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Sunset Races-2nd Thursday of each month (Read 255610 times)
Reply #40 - 06/08/10 at 11:49:15

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Well boys and girls, its that time of the month again. We're paddling  (on the second) Thursday, June 10. This will be the first one that Jo Jo has missed since we started last year. She's doing ground support for the TWS!

meet at 530 pm 
Sherman Beach to Greentree Park
no boat or gear requirements
Beer and wings at TJ's afterward

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Reply #41 - 06/14/10 at 07:18:28

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The June Sunset race was just about perfect. There were no bugs once we got on the water and the weather was great. Unfortunately there were only 2 boats that showed up. We still had a great time and finished the float in 90 minutes.

On a side note, I still feel bad about dropping Larry's boat when we were putting it up on his car Sad It only seemed to scratch the boat, but it seemed to leave emotional scars. So remember to always be careful with other people's boats, even if they are composite and only appear to need one hand. Sorry again Larry!

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Reply #42 - 06/14/10 at 16:10:42

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HoganHaake wrote on 06/14/10 at 07:18:28:
The June Sunset race was just about perfect. There were no bugs once we got on the water and the weather was great. Unfortunately there were only 2 boats that showed up. We still had a great time and finished the float in 90 minutes.

On a side note, I still feel bad about dropping Larry's boat when we were putting it up on his car Sad It only seemed to scratch the boat, but it seemed to leave emotional scars. So remember to always be careful with other people's boats, even if they are composite and only appear to need one hand. Sorry again Larry!

Hogan



I was gonna come but had to work @8pm. always somethin on thursdays Undecided
 

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Reply #43 - 07/08/10 at 13:10:32

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Who's up for the 18th monthly Sunset Race?????  Meet at Sherman Beach at 6 PM for shuttle.  Shuttle Bunnies needed.

10 mile race
2 dollars winner takes all
Sherman Beach to Greentree on the Meramec River (Lake!)
call JoJo for info 314-49-triple7-49
 
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Reply #44 - 08/09/10 at 13:17:44

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The August Sunset Race is on!!!  The Meramec is slowly coming down to its normal level.  There is no current whatsoever.  I went out for a run last night and watch some partiers kill the engine on their big 'ol boat and just float for a while.  They were only a few hundred feet away from where I left them an hour earlier. 

We will gather again at Sherman beach at 630.  I will shuttle people up from Greentree since I have to work till 645 and can get to Greentree by 700pm. 

Meet at Sherman Beach to dump boats off
Shuttle to Greentree by 7
race starts when we get back to Sherman in My van
10 miles race
2 dollar entry fee-winner takes all
Beer and wings after the race at TJ wings.
Call for info

Love
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Reply #45 - 09/07/10 at 12:24:44

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A few things came up challenging the Sunset Race for the second week in September.  Let's do it on the 3rd week in September, the 16th.  The way it looks the weather will be better, Hogan's lame excuse of "I feel icky" will resolve, Roshahshana will be over and I can fit in a Rainbarrel workshop with Hogan's wife at the MoBoGardens. 

Anyone else???  Who's coming?  This is a wonderful event to race (Fast or slow) with your local flatwater racing crowd and join together later for burgers and beer. 

Having been deeply immersed in the whitewater scene for 10 years I am so thankful for the Creators of the MR340 for lighting the flatwater racing scene on fire here in the region.   Not that I would ever quit WW but that flatwater is a great addition to my life.  They are two very different sports...different boat, different paddle, different gear, different people, entirely different concerns.  All good.

If you are new to the sunset race it is a 10 mile race on the Meramec River from Sherman Beach to Greentree.  In the cold we change it to Greentree to the 141 bridge and back to Greentree (5miles).  It's a 2 dollar entry fee, winner takes all.   Shuttle is set up ahead of time so most of our cars are waiting for us at the takeout.  Shuttle Bunnies are especially appreciated!

Call me if you want more info
Love,
JoJo
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Reply #46 - 09/15/10 at 11:36:44

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JoJo, I am in!!! See you at Sherman Beach at 5:30!

 
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Reply #47 - 09/17/10 at 09:21:35

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We had an awesome sunset race last night. All of my health issues were out of the way and I was ready to race paddle. As usual, I took "the turd" (my slow 14' Mad River canoe) and held my own far in the back of the race. There were 5 boats at the race and the front of the pack was rather competitive. The weather was perfect, not too hot, but just a touch of cool in the air. Its a peaceful paddle with amazing conversations afterward. Please come out and join us next month.

In case any of you don't have a calendar, the next race will be October 14th. We meet at 6:00pm at Sherman Beach to begin the shuttling. Email me if you have any questions. We're always looking for more people to join us!

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Reply #48 - 10/11/10 at 21:14:16

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Oh!  I am so excited! Our next Sunset Race is in 3 days and I have been scouting the 141 wave to determine the best wave to run it...I start at Greentree and feel the anxiety growing in my tummy all the way upstream to 141 where the train bridge and the 141 bridge block my view of the riffle. 

