Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival Canoe Regatta

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL GUNG HAGGIS paddlers
in our TWO teams at Ft. Langley
– Gung Haggis Fantastic Cranberry Chasers
– Gung Haggis Fiery Chili Eaters

Standing back row Gerard, Steve, Aidan, Remus, Maggie (tartan green hat) Johnny, Xavier, Todd and Sara
Middle standing Carly (black shirt), Keng, Lisa (neon green hat), Dave, Michelle, Tracey
front row kneeling, Harvey, Debbie, Caroline, Karl.

I am proud of both Gung Haggis teams, having a
race down the wire for 3rd place in B Final
– and very glad we did not end up in
C Final.

It
was an incredible sprint to the finish after the last turn, following
the beach landing in the Pumpkin Final.  Neck & neck – both Gung
Haggis teams trading leads… Wow…  Officially, the score card says
Gung Haggis Fantastic Cranberries won… by milliseconds…

Gung Haggis Fiery Chillis leading the B Final Race after the first turn.  We were the first team under the bridge after grabbing our pumpkin. 

Out
of 24 teams, we were 11th and 12th – in the top half…. and that is a
good thing… bragging rights over 12 other teams… and respect to 10
other teams above us.

I am now completely
fatigued after THREE aprox. 2000m races at the Ft. Langley Cranberry
Festival Canoe regatta…   I can only imagine how the rookie paddlers feel…

So please raise a glass to the rookie paddles:

First race ever – Sara

2nd races ever Xavier, Leo, Christian

other First year paddlers Aidan, Caroline,

experienced guest paddlers racing 1st time at Ft. Langley – Carly, Tracey, Michelle, Johnny Toi

experienced repeat guest paddlers @ Ft. Langley, Remus, Lisa,

Harvey & Maggie

experienced Gung Haggis paddles racing Cranberry for first time, Sabina

experienced Gung Haggis repeat paddlers at Ft. Langley, Karl, Steve S., Debbie, Keng, Gerard, Dave S., Todd

Harvey is steering, Johnny and Maggie in row 5, Leo and Christian in row 4, Sara and Gerard in row 3, Xavier and Keng in row 2, Debbie is lead stroke and captain in row 1.

Todd is steering – right side from rear Remus, Aidan, Carly, Michelle, left side paddlers from rear Caroline, Steve, Tracey, Dave – Karl is lead stroke in seat one.



Special thanks to our captains Debbie Poon & Karl Castillo

Special thanks to our steers – Harvey Doucet, Dave Samis & Todd Wong (me)

 Everybody had tons of fun,
lots of smiles, great to see old and new paddling funs…
Now to unload
the car, grab some zzzz's, then take my girlfriend to Hornby Island in
the morning for the next 2 nights…

please send pictures – especially send us links to posted pictures…

Deb will post pictures to my flickr account… 



Remember – no practice tomorrow – take Sunday off on race weekend

See you next Sunday Oct 16 – we will have dim sum lunch following practice

We will keep paddling on Sundays 11am until Nov 13  Remembrance Day weekend.

NO MORE Wednesday evening paddles…



Cheers, Todd

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