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State of Mind

By Vladimir Brezina

Before the big paddle into the unknown: first tension—

Tension

then fear—

Fear(OK, she’s acting out for the camera, a bit)

and then pure happiness on the last day…

Happiness

Yes, long-distance paddling is all about the State of Mind!

This was the 2014 WaterTribe Everglades Challenge. Not coincidentally, the 2016 Challenge starts in a couple of days…

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, State of Mind.

Oops!

By Vladimir Brezina

Oops! 1I know this is a new, original design, but isn’t the kayak supposed to stay on top of the water?

(But they do get points for well- synchronized paddles.)

Oops! 2(2015 Cardboard Kayak Race. Full story here.)

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Oops!

Victory

By Vladimir Brezina

She did it!!

Blackburn Challenge, 2014. The full story is here.

Victory

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Victory.

Cardboard Kayak Race 2015: The Thrill of Victory… And the Delight of Defeat

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

Cardboard Kayak Race 50

“We’re going to the cardboard kayak races this weekend, right?” Vlad said, looking at me expectantly. I glanced back dubiously.

We’d missed the 2013 race, the first year that the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance had organized the race as part of its City of Water Day, but we’d thoroughly enjoyed the video. Last year, I’d provided kayak safety support for the race, while Vlad took photos. And we wrote it up on Wind Against Current.

As much fun as the race had been, did we really need to experience it again?

Yes, we did! So last Saturday we headed out to Governors Island, on a sultry summer day that started out reasonably comfortable, but promised heat and stickiness by the afternoon.

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Tangle

By Vladimir Brezina

Through the ironically named Broad Creek… even worse than The Nightmare :-)

Tangle(2014 Everglades Challenge. Story and more photos here.)

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Tangle.

Laughter

By Vladimir Brezina

Sometimes all you can do is laugh—

A folding kayak!

The last moments of one of the entries in last summer’s Cardboard Kayak Race, in which participants had to construct a kayak from cardboard and tape and then paddle it a short distance. This one turned out to be a folding kayak!

A contribution to Ailsa’s photo challenge, Laughter.

I Did It!

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

On the beach after the race

This was the fifth year that Vlad and I raced in the Blackburn Challenge, the 20-mile circumnavigation of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. The race is named for Howard Blackburn, a 19th-century mariner of uncommon grit. (You can read about him here.) Any human-powered watercraft can participate, and there is usually a wide range, from paddleboards to rowing shells, dories, and dragonboats—plus several flavors of kayaks.

Thus far, I’d placed every time, helped out by the relative smallness of the field of women sea kayakers—there are typically only half a dozen or so in my class.

After collecting two third-place and two second-place finishes, I yearned for a first. Last year I missed it by a mere six minutes. And I just knew I’d gotten faster this year. I’d trained hard—though not as consistently as I’d liked—and still had some stamina left over from completing the Everglades Challenge earlier this year.

So I was pretty sure that this would be my year.

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