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Message started by Melanie on 10/05/10 at 11:21:16

Title: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Melanie on 10/05/10 at 11:21:16
To Benefit Missouri River Relief

Donated by Missouri American Water

Boat Specs:
Year:  2010
Model:  Jensen V1-A Mixer
Length:  18’6”
Weight:  29 lbs
USCA Marathon Kevlar,® Ultra-light Core
New:  $2799 + tax!

The Story:
Missouri American Water purchased this sleek racing Jensen Canoe for the 2010 MR340 race, dubbing it “Dig Deep I”.  Team Owens & Treece #3070 finished their 340 mile journey in 63 hours and 48 minutes in it!  After the race, the canoe was donated to Missouri River Relief to do with as we wished.  Well, we’re not really racers, more like floaters…  ;) and these are highly-specialized crafts that are only suitable for experienced paddlers.  

So we’ve decided to auction this boat off to the most interested audience we can imagine: the Missouri River 340 Race Forum!

Missouri River Relief is a non-profit organization that brings people together on the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, education and restoration activities.  So all proceeds will go to help us with our mission!

A Few Notes:  This canoe was used only once for the sole purpose of completing the 2010 MR340 race, so it has your normal wear & tear scuffs, mostly on the tips of the boat where it was pulled in & out.  It has a hard-foam insert in the bow for navigation lights and some light scratches on the bottom that appear easily fixable.  The canoe currently lives in Columbia, MO and there is a manufacturer’s statement of origin with it.  No paddles were included, but we may have to sweeten the deal with more accessories if that’s what it comes down to ;).

View More Photos of this canoe here!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8478409@N03/sets/72157624716859597/with/4942272550/

Starting Bid:  $999
Folks may reply to this thread with their bids and must bid at least $1.00 over the
previous bid.  

Auction ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 1st (Central Time), one day after MR340 2011 registration opens. Winner will be determined by the time and date posted on your forum post bid. In other words, if your post says "1/1/11 at 23:59:10", you will be 10 seconds late! (the forum posts in military time)

Canoe will be available for pickup in Columbia, MO, to the auction winner. Missouri River Relief will contact winner after auction closes to arrange for pickup.

Buy It Now option:  $2,200, just reply to this thread with your request and contact info.!

Purchasing this canoe will help Missouri River Relief in its mission to engage communities cleaning up the Missouri River. 2011 is our 10th anniversary!!!! Help us start out with some river rat cash in the bank!

If you have questions, contact Steve Schnarr at steve(at)riverrelief.org or 573.289.2077
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Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 10/05/10 at 11:26:59
I'll bid $999.00

Scott Mansker

This is not the boat you're looking for...
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Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by brwa175 on 10/05/10 at 11:34:43
raise you a dollar

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 10/05/10 at 11:50:12
I'll see your 1000.00 and raise you.

Scott=1001.00

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by chuck and di on 10/05/10 at 12:11:51
Can anybody comment on the stability of this boat? Maybe compare it to a QCC700, or any of the west side boats?
Are their donation/tax implications?
Oh, and I'll go $1010. This looks like something Charles and I could paddle (135 years of experience?)

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by cdoggett on 10/05/10 at 12:58:41
$1050$

Colin
(Yes, I know how to paddle a canoe.)

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by jfawcett on 10/05/10 at 13:34:34
$1075

james

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by RiverReliefVicki on 10/05/10 at 15:33:13
it's a sweet ride folks!
AND supports a great cause!

We could be convinced to tote her to St. Joseph on Oct. 16- IF 50 paddlers promise to show up and clean the river!

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Los Humungos on 10/05/10 at 15:48:18
It is OK mi kayak amigos...


Give yourself to the Dark Side... 


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Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by yankeeclipper on 10/05/10 at 16:38:31
This is similar to my strip for those who have seen it and the cruiser Kaufman and Slebos have used. Stabil and quick but not as fast as a pro boat or a racing kayak. Ment to be paddled with singles. I understand there is a chemical in the resin that releases upon detection of double blade paddles and will cause madness  ;)
Chuck and Di-135 years of experience? Who's the oldest?

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by chuck and di on 10/06/10 at 08:13:05
Hey! Don't get me in trouble! I said "Charles" and I. 75 and 60.- Chuck
(Di is 39.......) ::)

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 10/06/10 at 08:28:23
$1076.00

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Melanie on 10/06/10 at 09:29:05
I just checked with our accountant, since we are a non-profit, there are no taxes, however since you would be receiving a sweet & fancy boat in exchange for your bid, it cannot be used as a tax write off.

