When you talk about spring paddling in the Northeast there are two things that you can count on, first off the weather will be challenging and the other is that theRace for the Bays will go off as planned at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.
This year was no different as we started the day off with 20 knot winds from the Northeast and torrential downpours.
Fortunately, the rain subsided as the sign process commenced and we were literally off to the races. The stiff Northeast winds required us to adjust the course and we settled on a straight out and back course in the corner of Cedar Point County Park.
After a brutal Slog upwind, the far turn buoy was a welcome site. A quick pivot turn and we were cruising downwind, enjoying a great glide that pushed us to finish strong on the last leg of the race.
A true diehard crowd welcomed all the racers across the finish line and to the refreshments table for hot Chai Tea and coffee. This years race for the bays supported the Cornell Cooperative Extensions Marine Program. All racers went back to the bays, weaving Eel Grass discs that will be planted by the Cornell Dive Team next week.
Kim Barbour, Cornell’s Habitat Guru was on hand to lead the marine meadows workshop.
A great turn out and performance by the regions best racers. We are thankful for the support of our sponsors, Surftech, Joe Bark, Werner Paddles, Jeremie Vaine, East Hampton Ocean Rescue and PR timing.
All the best to the athletes and supporters of the Race for the Bays 2016, may you have a healthy and injury free 2016.
Rick, Lars and the Main Beach Crew