I had to come to AP today to check out how you're weekend went. Sounds like it was great!
I find those (pure paddling) races very humbling in terms of how my paddling knowledge and skillz stack up!
Seriously humbling! There would be so much to learn if we were going to do this more often. Sorry you couldn't make it. We had some beer in your honour.
Btw I was proud to find a hotel just 800 m from the start line and assumed that a parade of racers would portage down the main street at 7 a.m. Nope, just us. Everyone else drove even though there isn't a ton of parking downtown. Yup, we're wilderness trippers, not racers!
Of course you portaged down Main St. I hate having to find a new place to park.
Wokitoki, you should do one of their races in your Epic! I think you would be in the K1 High Performance category where the competition is toughest.
I've been playing with the idea of doing MRX (now that PQ is no longer in the cards). Big East would have been a good testing ground.
Two stumbling blocks, not sure where to put the mandatory gear on my boat and don't want to rip my rudder off in the shallow river water (the liftable rudder on yours is much better). Thanks for sharing the picture of the Epic set up. Is the second hose that runs behind the footpads to an extra water reserve?
I think you're right about the HPK category - not sure the V10 stacks up well against the speed of some kayaks in that division (though not a big concern).
The guy who set it up can change the tube from bottle to bladder just by reaching forward. Smart system. Nobody but us had bladders in lifejackets, to my surprise.
I had a wire wrapped around my bladder hose so the mouthpiece was right in front and I could drink no-hands.
If you're free on the June 18 weekend, you could test yourself and your gear with their 24-hr race.
Failing that, you could look through the photos on their Facebook page to see if you can learn anything about set-up. We noticed that people mostly ate from open containers - either ahead of them on the bottom of the boat or attached behind them. Some of them wore waist packs with gear. We each had a dry bag with extra clothes, etc.
If you write them, they could tell you more about the shallow rivers. The water is super high right now but there's no way to know if that will last all season.
My biggest question with a surfski would be how to portage it efficiently 24 times; the longest portage is 1.7 km. I'm kind of wishing we hadn't sold the kayak I used for Logs Rocks and Steel in Haliburton. 'Bent built a brilliant solo portaging system for it that wouldn't work on any of our current lightweight boats.
You could always do what I did to Will's cobra. Drilled 4 holes in it and mounted a set of portage wheels. :-)
Really helped on the long road portages... Will was displeased when he saw a pic tho'
The organizers were saying that some of the portages were too rough for portage wheels. I guess you would disagree then?
No. I agree. MANY of them were a pain in the a$$ with portage wheels catching branches, trees etc, but they were all short portages with the boat on one shoulder. It was more than made up for with the benefit on the longer portages with roads.