Kayak Racing: 22.87 – I’m in love

Sorry, Vicki, I didn’t know how to break this to you, but I’ve fallen in love. One of the racing team members, Frank, is selling his old Necky Looksha II kayak. It’s 20 feet long, 20 inches wide, weighs about 45 pounds, and as the time above shows, fast as hell, and beautiful.

Considering how much of the time I was worrying about tipping over rather than concentrating on my stroke, the fact that I was 1.26 minutes (76 seconds) faster than last week shows just how fast this kayak is. My split after the bay portion of the race was only 21 seconds faster than last week, which shows that not only was I wasting more time adjusting to the new boat out there, but also the lighter boat allowed me to keep more energy for the second half. This the first time I haven’t had to stop for a drink of water during the race. And obviously, after I learn to paddle it without worry, I’ll get even faster.

So here’s my plan:

  1. Finish the Pygmy Boat kit this fall. Try it out a bit and see how I like it.
  2. Next spring, sell either the Pygmy Boat or the Skerray.
  3. If Frank still hasn’t sold his Looksha by then, buy it. Otherwise look for something equally fast and challenging.
  4. Profit?

3 thoughts on “Kayak Racing: 22.87 – I’m in love”

  1. You know what’s weird? I knew what this was all about before I started, but still, reading “I didn’t know how to break this to you, but I’ve fallen in love” made my heart drop a little.

    I don’t think you should sell the Pygmy boat. It’s too pretty, already. A lot prettier than the Skerry.

  2. Don’t you have to have the ???? step before you can profit? You clearly do not know how to profit 🙂

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