Thomas Sayger (AR), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2 Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 / Aaron Vidusek (IL), 17 . . . . . . . . . 4 5 Josh Quintel (MI), 17 / Tom Walton (NH), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1 Brian Benson (IN), 43 / Devann Benson (IN), 16 . . . . . . . . .

1:52 1:54 2:02 2:04 2:14

Brian Benson & daughter, Devann Benson (at age 16, already a thirteen year veteran in canoe racing!), winners of the C2 Mixed sprints, and 5th in C2 Man/Junior.

Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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Canoe Orienteering Championships­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Wednesday, Aug 6, 2008

Canoe-O on the St JOe

USCA Orienteering Championships 2008 C1 Woman - no participants

C1 Man (position, boat number, name(s), state or province, age, time) 1 1 Ray Thiel (CT), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:02:27 2 2 Robert Galbraith (VA), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:23:54 K1 Woman 1 3 Dawn McCracken (PA), 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:17:20 K1 Man 1 4 Mike Lesnik (MT), 66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0:56:05 2 5 Milan Kratka (IL), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0:58:44 C2 Women 1 6 Paula Waite (WI), 36 / Carol Johnson (WI), 39 . . . . . . . 1:01:56 2 7 Kathleen Archer (CT), 53 / Jennifer Dorl (CT), 41 . . . . . 1:10:38 C2 Men 1 9 Stephen Miller (MA), 43 / Seth Miller (MA), 42 . . . . . . . 0:54:39 2 8 Keith Durand (MA), 25 / Eric Correll (MA), 26 . . . . . . . 1:11:29 C2 Mixed 1 10 Ben Josefik (Il), 35 / Tammy Josefik (Il), 33 . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00:43 2 12 Shawn Burke (MA), 48 / Monica Schnitger (MA), 48 . . . 1:05:18 3 11 Doug Pennington (MO), 50 / Jennifer Pennington (MO), 20 1:10:36 C2 Woman/Youth - no participants C2 Man/Youth 1 14 Don Browning (IL), 72 / Jeff Lindstrom (IL), 15 . . . . . . . 1:10:12 2 13 Eric Lindstrom (IL), 13 / Donald Lindstrom (IL), 50 . . . 1:16:26 3 15 Vaughn Taylor (MI), 9 / Mark Taylor (MI), 41 . . . . . . . . 1:23:05 C2 Women Junior, C2 Men Junior- no participants K2 Women, K2 Men - no participants

Canoe-O regulars, Seth (bow) & Steve Miller, in their fourth Orienteering Championships. They finished this year as C2 Men champions with the overall fastest time.

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USCA Canoe Orienteering Championships 2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Miller he 2008 Canoe Orienteering event was held on the St Joseph River with both the start and finish at Hermance Park in Bristol. The weather was beautiful, as was the river. Canoe orienteering is different from other events at the USCA Nationals. In some ways, it mimics the way you might navigate on a wilderness canoe trip where you navigate from campsite to campsite using your map. While there are no campsites in canoe orienteering, you are given a map and you do use it to navigate. Just before starting, you receive your map and a small sheet of paper with numbered circles. The map highlights a number of locations that each competitor must visit. At each location, there is an orange and white marker and a punch with a unique pattern. The punch is used to mark your control card to prove that you visited the location. The person or team who visits the most control locations wins. In the event of a tie, the fastest time wins. It isn’t always the fastest paddlers who win. The key to winning a canoe orienteering event is choosing the best route. This year’s course was once again designed by Aims Coney, chair of the USCA Orienteering Competition Committee. Coney, a multi-time USCA National Champion himself, takes great pleasure in finding a venue which will challenge the competitors. He never disappoints. The course in Bristol required travel both upstream and downstream. It included island clusters and shallow water and a meandering stream near Hermance Park. There were plenty of opportunities for creative route selection. Since I was competing in the orienteering, I can’t really describe everyone’s experience. Instead, the viewpoint from our canoe will have to suffice. The teams started two minutes apart with some paddlers heading upstream and others heading downstream. Seth and I de-

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Kathleen Archer (bow) & Jennifer Dorl from Connecticut, in the C2 Women division.

Mike Lesnik, map between his teeth, preparing to put in the second fastest overall time and win the K1 Man title.

Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Map copyright © 2008 by Aims Coney

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Canoe Orienteering Championships­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

cided to start downstream. We reasoned that the long upstream paddle against a fairly strong current would be better if it were earlier when we were still fresh. We paddled directly to control 1, ducked under the tree it was attached to and headed for control 2. We quickly decided that the best approach would be “split and go”. Seth, who was in the bow, jumped out of the boat and ran to control 2. Meanwhile, I also jumped out of the boat and ran through the shallow channel between the islands with the canoe in tow. When Seth rejoined me, we started paddling again. At this point, we spotted Keith Durand and his teammate Eric Correll, who started two minutes before us. They were wading upstream through the shallow water while we were trying to paddle in the same water. We briefly considered wading ourselves, but Seth observed that even though the paddling was tough, we were going about the same speed as the other team. We continued paddling upstream punching controls along the way, though we decided to save control 5 for later. Approaching control 11, we spotted Shawn Burke and Monica Schnitger. We reached the control at about the same time and, once again, we decided to “split and go.” Again, I ran with the canoe through the channel and waited in the middle of the river for Seth to rejoin me. Monica and Shawn did the same. Next was Control 10, which was tied to a partially submerged tree. When we arrived, Ray Thiel was busy punching his control card, so I instructed Seth to jump out of the canoe and wade to the control. This way we wouldn’t have to wait for Ray to pull away. When the water went up past Seth’s waist, I knew we had made a bit of a mistake. He was going to have a hard time getting back in the canoe, especially if I didn’t get in the water, too. After a minor struggle, we both re-boarded the canoe and finished collecting the upstream controls. All that was left for us was to decide what to do about control 5. There were a couple of options we considered. One was to paddle to the control and then portage to the finish at Hermance Park. The

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Above: Missourians Jennifer Pennington and her father, Doug, study course maps before setting off to the first marker. Below: Milan Kratka of Illinois climbs into his kayak setting off to put in the third fastest time of the day

Below: Illinoisians Jeff Lindstrom (bow) and Don Browning, first placed C2 Man/ Youth — ahead of Jeff’s father and younger brother (Donald and Eric Lindstrom).

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other was to paddle to Hermance Park and have Seth run to the control and return to the finish. We decided to paddle to the control and it turned out to be the right move. The control wasn’t as far up the stream as the map showed, so we punched the control and quickly returned to the main river and paddled to the finish. Others who decided to run to control 5 encountered stinging nettles and came out of the woods complaining. I could relate, since I had had a similar experience with saw grass in Peshtigo, WI (site of the 2006 USCA Nationals). Throughout the race, we had no idea how we were doing against who we considered our primary competition – Mike Lesnick in his fast kayak and Tammy and Ben Josefik, who are experienced orienteers. They had started at different times and we never saw them until the finish. In the end, we finished with the fastest overall time – 54:09. We were relieved, since we had set that as our goal beforehand. Mike Lesnick was less than two minutes slower and won the K1 Men class. Tammy and Ben Josefik finished a little further back, winning the C2 Mixed class. Ray Thiel finished with an impressive time of 1:02:27, the best C1 Man time. My favorite part about any canoe orienteering event is seeing the teams, which include children. They always finish smiling – a testament to how fun canoe orienteering can be. If you’ve never done it before, I encourage you to give it a try. I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the people who made this event possible. First of all, Aims put in a large amount of time identifying a suitable location and developing the map and course. Thanks also go to Matt Streib, who set up the course the day before and, finally, special thanks go to Mandy Streib for running the event like an expert, even though she had never done one before. Reportedly, Aims is already working on the course for 2009 in Warren. It really is a fun event, so make your plans to participate next year.

Above: Dawn McCracken of Pennsylvania, first K1 Woman. Below: Michiganders Vaughn Taylor & his father, Mark Taylor – 3rd C2 Man/Youth.

Above: Wisconsin team Paula Waite & Carol Johnson (bow), seasoned adventure racers in their first USCA Nationals, paddling to 1st place C2 Women. Below: seasoned USCA Canoe-O mixed champions, Tammy & Ben Josefik, heading for another championship title.

Steve Miller is a three-time Canoe Orienteering champion. He competes with his brother Seth. Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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Wednesday, Aug 6, 2008

Phillip H Soule Run/Paddle Biathlon

2008 Phillip H Soule Run/Paddle Biathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Walton

Tom Walton, Biathlon race director.

The 2008 Philip H Soule Run/Paddle Biathlon featured superior talent, spirited competition, a challenging course, and a plethora of adoring fans. Fifty athletes, including twenty-four iron and twenty-six tin persons, ran and paddled around the Bristol, Indiana area, much to the delight of friends and supporters lining the St Joe River bank. Griff Williams, seventeen year old phenom from Kalamazoo, MI, was first finisher overall, with a time of 25:10. Other top ten finishers included Joanna Faloon (ON) & John Edwards (FL) 27:26, Ted Beatty (IN) 28:41, Tom Walton (NH) 29:15, Larry Frederick (FL) & Jim Dipelesi (NY) 29:20, Eric VanDis (MI) & Chris Tompkins (MI) 29:36, Jake Rabatin (OH) 29:50, Josh Quintel (MI) 30.21, and Steve Peterson (IN) 30:34. Complete results are as follows:

Iron Man Youth (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 495 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25:10 2 484 Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30:21 3 489 Jeff Lindstrom (IL), 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31:09 4 492 Luis Comelli (GA), 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35:11 5 497 Larson Robinson (OH), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41:04 Iron Man Open 1 875 Scott Dreamer (IN), 38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37:53 2 499 Matt Conrad (IN), 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39:19 3 870 Mike Herbert (AR), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19:45 . . . but Mike only did one paddling loop! Oops. Iron Man Master 1 874 Ted Beatty (IN), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28:41 2 874 Steve Peterson (IN), 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30:34 3 496 Lee Robinson (OH), 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30:40 4 881 Stephen Miller (MA), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31:36 5 494 Jeff Shenberger (PA), 46 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32:29 6 879 Seth Miller (MA), 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32:40 Iron Man Senior 1 880 Steve Rosenau (NC), 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26:20 2 500 Tom Walton (NH), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29:15 3 498 Jake Rabatin (OH), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29:50 4 871 Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31:27 5 883 LaVerne Young (FL), 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35:33 6 485 John Hart (IN), 66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46:34 Iron Woman Youth 1 493 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32:11

Above: Griff Williams, overall winner, and Mike Herbert. Below: Chris Tompkins, bow, & Eric VanDis, Tin Men Youth.

Above: Larry Liquori, bow, & Priscilla Reinertsen. Below: Ray Thiel, Tin Men Master winner (with Shawn Burke).

Iron Woman Open 1 882 Karen Levitt (IN), 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33:37 Iron Woman Master 1 480 Ann DeBrouwer (ON), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34:32 Iron Woman Senior 1 482 Paula Turk (IN), 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39:41 Canoe News 40/3窶認all 2008

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Phillip H Soule Run/Paddle Biathlon

Above: Start of the Biathlon. Below: Nathalie Hanson, Iron Woman Youth winner.

Above: Jeff Lindstrom, 3rd Iron Man Youth. Below: Ted Beatty, 1st Iron Man Master.

Above: Scott Dreamer, host volunteer and competitor: 1st Iron Man Open. Below: Tod Shafer, bow, & Don Browning, 2nd Tin Men Senior.

Larson Robinson, 5th (and the youngest, at 13) Iron Man Youth competitor. (Zane Wendolowski in the Jr/Sr division was the youngest overall at 8 years.)

Above: Ontarian Ann DeBrouwer. Below: Ohioan Jake Rabatin.

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Phillip H Soule Run/Paddle Biathlon Tom Walton leaving the water for the final sprint portage, followed by Jim Dipelesi & Larry Frederick (also shown at right).

Eric Lindstrom, his C1 aloft, exiting the water.

Above, Gareth Stevens and below, Karen Levitt, leaving the water for the final sprint to the finish line.

John Edwards cresting the bank, with his Tin Mixed partner, Joanna Faloon, on the final sprint portage.

Left: Luis Comelli with his K1 balanced on his shoulder, prepares for the final sprint. Right: Matt Conrad, hoisting, and Paula Turk paddling to shore.

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Phillip H Soule Run/Paddle Biathlon

Tin Men Youth (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 483 Eric VanDis (MI), 18 / Chris Tompkins (MI), 16 . . . . . . . . 29:36 Doug Keiper, K1 in Tin Women Youth 1 481 Sarah Tompkins (MI), 18 / Anna Tompkins (MI), 14 . . . . . 34:14 Jr/Sr 1 876 2 488 3 877 4 878

one hand, paddle in the other, ready to run.

Mark Wendolowski (MA), 33 / Juletha Wendolowski (MA), 10 30:35 Brent Ernsberger (IN), 44 / Tori Ernsberger (IN), 12 . . . . . . 32:16 Alicia Wendolowski (MA), 32 / Zane Wendolowski (MA), 8 33:09 Margie Stone (MI), 45 / Jackie Stone (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . 39:03

Tin Mixed Open 1 869 Dawn McCracken (PA), 25 / Doug Keiper (FL), 61 . . . . . . 39:42 Tin Men Master 1 490 Shawn Burke (MA), 48 / Ray Thiel (CT), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . 31:52 2 487 Bobby Galbraith (VA), 53 / Ron Kaiser (PA), 45 . . . . . . . . . 36:00 Tin Men Senior 1 491 Larry Frederick (FL), 58 / Jim Dipelesi (NY), 57 . . . . . . . . . 29:20 2 486 Don Browning (IL), 72 / Tod Shafer (IL), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . 33:52 Tin Mixed Senior 1 872 Joanna Faloon (ON), 53 / John Edwards (FL), 59 . . . . . . . . 27:26 2 479 Priscilla Reinertsen (NH), 65 / Larry Liquori (NY), 61 . . . . 32:03 Above: Chris Tompkins, full tilt with Erik VanDis on their sprint to the finish.

Jeff Shenberger (whose Indian name is Dances-With-Canoes) stepping out with his C1 in preparation for the final sprint portage home. Top and bottom photos copyright ツゥ 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Middle photo copyright ツゥ 2008 by Patrice Tompkins

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An Amazing, Busy Week for Jackie Stone at the Bristol Nationals

Paddle Like a Girl

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackie Stone got into paddling two years ago because my friend, Sarah Tompkins, was already a part of the Kalamazoo Canoe and Kayak Club (KCKC), and her younger sister, Anna Tompkins, asked me if I could join because she would need a partner. I didn’t say yes right away. I had to think about it a little bit. I joined, and went to Nationals in Pennsylvania last year. I had fun, so I figured, “Why don’t I do it again?” My experience at the Nationals this year was amazing. I met new people, like Larson Robinson, Austin Schwinn, and Chad and Owen Cannon. I also met up with old friends from the year before like the Saygers and Sosha Jones. I camped with my friends from KCKC, and had a great time. My family arrived at our campground the Monday before Adult/Youth sprint day. It was really late at night, and only one family from our club was there, and our friends the Lindstroms, who are from Illinois. It rained and there was a tornado warning just a few counties away, but we were fine. At the sprints the next morning, I raced with my dad, John Stone, in a 500 meter sprint. But he also raced with my brother, Brennan Stone, right before that, so he was exhausted. We came in fourth in our sprint. I was proud of him, because he has never raced before. On Wednesday I did the Biathlon with my mom, Margie Stone. She ran and I paddled. After the Biathlon, I was hanging out with my friends from the club, when my parents called me over to meet someone that I could paddle with in a sprint the next day, since I needed a partner. I walked over and shook hands with Larson Robinson, from Cincinnati, Ohio. I recognized him from the Biathlon. I had run into the back of him while we were paddling. Oops. At the Youth Sprints, I was the only one from my club racing Bantam, so I got

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ready while they all sat around waiting for their age groups. My first race was with Larson: it was a 250 meter C2 sprint. Our third place was pretty good, I think, considering that we had never raced together before. I was just glad that I had a partner. In the C1 250 meter Bantam, I line up against a lot of people, which freaked me out. The race was extremely close. I battled Mark Sayger for first place the whole race. I felt so relieved when I crossed the line before him. I wouldn’t have done so well though, if my friends and my own family hadn’t been supporting me. When I got out of my boat and walked over to them my dad said, “You just beat a bunch of boys.” I just smiled and said, “Paddle like a girl.” I had mostly been worried about Sosha Jones, who had almost beaten me in that same race last year. At the starting line, I looked for her so that I would know where she was during the race, but then Mark Sayger came out of nowhere and almost beat me. That race was my favorite out of them all. My next race (which I aged up for) was a C1 Juvenile 500 meter, against my good friend from KCKC, Anna Tompkins, and another girl. I came second, even though I was hoping to do better, but I was tired from my earlier sprint. Later on, I was scheduled to do a Juvenile girls C2 race with Anna, but we were the only ones in the age group, so they lined us up with the boys. We were confused about how they were going to do the awards: us with the boys, or separate? We raced as hard as we possibly could, and we beat every single boy out there. We were both ecstatic, but it turns out we would’ve gotten a first even if we had come in last. We just said, “We still beat them, so we earned it.” Then I did the 500 meter junior girls kayak sprint against my friends Nathalie Hanson, Sarah Tompkins, Anna Tompkins, Katie Warren, and my sister Lindsey Stone. I came in third in that race. I was just glad that I didn’t tip over. I was very proud of my sister. She is only 7, and she was racing against a bunch of teenagers.

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My last race was the Mixed C2 500 meter, which I did with Griffin Williams. We came in second, right behind Nathalie Hanson, and Erik VanDis, and barely in front of Anna Tompkins and Josh Quintel. That was a fun race, and I was so glad we came in second, because I raced my heart out. Sprint day is always my favorite day, but there was one thing I felt really bad about. That had to do with my very last race. Before the sprints, Thomas Sayger asked me if we were going to race together. I had told him yes, because I thought he meant another race later on. He was actually talking about the race that I was going to do with Griffin. So I had to tell him that I was already partnered up for that race, and I felt horrible. I tried to find someone from our club that didn’t have a partner yet, but everyone was all paired up. So I apologized to him again, but even now, I still feel really bad about it. All that remained of Nationals was my least favorite part, the marathons. On Friday we had the kayak marathon. That was the easiest and the most fun of all. During that race I went around an island in such shallow water that, at one point, I heard and felt my rudder grinding. I quickly jumped out of my boat and moved it around the island to deeper water. Otherwise, everything went smoothly, and I came in third place. Saturday was the C1 marathon. I was really worried about it because I had to portage a canoe by myself, but I managed to do pretty well. I was just glad that I finished. I wasn’t planning to do the C2 marathon on Sunday until my friend, Molly Griffith, decided she wanted to try it, even though she had never paddled before. She did so well. I just kept telling her how proud of her I was, and how amazing she did. That was Molly’s very first race, and it was 12 miles long! Nationals this year was so much fun. I can’t wait until next year to see all of my friends again, and to compete against some really good paddlers. I’m glad that the Tompkins got me involved in this sport, because I love it. Photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


Youth Sprints­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Thursday August 7, 2008

Oliver Taylor ahead of River McDuffie and Ashley Diget in C1 Fledgling I

USCA Youth Sprint Championships 2008 250 Meter Classes

C1 Fledgling I (position, name(s), state or province, age, time) 1 Oliver Taylor (MI), 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:07 2 River McDuffie (NC), 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:13 3 Ashley Diget (MI), 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:14 4 Cody Tarantino (MI), 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:21 5 Lindsey Stone (MI), 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:02 C1 Fledgling II 1 Owen Cannon (MI), 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1:22 2 Vaughn Taylor (MI), 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:26 3 Brennan Stone (MI), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:33 4 Gerrit Rummel (MI), 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:48 5 Joshua Sayger (AR), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:52 6 Briana Fitzgerald (NY), 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:02 7 Austin Clark (MI), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:04 8 JD Jones (MO), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:05 9 Annie Ripton (NY), 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:00 C1 Bantam 1 Jaclyn Stone (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:13 2 Mark Sayger (AR), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:14 3 Chad Cannon (MI), 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:18 4 Larson Robinson (OH), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:20 5 Sosha Jones (MO), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:21 6 Hallie Miller (MA), 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:39 7 Eric Manns (MN), 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:44 8 Caroline Miller (MA), 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:53

Vaughn Taylor, C1 Fledgling II. Jackie Stone and Mark Sayger neck and neck.

