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It's almost time to begin registration for the 2012 "Great Bamboo Boat Race"!!!
Find the Preliminary 2012 Rules here. Be advised they are different than 2011 in regards to paddles- One paddle will be issued and that paddle is all that is allowed for propulsion!
Find the entry form here.
The race will be held during Family Weekend, Saturday October 6th. The building period is 12:30-3:30 pm, races begin at 4:00 pm! Limited to first 20 teams, you snooze, you lose! We're starting the process weeks ahead of usual to give you more time to think it over this year!
The second "Great Bamboo Boat Race" was held on Saturday Oct 1st, 2011.
See the Photo Gallery Here!
Three heats were run over a triangular course, all marks to port, south of the old pier. The usual first two heats were followed by the final heat. We planned a 'repechage' heat but a lack of participants and not enough time caused the event to go directly to the finals.
The registered teams were:
1 Love Shack Michael Adashek
2 Spoon Puddlers Conor Colgan
3 Windsurfing Club Andrew Surgent
i We Grade You Dave Kung
5 Lost Johnson Kenneth Doutt
6 Aquaholics Alexander Bates
7 The Nargles Christian Sabett
8 The Amazons and Theseus Allegra Garrett
9 Bamboozle Jacob Taylor
10 Brown Town Adam Ross
11 Habitat for Huge Manitees Kaitlyn Olszewski
12 Whorecruxes Elise Valkanas
13 Ra Kevin Tennyson
14 Cadiz Alberto Gonzales-Cela
15 JKL Lisa Williams
Unfortunately not every team showed up! Two heats were run from the entrants who did make it:
1 Love Shack
3 Windsurfing Club
5 Lost Johnson
7 The Nargles
i We Grade You
8 The Amazons and Theseus
10 Brown Town
Those who made it to the finals raced to determine the winners!
The winners were:
place: Team # Team Name Captain:
1 5 Lost Johnson Kenneth Doutt
2 3 Windsurfing Andrew Surgent
3 i We Grade You Dave Kung
4 12 Whorecruxes Elise Valkanas
5 3 Ra Kevin Tennyson
Just out of the winners but still in the final heat:
6 10 Brown Town Adam Ross
The First "Great Bamboo Boat Race" was held on Saturday, Oct 2, 2010! The desire to 'go green' with a more sustainable, re-usable, and recyclable approach evolved the idea of migrating from the previous materials. Racing for the prize were 18 teams. Four heats were run over the typical square course, all marks to port, south of the old pier. The usual first two heats were followed by a final heat. We planned a 'repechage' heat consisting of the bottom 5 survivors from each of the first two heats- unfortunately we didn't have that many survivors! To be fair the judges announced that the boats wishing to try the Repechage "Loser's bracket" challenge would simply race with the winners of the third heat for the final. One boat took up the challenge!
Though we didn't intend to literally go green- we were- with mostly green bamboo, yellow sissal "bailing twine," and the paddlers visible through the plastic gleaming in the afternoon sun, the boats took on an interesting, translucent glow! Some elected to build bamboo rafts and forego the plastic altogether! The aftermath of the event was easy to separate, and the plastic quickly disappeared to be recycled. The surviving bamboo will be stored for use in next years event- or for reuse in other creative ways! If anyone would like a commemorative walking stick, wants to mark out a garden, would love to make a bamboo 'didgeridoo' or a pan flute, we have plenty of bamboo!
The results of the 2010 "Great Bamboo Boat Race" are:
Heat A: Team Name Team Captain
1 #7, "Windsurfing Club" Nathan Hesse
2 #'e' "We Grade You" Dave Kung
3 #17, "Let it Marinate" Jeff Hankins
4 #11 "Bamboozled" Bryan McVee
5 "Binary Solo" Brian Tennyson
Heat B: Team Name Team Captain
1 #2 "No Doutt" David Johnson
2 #4, "Plastic on the Outside" Mychael Cyrana
3 #12 "Floaters" Luu Phan
4 #8 "The Baconators" Carla Bacon
5 #18 Taylor 16 Meridian Geoffrey Cooper
Finals, with "Bambooty" challenging from the losers bracket!!!
Team Name Team Captain
1 #'e' "We Grade You" Dave Kung
2 #2, "No Doutt" David Johnson
3 #7, "Windsurfing Club" Nathan Hesse
4 #19, "Bambooty" Sam Eckert
5 #1 "Binary Solo" Brian Tennyson
You needn't take my word for the aesthetics! (Photographers, please send me more pictures!!)
Photo below courtesy Jay Friess of the 'Enterprise';