Spring has sprung
by Elaine Campbell
Here's what's been going on in the world of the Campbell's.
We went to the New England Triple Crown a couple of weeks ago. The Triple Crown has usually been a successful event for me but not this year. I'm not sure if it was lack of paddling or if I just wasn't into competing that day or if it was the swim in cold ass water. Whatever it was, it was not a good day for me. I took a swim out of my wild water boat with my wing paddle, towards the end of the race. I wound up getting stuck on a left stroke going over the crux move and flipped. I tried to roll a few times but couldn't get it to go and was needing air badly so I swam. I swam to shore swearing of course, got back in my swamped boat and crossed the finish line. My poor wild water boat took a beating! Lot's of new cracks that Jeff finished patching up today. The swim during the race probably contributed to how poorly I paddled for the rest of the triple crown but it's no excuse. I thought I could mentally handle a swim like that in a race that I was out to win, but clearly I couldn't. I sub-consciously decided to check out of the competition after that. The last 4 swims I've had in the past 10 years have been 2 out of a wild water boat and 2 out of stout holes in upstate NY in my creek boat. Damn you wild water boats and creeking in NY! Anyway, Jeff had a great race and came in 10th place. He felt bad for me but at the same time was happy to of finally beat me. It was great to see local women like Barrett Phillips and Katelyn Green have a great competition.
After I recovered from my stomach ache of eating heapings of humble pie, spring run off started. I missed some of the good stuff because of some family obligations but got to paddle the Wave-O-Saurus on the Connecticut River in MA, the Searsburg section of the Deerfield River in VT and a couple of high water runs on the Dryway section of the Deerfield River in MA.
The Recon 70 still amazes me every time I paddle it. It handles great in all types of whitewater. The Mobius 49 killed it on the Wave-O. It was so smooth surfing and felt effortless throwing it around on the wave. I couldn't be happier in my two Wave Sport boats!
My schedule changed so I'm staying local for a few more weeks and will attend some local races and events before I head to CO. This weekend is the All American River Race in Sturbridge, MA.
Oh, I also swim out of open boats!
I have put together a short video from a couple days of paddling.
Fife Brook action
Dryway at 2,200
Photo: Steve Silk
Till next time,