Brennan Stone, bow, & Austin Clark, C2 Fledgling II.

C2 Fledgling I 1 Ashley Diget (MI), 6 / Cody Tarantino (MI), 6 . . . . . 2:18 2 Lindsey Stone (MI), 7 / Oliver Taylor (MI), 7 . . . . . . 2:27 C2 Fledgling II 1 Brennan Stone (MI), 10 / Austin Clark (MI), 10 . . . . 1:23 2 Briana Fitzgerald (NY), 8 / Annie Ripton (NY), 9 . . . 1:33 3 JD Jones (MO), 10 / Joshua Sayger (AR), 10 . . . . . . . 1:34 4 Vaughn Taylor (MI), 9 / Gerrit Rummel (MI), 9 . . . . 1:41 5 Oliver Taylor (MI), 7 / Katherine Warren (MI), 10 . . 5:53 C2 Bantam 1 Sosha Jones (MO), 13 / Mark Sayger (AR), 13 . . . . . 1:07 2 Owen Cannon (MI), 9 / Chad Cannon (MI), 11 . . . .1:09 3 Larson Robinson (OH), 13 / Jaclyn Stone (MI), 13 . . 1:14 4 Caroline Miller (MA), 11 / Hallie Miller (MA), 12 . . 1:28 5 Eric Manns (MN), 12 / Vaughn Taylor (MI), 9 . . . . . 1:38 Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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Sosha Jones & Mark Sayger, C2 Bantam.

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Youth Sprints­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

500 Meter Classes

C1 Girl Juvenile (position, name, state or province, age, time) 1 Anna Tompkins (MI), 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:48 2 Jaclyn Stone (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:05 3 Addie Miller (MA), 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:14

Anna Tompkins, 1st C1 Girl Juvenile

C1 Boy Juvenile 1 Jeff Lindstrom (IL), 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:29 2 Justin Reker (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:50 3 James Warren (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:51 4 Ryan Bennett (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:04 5 Calvin Miller (MA), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:15 C1 Woman Junior 1 Sarah Tompkins (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30 2 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:34 3 Lilly Manns (MN), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:35 4 Katherin Donovan (NY), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:45 Jeff Lindstrom, 1st C1 Boy Juvenile

Addie Miller, 3rd C1 Girl Juvenile On the left, James Warren (boat #6) and behind him, on the right, Ryan Bennett.

Lilly Manns, 3rd C1 Woman Junior.

Sarah Tompkins (left) and Nathalie Hanson, with Katherin Donovan, far right.

Katherin Donovan, 4th C1 Woman Jr.

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Youth Sprints­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Aaron Vidusek, swimming after the C1 Man Junior start, as the other seven paddlers head for the finish line.

Erik VanDis, 5th C1 Man Junior.

Justin Reker & Ryan Bennett, C2 Boy Juvenile winners.

C1 Man Junior (position, name(s), state or province, age, time) 1 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:07 2 Dylan Freedman (NY), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:09 3 Thomas Sayger (AR), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:11 4 Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:12 5 Erik VanDis (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21 6 Chris Tompkins (MI), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:36 7 John Warren (MI), 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:49 8 Aaron Vidusek (IL), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:51 C2 Girl Juvenile 1 Jaclyn Stone (MI), 13 / Anna Tompkins (MI), 14 . . . 2:30 C2 Boy Juvenile 1 Justin Reker (MI), 13 / Ryan Bennett (MI), 13 . . . . . 2:31 2 Tomáš Kratka (IL), 14 / Martin Kratka (IL), 11 . . . . . 2:32 3 James Warren (MI), 13 / Larson Robinson (OH), 13 . 2:44 4 Calvin Miller (MA), 13 / Addie Miller (MA), 14 . . . . 5:01 Griffin Williams, 1st, Dylan Freedman, 2nd, and Thomas Sayger, 3rd in the C1 Boy Junior race.

Brothers Tomáš & Martin Kratka, 2nd C2 Boy Juvenile. C2 Girl Juvenile racers Anna Tompkins & Jackie Stone beat all four of the Boy Juvenile teams.

James Warren & Larson Robinson, 3rd C2 Boy Juvenile.

Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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Youth Sprints­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C2 Women Junior (place, names, state or province, age, time) 1 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 / Sarah Tompkins (MI), 18 2:13 2 Leandra Londo (MN), 17 / Lilly Manns (MN), 16 . . . 2:22

Jeff Lindstrom, bow, & Chris Tompkins. Arnau Real from Spain (in bow) & John Warren paddling C2 Men Junior.

C2 Men Junior 1 Aaron Vidusek (IL), 17 / Thomas Sayger (AR), 17 . . . . 1:56 2 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 / Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . 1:58 3 Chris Tompkins (MI), 16 / Jeff Lindstrom (IL), 14 . . . 2:17 4 John Warren (MI), 15 / Arnau Real (Spain), 16 . . . . . . 2:45 5 Erik VanDis (MI), 18 / Dylan Freedman (NY), 17 . . . 3:20 C2 Mixed Open 1 Erik VanDis (MI), 18 / Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 . . . 2:13 2 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 / Jaclyn Stone (MI), 13 . . . . 2:15 3 Anna Tompkins (MI), 14 / Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . 2:16 4 Sarah Tompkins (MI), 18 / Chris Tompkins (MI), 16 . 2:17 5 Katherin Donovan (NY), 16 / Dylan Freedman (NY), 17 2:18 6 John Warren (MI), 15 / Lilly Manns (MN), 16 . . . . . . 2:21 7 Thomas Sayger (AR), 17 / Sosha Jones (MO), 12 . . . . . 2:22 8 Austin Clark (MI), 10 / Ashley Diget (MI), 6 . . . . . . . 3:24 9 James Warren (MI), 13 / Leandra Londo (MN), 17 . . . 3:29

Anna Tompkins, bow, & Josh Quintel (who is glancing over at John Warren, bow, & Lilly Manns).

Thomas Sayger, bow, & Aaron Vidusek, beating the guys (Josh Quintel, bow, & Griff Williams) who beat John Edwards & Calvin Hassel on Tuesday . . . see page 16.

Dylan Freedman, bow, & Katherin Donovan.

The C2 Mixed sprint under way.

John Warren, bow, & Lilly Manns.

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Youth Sprints­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Sarah Tompkins, 2nd K1 Woman Junior.

Jackie Stone.

K1 Woman Junior (place, name, state or province, age, time) 1 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:05 2 Sarah Tompkins (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19 3 Jaclyn Stone (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30 4 Anna Tompkins (MI), 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:36 5 Katherine Warren (MI), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:39 6 Lindsey Stone (MI), 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:52 K1 Man Junior 1 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:46 2 Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:57 3 Erik VanDis (MI), 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:02 4 Chris Tompkins (MI), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:05 5 Tomáš Kratka (IL), 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2:36 6 Martin Kratka (IL), 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:38 7 Vaughn Taylor (MI), 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:54 8 Brennan Stone (MI), 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:57 9 Gerrit Rummel (MI), 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:26 10 Oliver Taylor (MI), 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:38 Nathalie Hanson: another feather in her cap as she wins the K1 Woman Junior sprint.

Lindsey Stone, youngest K1 Woman Junior.

Chris Tompkins: “I got so into finishing my race that I was not paying attention to my strokes and, just when I crossed the finish, I missed a stroke and fell in. Thankfully the water was refreshing and I did finish in style!”

K1 Man Junior sprint champion: Griffin Williams puts in a commanding performance to win the title.

Martin Kratka. Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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Forge Racing’s Experiences at Nationals

Forge Racing

were top shelf – I’ve never seen so many super-clean portapotties like were at the start. Hats off to Mandy and Matt and their small army!

For my take on the following races, see . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Gillespie the pages noted here: Editor’s note: Marc Gillespie has atC2 Mixed Open: see pages 46-47 tracted an interesting group of canoe C2 Men’s Open: see pages 38-39 racers who train together as “Forge RacC1 Men’s Open: see pages 52-53 ing”. You may have seen their t-shirts C1 Women: see page 61 this year at Nationals. I asked Marc to K1 Unlimited: see pages 68-69 write about the group, especially how things went at Nationals this year – not The C2 Women’s Race and an least in his own races. His response is Argument For Removing the 29contained both on this page and, where Year-Old Rule for Adult/Junior certain races are described in detail, toIn the C2 Women Open class (see pp 44gether with the results on the pages noted 45 for full results), Holly raced with her below. – Gareth Stevens 16 year old cousin, Katie Donovan, and orge Racing had six representatives they edged out Roxanne and Rebecca at this year’s USCA Nationals at Barton for 1st place. Katie and Holly Bristol, including Holly Reynolds, Matt raced a smart race. As Katie is a newRudnitsky, Jason Quagliata, Marc Gil- comer to the sport (only starting in early lespie and Juniors Katie Donovan and May), Holly coached her through the Dylan Freedman. race and only pushed it in key moments. It was a thrill to be able to communicate Before commenting on the races, let the fine strategy that is involved in racme start by saying we loved the course ing, and have it pay off in the end. Hats — it had it all, deep, shallow, portage, off to Katie for trusting in Holly. handling challenges, upstream. The four miles on the reservoir allowed for Katie comes from a small school in the a good warmup and generally separated Adirondacks, where she and her sister are the fields a little before the portage. two members of a four-girl track team, coached for the first time this year by KaThe portage was a perfect length with tie’s mom, Caren. Katie qualified for and several options to make it interesting and give the non-runners quick access to competed in the State High School track meet in the 400m hurdles and the triple the water. Heck, even home boy Matt jump. Her first canoe race was a sprint Streib couldn’t decide the best way to race at the General Clinton this year. go, doing it one way the first two days and a different way in the C1 race (poor The reason I mention this is that Holly Bill Torongo followed Matt on Sunday- and Katie would have preferred to at taking a route different than the one least have had the option to race Adult/ where he had stashed his drink bottle Junior this year due to Katie’s lack of – he was eventually reunited with his experience, but they didn’t have that drink). choice. Why? Because of an outdated Below the dam, the water levels favored and, in my opinion, discriminatory (or shallow-water paddlers – with good cur- at least unfair) rule that requires the “Adult” member of any Adult/Junior/ rent and lots of pop water and enough Youth team to be at least 29 years old. choices to make river reading skills

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valuable. The loop below the finish line was very challenging, especially that late in the race, and decided many of the races. The overall race organization was great, especially with the limited parking at the start. Even the sanitary provisions

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orge Racing is a collection of like minded canoe racers who believe that the proper combination of power, endurance and technique can be used to “Forge” individuals into the best paddlers they can be. With main headquarters in “The Forge” a gym in Marc Gillespie’s basement, there are offshoots springing up across the east, most notably the Berkshire division, the Susquehanna Valley “Forge to Go,” and the North Country Forge. – Marc Gillespie as is Holly and any number of individuals under age 29. Matt showed up this year with no mixed partner – willing but unable to race with a kid. Is this helping the sport develop? This rule needs to be revisited with the emphasis being to make it so that more kids can race – which would be helped by more eligible “Adults” being available.

Forge Racing’s Juniors Our Junior contingent, in addition to Katie, included Dylan Freedman a recent high school wrestler at 152lbs. After a successful season in which Dylan narrowly missed a chance to go to State in wrestling, he got in the boat for the first time ever on March 16 of this year. While I didn’t get a chance to see their races at Nationals, the results were pretty good for two first-year paddlers: C2 Mixed Junior - Dylan & Katie, 1st C2 Men Junior - Dylan and Erik*, 2nd C1 Woman Junior - Katie, 6th C1 Man Junior - Dylan, 2nd

*Erik VanDis, a member of the Kalamazoo Canoe & Kayak Club, from Michigan.

To repeat, hats off to Mandy and Matt and everyone who helped make this such a good Nationals.

Training Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gareth Stevens, Editor I want to remind folks that Marc Gillespie has put together a great set of three training videos which he has available on VHS or DVD (reviewed by by Al Limberg in Canoe News, August 2007. You can get them from J&J (see ad, p4) or direct from Marc, pdfmg@aol. com or (585) 732-1024. Photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


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for. So we got talking. Marc offered for me to come train at the Forge gym and after, go canoeing. Since then I have been hooked. We train almost every day with large emphases on technique, conditioning, and smooth talking.

. . . . . . . .Dylan Freedman his year I trained with two great coaches: Marc Gillespie and Holly Reynolds. I met Marc through the grapevine of wrestling. I would also see him cruising by BayCreek Paddling Center, a canoe and kayak dealer I worked

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Jason Quagliata heading for the K1U title.

Dylan Freedman & Katie Donovan.

[Editor’s note: Marc, I got a kick out of that last sentence Dylan wrote. I sure enjoyed your other DVDs, but you gotta send me that one on smooth talking now!]

Matt Rudnitsky, 7th C1 Man Open.

C-2 Stock (New class at Nationals) 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the 70 & 90 Great wilderness tripper

Holly Reynolds & Katie Donovan.

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Marathon: C2 Men Junior­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C2 Men Junior

C2 Men Junior (short course) – Sunday, August 10 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 W2 Griffin Williams (MI), 18 / Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . . . . 1:43:09 he close race up front might have been even closer if Thomas Sayger 2 W3 Erik VanDis (MI), 18 / Dylan Freedman (NY), 17 . . . . . 1:43:45 had not become ill and dropped out at 3 W8 Nicholas McGrory (MN), 14 / Ethan Evenson (MN), 17 1:55:37 the portage. A younger Sayger, Mark, 4 W1 Chris Tompkins (MI), 16 / Jeff Lindstrom (IL), 15 . . . . . 1:56:36 jumped in for the fun of the paddle, and 5 W6 Owen Cannon (MI), 9 / Chad Cannon (MI), 11 . . . . . . . 2:14:02 he and Aaron Vidusek finished the race. 6 W5 Aaron Vidusek (IL), 17 / Thomas Sayger (AR), 17 and (!) This unorthodox move was greeted by — Mark Sayger (AR), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:46:44 the race officials with a good-humored Special Recognition: Chad and Owen Cannon 1st 10-11

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three-medal award for sixth place . . . but is not to be seen as approved precedent! at Nationals this year and as usual, we had fun in a friendly, competitive atmoOtherwise, Thomas Sayger had a great week: “It felt good to be able to paddle sphere. Although I didn’t finish all my

races, I’m glad my partner, Aaron, did! I learned the things I need to work on, such as stroke form and my left arm.”

Josh Quintel, bow, & Griffin Williams in first place (Thomas Sayger & Aaron Vidusek in view behind, in third place at this point).

Dylan Freedman, bow, & Erik VanDis running second, Thomas Sayger & Aaron Vidusek some four lengths behind.

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Marathon: C2 Men Junior­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Thomas Sayger, bow, & Aaron Vidusek approach the first buoy. Thomas had to pull out at the portage from illness.

Nicholas McGrory (bow) & Ethan Evenson, running 4th here, finished 3rd.

Brothers Owen & Chad Cannon, the youngest C2 Men Jr team by a big margin!

Jeff Lindstrom, bow, & Chris Tompkins. Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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Marathon: C2 Men Junior­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

The C2 Men Race Up Front

C2 Men Open – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 L5 Steve Corlew (MI), 27 / Bill Torongo (MI), 46 . . . . . . . . 2:08:27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Gillespie 2 L3 Marc Gillespie (NY), 55 / Matt Rudnitsky (NY), 21 . . . . 2:09:47 3 L7 Matt Streib (IN), 44 / Matt Meersman (IN), 31 . . . . . . . 2:10:24 y second race was in C2 Men 4 L2 Brad Gross (MI), 39 / Todd Van De Ven (MI), 36 . . . . . . 2:15:46 Open with partner “smiling” 5 L1 Ben Josefik (Il), 35 / David Buckley (Il), 34 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:35:27 Matt Rudnitsky. It sure felt weird 6 L6 Philip Randolph (OH), 33 / Andy Tenbusch (OH), 22 . . 2:38:17 without Calvin Hassel or Andy

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Triebold in the race. However, it turned out that a last minute combination of Bill Torongo and Steve Corlew gave us plenty enough competition!

C2 Men Master – Saturday, August 9 1 M11 Russ Reker (MI), 44 / Mike Bradford (MI), 43 . . . . . . . . 2:11:27 2 M1 Kevin LeRoy (WI), 40 / Joe Manns (MN), 43 . . . . . . . . . 2:13:59 3 M4 Fritz Hansen (WI), 67 / Neil Wiesner-Hanks (WI), 49 . . 2:19:30 After a fairly uneventful loop on the 4 M7 Don Walls (AR), 45 / Rocky Caldwell (MO), 50 . . . . . . . 2:23:14 reservoir, all hell broke loose. Matt 5 M9 Ray Bauer (OH), 51 / Tom Ackemyer (OH), 41 . . . . . . . 2:26:22 and I got to the portage first and were 6 M8 Dave Johnston (ON), 47 / Craig Creighton (ON), 51 . . . 2:29:11 apparently too slow getting out. Es7 M2 Stephen Miller (MA), 43 / Seth Miller (MA), 42 . . . . . . . 2:31:40 sentially, we got run over by a couple of teams. We recovered and caught up on 8 M10 Joe Krizman (OH), 51 / John Krizman (OH), 47 . . . . . . 2:37:54 the portage.

Into the first buoy: Marc Gillespie, bow, and Matt RudBack in the water it became a threenitsky, on the outside of Steve Corlew, bow, & Bill Torongo. team battle between me & Matt, Bill & Steve and the two Matts from Indiana, Streib & Meersman. The two Matts had some early issues with boat speed and fell off the pace, leaving it a two-boat battle.

Boat speeds were tested in all types of water and found to be very similar. It looked like the final sprint would decide the race, when roughly one hour into the race, SNAP! Matt Rudnitsky’s The three lead C2 Men teams arrive at the portage toleft rear footbrace mount broke entirely gether, Marc Gillespie and Matt Rudnitsky just ahead. See Marc’s story to the left for what happened then. off the side of the canoe: he had to slide up several inches to brace his left foot against the rear thwart while keeping his right one sort of in the strap. Going downstream it was no problem, and both teams rounded the lower buoy turn side by side, cover to cover. Then the fun (not really) began. Steve and Bill got ahead off the turn and gradually began to pull away to their final margin of victory while Matt and I struggled with boat control throughout the upstream portion.

