This past Sunday, the PFP armada made its presence felt at the Philadelphia Canoe Club Spring Regatta on the Schuylkill River! It was a 7.1 mile race in our own territory. The race included multiple turns, and we were blessed with wind gusts of 25+ mph! It was a cold, blustery day - not spring-like at all! Thank goodness for the firepit outside of the PCC club house, which was well-tended by Emilia.
Wahine Warriors Bonnie, Janet, Ninja, Christine, Meegan and Rosemary raced in an OC6. Emilia, Nono, Karen and Adamski paddled hard in a C4. Sunny, Hiro and Ann Torockio impressively braved the winds in OC-1s. Hype raced in her surfski.
Our crew did an excellent job. We had several new racers who never raced in a small boat before! Hype blew through the course in her surfski. The well-trained C4 crew quickly took off after the mass start to finish the race among faster surfskis and kayaks. Badass Sunny in her OC-1 kept pace with a mixed OC-6 crew the entire time! The OC-6 Wahine women were right behind them, finishing strong only a little more than a minute behind a mixed crew. The fearless solo paddlers in OC-1s paddled hard amid the larger boats and the gusts of wind to finish their first races of the season. A valiant effort was put forth by all!
It was a nice way to usher in spring, minus the spring weather.
By Christine Hsu and Meegan Coll with Photos by Sunny Jackson and Nina Rebman