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by chuck and di on 10/06/10 at 12:02:17
I have been in a canoe a few times when I had no other alternative- and it's not too bad. Certainly as I get older with the possibility of senile dementia setting in (some say I already have it), the old adage "Half the paddle, half the brain" makes me think I may want to actually voluntarily get IN a canoe in the future (as a last ditch resort).
Also getting reports from my canoeing buddies who are still lucid enough to trust their opinion, that this is a really crummy boat and the rest of you guys should stop bidding...
$1,100.

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Los Humungos on 10/06/10 at 12:47:38
I race a boat of this same design (V1A mixed, aka mixer) on a regular basis here in the land of Lincoln.  Here is my 2 centavos on it.  I

t is a USCA spec boat with cruiser 4x32 proportions.  Accordingly, in USCA races, it can be raced in the C2 class or the C2 standard class.  The main spec design in the C2 class is the "pro boat" 3x27 design.  As Charlie mentioned, if all else is equal, the mixer is a slower canoe then a pro boat.  Accordingly, most of the time, a mixer will not race in the USCA C2 class.  That being said though, I have beaten plenty of proboats racing my mixer.

The playground where the mixer generally races is the USCA C2 standard class.  While a mixer can race in the C2 class as well as the C2 standard class, a proboat can not race in the USCA C2 standard class.  All else being equal, the mixer can hold its own in the standard class.  It is not the fastest boat in the class, but it is not the slowest either.  Personally, I would put it a little above average (6.5 on a scale of 1 to 10).    

I own 3 proboats, but most of the time I choose to race my mixer over the 3 proboats.  Why?  You might ask.  Notice above I made my boat comparasons based on all things being equal.  As you all probably know, very seldom are things equal.  That is where the beauty of the mixer is.  The mixer adds a level of versatility that in my opinion is unequaled in any category of USCA spec racing canoes.  Why?  The stern of the canoe is set up so that the sliding rails can be set in two different positions.  Thus you have much more of a balance range with this canoe.  Accordingly, you can balance the canoe better to adjust to the conditions you are racing.  Probably more importantly though, you have more adjustment possibilities to balance with different partners that may have huge differences in terms of weight.  You will have a very difficult time balancing a proboat or even a V1A if the difference in paddler weights is more than 25 pounds.  With a mixer, no problem.  Big husband and small wife, no problem.  Parent and youth child, no problem.  Flaco Mastodontico :-) and guardo Solido, no problem.  In my opinion, in most situations, I would rather have a balanced mixer than an unbalanced proboat.  My usual non Solido racing partner here in Illinois weighs about 30 to 40 pounds more than me.  We race best in a mixer.

Taking it all into consideration, while it may not be the fastest boat, it is a great boat because of its versatility.  If you are new to canoe racing, you can literally grow into racing with this boat.  If you are a vet, a mixer greatly expands your horizions in terms of who you can race with.  If I could only have one USCA spec racing canoe, I would pick this one because of its versatility.

Now the USCA specs mean nothing in the classes set out for the MR340.  So what does that mean for the mixer?  In my opinion, I feel that this boat would be a very stout competitor in the MR340.  In 2009 I raced this boats "cousin" in terms of design, the V1 (the V1 is a proboat design).  The V1 performed admirably for us in the race.  The mixer would be a bit slower than the V1, but it would also be more stable.  This could be a positive factor for the mixer over other racing canoes in the final miles of an ultra marathon.  Alsoit must be noted that as Charlie said, this canoe is meant to be paddled with a single blade.  While I understand that in Texas that they rig mixers up for use with a rudder and double blades, I personally would advise against it.  I personally think that using this canoe with a double blade takes away the possible advantage of "single blade enduarnce" in a ultra marathon race (I know that this point is arguable, but this is my opinion).

In terms of tippyness vs a QCC 700 or a West Side Boat Shop kayak, if you have no problems with tippyness in those kayaks, you will be fine in this canoe. If you are just jumping into racing canoes for the first time, it must be remembered that this is a racing steed and it is relatively tippy by nature.  Gennerally, the more speedy your boat's design is, the more tippy it will be.  Without experience, do not expect to jump into this canoe and be comfortable without practice.  When I first started racing I used this boat and spent a lot of time swimming in the water after tipping the canoe over.  Over time and practice though, the tippyness will go away, so do not let that scare you too much.  Like I said, it is a great boat to grow in canoe racing with.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions about this canoe.  If you asked Mrs. Mastodontico, she might tell you that I have spent more time with my mixer this summer than I have with her.  :)

Hut,
Wally "Mastodontico" Werderich
Los Humungos Paddleos      

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 10/06/10 at 12:55:39
What Wally fails to mention is that this boat model weighs 400 pounds.  Although this particular boat only weighs 398 due to the gaping hole in the bottom.


