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High winds cause havoc on Southwest River

posted Aug 27, 2009, 9:24 PM by graeme.lind@rideaucanoeclub.ca   [ updated Aug 27, 2009, 5:52 PM ]
PEI -- Extreme high winds again caused problems for paddlers at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI.  After cancelling Wednesday afternoon's 1000m finals due to "dangerous conditions", the Ontario team was back on the water early Thursday ready to battle the conditions.  However, high winds were present yet again and the 200m morning heats were far from a 'breeze'. 
 
In the afternoon, the 2000m direct finals proved to be a true test of paddlers boatmanship skills.  White caps and 40-50 km/h winds slaughtered the boats and crews were forced to carry bailers and even construct makeshift wave deflectors on the fronts of their boats.  Crew after crew sank in the rough waters and in many races less than half the field managed to finish the race.
 
But, Team Ontario perservered and stayed positive.. coming out at the end of the day with an additional five medals, inclurding our first GOLD!!  This brings the total medal count to 13 in just two days of finals.
 
GOLD- Rachel Marcuson C1 2000m
SILVER - Dustin Shaw / Chris Abbott C2 2000m
SILVER - Chris Mehak K1 2000m
SILVER - Geoff Clarke / Nathan Barton K2 2000m
BRONZE - Lizzy Bates K1 2000m
 
Special mention to RCC's very own Cheyanne Farquharson who finished fifth with Marianne Fraser in the K2 2000m.  Kaitlin Findlay will race in the 1000m C2 final on Friday.  Ben Tardioli will race the 200m C2 final and 1000m IC4 final on Friday.