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spent Saturday at Rabbit Lake watching a rowing regatta

last year my grandson was only in two races… this year he was in quite a few…

in his first race he was with someone he hadn’t rowed with before and they came in second, which meant they would row in the finals later in the day…

the process is very interesting… before they can put the boat into the water an umpire has to check that everything is correctly placed… then they have to put the boat into the water, get set up in the boat and head down to the starting area… when they have completed the race they row back, wait for directions to land, take the boat out of the water and then put it back with the rest of their team’s equipment…

then they might have to rush to get ready for their next race… he ended up a couple of times running from the end of one race to the start of another…

the most fun was a four hundred metre mixed race for eights… these huge boats are fun to watch and have very few races, lol…

at one point the proceedings were called due to lightning… so for nearly an hour everyone had to come off the water and tie down their equipment… then the sky cleared and it was back to racing…

much later the lightning and thunder ended the regatta… it was interesting to watch everyone get off the water and pack up all of the equipment…

and then it poured, cleared up and the sun came back out in time for a bbq and award ceremony…

a great fun day… then the long drive home…