$1105.00

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by cdoggett on 10/06/10 at 19:31:22
Wally, can this canoe and my Thunderbolt live in the same house or will they fight with each other for attention.  :)

$1125

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by chuck and di on 10/06/10 at 21:47:34
Thankx for the info (don't buy this boat) wally. While I can't say (the boat really does suck) that i'll be racing in (you will be sorry if you buy this boat) any of the multiple classes you (chuck really deserves this boat) mentioned, or that I even (let Chuck bid it out) understand it all, the boat does (you really don't want his clunker) have a certain appeal to me. Wait a sec.....
Di just informs me that subliminal messages don't work when written (she's wrong), and that I am a dumba$$ (she doesn't get to ride in it then).
$1127.75

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by jimmiethejet on 10/07/10 at 10:12:31
In honor of how many days are left until MR340 2011............I raise you $2.84

$1130.59

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 10/07/10 at 14:35:23
Honestly, you couldn't pay me to paddle a boat like this.  I'd even be embarrassed to be seen with it on my truck... and my truck is pretty embarrassing all by itself.  But hey, it's for a really good cause.  So, in the interest of Missouri River Relief and a clean Missouri River...

$1133.00

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by chuck and di on 10/07/10 at 16:23:05
Okay- we're all bidding against each other, and the price keeps getting higher, why don't we compromise. Instead of working against each other, You guys quit bidding and let me buy the boat. I'll let you borrow the boat anytime you want as long as it's on a Friday th 13th, that falls in the third week of the month. ::)
$1135

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Bill Lanning on 10/07/10 at 22:36:30
With all due respect to Wally and his knowledge of "stateside" racing craft, I would like to point out that this particular canoe (#3070) has many obvious faults with it that may be easily observed in the photos attached o the original posting of this thread.

Mainly:
         - the stern is all bent out of shape - looks like somebody has added an observation deck or small hellicopter landing pad to the once asscemmetrical as    stern!

         - from the appearance of the beam, especially in the photo where it is "belly up" in the water (obviously a very unstable craft), one could almost swear that the boat is pregnant leading to a slower pace, mandatory ice cream and pickle stops during long outings or quiet evenings on the sawhorses

         - there is obviously so much strain about her girth that not one, but two centre thwarts are required to hold her skin together!

         - cursery perusal of the unstable canoe, indicates that it would require two to three cases of ballast (Guinness) at all times; a hidden operational overhead!

         - the ash gunnels would normally add about three pounds to such a craft, but with the stern observation deck, the increase in weight is anyone's guess, not to point out the additional annual maintenance (sanding, oiling) that would be required  ...drastically cutting into the owner(s)' paddling time!

         - the apparently well situated bow and stern seats (a given positive) are black, thus creating excessive heat in the "nether regions", eventually causing a very uncomfortable rash requiring antibiotic care.

         - the colour, or color if you wish (north of 49*, there are still some old-country ties), is a wishie-washie middle of the chart choice - sort of like the boat.

         - "Dig Deep I" probablly refers to what should be done with the canoe - in a graveyard on Halloween eve.

         - finally, as illustrated by the final photo in the series, it is obvious that the craft has difficulties going foreward!

That all said, kudos to Missouri American Water, TeamOwen & Treeceand Missouri River Relief for giving us all a chance to participate in a unique opportunity.

Bill / Waimanu    :) ;)

                 
                    ...  oh yeah,   $1140.00  ( USD)


         

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by jimmiethejet on 10/10/10 at 18:10:01
Let the game of MR340 Roulette carry on.  $3.40 more


$1143.40

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Bill Lanning on 10/10/10 at 22:45:22
...and the craft does not have a self-baler, requiring an additional one hundred dollars plus labour!  :-/ ;)

     ...so maybe at a stretch,  $1145.00  (USD)

Bill / Waimanu

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Tkonda on 10/10/10 at 22:57:16
Half of my number boat number $1155

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 10/11/10 at 14:09:22
Went and saw the canoe this weekend.  Very nice boat.  Unfortunately, the picture at the beginning of the thread is "actual size."  But I still want the boat to set on my fireplace mantle.  I understand that nobody else would really be interested, but I owe River Relief a favor or two so I guess I'll just settle this thing and post the winning bid.

$1160.00

Melanie, you can just mail me the boat in a shoebox.

Scott

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Melanie on 10/11/10 at 14:51:56
ha ha, your very funny Scott!  ;D  I can see now that your just going to have to work a deal out amongst your fellow paddlers as Chuck attempted to do earlier (but with a better offer though  :-*).