Matt Streib, bow, & Matt Meersman ahead of Russ Reker, bow, & Mike Bradford by a few feet at this point.

And behind us, the two Matts made up a good deal of time in the upstream stretch and closed their gap to less than a minute. All in all a great, hard fought race!

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Marathon: C2 Men Open & C2 Men Master­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Some very close riding by Kevin LeRoy, bow, & Joe Manns, beside Russ Reker, bow, & Mike Bradford, as they close in on the first buoy.

Bittersweet Nationals

. . . . . . . . Matt Meersman was looking forward to the 2008 Nationals all year long. They were close to home on familiar water and I was going to be racing with my friend Matt Streib in C2 Men Open. All year long I felt like we had a great shot at winning the National Championship. We get to paddle together a lot, we were both having great years, and this was our home turf! Unfortunately, the timing and circumstances surrounding Nationals prevented us from having the race we had hoped. The most difficult thing for Matt and me was the death of our dear friend Pat Sawyer on July 21. The emotional cost of losing Pat, coupled with the physical cost of completing the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, was too much for my body. I came down with a nasty bronchial infection the week before Nationals. I considered not racing and suggested that Matt may want to find another partner. He said he wanted to race with me “even if he had to drag my butt down the river”. As expected, we had some really tough competition. The race results may have been the same even if I was 100%, but I definitely felt an unusual burn in my chest as we tried to stay with the fastest teams on the portage. We put in with the leaders after the portage but I had nothing left to paddle with. We got dropped from their wake and tried unsuccessfully to catch back up. We made some time on the upstream portion, which we knew would be one of our strengths, but it wasn’t enough. We finished in 3rd place and although I was disappointed we weren’t up there sprinting for first place at the end of the race, I was glad I got to race with one of my best friends on “our river” against some tough competition on a beautiful day.

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Brad Gross (glancing over at Holly Reynolds), bow, & Todd Van De Ven.

Dave Johnston, bow, and Craig Creighton, ahead of Rocky Caldwell, bow, & Don Walls.

Don Walls: “I was thrilled to get to race with Rocky Caldwell in C2 Men Master [see directly above and below]. I have been racing against Rocky for about four years but have never raced with him. It was real nice to finally get that opportunity at this year’s Nationals. We finished about where I figured, looking at the backs of Neil Hanks & Fritz Hansen [shown portaging, right] for most of the race – until the last part, when they had gotten just too far ahead of us!”

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Marathon: C2 Men Senior­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C2 Men Senior – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 N5 Tom Cannon (MI), 52 / Ken Kolonich (MI), 62 . . . . . . . 2:14:19 2 N6 Joe Johnson (MI), 58 / Jim Larsen (MI), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:16:02 3 N3 Bruce Barton (MI), 51 / Tim Triebold (MI), 55 . . . . . . . . 2:17:47 4 N4 James Dipelesi (NY), 57 / Larry Frederick (FL), 58 . . . . . 2:23:22 5 N2 Ted Cramer (IA), 54 / Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 . . . . . . . . 2:27:49 DQ N1 Allen Limberg (WI), 50 / John Hugus (WI), 52 . . . DQ (2:12:11)

Bruce Barton, bow, & Tim Triebold.

Above: Ken Kolonich, bow, & Tom Cannon, on their way to winning the C2 Men Senior trophy ahead of Joe Johnson, bow, & Jim Larsen [below]. To Joe’s side you can see Al Limberg, who is on his way, (with John Hugus) to the fastest C2 Men Senior time, but they get disqualified at jigging! . . . see Al’s article opposite page.

Jim Dipelesi, bow, & Larry Frederick sticking it to Ted Cramer, bow, & Gareth Stevens for 4th place medals.

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Marathon: C2 Men Senior - DISQUALIFIED!

DQ’ed at Nationals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Limberg have had many fun and rewarding experiences in my marathon canoe career. That is why we participate in the sport. Being disqualified at Nationals was not one of those experiences, but life goes on and I chalk it up to another learning experience. John Hugus and I won the Men Senior C2 race this year and were disqualified because our boat measurements didn’t meet specifications. The boat was John’s Gillies, which had passed jigging at two other Nationals by some of the same jig crew, and had been jigged at the Canadian Classique in 2006. At some point, John’s boat had been damaged on the gunwale at the 33˝ line by hitting something. The 33˝ line was short by about a ¼˝ which made the hull a little deeper than 3˝ and short of 27˝ by a millimeter or two. The race officials don’t want to disqualify anyone anymore than we want it to happen to us. It is an uncomfortable position for all involved but rules are rules. We would never go into a race with an intentionally illegal boat to try and win, but that day I felt like the bad guy with this rotten feeling in my stomach. The reason for my article is to try and prevent this from happening to you. Some suggestions: If you damage your boat you may want to take a few measurements to see if it

Al Limberg, bow, & John Hugus being waked by Bruce Barton, bow & Tim Triebold in the C2 Men Senior race.

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still meets specs. If you can’t do this yourself, take it to your qualified boat builder or someone qualified to measure for you. The 33˝ line is easy with a tape measure across the top of the boat. The 3˝ and 27˝ line can be more involved. Take any four sticks – but rulers and yard sticks are easier because the measuring lines are already on them. Take a yardstick and clamp two rulers, one on each end, 27˝ apart and hanging down exactly 3˝. Then take another yardstick to the top ends of the rulers and clamp those to it, 27˝ apart. Check at all three points with a tape measure: at the top, the 3˝ mark and at the short end of the sticks that hang down 3˝. Make sure they are all at 27˝. This should make the contraption square. If you want to see if it is accurate in the middle of the 3˝ line

Bill Corrigan and Tim Frantz jigging, in this case, Doug Berg’s boat. Top photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Bottom photo copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins

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where the hull should be deepest take another straight edge and run it across the bottom and measure up at least in the middle to make sure it is 3˝ there. Then turn your boat over and check it. Don’t forget to check boat length also. All the specs for all the boats are on the USCA web site. ˝

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˝ 3˝ ˝ It would be nice if jigging would be offered at the start of the Nationals races instead of just the end when it is too late to make corrections. Just as boats can get damaged, jigs can also and they should be checked for accuracy periodically. If you buy a used boat check it over for damage or notice if it has been repaired. If so, get it measured then, or especially before an important competition. Most of the time we take our equipment for granted and get to a race, throw in the gear and go. Having spent time with a few boat builders I know there is much time and commitment from these guys. They take sooo much pride in what they do. I don’t blame them or anyone else for what happened to John and me at Nationals and it has given me more respect for my equipment and the way I treat it. John’s boat has since been repaired and is now in good shape to defend a title next year. ˝

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Marathon: C2 Veteran 1 & Veteran 2­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Larry Liquori, bow, & Bill Robinson, Jim Braig & Earl Brimeyer, and Tom Gardner & Keith Canny.

C2 Men Veteran 1 – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 O3 Tom Thomas (IN), 63 / Charlie Bruno (PA), 61 . . . . . . . 2:24:54 2 O2 Robert Allen (MA), 64 / Tom Ostrowski (MA), 65 . . . . . 2:26:11 3 O4 Bill Robinson (NY), 61 / Larry Liquori (NY), 61 . . . . . . . 2:30:00 4 O1 Tom Gardner (MN), 60 / Keith Canny (MN), 68 . . . . . . 2:32:31 5 O6 Jim Braig (IA), 64 / Earl Brimeyer (IA), 64 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:37 6 O5 Phil Randolph (OH), 63 / Norm Skinner (OH), 71 . . . . 2:42:58

C2 Men Veteran 2 – Saturday, August 9 1 P2 Roland Muhlen (OH), 65 / Bob Bradford (MI), 65 . . . . . 2:20:37 2 P1 Alec Davis (NY), 68 / Roger Henry (NY), 66 . . . . . . . . . 2:28:06 C2 Men Grand Veteran 1 – Saturday, August 9 1 Q3 Glen Vandewinckel (NY), 71 / Dan Karig (NY), 71 . . . . 2:27:25 2 Q5 Dale Newton (MI), 75 / Frank Smutek (MI), 74 . . . . . . . 2:32:53 3 Q1 Jack Rademaker (FL), 76 / Terry Streib (IN), 70 . . . . . . . 2:33:11 4 Q2 Ken Gerg (PA), 72 / LaVerne Young (FL), 72 . . . . . . . . . 2:38:36 5 Q4 Don Browning (IL), 72 / Don Mueggenberg (IL), 74 . . . 2:44:28 Glen Vandewinckel, bow, and Dan Karig.

C2 Men Grand Veteran 2 – Saturday, August 9 1 R2 Robert Gillings (MI), 77 / Ed Adams (MI), 75 . . . . . . . . 2:40:26 2 R1 Philip Cole (NH), 89 / Mike Fremont (OH), 86 . . . . . . . 3:00:33 Special Recognition: Phil Cole and Mike Fremont 1st 80+ Tom Ostrowski, bow, & Bob Allen lead Roland Muhlen, bow, & Bob Bradford and Alec Davis, bow, & Roger Henry (and all the others) to the first buoy.

Dale Newton, bow, & Frank Smutek. LaVerne Young, bow, and Ken Gerg.

Running about 8-10 lengths behind Tom Ostrowski & Bob Allen at the upstream buoy above the start, Tom Thomas, bow, & Charlie Bruno [below] caught and passed them, finishing 1:17 ahead, to win the C2 Men Veteran 1 title.

Phil Cole, bow, & Mike Fremont: a combined age of 175 years.

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Marathon: C2 Standard Men Open and Master

C2S Stock Men Open (Trial)

C2 Standard Men Open – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 A3 Terry Pontius (IN), 61 / Skeet Craig (IN), 59 . . . . . . . . . 2:35:12 2 A4 Paul Guenther (CO), 45 / Michael Guenther (CO), 46 . . 2:39:25 3 A5 Pat Faul (IL), 65 / Nick Josefik (IL), 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:40:22 4 A1 Kurt Begue (IN), 37 / Steve Evertson (IN), 57 . . . . . . . . . 2:54:10

Bill Turner, bow, & Dana Leet ahead of Pat Faul, bow, & Nick Josefik.

Dave Dahl, bow, & Doug Berg.

C2 Standard Men Master 1 B3 Doug Pennington (MO), 50 / Jim Short (MO), 58 . . . . . 2:29:51 2 B5 Doug Berg (MN), 65 / Dave Dahl (MN), 59 . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:57 3 B1 William Turner (PA), 56 / Dana Leet (PA), 53 . . . . . . . . . 2:33:07 4 B2 Ray Thiel (CT), 56 / Jim Roberts (MA), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:34:39 5 B4 William McDuffie (NC), 46 / Ed Sharp (VA), 68 . . . . . . 2:36:20 6 B7 Rusty Boger (OH), 50 / Jim Boger (IN), 48 . . . . . . . . . . 3:01:14 dnf B6 Alan Lancaster (WI), 51 / Jay Lancaster (WI), 50 . . . . . . . . . . dnf Special Recognition: Doug Pennington & Jim Short 1st 50-59 C2 Stock Canoe Men - Trial (short course) (!) – Saturday, August 9 1 W1 Shawn Burke (MA), 48 / Tom Walton (NH), 59 . . . . . . . 1:59:02 2 W2 John Sullivan (IN), 58 / Jim Anderson (IN), 53 . . . . . . . . 2:01:04

Al Lancaster, bow, & Jay Lancaster. Terry Pontius, bow & Skeet Craig ahead of the three teams shown below, and a bunch of others, on their way to the first buoy.

Rusty Boger & Jim Boger.

Doug Pennington, bow, & Jim Short lead Jim Roberts, bow, & Ray Thiel (boat # B2) & William McDuffie, bow, & Ed Sharp.

Tom Walton, bow, & Shawn Burke lead John Sullivan, bow, & Jim Anderson. Top photo copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins All other photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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Marathon: C2 Women Open, Master, Senior, Veteran 1 (+C2 Women Standard, C2S Women Stock) C2 Women Junior - short course – Sunday, August 10 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 X3 Sarah Tompkins (MI), 18 / Anna Tompkins (MI), 14 . . . 2:01:43 2 X5 Devann Benson (IN), 16 / Lilly Manns (MN), 16 . . . . . . 2:02:48 3 X1 Nathalie Hanson (MI), 16 / Madelen Johnson (MI), 16 . 2:05:19 4 X7 Ellen Roy (MN), 17 / Alice Flanders (MN), 16 . . . . . . . . 2:09:33 5 X2 Jaclyn Stone (MI), 13 / Molly Griffith (MI), 15 . . . . . . . . 2:40:33

Dream Come True

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roxanne Barton have always dreamt about teaching and mentoring my daughters, Rebecca and Samantha, in canoe racing. I wanted to race with them and against them. I imagined that after years of hard training they would become better than me. However, C2 Women – Sunday, August 10 things don’t always go the way we plan, 1 G2 Holly Reynolds (NY), 28 / Katherin Donovan (NY), 16 . 2:29:42 and my girls have quickly passed me! 2 G1 Rebecca Barton (MI), 18 / Roxanne Barton (MI), 51 . . . 2:30:50 This summer, Bruce (my husband) C2 Women Master – Sunday, August 10 planned a family trip down the Yukon 1 H4 Connie Cannon (MI), 47 / Lynne Witte (MI), 54 . . . . . . 2:19:49 River. I wanted to go, but I didn’t know 2 H1 Pam Fitzgerald (NY), 47 / Karen Levitt (MA), 40 . . . . . . 2:32:27 if I could handle it. So, for a year, I 3 H2 Priscilla Reinertsen (NH), 65 / Mary Jo Monte (OH), 43 2:43:00 trained to canoe on a long, grinding trip. I worked very hard, despite setbacks. I C2 Women Senior – Sunday, August 10 went, and it was great. When we got 1 I2 Joanna Faloon (ON), 53 / Beth Schluter (WI), 64 . . . . . . 2:19:04 back from the Yukon, I asked my oldest 2 I1 Karen Simpson (ON), 53 / Liz Loek (ON), 53 . . . . . . . . 2:30:35 daughter, Rebecca, if she would race with me at the Nationals in Bristol. C2 Women Veteran 1 & 2, Grand Veteran 1 & 2 - no participants We had two weeks to get into race shape; C2 Standard Women. Standard Women Master - no participants I had only raced four times in the last C2 Stock Canoe Women - Trial - no participants eight years! We went out to Homer Lake Joanna Faloon, bow, & Beth Schluter – C2 and did intervals and starts a few times Women Senior champions and fastest C2 each week. We had almost no speed, Women, period, with Master champions Connie and we had to get used to the racing boat Cannon & Lynne Witte close behind. after spending 60 hours in a voyageur canoe! We even practiced portaging. Race day arrived and I was excited. We decided to race the V1, since it was the easiest boat for us to handle. We had a good warm-up and before we knew it, we were on the line. I was surprised to see only seven women’s teams starting; I was used to 20 or 30 teams in the women’s races in earlier Nationals. We had a really good start and rode wake for a while, but then we were dropped. I wasn’t used to getting dropped: I had been so good at riding wake years ago. We saved some energy for the portage: we knew that it Connie Cannon & Lynne Witte running might be a weak spot for us. Then we went hard, to push through the shallows, the portage by the dam at Mottville. which got us to finish second in Open . . . though there were only two teams! I really enjoyed the course; it was one of the best I have ever been on, with its upstream and downstream sections, shallow and deep water, buoy turns, and a portage. I wish there had been more women there to take advantage of a race specifically for women. My next dream is to race with my daughter Samantha (she officially retired at age 11), but she said it would be her worst nightmare!

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Marathon: C2 Women Open, Master, Senior, Veteran 1 Devann Benson, bow for Lilly Manns.

Sisters Sarah & Anna Tompkins, C2 Women Junior champions, well ahead.

Minnesota fashion: Rice Creekers Ellen Roy & Alice Flanders paddling C2 Women Junior with style.

Molly Griffith, bow, & Jackie Stone

Roxanne, bow, & Rebecca Barton.

Holly Reynolds & Katie Donovan. See page 34 (Forge Racing) for commentary. Karen Levitt, bow, & Pam Fitzgerald.

Mary Jo Monte & Priscilla Reinertsen. Photos: first column – top; second column – top, 2nd from top, and 2nd from bottom: copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) All other photos copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins

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Marathon: C2 Mixed­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer Alice Flanders, stern, & Ethan Evenson, 2nd C2 Mixed Junior.

Katherin Donovan & Dylan Freedman, C2 Mixed Junior champions in their inaugural Nationals.

Madelen Johnson, bow, & Mark Hugus, 3rd C2 Mixed Junior.

C2 Mixed Junior (short course) - Friday, August 8 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 L1 Katherin Donovan (NY), 16 / Dylan Freedman (NY), 17 1:52:20 2 L2 Alice Flanders (MN), 16 / Ethan Evenson (MN), 17 . . . . 1:59:01 3 L3 Madelen Johnson (MI), 16 / Mark Hugus (WI), 15 . . . . . 2:04:16

Al Limberg & Barb Bradley, 2nd C2 Mixed Master, 4th overall.

C2 Mixed - Friday, August 8 1 F4 Holly Reynolds (NY), 28 / Marc Gillespie (NY), 55 . . . . 2:08:25 2 F2 Calvin Hassel (NE), 44 / Amy Solak (MI), 43 . . . . . . . . . 2:10:05 3 F1 Bruce Barton (MI), 51 / Rebecca Barton (MI), 18 . . . . . . 2:23:26 C2 Mixed Master - Friday, August 8 1 G11 John Edwards (FL), 59 / Joanna Faloon (ON), 53 . . . . . . 2:10:28 2 G1 Allen Limberg (WI), 50 / Barb Bradley (WI), 51 . . . . . . . 2:14:14 3 G18 Joe Johnson (MI), 58 / Liz Johnson (MI), 43 . . . . . . . . . . 2:16:04 4 G5 Neil Wiesner-Hanks (WI), 49 / Beth Schluter (WI), 64 . . 2:16:29 5 G8 Tom Cannon (MI), 52 / Connie Cannon (MI), 47 . . . . . 2:17:36 6 G16 Jan Perrin (WI), 54 / Larry Frederick (FL), 58 . . . . . . . . . 2:21:19 7 G4 Jon Webb (MI), 48 / Sarah Webb (MI), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21:38 8 G10 Priscilla Reinertsen (NH), 65 / Bob Bradford (MI), 65 . . 2:24:06 9 G9 Karen Simpson (ON), 53 / Dave Johnston (ON), 47 . . . 2:25:53 10 G14 Liz Loek (ON), 53 / Rene Boogemans (ON), 64 . . . . . . . 2:30:01 11 G3 Bob Fisher (NY), 64 / Mary Jo Monte (OH), 43 . . . . . . . 2:32:05 12 G2 Roger Henry (NY), 66 / Joan Henry (NY), 68 . . . . . . . . . 2:32:38 13 G7 William McDuffie (NC), 46 / Lynne McDuffie (NC), 45 2:35:02 14 G17 Ann DeBrouwer (ON), 48 / Craig Creighton (ON), 51 . 2:39:26 Special Recognition: John Edwards & Joanna Faloon 1st 50-59; Priscilla Reinertsen and Bob Bradford 1st 60-69

Joe & Liz Johnson, 3rd in C2 Mixed Master and 5th overall Mixed.

Neil Wiesner-Hanks & Beth Schluter, 4th in C2 Mixed Master, 6th overall.