I see the water is down so the sandbar the juts out of river left for 3/4 of the river's width is exposed.  A fisherman is casting his line  just off the sand bar shore...I pass him-probably looking like a fool craning my neck to see what is around the bend.  I literally tippytoe my tippy yak around the bend to find the voracious man-eating wave....I chicken out.  I am not pulling another pucker muscle over that thing.

I jab in the right rudder which takes me to a channel that seems to be new.  It cut the sandbar off from the river left shore...I guess that means the sandbar is really and island, huh?  Plowing up the shallow channel I make it to the head of the mouth where I can swing left and get a peek at the wave from upstream.  It is not there...Nothing.  I sail down the river right channel to find nothing but a mild whirlpool.  I am bummed.  I wasted how much adrenaline on that.  Sartori, could this be the end of your surf wave?  It has been a popular park n play spot for playboaters for years.

Next time I go it'll probably be Killer Fang Falls and I won't be ready for it. 

Sunset Race
October 14
Meet at Sherman Beach at 530
10 mile race to Greentree Park
2$ entry fee winner takes all
Beer n wings afterwards
call ahead to let me know your coming
Shuttle bunnies needed
JoJo
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Reply #49 - 10/12/10 at 11:32:03

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I'll be there! Jason and Ryan coming with also! See you on the water!!!

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Reply #50 - 10/12/10 at 11:52:03

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Reply #51 - 10/14/10 at 06:29:18

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Hey Jojo, yup that 141 riffle has been changing over the years. I suspect debris that comes down from the business atop the river right bank may forces the channel to move. There was some heavy equipment in the river a few year ago when they installed the bridge shark. That is when the piece of concrete that we worry about seemed to show up. Of course high water does it's thing too.

You guys have fun. Looks like the weather will be awesome. Turns out I have a meeting tomorrow evening  Sad So, I am looking toward Nov now!
 
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Reply #52 - 11/02/10 at 20:09:53

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Ohhhh.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  I thought a rock in the current just above a bridge pillar, after a 1 foot riffle was bad...now that I have actually seen said "rock" in the daylight at very low water I am really really afraid.  The good news is...It isn't a rock.  Nope, there is no rock just downstream of the 141 riffle.  As the matter of fact, there is not 141 riffle either...it is gone now.

The bad news is this interruption in our peaceful race is a jagged mass of steel with multiple layers of metal poking out at odd angles.  It appears to be rounded with compartments.  Has anyone reported a missing aircraft in the last couple of years that has never been located...or perhaps a car flew off the 141 bridge a while back.  Or an asteroid.  Maybe it is a steamship that sunk in the 60's.  No, no! The Betty Ann steamship sunk about 5 miles downstream and still pokes out of the water because no one cared enough to haul her rust butt off.  This thing is terrifying and I think of how many of my friends have actually RAN INTO the thing with their boats. 

Local paddlers, now is a good time to go to the bridge and look for yourselves.  With water being low the only way to run it is downstream of the Asteroid and upstream of the pillar.  Plenty of room but you better get your pucker muscle in shape. 

I will start wathcing water levels more closely to determine the danger zone. 

So, anyone want to race next Thursday Nov, 11.  It's a holiday, you know...It's the season premier of Burn Notice.  And my Grandma's birthday.  Oh, and Armistice Day.  We should celebrate. 

Should we A to B it or should we round robin it????

JoJo

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Reply #53 - 11/02/10 at 21:02:10

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JoJo

I'm planning on paddling from Greentree to Castlewood and back this Saturday morning. I've been keeping an eye on that area under 141.  The water level is really low. Will be interesting to see this ruin/artifact you speak of.

Hope to be on the water @ Greentree by 7:30 or 8.  Anyone interested in joining me for a chilly morning work-out?
 
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Reply #54 - 11/03/10 at 07:45:26

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Two of the 3 dudes are planning to be there on Novemeber 11...as long as my wife doesn't go into labor. We may even break out the old town discovery beast for a little resistance training. If it is on...we should be there.
 
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Reply #55 - 11/08/10 at 14:26:48

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I might be available this Thurs., but my race partner is out due to surgery. Anyone looking for a partner?

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Reply #56 - 11/08/10 at 15:51:41

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Paddled from Greentree to Castlewood Saturday.  Water level is really low. Paddling upstream, had to portage several times and at some unlikely places.
 
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Reply #57 - 11/10/10 at 21:50:07

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We're on for a 5:30 pm start tomorrow, 11/10/2010. I called Brian and he'll be the third person in my boat. I'm hoping that three people are better than 1 kayak and we'll make it a real race. We will find out tomorrow!

Hogan
 
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Reply #58 - 11/12/10 at 09:08:53

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Maybe we missed what was actually happening last night. We were at Sherman Beach at 5:30 and stayed until 6:30 or so. Maybe we will need to ask more questions next month. Hope it went well.
 
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Reply #59 - 11/12/10 at 17:52:13

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That sucks! We paddled upstream from Green Tree to 141 and back.  Nobody actually posted that plan... Did you guys at least get on the water?
 
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