Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather this week - perfect for paddling...and Stampeding!
Our first festival of the season is in the books, and it was a hot one! Lethbridge did not disappoint with two days of sunny weather and some great racing on Henderson Lake.
Our Yahoo Angels partnered up with three paddlers from Catch 22 and were in second place following the first day of racing. Our main competition was the Dragnum Bad Buoys which was made up of the Dragnum ladies and Calgary Policewomen. It was a fierce and fun final on Sunday, with the Yahoo Angels surging in the finish to overtake Dragnum and capture Gold in the Womens A Division by 0.2 seconds! Way to go ladies! Our time was 2:22:85, with second place at 2:23:08. Special shout-out to Grace, who steered us to glory in her first festival as a steersperson!
Crew Yahoo featured a mix of experienced crew members and a few new paddlers from Evolution. We faced off against our hometown rivals, Quiet Riot (the team formerly known as Topmade Black), and Dragnum all weekend. We had our fastest time of the weekend in the final, with 2:12:79 to take the silver medal, while Quiet Riot had the fastest time of the entire festival at 2:09:65 for the win. We're already looking forward to a re-match at the Calgary festival! Crew Yahoo also took second place in the always fun and furious 2km Guts & Glory race with several paddlers racing in the 2km for the first time!
Congratulations to both teams, and especially to the nine first-time CDBC paddlers in Lethbridge on a great showing! Medals for everyone! Hopefully this taste of competition has left you wanting more - the Calgary and Edmonton festivals are coming up soon so don't forget to sign up ASAP on HappyTC.
Special thanks to our Lethbridge planner Anita, and Karen & Lindsay for all their help in getting us organized.