Sean Smith has been a regular on Island Blossom for several years. This year Bob Ames joins the crew when he can. Bob recently purchased a GoPro waterproof video camera and shot an amazing video of the first race of the season. Reports from that weekend had Saturday's wind at 5-15 with large shifts. We get to see the boardmen working hard in tough up and down conditions to keep these over canvassed craft upright. We also get to see the crew cooling off in the tepid summer waters of the Miles River.
Some things to look for in the video;
- I've been told that at the 3:13 mark we get to see the squelcher's handshake.
- The number on the foresail is the year the log canoe was built. In Island Blossom's case it was 1892. Of course, these log canoes have been rebuilt and rebuilt over the years. These are not inexpensive to campaign for the owners.
- I'll have to ask what the hand signals from the jib trimmer means.
As we close out the Fourth of July weekend, log canoe racing is truly one of America's enduring heritages.