Well, I haven’t left much to the imagination in this blog post title. As you can see, Mulliauk Mouche, the storied Them Days regatta team (in its 25th year or so) has won a medal at th 31st Annual Labrador Canoe Regatta!
We had assembled a pretty good team, and we even pulled in an alternate on the day of the race (Tessa wasn’t able to make it, and Kerra thankfully agreed to sub in!) so I was pretty hopeful that THIS year would be the year we would win a medal. Of course, I always think this, so I’ve learned not to be TOO hopeful. haha.
But then, when they announced the teams, only three groups had entered, so we were at least guaranteed a medal–assuming we finished, which, unfortunately, hasn’t always been the case.
In all other years, they’ve pulled in a fourth team at the last possible moment, but not this year!
I’m always the last one to the canoe!
Ready for our race! Sorry for blocking your face, Kerra, and for blocking your whole body, Theresa.
We had a good rivalry going with the other teams on the water. It’s all very friendly, but we like to tease each other.
About to start our “practice.” (ie, we paddled in a little circle before the race. this is the extent of our preparation)
Waiting in the far lane
Waiting at the start line
And we’re off. We probably should have chosen a lane further to the right.
We should have been a bit further to the right. Also, we probably should have clarified with the officials that it was okay to go to the second buoy instead of the first, because that could have shaved some time off.
Heading back from the buoy.
We kept up pretty good, and had a good turn around the buoy, but started to lag in the second half of the race. It was pretty tiring out there! And the wind and waves were against us. I know I found it much harder to paddle (especially on the right side of the canoe).
First team about to cross the finish line.
Here we are, behind the second-place team. Not too far behind!
Our competitors come out and high-five us at the end of the race
Whew! That was a lot of work!
Posing. (Check out Wallace.)
So there you have it: a winning team! Thanks to all the paddlers on Mulliauk Mouche: Wallace, Theresa, John, Kerra, and Brandon.
YAY! The first Mulliauk Mouche team to win a medal in…well, at least six years!
And there wasn’t as much drama this year…no T-boning, no gladiator-style finsh, no call for help to the rescue boat. Just a good, solid paddle…and look where it got us! :)
Wallace and I were just talking about the size of the canoes we were in (they’re big Voyageur-style canoes from Quebec), and it got me to thinking about Voyageurs. This is a fun video about the life of voyageurs (glad it’s not mine!!).
The Voyageurs by ONFB, National Film Board of Canada