Sunday, November 06, 2005

Head of the Weir 2005

Rog and I competed in the 18th Annual Head of the Weir in Hull on Saturday. We had planned on doing this race last month, but it was postponed due to heavy rains. This open water rowing race is open to all rowing boats, mostly lifesaving rowboats and ocean rowing shells, but there were about 10 kayaks, including us. A raucous and friendly crowd for sure, everyone was out to have fun and nobody seemed too serious, well except for that one dude in the spandex tights.

Because of the heavy fog on Saturday, the course had to be adjusted some. Originally we were supposed to go from the Weir River in Hingham, across Hull Bay, and ending at the Windmill Point Boathouse in Hull. The new course began in the Weir River, we then paddled to the mouth of the river, out near Bumpkin Island where we turned around and paddled passed the tip of World's End, and ending at the town pier in Hull. The paddling was fun, though the fog made it tough to navigate. The fog was so thick at times that I couldn't see the boat in front of me, in fact I almost missed the finish line. We finished in just under an hour, which I think is pretty good, considering the fog. Official results should be posted in the next couple of days.

This was a great event, cool people and a challenging course. We will definitely be back next year.

Listening to: Calexico/Iron and Wine- In the Reins

1 comment:

CHW said...

Congrats! Sounds like a good time.