C2 Standard Mixed - Friday, August 8 1 E2 Michael Guenther (CO), 46 / Tracy Guenther (CO), 44 . 2:56:52 Top four photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Canoe News 40/3—Fall 2008 Bottom two photos copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins

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The C2 Mixed Marathon

— USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer C2 Mixed Open Champions for 2008, Marc Gillespie & Holly Reynolds.

After More Than a Quarter Century of Racing at Nationals Marc Gillespie Finally Wins the C2 Mixed Trophy, With Holly Reynolds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Gillespie he key race for me this year was the Mixed Open race which I have never won, since I started racing Nationals in 1976 – though Holly and I have been third by a few minutes in the past three years to Calvin Hassel or Andy Triebold and various female partners.

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olly and I’d had a good summer of very close finishes with the Rankinen brothers and some Canadian men’s teams, so we felt we were ready. Our plan was to take it fairly easy on the reservoir, run the portage hard and use the shallow water and upstream loop to our advantage – if we could.

Calvin Hassel & Amy Solak, 2nd in the C2 Mixed Open race.

We took the lead right away, paddled under control to the portage, ran as hard as we could and then started popping every remotely shallow spot and resting in the deeper water. I’d like to say we never looked back, but we both did – was Calvin getting bigger? Were we gonna get run down like dogs? For those of you who have never raced Calvin, being ahead of him, even by a few minutes, early in a race, doesn’t mean much.

John Edwards & Joanna Faloon, C2 Mixed Master champions.

With about 10 minutes to go, I said to Holly, “How d’you feel?”

Jon & Cassie Webb ahead of Bruce & Rebecca Barton (center) and Dave Johnston & Karen Simpson.

She replied, “OK.” “Just OK?” I asked. “It looks like we finally did it!” “Um, I won’t be sure until we cross the finish line first.” There is nothing scarier than being ahead of Calvin. There is no “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to that flaring white shirt that has a history of coming from behind. But made it we did. Thanks, Holly. Second from top & bottom right photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) All other photos copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins

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Marathon: C2 Adult/Youth­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C2 Man/Youth (short course) - Friday, August 8 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 J8 Ryan Bennett (MI), 13 / Andy Triebold (MI), 32 . . . . . 1:46:10 2 J3 Brad Gross (MI), 39 / Owen Cannon (MI), 9 . . . . . . . . 1:51:25 3 J7 Justin Reker (MI), 13 / Russ Reker (MI), 44 . . . . . . . . . 1:51:32 4 J11 Mike Herbert (AR), 47 / Savanna Herbert (AR), 10 . . . 1:54:33 5 J10 Nicholas McGrory (MN), 14 / Tom Gardner (MN), 55 1:55:23 6 J6 John Hugus (WI), 52 / Tyler Gilles (WI), 10 . . . . . . . . . 1:57:36 7 J9 Don Browning (IL), 72 / Jeff Lindstrom (IL), 15 . . . . . . 2:04:09 8 J2 James Warren (MI), 13 / Tom Walton (NH), 59 . . . . . . 2:09:09 9 J5 Glen Vandewinckel (NY), 71 / Annie Ripton (NY), 9 . . 2:13:02 10 J4 Brent Ernsberger (IN), 44 / Tori Ernsberger (IN), 12 . . . 2:29:11 Special Reconition: Owen Cannon and Brad Gross 1st 8-10; Savanna and Mike Herbert 2nd 8-10; Tori and Brent Ernsberger 1st 11-12; Ryan Bennett and Andy Triebold 1st 13-14; Justin and Russ Reker 2nd 13-14; Nick McGrory and Tom Gardner 3rd 13-14

Mike Herbert & his daughter, Savanna.

C2 Woman/Youth - no participants Andy Triebold & Ryan Bennett, C2 Man/Youth champions for 2008.

Savanna’s First Nationals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Herbert I had this years Nationals race penciled in on our calendar for quite some time. It was going to be my youngest daughter Savanna’s first Nationals, and nothing excited me more than being in the same boat with her. Savanna said early this spring she wanted to give this race a try and she stuck to her word, even though a 10year-old can change her mind quickly. We raced in our 1986 Wenonah amateur Kevlar mix cruiser. Never had Savanna lined up against so many boats and with this caliber of paddlers. My parents came from Salem, South Carolina, and camped with us, to cheer us on.

Brad Gross & Owen Cannon, 2nd in the C2 Man/Youth division.

Savanna liked the start, the portage and the close racing. We had canoes all around us through out the race. Although this was a long race my daughter never once, to my surprise, asked how much further. When the race was over she said, “That was fun,” and “I want to try another one!”

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The next day I was in the ICF kayak class. It was fun – but not nearly as satisfying as the race with my daughter.

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Mike & Savanna Herbert, leaning and turning toward the upstream buoy.

Russ Reker & his son, Justin.

Tom Gardner & Nicholas McGrory lead John Hugus & Tyler Gilles, with Mike & Savanna Herbert behind them.

Tom Walton & James Warren.

Don Browning & Jeff Lindstrom. Brent Ernsberger & daughter Tori.

Glen Vandewinckel & Annie Ripton. Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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Marathon: C2 Adult/Junior­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C2 Man/Junior - Friday, August 8 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 H3 Don Walls (AR), 45 / Thomas Sayger (AR), 17 . . . . . . . . 2:18:54 2 H5 Joe Manns (MN), 43 / Lilly Manns (MN), 16 . . . . . . . . . 2:22:33 3 H2 Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 / Aaron Vidusek (IL), 17 . . . . . . 2:27:15 4 H4 David Landenwitch (KY), 55 / Josh Quintel (MI), 17 . . . 2:33:45 5 H1 Brian Benson (IN), 43 / Devann Benson (IN), 16 . . . . . . 2:35:44 6 H7 Ellen Roy (MN), 17 / Dave Dahl (MN), 58 . . . . . . . . . . 2:37:05 7 H8 Teegan Harrington (MN), 16 / Keith Canny (MN), 68 . . 2:45:35 8 H6 John Warren (MI), 15 / Jeff Shenberger (PA), 46 . . . . . . . 2:48:06 9 H9 Leandra Londo (MN), 17 / Wally Werderich (IL), 35 . . . 3:15:21 Special Recognition: Lilly and Joe Manns, 1st with a Junior Woman; Devann and Brian Benson, 2nd with a Junior Woman; Ellen Roy and Dave Dahl, 3rd with a Junior Woman.

Enjoying the Competition

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Benson n Friday my daughter, Devann, and I raced C2 Man/Junior. The Gilmans gave us a ride to the start. The morning was a lot colder than I expected, and being unprepared for that, we were pretty cold. I am always amazed at how friendly everyone in our racing community is. We had not even turned blue yet when some friendly paddlers offered us a blanket and sweatshirt. Many thanks to those who helped keep C2 Woman/Junior - Friday, August 8 us warm. 1 I1 Alison Johnson (MI), 15 / Lynne Witte (MI), 54 . . . . . . . 2:41:42 I am glad to say our race started much better than our morning. We got off with a pretty clean start and kept with The Man/Junior start; from nearest boat: Dave Dahl & Ellen Roy, Aaron Vidusek & Gareth Stevens, Joe Manns (bow), Thomas Sayger (bow), Brian our plan: always to enjoy the race and competition around us. We continued Benson (bow), David Landenwitch (bow), and Wally Werderich (bow). to work through the course, battling with a couple teams along the way. It was interesting to see how the shallows hurt us but the deeper water worked to our advantage. I have to say we really enjoyed the course this year. With the buoy turns, portage, shallows and upstream sections, this course offered a challenge from start to finish.

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Don Walls: “In the Man/Junior race, I knew that Thomas Sayger [bow] & I would place well because Thomas has been paddling so well this year. Of course, I wasn’t sure that we would win because of the strength of the field, but I knew Thomas would give it his all. I have gotten out several times a month with him and have been impressed with how fast he became as the year progressed.”

David Landenwitch & Josh Quintel approaching the portage.

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Marathon: C2 Adult/Junior Brian Benson, & daughter Devann.

Wally Werderich’s Week

Good People All

partners. I told Ann to sign me up with one, and Friday morning, right before . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wally Werderich the Man/Junior race, I met up with ometimes life is good and everything Leandra Londo. just seems to work out perfectly. For Leandra and I quickly got to know each me, the weekend of the USCA Nationals other and before we knew it we were turned out just that way. Before I get racing together. To say that our paddle all gushy though, let me tell you about was a competitive success might be a bit my competitive results. As the weekend of a stretch, however, we did finish. Not unfolded, I only ended up paddling in much was said between us after the race one race and my time was 3:15:21. but our body language seemed to show This was the slowest C2 marathon time that we both knew we had accomplished something together. I hoped. And with of the weekend. I had every intention that, we both went our separate ways. of racing more, but due to a lack of training this year, I could not even put Later that afternoon, while at the campmy arms down for another go. Sheesh, ground I ended up staying at, I walked not too good. But to me, canoeing and by the playground and heard my name. Nationals mean so much more than just Responding to the call I walked over competitive results, it is about people. and saw Leandra, who introduced me It is about relationships, seeing old to the others from the Rice Creek Canoe friends and making new ones. So with Club. The Rice Creekers were staying at that in mind, I have no problem keepthe campground too. I met Lilly, Alice, ing my poor competitive results from Teegan, Ethan, Nicholas, and Ellen, all bringing me down. When I left Bristol of them great kids and good paddlers on Sunday, in terms of friendships, I felt (check the results). Much to my surlike a national champion. prise, when Leandra described our race Leaving for Bristol on Thursday, I left to the others, she even sounded like she home with no place to stay in Bristol enjoyed paddling with me. That made and no one to paddle with. I had not my week, thanks Leandra! been planning on going to Nationals Later I had the opportunity to meet all this year, but I lucked out. Work was of the adults who made the trip with the slow and the boss was out of town. The Rice Creek youth. Good people all, and situation was perfect for playing hooky I am glad they have taken the time to and going paddling. The catch was that grow our sport by spreading the excitedue to my work schedule, I had to leave ment to young paddlers. I can not comin a hurry: that is, before anyone figured mend them enough for their efforts. out I had nothing to do and piled more Unfortunately, my body was not in the work on my desk. A voice in my head said, “Leave now, don’t worry about the tip top shape that I would have liked to details, it will all work out.” With noth- have been in, and my race with Leandra was the only one I could handle. I did ing but a tent, my canoes and a couple of paddles, I rolled into Bristol Indiana. however continue to hang out with my And you know what? It all did work out. friends both old and new, and assisted them in their various different races. All As it turned out, I reestablished some of them, including the Rice Creekers great friendships with paddlers from the did great. Between races, we swapped Morris Marathon Canoe Club (they let racing tales and had just a plain old me stay with them for the weekend). good time. It was nice to reconnect. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to Canoe racers make great friends. take a glimpse of the future of marathon On Sunday I left with my 3:15:21 in canoe racing: the sport’s youth. Upon my pocket, but I left with a smile. I arriving in Bristol, I spread the word might not be a good canoe racer, but I that I needed a partner. Quickly, I learned from Ann Manns, that the Rice am glad that I am a canoe racer nonetheless. Good friends and good times. Creek Canoe Club from Minnesota had That is what it is all about. a slew of young paddlers who needed

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Keith Canny & Teegan Harrington.

Above: Jeff Shenberger & John Warren. Below: Wally Werderich & Leandra Londo.

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Marathon: C1 Man Open & Master­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C1 Man – Sunday, August 10 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 N1 Calvin Hassel (NE), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:08:33 2 N4 Steve Rankinen (PA), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:11:36 3 N9 Andy Triebold (MI), 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:12:17 4 N3 Marc Gillespie (NY), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:13:45 5 N6 Bill Torongo (MI), 46 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:14:21 6 N7 Matt Streib (IN), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:16:56 7 N8 Matt Rudnitsky (NY), 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:17:37 8 N2 Dave Dahl (MN), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:38:14 Special Recognition: Matt Rudnitsky, 1st under 25

C1 Man Master – Sunday, August 10 1 O8 John Edwards (FL), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:17:41 2 O3 Kevin LeRoy (WI), 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:18:47 3 O9 Russ Reker (MI), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19:47 4 O5 Jon Webb (MI), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:20:13 5 O11 Mike Bradford (MI), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:20:39 6 O12 Joe Manns (MN), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:20:59 7 O7 Don Walls (AR), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:28:58 8 O4 Stephen Miller (MA), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:33:55 9 O1 Seth Miller (MA), 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:34:03 10 O6 Shawn Burke (MA), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:35:50 11 O2 Gustave Lamperez (IL), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:38:57 12 O10 John Hazel (MI), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:45:06

Men’s C1

Competition and Comedy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Gillespie alvin must have been building up a full head of steam all weekend, as he was never challenged after the portage. You could say he ran away with the race at the portage, then kept extending his lead the rest of the way. Way to go big guy!

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I actually came into the portage in reasonable shape and then proceeded to put on a boat bobbling display that would make any juggler proud! I had treated my C1 with a slippery wax-like coating but had never tried carrying it up on my shoulder when it was wet with that stuff on it. I sure hope the crowd was amused. I wasn’t. I ended up 7th as we entered the woods. To make things worse, I jumped in my boat and sat on my paddle which I had wedged between the seat and footbrace. So I jumped back out and then jumped back in and sat on my drink hose, which I had thrown in my boat from its hiding place on the bank. So, I had to jump out again! What a way to be nearly 2 minutes behind after only 4 miles of racing. I finally started moving and passed Matts Streib and Rudnitsky and set my sights for the trio of Steve Rankinen, Andy Triebold and Bill Torongo. As I halved the distance to the group, Steve took off. I eventually caught Bill and then Andy, who didn’t really look like he was paddling hard or having fun. I kept going hard past the start, thinking I might get closer to Steve and got down to the lower buoy turn in good shape. Right about then, Andy decided to start paddling hard again and by the left turn before the bridge he had passed me. As I frantically tried to hang on, I hit something with my paddle right across from the finish line and fell in. Again, I hope spectators were amused more than I was.

Calvin Hassel, many time USCA C1 champion, took the title again this year with an unchallengeable performance. Here, on the upstream portion above Mottville, he leads Andy Triebold (left), Matt Rudnitsky (center), and Kevin LeRoy. Steve Rankin, Bill Torongo, and Marc Gillespie are off picture to the right (Calvin’s left), but all very much together in a laterally spread lead pack at this stage.

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By then Andy was out of reach and I managed to hold off a hard charging Bill T to take 4th. In the battle for 6th and 7th between the two Matts, it was neck and neck ’til the last upper buoy turn, where Rudnitsky decided to cool off in the river. An impressive display by Calvin and just plain good racing for the rest of us. Photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


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Matt Streib, hard rudders as he comes into the portage takeout. Jon Webb starting his portage sprint above the dam at Mottville. Marc Gillespie turns toward the first upstream buoy followed by Jeff Rankinen, Calvin Hassel, Bill Torongo, Andy Triebold. Matt Rudnitsky and Kevin LeRoy.

Russ Reker and John Edwards (right) lead Jon Webb toward the upstream buoy after the start..

John Edwards, C1 Man Master champion.

Mike Bradford ahead of Joe Manns. They finished 5th and 6th respectively in the C1 Men Master division.

Kevin LeRoy, 2nd C1 Man Master.

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C1 Man Master: A Story About the Rest of Us

Marc Gillespie’s account (see previous spread) spoke for the elite “rest of us” – the dozen paddlers who followed Calvin and chased each other down the river – all within about 12 minutes of Calvin’s time. Then, there was an eight minute gap, a lonely Don Walls, another (five minute) gap and then . . . more paddlers. So here is . . .

on the line, given my Sprint experience on Monday (“The gun will go off any time in the next minute. BANG!”). Suffice it to say, when Calvin Hassel, Marc Gillespie, John Edwards etc got off the line, the lead pack pulled away like they were running with 200HP outboards. After about a quarter mile, I slid in behind Steve Miller, and Seth Miller dropped in behind me as we rode a huge, rolling wave. We held those positions through the upstream buoy turn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shawn Burke As we paddled back from the turn, an upstream-bound C1 Stock paddler We were pretty sleepy Sunday mornyelled, “Hey guys, pack up!” Yeah, right! ing, but Monica and I made it to the I learned later that Seth muttered to race start in plenty of time to set up my himself, “Screw that!” We had a race goC1 and attend the race briefing. Good ing, and it was a blast. thing, too! Since there were no C2 Women Standard entries, the race direc- Steve hit shore for the portage a boat tors advanced my start (C1 Man Master) length ahead of me. We both transitioned cleanly. Seth hit shore as I was by 10 minutes, and then another 10 shouldering my C1. We all chose the minutes when they decided to combine long portage in hopes of making up us with the Open class start. I’m glad I was ready to go off at any time distance on the 7th place boat. We

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pushed hard. I was glad to have practiced running with my C1 back at home. The uphill mid-way along the trail was brutal, but we ran at about an 8 minute per mile pace. At the put-in I ran past Steve and found myself in 8th place... for about 10 seconds. We hopped into our boats, and Steve pulled alongside, gasping, “That sucked!” As we entered the river, Steve pulled ahead and we both pushed to catch 7th place. We came close near the Route 12 bridge but never passed him. Until mile 10 I was either on Steve’s stern or within one or two boat lengths. At that point, Seth – who had been drafting me for a good while – passed on my left. He said, “Either I’m having a crappy paddle or you’re having a great race.” I took it as a compliment. We were all doing well despite the shallow water and fatigue from the previous days of racing. We stayed within 40 yards of each other to the downstream turn at mile 13.3. Steve and Seth had crushed me in two

Don Walls: “I sure would liked to have finished in the top 6 in the C1 men master division but I am just not quite fast enough yet especially with the level of talent in that division. I noticed that I spent almost the entire race paddling by myself, except of course when I was passed by a couple of really fast seniors.”

The three amigos: Seth Miller (left), Shawn Burke (center) and Steve Miller. Shawn Burke, 10th C1 Man Master.

Seth Miller, 9th C1 Man Master at the portage around the Mottville dam.

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races earlier in the year, so it felt good to finally be in the thick of things. The official course had us take the right fork at the island below the Division Street bridge, and we flew along at more than 9 mph in the accelerating current. I had a fair buoy turn – more of an eddy turn, really – and as I started back upstream, trying to hug the shore along the island, I was passed on both sides by two C1s from Michigan: the lead Senior class paddlers were catching up. The upstream paddle was exciting, dodging blow-downs and logs, crashing through sunlit branches, searching out slack water. But near the top of the island you had to ferry across the river in strong current and making headway was difficult. By the time I reached the shoreline shallows on river right beneath the bridge my triceps were cramping from short-arming it through the shallows for too long. Steve and Seth began to pull away.

The upstream paddle was hard, especially the weedy stretch above the Route 80 bridge. But the weather was fair and cool, and the wind was refreshing. And it felt so good to hit the upstream turnaround buoy and make for the finish. I was closing a little on the Millers when I saw Steve hop on Priscilla Reinertsen’s C2 wake. Steve saw Priscilla’s boat kick up a big wave as she entered the shallows alongside a mid-stream island, and knew that he had to catch it. Seth had closed to within a boat length. As Seth passed, Priscilla called out, “You’re not going to let your brother beat you!” Steve finished 8th, Seth was 8 seconds behind in 9th, and I was 1:55 behind in 10th. My wife Monica – aka my Canoe-O C2 Mixed partner – took a great photo of us at the take-out ramp after the race. Despite the challenging shallow water, and multiple days racing, we were all smiling. Another a great day on the water, and a nice wrap up to my first Nationals.