Thanks for all the fun bids you guys  8-)

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Bill Lanning on 10/11/10 at 21:43:28
I also owe Vicki and River Relief a favour - Ok and you too Scott, I guess  ...however I have several grandchildren that are just about "shoebox" size and would be able to ply the mini-craft back and forth in the community pool! ...and we have an empty spot on the wall shelf when it can be retired!  ...unless Scott, you have grandchildren -----

                                        $1,165.00             (USD)

...size matters when it has to be shipped Northward!  ;)

Bill / Waimanu

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by chuck and di on 10/12/10 at 12:21:46
I think you guys have a bad case of bidding rapture. You need to see a doctor.  :-/
You need to stop bidding now- cold turkey. Meet your problem head on. It's the only way you're going to save your future financial security. Go to Bidaholics Anonymous meetings. Together we can beat this.
Out of pure magnamity and concern for my fellow racers (and floaters- sorry had to get that in) I'm making one more bid to get you all off the hook.
1168.40

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 10/12/10 at 12:47:31
Chuck, you have enough boats.  Between you and Santo, the earth is already wobbling on it's axis due to the sheer amount of boat weight over on that side of the state.  Plus, we know you don't like to single blade.  

I can only imagine you are bidding because there are no casinos in Ironton.  

I'll see your 1168.40 and raise you another 3.40.

$1171.80


Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Bill Lanning on 10/12/10 at 21:00:18
Chuck,
Thanks for your concern.
The doctor was too busy to see me until next week so I went to the DENTIST and all he did was pull my wisdom teeth and advised that the BA meeting is Thursday night! Then handed me a bill for $1168.40!! Have been going cold turkey (sandwiches!) for the past two days as this past weekend was Thanksgiving up here. Probably, and I think this is what you mean by floaters, I will have to float a loan to make this,

                                  $1,173.73          (USD)

Bill / Waimanu    :o: :-/

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by jimmiethejet on 10/17/10 at 05:07:59
Thought people had given up?   Hah !!!!!!!!!
$ 1174.74

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by chuck and di on 10/17/10 at 11:57:28
OK, so I have a few extra shifts coming up & donation to a great cause sounds like,cool!  I LOVE canoeing actually & "dark-side" racing sounds pretty good too! (Do you think Chuck might go "halfsies" with me???")
di  :D
$1,175.75

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Bill Lanning on 10/17/10 at 14:40:54
Di  ...deep down Chuck's not really a bad guy!  ...of course he will go halfsies with you
    ...and tell him you will just have to take an existing dbl blade apart and insert a T-handle and he will save a bundle on paddles ... he will be able to carry a jug of water, a jug of V8 V.Fusion, a jug of Guinness, a picnic basket of chateau briande smothered in hollandaise, and assorted French pasteries with a demi of Port and meander down the MO instead of this hell bent for leather stuff!!  :)  8-) ;D

Bill /Waimanu


           ...WHAT AM I THINKING!!      $1,177.00       (USD)

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by gcollins on 10/18/10 at 19:48:04
Gary Collins
$1250
Boat Tahiti Nui from 2010 race

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by chuck and di on 10/19/10 at 12:44:26
OK,
How about $1253.40!
di mchenry

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by gcollins on 11/07/10 at 19:26:54
Gary Collins
$1500

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Melanie on 11/07/10 at 20:57:08
Alright you guys!!! Less than 2 months left!  Time to stop playing nice >:(  Who will be sporting this sleek new racing canoe next year and who will go home crying to mommy?  :'( heehee

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Melanie on 12/06/10 at 10:25:15
Wow, only 3 weeks until registration opens for next year's 340 race and this fun little benefit auction closes!  Oh the anticipation!   :-/  So I totally understand if you want to use the "buy it now" option and stick this beautiful racing boat under someones Christmas tree before Jan. 1st  ;)

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 12/07/10 at 10:50:51
Excellent boat for only 1500.00.  Gary Collins may walk away with this.  But I suspect there will be some vultures watching with a last second bid or two to steal it away at the deadline.  

New Year's Eve just gets better and better.

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by rivertrash on 12/12/10 at 12:39:37
This post is a test to see what time zone the posts are recorded on, and to see if Rocheport is really in a strange time warp as I suspect.

This will help us in fairly closing the auction when the time comes. Posted at Dec. 12 - 12:39 p.m. Central Time Zone

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Bill Lanning on 12/13/10 at 23:01:06
This post is a test to determine how long it takes to penetrate the "Rocheport time warp"!
Also just to make some bidders edgy.