Steve Miller, head down, racing into 8th place, C1 Man Master.

Dave Dahl at the portage. Dave paddled to 8th place in the Open division.

Smiles from Seth, Steve, and Shawn after the finish.

John Hazel races up the bank at the portage takeout above the Mottville dam.

Tave Lamperez (10th) heading for the upstream buoy, with John Hazel (11th) behind him. Bottom left photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Top right and top left photos copyright © 2008 by Monica Schnitger Right column, lower two photos copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins

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Marathon: C1 Man Senior­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C1 Man Senior – Sunday, August 10 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 P4 Allen Limberg (WI), 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:15:01 2 P24 Ken Kolonich (MI), 62 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:16:40 3 P7 Bruce Barton (MI), 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19:23 4 P22 Joe Johnson (MI), 58 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21:21 5 P28 Tom Cannon (MI), 52 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:22:25 6 P18 John Hollands (MI), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:23:17 7 P27 John Hugus (WI), 52 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:23:47 8 P15 Mark Koenig (IL), 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:25:28 9 P16 Larry Frederick (FL), 58 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:27:11 10 P6 Ted Cramer (IA), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:28:10 11 P9 Bill Kostra (PA), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:28:30 12 P14 Tom Walton (NH), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30:08 13 P1 Rocky Caldwell (MO), 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30:15 14 P5 Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:31:09 15 P23 Ray Bauer (OH), 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:13 16 P12 James Dipelesi (NY), 57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:17 17 P21 Bill Kanost (IN), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:27 18 P17 Steve McAllister (IA), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:34:19 19 P19 William Turner (PA), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:36:41 20 P20 Dwight Walker (MI), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:37:01 21 P13 Dana Leet (PA), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:37:32 22 P29 David Landenwitch (KY), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:40:45 23 P8 Ray Thiel (CT), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:42:15 24 P26 Pete Binion (TX), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:42:44 dnf P25 Jim Larsen (MI), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dnf

Al Limberg heading for the 2008 title.

Ken Kolonich portaging, in 2nd place. Bruce Barton – 3rd C1 Man Senior.

The C1 Man Senior paddlers heading towards the dam from the uptream buoy. Al Limberg is leading, followed by Ken Kolonich and Bruce Barton, with a second pack consisting of John Hugus, Tom Cannon, Joe Johnson, and Jim Larsen.

Joe Johnson, on his way to 5th place. John Hollands, on his way to 6th place.

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Left photo & bottom right photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Right column, top four photos copyright © 2008 by Richard Hodgkins


Marathon: C1 Man Senior­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer John Hugus (left) keeping pace with Jim Larsen, who had to pull out at the portage due to an asthma attack.

Mark Koenig, with Gareth Stevens on his left, followed closely by Bill Kostra and Ted Cramer.

A tight pack above the dam: front to back, Jim Dipelesi, Ray Bauer, Steve McAllister, Bill Kanost, and Rocky Caldwell.

Ted Cramer paddling to 10th place. Tom Walton at the portage.

Heading upstream (right): Tom Cannon. Heading downstream: Bill Turner.

Top two, and center left photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Other three photos copyright © 2008 by Richard Hodgkins

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Marathon: C1 Man Veteran 1 & 2­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

C1 Man Veteran 1 – Sunday, August 10 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 Q8 Tom Thomas (IN), 63 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:24:54 2 Q6 Robert Allen (MA), 64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:25:25 3 Q7 Edward Sayre (PA), 62 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:19 4 Q3 Charlie Bruno (PA), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:29:27 5 Q5 Bob Fisher (NY), 64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:01 6 Q10 Pat Anderson (PA), 60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:12 7 Q2 Jim Roberts (MA), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:33:06 8 Q4 Larry Liquori (NY), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:35:29 9 Q9 Bill Hill (MI), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:50:20 10 Q11 George Stockman (MI), 64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:04:27

C1 Man Veteran 2 – Sunday, August 10 1 R5 Bob Bradford (MI), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:42 2 R3 Fritz Hansen (WI), 67 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30:41 3 R1 Tom Ostrowski (MA), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:31:51 4 R2 Alec Davis (NY), 68 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:37:56 5 R6 Ed Sharp (VA), 68 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:39:40 6 R9 Doug Berg (MN), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:44:16 7 R8 Al Robinson (MI), 66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:13:26 dnf R4 Roland Muhlen (OH), 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dnf

Bob Bradford, C1 Man Veteran 2 champion. Tom Ostrowski, 3rd C1 Man Veteran 2.

The C1 Man Vet 1 lead pack, r to l: Tom Thomas, Roland Muhlen, Ed Sayre, Bob Allen, and Charlie Bruno.

Tom Thomas, C1 Man Veteran 1 champion, and winner of this year’s Bill Klebe Good Sportsmanship Award (see page 9). Pat Anderson, 6th C1 Man Veteran 1 paddler, with Fritz Hansen just behind him (at this point).

Fritz Hansen, 2nd C1 Man Veteran 2.

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Upper left and upper right photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) All other photos copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins


Marathon: C1 Man Grand Veteran 1 & 2­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer C1 Man Grand Veteran 1 – Sunday, August 10 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 S5 LaVerne Young (FL), 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:33:07 2 S1 Dan Karig (NY), 71 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:35:08 3 S3 Glen Vandewinckel (NY), 71 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:38:04 4 S10 Terry Streib (IN), 70 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:41:30 5 S9 Fred Zeien (IL), 73 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:45:07 6 S6 Frank Smutek (MI), 74 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:46:00 7 S2 Ed Hahn (IL), 74 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:57:47

Above: LaVerne Young, C1 Man Grand Vet champion. Below: Glen Vandewinckel, 3rd in that division.

C1 Man Grand Veteran 2 – Sunday, August 10 1 T5 Dale Newton (MI), 75 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:43:33 2 T4 Robert Gillings (MI), 77 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:59:26 3 T3 Philip Cole (NH), 89 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:05:46 4 T1 Mike Fremont (OH), 86 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:20:29 Special Recognition: Phil Cole 1st 80+ Dale Newton, C1 Man Grand Veteran 2 champion.

Above: Terry Streib and Fred Zeien, 4th and 5th C1 Man Grand Vet 1. Below: Phil Cole, 3rd C1 Man Grand Vet 2.

Mike Fremont, 4th C1 Man Grand Veteran 2.

Phil Cole, considering the meaning of life, and then getting it. Bottom two photos, left column, copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Top three photos, left column, and top right photo copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins Lower right photos of Phil Cole copyright © 2008 by Monica Schnitger

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Marathon: C1S Stock Canoe Man (+Woman) and C1 Unlimited

C1 Stock Canoe Man - Trial - short course (!) – Sunday, August 10 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 U1 Jeff Shenberger (PA), 46 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:57:02 2 U4 Jim Anderson (IN), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:02:38 3 U6 Brian Benson (IN), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:04:20 4 U7 Jack Wait (IN), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:15:51 5 U8 Tadd Bowman (IN), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:18:47 6 U5 James McGrory (MN), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19:55 7 U3 Steve Evertson (IN), 57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21:00 8 U2 John Sullivan (IN), 58 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21:17 C1 Stock Canoe Woman - Trial - no participants C1 Unlimited Man Marathon (Demo) – Wednesday, August 6 1= 3 Mark Wendolowski (MA), 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:02:33 1= 2 John Edwards (FL), 59 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:02:33 3 1 Gareth Stevens (WI), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:03:27 4 4 John Hazel (MI), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:04:04 C1 Unlimited Woman (Demo) - no participants Jeff Shenberger, 1st place in the C1 Stock Canoe Man Trial. The eight participant support level ensures that this will become a championship event.

The C1 Stock Trial

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Benson unday was another interesting day of racing. I had planned to watch my daughter race C2 Woman Junior but I was given a chance to race in the C1 stock class so, as any canoer would, I raced. (My thanks to Jim Anderson and John Diller for making it possible). I took the shuttle to the start. (Concerns heard prior to Nationals were unfounded.) As for the race, I wasn’t sure what to expect having never been in a C1 Stock boat. I found it just a bit slower than my C1, so it was a very pleasant race. I can see a real benefit to this class, as I find myself not able to practice enough to compete at the higher level. I think there are many of us in this boat (no pun intended), so having a class of boat that is less competitive gives us a chance to still compete, yet not get completely blown away by the competition. It also gives the individuals that have stock C1s a chance to race without spending $3K for a boat to be competitive. It was a very good race and I will do it again. I hope it becomes more than a trial class.

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Jim Anderson, 2nd C1 Stock Canoe Man.

Brian Benson, 3rd C1 Stock Canoe Man.

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Jack Wait, 4th C1 Stock Canoe Man.

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Tadd Bowman, 5th C1 Stock Canoe Man.

Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


Marathon C1 Woman Open, Master, Senior, and Veteran 1

Holly Reynolds (foreground) “in the race” with Connie Cannon - see story, right. Joanna Faloon, 1st Senior.

C1 Woman Open, Master, Senior, Veteran 1 – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, names, state or province, age, time) 1 F5 Connie Cannon (MI), 47 . . . . . . . . (1st Master) . . . . . . . 2:26:14 2 E2 Holly Reynolds (NY), 28 . . . . .(1st Open) . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:28:37 3 G1 Joanna Faloon (ON), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1st Senior) . . . . 2:29:56 4 H1 Beth Schluter (WI), 64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1st Veteran 1) 2:37:50 5 F3 Pam Fitzgerald (NY), 47 . . . . . . . . .(2nd Master) . . . . . . 2:40:10 6 G3 Jan Perrin (WI), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(2nd Senior) . . . 2:41:26 7 E1 Meghan McDonough (IN), 31 (2nd Open) . . . . . . . . . . . 2:42:41 8 E3 Karen Levitt (MA), 40 . . . . . . .(3rd Open) . . . . . . . . . . . 2:44:53 9 E4 Anne Manns (MN), 46 . . . . . . (4th Open) . . . . . . . . . . . 2:54:01 10 F2 Mary Jo Monte (OH), 43 . . . . . . . . (3rd Master) . . . . . . 2:55:35 11 F4 Janet Perry (IL), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4th Master) . . . . . . 2:57:32

C1 Woman Veteran 2 - no participants

C1 Woman

Beth Schluter, 1st Veteran 1.

Connie’s better stability came into play and she started to pull away. Holly was . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Gillespie paddling an 18´6˝ boat for the first time in a race and was tentative on the wakes. On to one of the most competitive, In the upstream portion, Connie coneagerly awaited races of the weekend: tinued to pull away for a solid win. C1 Woman. Holly Reynolds won the Open division and Connie Cannon In Holly’s words: “I had been eagerly won Master, but the race between them awaiting the race between Connie and was a good one. me. There aren’t very many women who have figured out how to make a C1 They were neck and neck for the first hour and 15 min or so. I got to see the really move, but I think Connie and I have that down. It was truly exciting race as we gradually caught up to them to be duking it out with Connie and I in our C2 Men’s race. First one would am most certainly looking forward to take the lead by a few boats, then the the next time we meet. Connie is a true other – back and forth! It was as we competitor, and a fantastic person. I’d passed them by and our wakes hit, first from the two lead teams and then from gladly lose to her any day – so long as I am IN the race with her!” Matt Streib and Matt Meersman, that Connie Cannon, 1st Master and fastest overall.

Pam Fitzgerald, 2nd Master. Meghan McDonough, 2nd Open, with Beth Schluter behind her.

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Marathon C1 Woman Junior Championship & Barton Cup C1 Challenge

C1 Woman Junior Championship & Barton Cup Challenge (short course) – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, name, state, age, time) 1 Z4 Sarah Tompkins (MI) B, 18 – Barton Cup Winner* . . . . 2:07:57 2 Z2 Nathalie Hanson (MI) B, 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:15:13 3 Z10 Lilly Manns (MN), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:15:41 4 Z9 Alice Flanders (MN), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19:19 5 Z5 Anna Tompkins (MI) B, 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:35 6 Z1 Katherin Donovan (NY), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:06 7 Z3 Jaclyn Stone (MI) B, 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:33:07 8 Z8 Ellen Roy (MN), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:39:06 dnf Z6 Teegan Harrington (MN), 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dnf Special Recognition: Anna Tompkins 1st 12-14; Jaclyn Stone 2nd 12-14 * Sarah Tompkins also received a Zaveral canoe paddle, donated by the Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association. . . . . Note: “B ” indicates that the paddler qualified to compete for the Barton Challenge Cup by participating in a Barton Qualifying Race. For information about Barton Challenge Qualifying Races, please contact Miranda Robinson at mirandafae@gmail.com

Above, Nathalie Hanson, 2nd C1 Woman Junior, with Chris Tompkins chasing her to the upstream buoy. Below: Anna Tompkins going for the buoy, followed by Katherin Donovan and Jackie Stone.

Sarah Tompkins , C1 Woman Junior champion and Barton Cup winner, catching Jeff Lindstrom.

Katherin Donovan, 6th C1 Woman Junior.

Nicholas McGrory looks over his shoulder at Alice Flanders and Lilly Manns, who are chasing him hard. Ellen Roy (left) and Teegan Harrington, 8th & 9th C1 Woman Junior.

Jackie Stone, 7th C1 Woman Junior.

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Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


Marathon C1 Woman Junior Championship & Barton Cup C1 Challenge

Battle Wounds

. . . . . . . . Sarah Tompkins utterflies take flight in my stomach as I bandage up my fingers with white sticky medical tape. The blisters on six of my fingers sting as each wrap of tape goes around. I have been canoeing for three years. “How could I be getting this many blisters now?” I think. I bend my fingers like I am scratching the air. “Oh! Is it really that bad?” my teammate Nathalie asks. “No, I just don’t want to get anymore.” I finish wrapping my sixteen blisters and prepare my boat. The boat I am using is not owned by our club. I borrowed it from Don Browning. Definitely better than my boat last year, I think, as I adjust the seat and foot rests. Last year at Nationals, I came in second to one of my teammates. It was hard, as she was younger and had a nice boat that was faster than mine. This time, I get the nice boat. I put my boat in the tiny opening between the dock and the shore. The water is very cold. I was already freezing when I woke up this morning, so I put on many layers. But now I am down to my shorts and bathing suit in the cold water. I slip into my boat and as I paddle away, my mom and dad wish me luck with a cheerleader like “Go Sarah!” I have to paddle about fifty yards up stream to the starting line. All the youth canoeists, boys and girls, all ages, start together. I am in the Woman Junior division: sixteen to eighteen year olds. The starting line is marked by two round orange buoys. We sit in our boats waiting for the race to start. Most of us, trying not to flip over, are paddling around and moving in and out of each other’s space. The area for the start is no larger than a quarter of a football field. We all manage to come up to the starting line. There are only minutes now until the race starts. The butterflies in my stomach take flight again. I turn to my left and talk to my friend Erik who is also in a black C1. “So I hope this start isn’t like the one yesterday!” he says.

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“Yeah! They didn’t give us any warning. They were like, Ready? POW!” I laugh. On our left is a pontoon boat. It has two men in it. They are the starters. Right now they are talking on their walkietalkies to people on shore. As they keep talking, the racers start getting bored and start to talk, too. Suddenly, the men in the pontoon interrupt the murmur. “We’ll sound the gun when everyone is lined up at the start. There will be no warning,” the starter says. The butterflies beat harder. “The race will begin in one minute.” We all begin to converse again, all wondering if the start will be anything like yesterday. Then the air is split by a loud crack. In less than four seconds five things run through my brain: Was that the gun? It was! Crap! Wait, I’m not ready! Move arms! MOVE! I immediately dig my four-ounce paddle into the water pulling it back, feeling the force of a four-hundred pound paddle. My boat jerks forward. I dig in again and again forcing the water behind me with a solid swoosh. The water swirls and splashes around me as I hammer into the surface. The boats next to me crash into each other. I am out of their way, making a break for it. I pull ahead of the rest and take a full lead pushing my arms into near numbness. I push myself through the thick water two miles up stream then ten miles down stream. I keep digging in, forcing the river past me while the gap between me and the second place paddler grows wider and wider. I am in first place in my division! Wait, don’t get too excited. Anything can happen and I don’t want to jinx it. I glance behind me panicked each time by the sight of a canoe. The canoe behind me is too far away to see who is in it, but I don’t dwell on this. I keep pushing forward. After what feels like hours I come to the giant highway bridge. This is the point I need to kick it up a notch. The finish line is only about a mile away from the bridge. I want to finish strong. I think: I’ll stroke a little faster after the bridge. I begin to speed up. As I pass under the structure I begin digging in a little deeper

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and stroking a little faster. My arms shout back at me, almost refusing to push any harder. I ignore them. I come around a familiar bend and see a tiny orange dot in the distance. This is my goal. The bright orange buoy beams excitement and accomplishment at me. I glance behind me to see my competition. There is no one in sight. My body tingles with adrenaline and excitement. It’s time to put it in high gear and finish with a bang! I dig as deep as I can and push my canoe forward with energy made from thin air. My body fights back and my arms are going numb. I can’t feel anything but the boat flying forward. I can hear the distant enthusiastic cheers coming from shore. They give me the boost I need. Now I am soaring. I am so close to it I can feel the victory. With only a few feet left, all I can see is the finish. Everything turns into a slow motion dream-like stage. Then I reach my goal. The tip of my canoe passes by the bright orange buoy. Loud cheers ring through my ears. I proclaim my pride and raise my paddle above my head, screaming out my excitement. I exit my boat, leaping onto shore. I hug my family and slap hands with others, showing my blistered fingers for all to see, displaying my battle wounds. Afterward, there is an awards ceremony. Everyone gathers around the back of the building on shore. There is a long table holding many trophies and medals. Next to the table is a microphone where they announce the winning canoers. A man walks up to the microphone. His name is Larry Liquori. He is the president of the United States Canoe Association. He begins naming paddlers. The racers walk up to him, receiving their prizes. He calls up Jackie, Anna, and then Nathalie. Now I know it’s my turn. The butterflies return and flutter in excitement. Larry calls my name and I rise out of my seat. Cheers surround me as I walk toward my prize. He hangs a heavy gold medal around my neck and shakes my battle-wounded hand. And I think to myself, “I love this!”

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Marathon C1 Man Junior Championship & Barton Cup C1 Challenge

C1 Man Junior Championship & Barton Cup Challenge (short course) – Saturday, August 9 — (position, boat number, name, state, age, time) 1 Y3 Griffin Williams (MI) -B, 18 – Barton Cup Winner* . . . 1:49:16 2 Y7 Dylan Freedman (NY), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:49:44 3 Y1 Josh Quintel (MI) B, 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:58:43 4 Y6 Erik VanDis (MI) B, 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:02:21 5 Y14 Aaron Vidusek (IL) B, 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:02:55 6 Y13 Thomas Sayger (AR) B, 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:06:52 7 Y8 Jeff Lindstrom (IL) B, 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:08:54 8 Y11 Ethan Evenson (MN), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:10:50 9 Y2 Chris Tompkins (MI) B, 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:18:40 10 Y12 Nicholas McGrory (MN), 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19:59 11 Y4 Chad Cannon (MI), 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:21 12 Y9 Justin Reker (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:38:41 13 Y10 Ryan Bennett (MI), 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:42:20 Special Recognition: Chad Cannon 1st 9-11; Nicholas McGrory 1st 1214; Justin Reker 2nd 12-14; Ryan Bennett 3rd 12-14 * Griffin Williams also received a Zaveral canoe paddle, donated by the Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association. . . . . Note: “B” indicates that the paddler qualified to compete for the Barton Challenge Cup by participating in a Barton Qualifying Race. For information about Barton Challenge Qualifying Races, please contact Miranda Robinson at mirandafae@gmail.com

Dylan Freedman, 2nd C1 Man Junior.

Josh Quintel, 3rd C1 Man Junior.

Thomas Sayger, 6th C1 Man Junior. Justin Reker, 12th C1 Man Junior. Above: Griffin Williams, Barton Cup C1 and USCA C1 Junior champion. Below, l to r: Erik VanDis, Aaron Vidusek, and Ethan Evenson, 4th, 5th, and 10th C1 Man Juniors.

Ethan Evenson, 10th C1 Man Junior.

Chad Cannon (ahead) and Ryan Bennett, 11th & 13th.

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Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


Marathon K1 Woman Junior and K1 Man Junior Barton Cup Challenge Austin Schwinn, 2nd K1 Man Junior.

Jackie Stone, 3rd K1 Woman Junior, with Luis Comelli behind.

K1 Woman Junior Barton Cup Challenge (short course) – Friday, August 8 — (position, boat number, name, state, age, time) 1 N1 Nathalie Hanson (MI) B, 16 - Barton Cup winner* . . . . 1:58:02 2 N3 Sarah Tompkins (MI) B, 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:04:08 3 N2 Jaclyn Stone (MI) B 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:14:55 4 N4 Anna Tompkins (MI) B, 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:14:59 * Nathalie Hanson also received an Epic Kayak’s kayak paddle, donated by Greg Barton’s company, Epic Kayaks. . . . . Note: “B” indicates that the paddler qualified to compete for the Barton Challenge Cup by participating in a Barton Qualifying Race. For information about Barton Challenge Qualifying Races please contact Miranda Robinson at mirandafae@gmail.com K1 Man Junior Barton Cup Challenge (short course) – Friday, August 8 1 M3 Griffin Williams (MI) B, 18 - Barton Cup winner* . . . . . 1:38:09 2 M7 Austin Schwinn (IN) B, 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:41:25 3 M2 Chris Tompkins (MI) B, 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:58:30 4 M4 Erik VanDis (MI) B, 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:01:42 5 M8 Luis Comelli (GA), 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:08:49 6 M6 Tomáš Kratka (IL), 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:10:07 7 M5 Martin Kratka (IL), 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:54:23 * Griffin Williams also received an Epic Kayaks kayak paddle, donated by Greg Barton’s company, Epic Kayaks. . . . . Note:  “B” indicates that the paddler qualified to compete for the Barton Challenge Cup by participating in a Barton Qualifying Race. For information about Barton Challenge Qualifying Races, please contact Miranda Robinson at mirandafae@gmail.com K1 Junior start: Griff Williams, K1 Man Junior Barton Cup winner, followed by Nathalie Hanson, the Woman’s Barton Cup winner, and Sarah Tompkins, 2nd K1 Junior Woman.

Anna Tompkins, 4th K1 Woman Junior, with Luis Comelli beside.

Chris Tompkins, 3rd K1 Man Junior, followed by Erik VanDis and Tomáš Kratka. Tomáš Kratka, 6th K1 Man Junior.

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Martin Kratka, 7th K1 Man Junior.

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C1 Woman Barton Cup winner, Sarah Tompkins, kneeling. Standing, l to r: Katie Donovan, Alice Flanders, Nathalie Hanson, Anna Tompkins, Lilly Manns, Jackie Stone. Paddle donated by the Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association (WCRA).

C1 Man Barton Cup winner, Griffin Williams, kneeling. Standing, l to r: Nicholas McGrory, Chad Cannon, Josh Quintel, Justin Reker, Erik VanDis, Dylan Freedman, Aaron Vidusek, Ryan Bennett, Thomas Sayger. Paddle donated by WCRA.

K1 Man Barton Cup winner, Griffin Williams, kneeling. Standing, l to r: Austin Schwinn, Chris Tompkins. Paddle donated by Epic Kayaks.

K1 Woman Barton Cup winner, Nathalie Hanson, kneeling. Standing, l to r: Sarah Tompkins, Jackie Stone. Paddle donated by Epic Kayaks.

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K2 Unlimited Men – Friday, August 8 (position, boat number, name(s), state or province, age, time) 1 C3 Sonja Gilman (IN), 48 / Guy Gilman (IN), 52 . . . . . . . . 2:16:28 2 C2 Bob Dean (ME), 71 / Anita Allen (FL), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . 2:18:39 dnf C1 Ted Beatty (IN), 47 / Kelly Harrington (IN), 41 . (broken rudder) Bob Dean, bow, and Anita Allen.

Sonja & Guy Gilman, 2008 K2 Unlimited marathon champions. Anke Toth, 3rd K1 Unlimited Woman.

K1 Unlimited Woman – Sunday, August 10 1 D1 Jaya Elleson (WI), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:22:52 2 D3 Sonja Gilman (IN), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:07 3 D6 Anke Toth (FL), 38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:37:06 4 D2 Anita Allen (FL), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:43:31 5 D7 Kelly Harrington (IN), 41 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:47:49 Special Recognition: Jaya Elleson 1st 40-49; Anita Allen 1st 50-59 Jaya Elleson, K1 Unlimited Woman champion for 2008.

Anita Allen, 4th K1 Unlimited Woman.

Sonja Gilman, heading to 2nd place in the K1 Unlimite Woman race.

Kelly Harrington, 5th K1 Unlimited Woman.

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K1 Unlimited

K1 Unlimited Man

— USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Elmore Holmes With an ailing back that had been bothering me the better part of a year, weary from racing in the K1 Downriver class two days before, and having slept poorly the night before, I was less confident than usual as morning broke on the final day of the Nationals. But I sucked it up and boarded the shuttle for Mottville. Friday’s race had done such a number on my back that I had stayed out of the boat completely on Saturday, but as I warmed up, I was relieved to find that I could paddle without too much pain. My class, K1 Unlimited, was the first on the day’s program, so I got my blood moving, pulled up to the line alongside my fellow kayakers, and off we went. USACK marathon team member Jason Quagliata surprised no one by sprinting into the lead and gliding off into the distance. Only Jack Toth had the courage and the speed to go after him. My nerves settled down and I found myself in the second pack along with Ron Kaiser, John Abrahams, and local boy Austin Schwinn, a USACK juniorteamer. This had been my pre-race plan: go out with paddlers I knew were a little bit better than I (specifically Ron, who had beaten me in this class by a full minute last year), and ride their wakes in the four-mile lake section. Our group reached the buoy-turn intact and swept through the turn with remarkably little jostling, prompting John to shout, “Well done, gentlemen!” A short while later Ron fell off the pace (“I just tied up,” he told me after the race), and Austin and John clearly wanted to drop me, too, but I dug in and stayed on their wake until the portage. I hopped off my Speedster in waistdeep water, wrestled the 20-foot-long bear onto my shoulder, and huffed and puffed down the narrow trail. As I re-entered the water below the dam, I realized that my lifejacket and

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Elmore Holmes, K1 Unlimited Man, 5th place.

camelback were dangling from the cord that had lashed them to my stern deck, carrying gear is among the formidable challenges of surf ski racing. I tried furiously to re-secure the load, but ended up just balancing it on the convex surface of the deck and hoping for the best. At least I would have extra incentive to keep my boat running smoothly. By the time I was paddling again, John had a lead of five or six boatlengths, and I didn’t see Austin again until he popped out from the long portage launch point. John put the hammer down and caught him. I was still gasping from the portage and was in for a lonely twelve miles as the pair began to pull away. At least my hard work on the lake had put me in a pretty good position and I was pleased to be defending fifth place. As I made the journey to Bristol, I tried to keep Austin and John in sight while sneaking glimpses over my shoulder. I did my best to drink my fluids and paddle efficiently, but as I made the first pass of Hermance Park, I was definitely starting to struggle. After rounding the buoy for the upstream leg, I was alarmed to find that Marsh Jones, Ron Kaiser, and others were not as far behind me as I had thought. All I could do was try to keep the boat moving and distract myself from the discomfort by cheering on the C2 Women and the C1 Men (in which eventual champion Calvin Hassel was en route to a winning time that beat all but three of the K1 Unlimiteds... half the paddle, twice the man). Laboring upstream, I watched Jason cruise unchallenged toward the finish line for first place. Jack was hanging

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in for a strong second. I was about 100 meters shy of the final buoy when Austin came downstream in clear possession of third. John was in fourth. I rounded the buoy and was pretty sure by this time that fifth place was all mine. Grateful to be helped by the current once more, I found just enough energy to get myself down to the finish line, elated from having pushed through the pain. Behind me, Ron had overtaken Marsh for the final medal position. As I lugged my boat to the jigging station, a friend asked me how I had done. I told him fifth place, and he said, “Not counting the ICF K1s, how did you do?” I went over it in my mind: Jason, Jack, and Austin had all raced ICF boats. “Second,” I replied. “Then as far as I’m concerned, you’re the national runnerup,” my friend said, “Those ICF boats don’t belong in the same class with surf skis and Thunderbolts and stuff.” I had already pondered this issue myself: in some ways, it does make sense to make the “Unlimited” class a “slightly limited” class. After all, there are already classes for ICF kayaks and downriver kayaks, but not exclusively for the surf skis and other 20-foot openwater kayaks that are becoming more and more popular. Then again, I could have swapped boats with Jason, Jack, or Austin, and I doubt the results would have changed much. So I’ll gladly accept my fifth-place medal and just keep doing my best as the boat classes evolve in the coming decades. Photo copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins


K1 Unlimited

— USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

K1 Unlimited Man – Sunday, August 10 1 C15 Jason Quagliata (NY), 34 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00:25 2 C7 Jack Toth (FL), 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:02:35 3 C12 Austin Schwinn (IN), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:07:58 4 C11 John Abrahams (MN), 46 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:09:52 5 C4 Elmore Holmes (TN), 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:15:30 6 C9 Ron Kaiser (PA), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:17:56 7 C10 Marsh Jones (MN), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:18:21 8 C1 Ted Beatty (IN), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19:05 9 C3 Jeff Sosa (NC), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19:21 10 C5 Brent Ernsberger (IN), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21:11 11 C13 Mike Lesnik (MT), 66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:25:00 12 C2 Stephen Knight (NC), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:36 13 C14 Mark Strachan (FL), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:42:02 dnf C6 Javier Comelli (GA), 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dnf Special Recognition: Austin Schwinn, 1st under 25; Jack Toth 1st 40-49; Marsh Jones 1st 50-59; Mike Lesnik 1st 60-69

Foreground, l to r: John Abrahams, Ron Kaiser, Austin Schwinn, Elmore Holmes, and Javier Comelli.

Jason’s Formula

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Gillespie n the K1 Unlimited race on Sunday, Forge Racing was represented by Jason Quagliata after he drove thirteen straight hours from the sprint nationals in Oklahoma City, arriving about midnight Saturday night. He showed up at the race Sunday and had to totally reconfigure the steering and seating on the kayak he was using and made it to the start line about three minutes before the gun went off. Jason must have something there, because he won despite having to wait for his competitors to ask them which way to go.

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K1 Unlimited Man, the race out front: Jack Toth and Jason Quagliata.

Jason Quagliata, portaging. Ron Kaiser, 6th place K1 Unlimited Man.

Heading for the portage: Austin Schwinn leads John Abrahams and Elmore Holmes: see Elmore’s story opposite page. Top and center left photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Other three photos copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins

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K1 ICF­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

K1 ICF Woman Open – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 S1 Betsy Arnold (IN), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:48:30 K1 ICF Woman Master – Saturday, August 9 1 T1 Sonja Gilman (IN), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:56 2 T2 Ann DeBrouwer (ON), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:49:49 3 T3 Denise Ester (WI), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:22:20 K1 ICF Man Open – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 U2 Robert Hartman (MI), 38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00:10 2 U5 Mike Herbert (AR), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:01:10 3 U6 Austin Schwinn (IN), 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:09:35 4 U3 Mark Wendolowski (MA), 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:10:19 5 U4 Javier Comelli (GA), 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:16:09 6 U1 Rob Tranter (ON), 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:31:17

Betsy Arnold, K1 ICF Woman Open champion. Jack Toth, K1 ICF Man Master division champion, and 3rd overall in K1 ICF.

K1 ICF Man Master – Saturday, August 9 1 V4 Jack Toth (FL), 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:02:55 2 V1 Jeff Sosa (NC), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:27:45 3 V5 Jacob Rabatin (OH), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:28:14 4 V3 Stephen Knight (NC), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:31:02 5 V2 Doug Keiper (FL), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:51:02

The K1 ICF Open Race . . .

Later, I happened to be pulling, and took a horrible line. We went through a shallow section where both our rudders dragged on the bottom. I think Mike’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rob Hartman ended up the worse for wear. enjoyed the course, and liked the fact We were together after that until the downstream turn where things got that it had a portage. Somehow the layout of the course made it interesting, a little heated as we hit the turn at the same time as a canoe. Then I got as we didn’t cover the same ground too much. It was a fun day for me, and pro- tangled up on a stump or something and nearly got wet. Somehow, I was vided incentive to make the trip to PA able to collect myself and get back with next year. I’m always really impressed with the canoe paddlers I see at Nation- Mike in that tricky section of the river als – such a wide age range of competi- after the turn with the two trees sticking out into the current. And I was able to tors, and competition at a high level. pull away a bit on the way upstream to I didn’t know who was coming at all the final turn. and was surprised that Mike Herbert made the trip, since he lives in Arkansas. And from Mike Herbert’s seat: Mike is a truly nice guy and a legend Robert ran a very good race, but I got in in a K1, so I was concerned about bethe shallows and it knocked my ruding able to hang with him. He and I der straight backwards, which made were challenged by Jack Toth, who was a hole in the kayak big enough to let mixing things up between the three of water come in. So, by the time I got to us in the lake section of the course, and the upstream leg, too many gallons of hung close enough to us throughout to water in the boat scrubbed my speed too keep the pressure on. I was able to get much, and I couldn’t give him much of away a little bit at the portage, but not a a challenge. That is racing and my hat is lot, since Mike announced his presence off to him for the win. I look forward on my wash in no time with a friendly to next year’s Nationals. “Hello!”

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Javier Comelli, 5th K1 ICF Man Open. Rob Tranter, 6th K1 ICF Man Open.

Photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


K1 ICF­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

Ann DeBrouwer, 2nd K1 ICF Woman Master.

Sonja Gilman, K1 ICF Woman Master champion.

Denise Ester, 3rd K1 ICF Woman Master.

Mike Herbert leading Rob Hartman in the K1 ICF Man Open marathon, in a close –and eventful (see stories opposite)–race. And see Rich Hodgkins’ awesome cover photo. Jeff Sosa (left) and Jake Rabatin (right), 2nd and 3rd K1 ICF Man Master, with Sonja Gilman, then Stephen Knight, behind her. Stephen Knight, 4th K1 ICF Man Master.

Mark Wendolowski, with Austin Schwinn (photo left) and Javier Comelli following him to the upstream buoy in the K1 ICF Man Open division. Center right photo copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins All other photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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K1 Downriver­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

K1 Downriver Woman – Friday, August 8 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 B1 Jaya Elleson (WI), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:29:46 2 B2 Betsy Arnold (IN), 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:36:25 3 B3 Alicia Wendolowski (MA), 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:51:46 Special Recognition: Jaya Elleson 1st 40-49 K1 Downriver Man – Friday, August 8 1 A6 Matt Streib (IN), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:05:24 2 A7 Steve Corlew (MI), 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:06:28 3 A2 Elmore Holmes (TN), 40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:18:24 4 A1 Earl Metzler (IN), 57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:33:47 5 A5 Doug Keiper (FL), 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:46:13 6 A4 Marsh Jones (MN), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:26:27 Special Recognition: Matt Streib 1st 40-49; Earl Metzer 1st 50-59; Doug Keiper 1st 60-69

Jaya Elleson, K1 Downriver Woman champ. Alicia Wendolowski, 3rd K1D Woman.

Earl Metzler, 4th K1 Downriver Man.

Doug Keiper, 5th K1 Downriver Man. Above - about two seconds after and, below - about four seconds after, the start of the K1 Downriver marathon. Steve Corlew (boat A7) pulls away from Elmore Holmes (A2), but Matt Streib (below, in A1) is right with Steve. The other paddlers in view are Jaya Elleson and Earl Metzler in the photo above, and Betsy Arnold in both photos.

Marsh Jones, 6th K1 Downriver Man.

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K1 Downriver­ — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

K1 Touring Woman – Sunday, August 10 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 F1 Dawn McCracken (PA), 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:02:42

Dawn McCracken, K1 T champion.

K1 Touring Man – Sunday, August 10 1 E9 Steve Rosenau (NC), 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:20:06 2 E5 Jim Goochee (PA), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:22:04 3 E8 Ed Leszek (OH), 62 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:38 4 E2 Jacob Rabatin (OH), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:55 5 E1 Bob Dean (ME), 71 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:26:57 6 E6 Guy Gilman (IN), 52 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:31:45 7 E10 Jerry Patton (PA), 69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:37:01 Special Recognition: Steve Rosenau 1st 50-59; Ed Lesnik 1st 60-69; Bob Dean 1st 70-79

Above: Jake Rabatin, 4th K1 T Man by two seconds over Bob Dean (below, ahead). Beside Bob is Stephen Knight in K1 Unlimited class.

Steve Rosenau, heading for the upstream buoy – and the K1 Touring Man Open title. Ted Beatty, paddling in the K1 Unlimited class, is on his inside. Guy Gilman, 6th K1 Touring Man.

Jerry Patton, 7th K1 Touring Man. Ed Leszek chasing Jim Goochee’s rudder around the upstream buoy, with Sonja Gilman (2nd place K1 Unlimited Woman) and Guy Gilman (6th K1 T Man) followRight column, top two photos copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins All other photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)

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K1 Sea Kayak — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

K1 Sea Kayak Woman Open – Saturday, August 9 (position, boat number, name, state or province, age, time) 1 D2 Anita Allen (FL), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:45:05 2 D4 Betsy Bellario (IL), 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:54:52 3 D1 Wendy Brinson (IN), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:55:50 4 D3 Dawn McCracken (PA), 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:04:16 Special Recognition: Betsy Bellario 1st 40-49; Anita Allen 1st 50-59 K1 Sea Kayak Man Open – Saturday, August 9 1 C2 Clarence Short (FL), 63 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:21:38 2 C4 Steve Rosenau (NC), 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:24:14 3 C10 Joe White (OH), 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:29:59 4 C15 Ed Leszek (OH), 62 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:30:02 5 C5 Jim Goochee (PA), 56 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:31:28 6 C8 Steve Peterson (IN), 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:32:55 7 C14 Jerry Patton (PA), 69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:35:42 8 C6 Milan Kratka (IL), 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:37:46 9 C1 Brian Beato (IN), 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:38:16 10 C7 Mike Caudill (OH), 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:39:59 11 C3 Steven Horney (IN), 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:43:41 12 C11 Steve Schwinn (IN), 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:44:36 13 C9 Matthew Conrad (IN), 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:47:42 14 C13 Dan Plath (IN), 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:52:25 dnf C12 Marsh Jones (MN), 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dnf Special Recognition: Steve Peterson 1st 40-49; Steve Rosenau 1st 50-59; Clarence Short 1st 60-69

Clarence Short, 2008 USCA Sea Kayak Man Open marathon champion.