Posted Dec. 13, 2010 - 12:01 EST

Bill / Waimanu

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 12/14/10 at 09:37:02
Ok, we're coming down to the wire on this auction.  Gary Collins is the current high bidder at $1500.00  Anyone can bid above this and take the lead at anytime.  Make your bid at least 1.00 more than the previous bid.

The auction will end on January 1st at 11:59pm Central Time.  That is 24 hours AFTER open registration for the 340 begins.  Whoever has the highest bid, time stamped at or before 11:59:00pm will be the winner.  

Remember that this is a charity auction and 100% of funds go to Missouri River Relief and their mission of keeping the river clean.  

This is a dang good boat and is a steal at 1500.00.

Boat will be available for pick up in Columbia, MO for winning bidder!

Good luck to everyone.

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by rivertrash on 12/14/10 at 11:22:51
Thanks for the bump Scott -
Three more clarifications:
1. The BUY IT NOW price has been reduced from $2500 to $2200!!!! Just post your $2200 bid in the thread below and you're done!

2. Auction ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 1st (Central Time), one day after MR340 2011 registration opens. Winner will be determined by the time and date posted on your forum post bid. In other words, if your post says "1/1/11 at 23:59:10", you will be 10 seconds late! (the forum posts in military time). ("23:59:00" is fine)

3. Canoe will be available for pickup in Columbia, MO, to the auction winner. Missouri River Relief will contact winner after auction closes to arrange for pickup.

Purchasing this canoe will help Missouri River Relief in its mission to engage communities cleaning up the Missouri River. 2011 is our 10th anniversary!!!! Help us start out with some river rat cash in the bank!

If you have questions, contact Steve Schnarr at steve(at)riverrelief.org or 573.289.2077

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Bill Lanning on 12/14/10 at 11:51:53
QUESTION  ...does the sucessful bidder get to use the dollar value of the winning bid as the boat number for the MR340, 2011???  ...2200, would look good in reflective tape!  8-)

Just curious  ...not a bid!  :-? :-[

Bill / Waimanu

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by tahiti paddler on 12/14/10 at 14:52:35
Gary is my tandem partner and it would be great to take the bid at $1500.  I hope someone doesn't lie in the wings waiting for the last minute and try to take the bid at $1501 on January 1.  I say, come on out, show us your intent.  May the best one take the prize.  If we take the bid, we wouldn't be trying for the number 2200.  We have our number chosen, whatever canoe we have.  Tahiti Paddler

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by vboucher978 on 12/18/10 at 14:40:07
Happy Holidays to all and Merry Christmas to me!       $1523.40

Now all I have to do is figure out how to get it down the chimney and under the tree!

Vince

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 12/20/10 at 17:11:40
Vince has the lead with a bid of 1523.40

It's the bid to beat of you want the canoe.  Beat him by a dollar at least OR exercise the "Buy it NOW" option with a bid of 2200.00 and it's yours today.

Great boat, great cause.

Thanks for bidding, Vince!  Good luck.

Scott

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by gcollins on 12/20/10 at 17:59:09
Gary Collins
$1600.00

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 12/20/10 at 21:41:40
Like two heavyweights, trading punches late in the round...

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by vboucher978 on 12/24/10 at 15:20:53
What the heck!

$2200.00

Happy Holidays to all!!!

Vince

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Scott on 12/24/10 at 22:22:10
Congrats, Vince!  And thanks for helping out Missouri River Relief!

They'll be in touch soon.  Merry Christmas!

Scott

Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by rivertrash on 12/24/10 at 22:30:56
Wow Vince! Congrats - and thank you so much. We'll get in touch soon. You can PM your phone number (i deleted it unfortunately) and I'll give you a call to see about getting this fine canoe in your hands so you can start training.

Thanks to all of you that bid and have a great Christmas!

Steve Schnarr
Missouri River Relief


Title: Re: Jensen Race Canoe up for Auction
Post by Melanie on 12/25/10 at 11:10:56
Woo Hoo! & Merry Christmas!  Thanks so much for such a fun & competitive auction, and of course, for helping Missouri River Relief!  A big thanks to all the bidders, Scott for sharing this wonderful forum & community of paddlers, and to Missouri American Water who donated the canoe to us after last year's race.  May all the good karma bring you guys & gals luck in 2011!   ;)  Melanie.


"Over there, the bank is cut sheer as masonry; and you bump off the shallows back to the swift flowing deeps with a gurgle of laughing waters that is zest of pure joy in the scheme of things.  You begin to understand why Indians regard all rivers as living personalities and make the River Goddess offerings of tobacco with the words "Here Granny, take this!  Now give us fair wind and good luck!"".

--Agnes Laut, 1909 "1500 Miles down the Saskatchewan"

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