Steve Rosenau, 2nd Sea Kayak Man Open.

Joe White chasing Ed Leszek. In the end, Joe beat Ed by 3 seconds to take 3rd place. Heading to the portage: Steve Peterson ahead of Jim Goochee and Jerry Patton.

After a slow start above the dam, Milan Kratka made up a lot of time to finish in 8th place. Brian Beato (9th Sea Kayak Man) being waked by Anita Allen, 2008 Sea Kayak Woman champion,as they head for the upstream buoy after the start. Following Anita are, to her left, Steven Horney (who finished 11th) and behind, Mike Caudill (10th).

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Right column, second from bottom © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins All other photos copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts)


State Points, Youth Division Points — USCA 2008 Nationals, Dedicated to the Memory of Patrick Sawyer

State Points Award

second place, and so on down to five for This interstate competition has been going on since almost day one of the tenth place. Association. We are able to find state This year, USCA National Stock Alumipoint winners further back than are ach year at the USCA National num Canoe Marathon Championships recorded on the traveling trophy which Marathon Championships, the State were held after the Canoe & Kayak Mar- was donated to USCA by NYCRA, New Points traveling trophy is awarded to the athon Nationals, and so those results did York Canoe Racing Association (now state with the highest number of points not contribute to the points total for the NYMCRA, with the M for Marathon) accumulated for marathon racing. Each trophy. (In years when the Aluminum in 1977. But, the official record starts day of the Marathon races, points are Nationals predate the “main” Nationals, when the trophy arrived on the scene 31 years ago. awarded 50 points for first place, 45 for they do count. Bizarre but true.)

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State Points Table Michigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3520 Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1285 New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1240 Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1030 Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 920 Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 670 Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 620 Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 605 Pennsylvania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 550 Massachusetts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 460 Arkansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320 North Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . 215

Youth Sprint Points Division Award

A trophy was donated in 1997 for a Youth Sprints Division Points award. The awarding of points follows the same pattern as for the Marathon State Points Award (see above). The states comprising the divisions described in the table to the right can be checked on page 84 of this issue. Non-US paddlers do not earn points. Notes and doodles:

Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190

Division Points for Youth Sprints Division 3 ( East North Central) 3100 Division 1 (South Atlantic, East South Central, West South Central) 385 Division 2 (Mountain Pacific, West North Central) 370 Division 4 (New York Organized Division) 295 Division 5 (New England)

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2008 Paddler of the Year – Ken Gerg Here is the nomination, submitted by Mark Anthony, Matt Anthony, Randy Bailey, Lisa Bainey, Judy Jeanes, Mary Ann Pontius, and Teresa Stout to the Executive Committee (excluding Ken). “1. Delegate to USCA since 1993. Never missed an Annual Meeting. Currently serving second term as Vice President. “2. Hosted the first stand alone USCA Aluminum Nationals on April 6, 1998. Ken was instrumental in promoting the aluminum boat as a “stand alone” event when it was decided to eliminate the class from the summer Nationals. The 1998 event was one of the largest in attendance until very recently.

Paddler of the Year Award

mental in helping organize a number of other local races which have grown and prospered.

“12. Serves as President of the Penn/Jersey Division of USCA (approximately 70 members).

“9. Made the original proposal to use the 17 ft canoe at the Aluminum Nationals. The original proposal however was without all of the currently allowed internal canoe modifications; idea was to make “livery boats” raceable.

“13. Serves as President and Newsletter Editor for the Pennsylvania Association of Canoeing & Kayaking for 12 years (PACK membership has varied between 165 and 200).

“10. Proposed the introduction of the Stock boat at USCA Nationals in the hopes of recruiting more members to the USCA. Toward that end, Ken has

“4. Produced a USCA Aluminum Nationals video which is still available. “5. Paddled in all but three USCA Nationals since 1987 (21 years). Missed paddling in these because of illness (but attended) in Jersey Shore, the others in Syracuse, NY and Gainesville, GA. Paddled in five USCA Aluminum Ken Gerg, Paddler of the Year, 2008 Nationals. – with his trophy in one arm and the “6. CONVINCED Jim Decker of lovely Joanne Gerg in his other. the Warren, PA Chamber to host a PA State Championship race. provided flyers to many stock boat padAfter a successful venture, COERCED dlers, both at the Clinton and the AdJim to bid on the USCA Nationals and irondack 90, which resulted in growing the rest is history – good history it interest. *** Provided all medals for the would seem. Stock Canoe introduction – through

“8. In addition to the Warren USCA “Nationals” course, he has been instru-

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“15. Ken was Race Sponsor & Managing Director of the Cameron County Canoe & Kayaking Classic for 17 years (second largest canoe race in Pennsylvania.) The race has been taken over in recent years by Randy Bailey and, if things keep moving in the current direction, it will be the largest in Pennsylvania. “16. Ken is also a devoted paddler, having completed 20 General Clinton 70-Miler races with 4 first Places in Class finishes and two 2nd places in Class. He has 20 Adirondack 90-Miler races under his belt with 10 first place finishes, 3 second place finishes and 3 third places finishes (3,200 miles in two events).

“3. Hosted a second USCA Aluminum Nationals 5 years later, drawing attendance from twelve states.

“7. Established the Warren USCA Nationals course (it has been modified only very slightly since Ken’s original layout). Despite a few exceptions, it is probably one of the favorite venues of many USCA paddlers.

“14. Produces 5 to 6 newsletters (Current Paddler) annually.

the Demo & Trial years.

“17. On average (including Nationals), he normally paddles 14 races annually and is approaching 20,000 lifetime miles. “18.Continually promotes canoeing and canoe racing as a healthful form of exercise and tries to encourage young people to get involved. Photo attached of one of his favorite protégés (Matt Anthony age 15) in the bow and Ken age 70 in the stern for a hard won third place sprint finish. “Finally, Ken has promoted canoeing for close to 25 years. We therefore nominate him for ‘Paddler of the Year’.”

“11. Made the original proposal to ini“Maybe he should qualify for tiate the Mens/Womens Veterans 1 & ‘Paddler of the DECADE!’ ” 11 and Grand Veterans 1 & 11 classes and donated a number of traveling – writes Joanne Gerg. trophies to these classes (both men’s and women’s trophies). Congratulations, Ken. Well deserved.

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USCA Youth Encouragement Award 2008 – Clifton Rickey

Youth Encouragment Award

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gareth Stevens ere is the YEA nomination for that swayed the Committee:

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“I think I joined the USCA around 1989.My first Nationals were at Columbus Ohio in 1994, when my sons Cody and Casey, aged 14 and 11, paddled together in the 500 meter sprints. They were little guys back then.”

“Nomination for the Youth Encouragement Award, submitted August 9, 2008:

“USCA members Jim Short, Donna Short, Doug Pennington, Tave Lamperez, Stephen Lynn (a former recipient of the Youth Encouragement Award) and a host of AR, MO, & IL paddlers wish to nominate Clifton Rickey, a long time USCA member (a member since 1989 and Nationals participant since 1994) for the Youth Encouragement Award. “We feel that based on what he has done in our area with youth paddlers he is worthy. “In July 2007 he hosted the USCA Aluminum Championships, and with his work with local high schools and scout groups brought record participation by young people to the Aluminum Nationals. In the same year, he started a Venture Scout group (#455) and brought eight new paddlers into the sport and to the 120-mile White River Venture Scout Race – a three-day multi-stage relay in aluminum canoes and USCA cruisers – in 2007. In 2008 he introduced nine more new paddlers. “He has provided boats, paddles, equipment, coaching experience and transportation. And, as part of his mission to make the sport of canoeing fun, he has organized in both years pleasure floats and campouts, investing a great amount of personal time and energy. “He clearly aims to continue this activity year in and year out. “In addition he encourages his youth to come to the USCA Nationals. “This year’s Nationals is one of the few he has missed, due to special family circumstances. Nonetheless, we would appreciate you considering the nomination at this time.” Photos copyright © 2008 by Clifton Rickey

“Besides our regular Arkansas and Missouri paddlers, with whom I have since became good friends, I can remember seeing Jeff Stevens and John Giear from Kentucky and a guy named Val from Oklahoma. I was amazed at how fast they could paddle. Joe Breashers had organized the race.

After the Nationals I sent a letter of congratulations to Clif, and asked him a few questions and for some photos of his recent canoeing protegés. The YEA trophy had already been delivered to him by his Arkansas paddling friends. One of the photos was of Clif himself, holding the Trophy (see above).

“The first photo, below, is of my second and third year paddlers who wanted to paddle together for the White River Race.

Here is Clif’s reply, and his commentary on the other photos he sent:

“Normally they would have raced in the mixed class but the two Lee brothers wanted to paddle together at least part of the time. Dustin was able to be in on leave from the US Marine Corps and was going to Iraq after the race.

“I started canoe racing in 1987 at 32 years of age, about one month after my first time in a canoe. My first race was on the 11-Point River in Missouri.

“The Lee boys raced in the Advanced Boys class and placed 3rd. I was very proud of all of them as they paddled hard and never gave up.

Left to right: Dustin Lee, Tabby Garrett, Clifton Rickey, Mandy Simmons, Cody Lee, and Nathan White

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Youth Encouragment Award

USCA Annual Meeting

Left to right: Alex Iacampo, Cathy Iacampo, Josh Winslow, and Sammy Iacampo.

2008 Semiannual Meeting Highlights

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Theiss, Secretary ollowing are the highlights of the USCA Semiannual Meeting that was held on Friday, August 8 at Bristol, Indiana at the site of the 41st Annual USCA National Marathon Canoe & Kayak Championships. Attendance at the meeting was very good and a quorum was established.

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Highlights 1. Lightning and Safety. A member discussed his recent encounter with lightning during a canoe race (for details see page 7). Concern that race sponsor did not alert racers of the conditions and continued to start races even with lightning in the area. “The second photo (above) shows Alex Iacampo, Cathy Iacampo, Josh Winslow, and Sammy Iacampo. Alex and Cathy placed 1st in the Mixed Beginners class with Josh and Sammy getting 2nd, and only a couple of minutes behind after the three days of racing. These are all first year paddlers. I am very proud of them as they came a long way this year. “I have a short story about Cathy Iacampo. As a requirement before canoeing Boy Scouts of America requires everyone to pass a 100-yard swimming test. Cathy was not able to finish the test on her first try. But she was determined, and she came back two weeks later and swam the 100 yards. “Then she came to her first canoe practice, on a small lake we have here in Pocahontas. She was having flashbacks from a bad canoe wipeout she’d had years earlier. It was hard even to get her in the canoe. “After much reassurance we started slowly going around the edge of the lake. She gradually gained confidence and learned how to draw and brace, etc. “Then we moved our practices back to Black River after it finally went down. (Our area experienced a severe 100-year

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Safety Committee will address this issue and establish recommendations for race sponsors to follow in a report at the Annual Meeting.

2. Financial status of Association. USCA remains in good shape even though income from insurance has declined due to cancellation of races due The Highway 67 bridge over the Black River, flooding its banks, in Pocahontas, to bad weather and low participation. in March 2008. The park where the fin- Accounting firm will file tax returns ish line was for the 2007 Aluminum Na- soon. tionals was under water. Clif ’s business 3. Increased emphasis on Canoe(on a raised area in the same park) also had a foot or two of water over the floor. Orienteering for 2009 Nationals. Chairman’s article in the June/July 2008 flood around Easter this year.) Cathy issue of Orienteering North America gave worked hardand improved. valuable hints on how to canoe-orien“Later in the summer came the White teer and promoted USCA’s events. River Race. In her first race on the first leg of the White River Race, she was 4. 2008 USCA Stock Aluminum teamed with her younger brother Alex. Nationals. As they appoached the finish of the th 17-mile leg for beginners, she had a big The 11 Annual Aluminum Nationals will be Saturday, September 27, with smile on her face and I could tell she a Sunday event for other USCA boats. was looking for someone in the crowd. (The Stock Aluminum Nationals became a That someone was me. She couldn’t separate event in 1998). wait to tell me they had won. Her brother was equally excited about their performance. Those smiles made the whole year worth it. They brought tears to my eyes.

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Highlights of the USCA Annual Meeting

5. 2009 USCA Annual Meeting – Jan 9-11.

12. USCA One Design Youth Racing Boat.

18. Financial support for USCA participants approved for 2008.

Tarpon Springs, FL is the site for the next meeting. Full details will be available later.

A prototype has been made and is being evaluated. John Edwards and Dave Diget were directed to provide a report at the 2009 Annual Meeting on the intended purposes, goals and time line for this boat.

A proposal to provide up to $1000 each to three USCA athlete participants who had been selected to attend the 2008 ICF Junior-Senior World Marathon Championships was approved. An ad hoc committee will review the applicant’s needs and funds will be disbursed. Those in consideration are Kaitlyn McElroy, Austin Schwinn and Jason Quagliata.

6. 2009 USCA Stock Aluminum Nationals. The 12th Annual Aluminum Nationals is set for May 16 on the Des Plaines (IL) River from Vernon Hills to Wheeling, IL. The Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon (one of the joint hosts of the Aluminum Nationals) will be held on May 17. See inside back cover for more details.

13. Kayak Committee Recommendations. Committee suggests that current Kayak Championship events be continued, as are. However, the ages and the numbers of kayak participants will be monitored to determine whether a trial class should be established for an age specific group.

7. 2009 USCA Marathon Canoe 14. Leadership Manual for Ofand Kayak Championships. ficers and Committee Chairs is Warren, PA will be the host of the 42nd Annual USCA National Championships being developed. from August 11-16. More details later.

8. “How to Organize a Canoe Race.” This manual is being updated for Race Sponsors who conduct USCA sanctioned races. It will be available soon.

9. On-line membership to be evaluated. Noting the success of on-line race registration at this year’s Nationals, USCA will explore the possibility to provide this on-line service for Membership. Delegates will receive complete information prior to the Annual Meeting.

19. Membership Dues Discount to groups. Should wholesale discounted membership dues be offered to youth groups such as Venture Scouts, Boy and Girl Scouts to join the USCA? To be reviewed by the following committees: Youth, Dues and Membership Review and Membership. Contact members of the committees with comments or concerns.

This manual is intended to provide assistance for each position in the Association of how to do that specific duty. Examples and other documentation will be includ- 20. Competition Committee ed. The plan is to build on the experiConcerns to be addressed at the ence of past leaders in order to grow the Annual Meeting. Association in a consistent manner. a. Portage assistance – establish rules for 15. President and Treasurer to be this assistance.

elected at the Annual Meeting.

The committee to select candidates for these positions will be chaired by Gareth Stevens, WI joined by Jacob Rabatin, OH. They were directed to select one or all from the following volunteers: Kim Greiner, NY; Judy Jeanes, PA and Cindy and Karl Vogel, FL.

b. Establish age limits for the Open Classes in the Adult Sprints. c. Establish championship status for marathon K1 Man Junior and K1 Woman Junior at Nationals.

21. Items referred to the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations Com10. Paying to have the jobs done. 16. Appointment to Audit Committee. mittee that will be presented for Which positions? To do what? Would action at the Annual Meeting. assistance make us more efficient? Each Sonja Gilman, IN; Bill Corrigan, OH; Committee Chair is to provide informa- and Harold Theiss, FL will serve on this committee. Sonja Gilman will chair tion which will evaluated at the 2009 this committee which is to provide an Annual Meeting. internal audit of the treasurers’ records 11. Additional Promotional for the 2007-2008 fiscal year at the 2009 Annual Meeting. Materials. More brochures are being considered to promote USCA to non-paddler athletes or promote other activities within the USCA.

a. Consider whether to permit full time college student dependents to be considered members under the family membership.

b. Consider whether to establish a committee the (USCA-ICF Worlds Grants Committee), designate funds 17. Safety for Youth Sprints. and other supporting structure in order USCA has mandated that the Nationals to provide financial assistance to USCA Host must provide a safety boat of some athletes who have been selected to partype to assist youth paddlers throughout ticipate at the ICF Junior-Senior World the entire event. Marathon Championships.

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Two Generations of Bartons Critique USCA Nationals

Thoughts on the USCA Nationals, in Bristol, 2008‑‑

understand what it means to win the AuSable Marathon, they will understand what it takes to be a “National Champion”. I think it would do a lot for the sport if the Nationals could come back to their former glory.

Nationals Past to Present

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Barton he Nationals have changed a lot since the first Nationals I raced in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Barton Another thing I noticed about the Naduring the summer of 1970. The only ne of my initial observations on tionals this year was the low level of par- racing classes then were: this year’s Nationticipation in the youth rac• C2 Mixed I think it would als was the lack of teams es. To any members going It is too bad that • C2 Women the Nationals do a lot for in the Open classes. to the races – BRING The C2 Mixed C2 had have become so • C2 Men the sport if the YOUR KIDS!!! Even if • C2 Men Junior only three teams in the diluted that it • C2 Men Aluminum Nationals could they have never paddled Open class, and the C2 is no longer as Now there are more come back to much before, kids always Women only had two! have fun at the sprints, prestigious as it classes than I can count. their former It also surprised me that and they get to meet other was in the 1970s Most of these classes glory. only one other woman people their own age who have less than ten boats, and 1980s. who raced at the Nation- – Rebecca Barton are interested in the sport. which really reduces the als was young enough to That is the way to promote – Bruce Barton competition. not race in the Masters class. the sport to the younger generaI think that there are way too many tion and get more participation. I had hoped that there would be more classes. It is too bad that the Nationcompetition in my races, but there must My own experiences at the Nationals als have become so diluted that it is no be more participation for that. The lack this year were great. I was racing in the longer as prestigious as it was in the of participation in the Women’s race was adult classes for the first time, and I was 1970s and 1980s. It has now become a definitely sad for my Mom, because she able to race with both of my parents. regional race, with few people traveling remembers the races in the 70s and 80s We raced against some of the best teams to compete every year. with 20-30 women’s teams showing up in the country, and even though we The USCA tries increase participation for the race. didn’t win, we had good races. I really by adding classes for everyone by have enjoyed the course and thought that it In my family, the Nationals are one of classes for pro canoes, standard canoes, had a little bit of everything. I can’t wait stock canoes, and more kayak classes the premier events during the season. until next year. To win a National title is an honor. than anyone could ever figure out. As a While the average person might not step towards increasing competition, the

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Right: Bruce Barton portaging (Rebecca hidden from camera, carrying the stern.)

Rebecca Barton and her dad raced Mixed Open on Friday at Nationals. Here they have Jon & Cassie Webb ahead of them and Dave Johnston & Karen Simpson to their right.

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age divisions within a class should be combined, with recognition given to age groups within the classes. The course in Bristol was wonderful, with the upstream and downstream and portages. It is too bad that not many Michigan paddlers participated since it was so close to home, but it is only two weeks after the AuSable Marathon and the northern Michigan paddlers just do not find it important. Left photo copyright © 2008 by David & Lynda Williams (Will Arts) Right photo copyright © 2008 by Rich Hodgkins


Dave Landenwitch, back after . . . about 35 Years?

Back, and Still in the Game

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Landenwitch After a short hiatus of approximately 35 years, the 2008 Nationals in Bristol was my comeback year. Reasons for the hiatus were many, including career and family obligations. When I left the canoeing circuit I had, in my short career, won the 1969 Junior Nationals, been a member of the 1970 World Championship flatwater team, won the 1971 Men’s Nationals, and was selected for the 1972 Olympic flatwater team. Despite being out of canoeing for so many years the memories of the friendships made, workouts that provided physical health, the thrill of the race itself, and the commune with nature all remained part of my psyche. Now, since time and circumstances permitted, I decided, with the encouragement of family and friends, to try once again to relive the glory of days gone by. Can one go back and relive those past days or are they gone forever? Upon reflection of the events at the 2008 Nationals, the answer for me ended up being – it just didn’t matter. I was able to race in many events and had a great time.

Above, September 1969, at the Nationals in Wabash, IN: David Landenwitch (with trophy) and Eric Ronemus, whose father, Thor, was one of the founders of USCA just a year earlier. Dave and Eric had just won the C2 Junior marathon championship. Do any Canoe News readers recognize any of the other faces? Below, also 1969: David Landenwitch (stern) and Roland Muhlen high-kneeling a cruiser. Roland Muhlen was at this year’s Nationals in Bristol. This is Roland’s second year back after a long hiatus from Nationals: he turned up in Warren last year much to the delight of old and new friends.

Time as always takes a toll on the physical structure, but my heart and mind were still in the game. Looking back on the races themselves I accomplished what I had set out to do – to gain experience for the next set of challenges life was to provide. I participated in five events, many of those with partners I had never raced with before. I felt that we performed very well given the circumstances. In the end I think it’s the participation that matters most, but it’s also the hope of a possible win that keeps us coming back. I would like to thank my partners Brian Benson, Meghan McDonough and Josh Quintel for racing with me, Roland Muhlen my longtime friend and coach, and my wife Jeanette who continually puts up with my issues and never waivers in her support. Hope to see everyone next year. Photos copyright © 1969, courtesy David Landenwitch.

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USCA Aluminum Nationals, Colorado River, Bastrop, Texas, September 27, 2008

Above, the start of the Women and Women Master, and, below, the start of the Men and Men Master C2 Stock Aluminum Nationals Championship classes. Full results and articles will appear in the next isue of Canoe News.

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United States Canoe Association List of Officers and Delegates (Board of Directors) 2008-2010

USCA Officers Executive Director:

John Edwards Executive Committee President & Chair:

Larry Liquori

Vice President:

Ken Gerg

Joan Theiss

Treasurer:

Kathy Edwards

Delegates Organized State & Regional Divisions Indiana Division/USCA

New York Division/USCA

Jim Dipelesi David Donner Robert Fisher Jan Whitaker

Bill Corrigan Norm Skinner

Penn Jersey Division/USCA

Judy Jeanes Ron Kaiser Jeffrey Shenberger Teresa Stout Susan Williams

Mountain Division (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)

Lynn Capen

New England Division (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

Robert Allen Pam Browning Karen Levitt Kaitlyn McElroy Priscilla Reinertsen Paula Thiel

Non Organized State & Regional Divisions

Secretary:

Terry Pontius Steve Schwinn

Ohio Division/USCA

West North Central Division Michigan Canoe Racing (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, Association SD) Dwight Walker Earl Brimeyer New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association Ted Cramer Michael Ripple West South Central Division New York Marathon Canoe (AZ, LA, OK, TX) Racing Association Pete Binion

Kim Greiner

Bob Spain

Non US Regional

Stan Machacek

Affiliated Club Delegates

Pacific Division East South Central Division (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) Veronica Wisniewski Florida Competition (AL, KY, MS, TN) Paddlers Association South Atlantic Division Neal Sanders Glennis Williams East North Central Division (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, Illinois Paddling Council SC, VA, WV) (IL, MI, WI)

John Diller Bobby Galbraith CindyVogel Karl Vogel

Everett Crozier John Hazel Joe Johnson Tave Lamperez Janet Perry Lynn Witte

North Carolina Canoe Racing Association

Steven Rosenau

Pennsylvania Association of Canoeing and Kayaking

Jerry Patton

St Charles Canoe Club

Ed Hahn

Wally Werderich

Texas Canoe Racing Association

Dave Diget

Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association

Kalamazoo Canoe & Kayak Club

Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization

Richard Steppe Gareth Stevens

Bob Dean

USCA Membership Application / Renewal Form Please print clearly

Type of Membership Fee Governing (18 & over) . . . . . . $20.00 ....... _____ Junior 5-17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.50 ........ _____ Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00 ........ _____ Race Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00 ........ _____ Club Affiliate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00 ........ _____ Business Affiliate (BA) . . . . . . $30.00 ........ _____ Business Affiliate (Enhanced)* $100.00 ........ _____ Life-Paid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $400.00 ........ _____ Foreign – remit in US Funds Canada/Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . add $5.00 ........ _____ All other countries . . . . . . . add $10.00 ........ _____ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Total:............ _____ *For the benefits of Business Associate memberships please contact Gareth Stevens, Marketing Chair, at nawal@ticon.net Please check: ....................Renewing member ____ ......... Returning member (lapse of 1 year or more) ____ ..................................................... New member If “New member” - recruited by: ......................

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Please make checks payable to USCA and mail with application form to: USCA Membership, Paula Thiel, 53 Ross Road, Preston, CT 06365

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United States Canoe Association Officers and Delegates 2008-2010 — Alphabetical List with Addresses

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581 Clifton Drive Oakland, MD 21550 (301) 334-7899 jd@savageriver.com

Robert Allen 687 Montgomery Road Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 568-8832 Jim Dipelesi rangerfiberglass@yahoo.com 4 Round Tree Drive Kings Park, NY 11754 B (631) 366-0045 Pete Binion cell (631) 379-3793 PO Box 10346 jimd@jrdtech.com College Station, TX 77842 David Donner (979) 218-4947 4883 Harlem Rd pbinion@txcyber.com Amherst, NY 14226 Earl Brimeyer (716) 839-4307 2595 Rhomberg Avenue revdonner@aol.com Dubuque, IA 52001 E (563) 583-6345 John Edwards ebrimeyer@aol.com Executive Director, USCA Pam Browning 1929 Arrowhead Dr NE 3 Tahanto Drive St Petersburg, FL 33703 Harvard, MA 01451 Work (727) 823-8000 (508) 277-5836 pjbrowning2001@yahoo.com canoechamp@aol.com Kathy Edwards C USCA Treasurer Lynn Capen 1929 Arrowhead Drive NE 459 Arapahoe Avenue St Petersburg, FL 33703-1903 Boulder, CO 80302 home (727) 522-3348 (303) 444-0187 ktae17@aol.com lcapen@riomapas.com F Bill Corrigan Robert Fisher 5888 E Kemper Road 18 Second Street Cincinnati, OH 45241 Delhi, NY 13753 (513) 530-9249 (607) 746-6034 wmcorrigan@fuse.net fisherra@delhi.edu Ted Cramer G 809 S Carroll Street Rock Rapids, IA 51246 Bobby Galbraith (712) 472-3941 1128 Jamestown Crescent tlcramer@rockrapids.net Norfolk, VA 23508 (757) 489-7582 Ev Crozier rbgalb@aol.com W 2079 Highway 64 Marinette, WI 54143 Ken Gerg, Vice President (715) 735-9763 PO Box 247 erccrc@cybrzn.com Emporium, PA 15834 (814) 486-1691 D joken2@zitomedia.net Bob Dean (Through April) PO Box 133 Kim Greiner, NYMCRA 558 Old Hwy 30 Moore Haven, FL 33471 Esperance, NY 12066 (863) 946-1219 (518) 875-6497 (May–Oct) 79 Union Street twobears@nycap.rr.com Camden, ME 04843 (407) 375 0940 (c) H Dave Diget Ed Hahn, SCCC 31483 25th St 409 N Glengarry Dr. Mattawan, MI 49071 Geneva, IL 60134 (269)-668-2928 (630) 262-9132 i_can_diget@hotmail.com edhahn@netscape.com John Diller John Hazel

147 West Ridge CR Kalamazoo, MI 49009 (269) 544-0248 johnhazel2@yahoo.com J

Judy Jeanes 1406 Strasburg Rd Apt 3 West Chester, PA 19382 (610) 793-2767 (215) 872 7409 (c) waterconfidence@yahoo.com Joe Johnson 515 5th Avenue Menominee, MI 49858 (906) 863-8101 joe49858@yahoo.com K Ron Kaiser 2865 Northway Road Williamsport, PA 17701 (570) 327-8106 Rkayak63@aol.com L Tave Lamperez 24 Roosevelt Street St Charles, IL 60174 home (630) 584-6931 work (630) 979-5234 lamperez@netscape.net lamperez@alcatel-lucent.com Karen Levitt 574 Bernardston Road Greenfield, MA 01301 (413) 773-9491 karen_levitt@nmhschool.org Larry Liquori, President 79 Locust Drive Kings Park, NY 11754 home (631) 361-9548 work (631) 269-9696 cell (631) 766-9903 uscapres@uscanoe.com

24 Roosevelt Street St Charles, IL 60174 (630) 584-6931

Terry Pontius 2536 Lafayette Dr Lafayette, IN 47909 (765) 474-9877 pontius2536@comcast.net R Priscilla Reinertsen 582 East Penacook Rd Contoocook, NH 03229 (603) 746-6491 prtsen1@comcast.net Michael Ripple, NECKRA 23 Billingham Street Somerville, MA 02144 (617) 625-3571 michael.ripple@comcast.net Steve Rosenau, NCCRA 2771 Trillium Trail Denver, NC 28037 (704) 483-4130 canunut@bellsouth.net S Neal Sanders 2308 Avondale Drive Johnson City, TN 37604-2403 (423) 282-6153 Steve Schwinn 21778 Angela Dr Goshen, IN 46526 (574) 533-3990 theschwinns@hotmail Jeffrey Shenberger 2016 Church Rd Hummelstown, PA 17036 (717) 533-1306 canoeracer@hotmail

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Norm Skinner 4265 Red Bud Rd Dresden, OH 43821 (740) 754-1213

Kaitlin McElroy PO Box 1203 Bethel, ME 04217 (207) 824-7503 kmcelroy@bates.edu

Bob Spain 401 Little Texas Lane Apt 110 Austin, TX 78745 (512) 302-1005 bob.spain@tpwd.state.tx.us

Stan Machacek 156 Grey Abbey Trail Scarborough, ON M1E 1V9 CANADA (416) 282-6641 smachacek2000@yahoo.com

Richard Steppe, TCRA 3508 Grande Bulevar Irving, TX 75062 (214) 986-4272 slowpaddler@hotmail.com

P Jerry Patton, PACK 743, Two Mile Road Port Allegany, PA 16743 (814) 642-9161 Janet Perry

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Gareth Stevens, WCRA PO Box 56 Hubertus, WI 53033 (262) 628-9991 nawal@ticon.net Teresa Stout

3563 Roller Coaster Road Corsica, PA 15829 (814) 856-2330 teresastout3354@yahoo.com T Joan Theiss, Secretary 12802 Lake Jovita Blvd Dade City, FL 33525 (352) 588-9877 hjtheiss@juno.com Paula Thiel 487 Wylie School Rd Voluntown, CT 06384 (860) 564-2443 prma1@comcast.net V CindyVogel river-racer@hotmail.com

Karl Vogel 1731 Pinellas Avenue Tarpon Springs FL 34689 (727) 938-7685 tech6outriggers@hotmail.com W Dwight Walker, MCRA 710 W Michigan Marshall, MI 49068 (269) 330-5302 dlwalker21@yahoo.com Wally Werderich, IPC 486 Sunflower Court Yorkville, IL 60560 (630) 553-7551 walldozer@aol.com Jan Whitaker 560 Shore Dr West Henrietta, NY 14586 (727) 292-6107 janwhitaker@frontiernet.net Glennis Williams 1725 Georgia Ave NE St Petersburg, FL (727) 455-9188 ggawilliams@juno.com Susan Williams 509 S Bishop Ave Secane, PA 19018 (610) 405-0248 ladyjustice@erols.com Veronica Wisniewski 6360 Hannegan Road Lynden, WA 98264 (360) 398-7158 veronicacanoe@yahoo.com Lynne Witte 58 Union Street Mt Clemens, MI 48043 (586) 783-5654 lynnewitte@juno.com


United States Canoe Association List of Committees & Chairs, with their Addresses

Standing Committees

Adaptive Paddling Audit Committee Barton Cup (Subcommittee, Youth Activities) Budget Committee Camaraderie Camping/Cruising Competition Competition / Dragon Boats Competition / Kayak Competition / National Awards Competition / Orienteering Competition / Outrigger Canoe Competition / Sprints Competition / Swan Boat Conservation Core Group Education Historian, Bylaws, Rules & Regulations Instruction Certification Insurance Committee Insurance Coordinator International Marketing Membership Merchandising Nationals Coordinator Nationals Timing Publications Publicity & PR Safety Technical Inspection Youth Activities

Jan Whitaker Sonja Gilman Miranda Robinson Kathy Edwards Judy Jeanes Rex Klein Norm Ludwig David Hillman Pam Browning Priscilla Reinertsen Aims Coney John Edwards Bill Corrigan Glen Green Bob Spain Inactive Vacant Joan Theiss Tave Lamperez Jim Dipelesi Maria Liquori John Edwards Gareth Stevens Paula Thiel Vacant John Edwards (acting) Tave Lamperez Gareth Stevens Vacant Steve Rosenau Jerry Patton Judy Jeanes & Teresa Stout

Special Committees Dues & Membership Review Insurance Review Committee USCA Marathon Coordinator to the USACK Marathon Racing Committee Women’s Interests Website

Special Appointments

Joan Theiss Jim Dipelesi Lee Deviney Janet Perry Jim Dipelesi

Annual Meeting Coordinator Chuck Weis

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Pam Browning PMB 167 100 Powder Mill Road Acton, MA 01720 (508) 277-5836 pambrowning@webtv.net

David Hillman 1630 19th Street NW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405 (319) 362-7506 dhillma@rockwellcollins.com

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Judy Jeanes 1324 Bridge Road West Chester, PA 19382 (610) 793-2767 (215) 872 7409 (c) waterconfidence@yahoo.com

Lynn Capen 459 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 444-0187 lcapen@riomapas.com Aims Coney 371 Sudbury Road Stow, MA 01775 (978) 562-2805 aims.coney@hp.com Bill Corrigan 5888 E Kemper Road Cincinnati, OH 45241 (513) 530-9249 Bill.Corrigan@ngc.com D Lee Deviney 2312 Ashworth Drive Austin, TX 78746-4604 txpaddler@aol.com Jim Dipelesi 4 Round Tree Drive Kings Park, NY 11754 (631) 366-0045 cell (631) 379-3793 jrdtech@ix.netcom E John Edwards Executive Director, USCA 1929 Arrowhead Dr NE St Petersburg, FL 33703 Work (727) 823-8000 canoechamp@aol.com Kathy Edwards USCA Treasurer 1929 Arrowhead Drive NE St Petersburg, FL 33703-1903 home (727) 522-3348 ktae17@aol.com

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K Rex Klein 22633 Richton Square Richton Park, IL60471 (708) 747-0302 RexKlein@rcn.com L Tave Lamperez 24 Roosevelt Street St Charles, IL 60174 home (630) 584-6931 work (630) 979-5234 lamperez@netscape.net lamperez@alcatel-lucent.com Maria Liquori Box 667, Kings Park, NY 11754 home (631) 361-9548 work (631) 269-9696 maria@jacka-liquori.com Norm Ludwig 2006 West Side Road Jersey Shore, PA 17740 (570) 753-5136 ncludwig@kcnet.org P Jerry Patton 743, Two Mile Road Port Allegany, PA 16743 (814) 642-9161 Janet Perry 24 Roosevelt Street St Charles, IL 60174 (630) 584-6931

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Sonja Gilman 63073 SR 331 South Bend, IN 46614 (574) 633-4798 sgilman@primix.net

Priscilla Reinertsen 582 East Penacook Rd Contoocook, NH 03229 (603) 746-6491 prtsen1@comcast.net

Glenn Green 312 Duff Avenue Wenonah, NJ 08090 (609 468-4646 chairman@swanboat.org

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Miranda Robinson 4 Meadow Street Otego, NY 13825 (607) 437-4195 mfr7@buffalo.edu Steve Rosenau 2771 Trillium Trail Denver, NC 28037 (704) 483-4130 canunut@bellsouth.net S Gareth Stevens PO Box 56 Hubertus, WI 53033 (262) 628-9991 nawal@ticon.net Teresa Stout 3563 Roller Coaster Road Corsica, PA 15829 (814) 856-2330 teresastout3354@yahoo.com T Joan Theiss, Secretary 12802 Lake Jovita Blvd Dade City, FL 33525 (352) 588-9877 hjtheiss@juno.com Paula Thiel 487 Wylie School Rd Voluntown, CT 06384 (860) 564-2443 prma1@comcast.net W Chuck Weis 2509 Kickapoo Avenue Lafayette, IN 47909 (765) 477-7948 cnweis@msn.com Jan Whitaker 560 Shore Dr West Henrietta, NY 14586 (727) 292-6107 janwhitaker@frontiernet.net


Aluminum Paddlers: Keep these dates open for the

2009 USCA National Aluminum Championships Saturday, May 16th, 2009

14.2 miles on the Des Plaines River from Vernon Hills to Wheeling, IL Hosted and followed the next day by the

52nd Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon Sunday, May 17th, 2009

— the largest participation one day single course canoe and kayak race in North America: 1200+ participants 19 miles on the Des Plaines River from Libertyville to Mt Prospect, IL. • Spaghetti awards dinner Saturday night. • Boats available for fly-in participants. Plenty of affordable lodging

Two races - one great weekend www.canoemarathon.com

(the 2009 Aluminum Nationals web pages will be hosted here) Contact Gareth Stevens at nawal@ticon.net for your name to be included in the March 1st mailing of the race package.


Mark your calendars for 2009! USCA Canoe & Kayak Nationals Aug 11-16, 2009: Warren, PA USCA Aluminum Nationals May 16-17, 2009: Vernon Hills to Wheeling, IL Mark your calendars for 2010! USCA Canoe & Kayak Nationals

United States Canoe Association 487 Wylie School Road Voluntown, CT 06384 Change Service Requested

Aug 10-15, 2010 — location to be determined

Get your 2009 USCA membership now (from October 1st, 2008 forward) Please use the handy envelope mailed with this issue and get your dues in to Paula Thiel early. Paula Thiel (860) 564-2443 487 Wylie School Rd Voluntown, CT 06384 prma1@comcast.net Envelope missing ? No worries. There is also an application form on page 84

Are you moving? New postal address? Have you changed your email address? Or your phone number? Please email your change of address or phone number to: Membership Chair, Paula Thiel, prma1@comcast.net Or if by mail, see address in notice to the left, on this back cover.

Canoe News Vol 41 Issue 3 Fall 2008  

Canoe News 41-3 contains all the results and reports for the USCA National Canoe & Kayak Championships for 2008 in Bristol, IN and other art...

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