After the fog burned off the races were on!
Just waiting for the last of the snow to melt, for some a coat of paint, and then summer!!
Most Importantly before we get into the meat of the Live blog I’ll provide a link to Paul Morrison’s Live GPS Location Tracker Here (The GPS Tracker will be turned on at 8AM to save battery but you can still check it out now. This is a real time tracker so if you see him coming up to where you are on Cape Ann run out to the water’s edge and give him a holler. I’ll randomly draw a name from people that submit photos of Paul on the Race Course before the end of the day for a Real Deal GMG T Shirt $20 value. His GPS Tracker even works on smartphones so there’s no excuses. Bookmark that cool ass link and track his freaky Rubber Duck Toting Around Ass down on your smartphone.
Send in your pictures from the start middle or finish and I’ll add them to this post which I’ll keep stickied at the top of the blog and regular scheduled posts will update below this one. I’ll also give regular updates from our Paul Morrison’s GPS Tracking Map as to his whereabouts around the Cape.
A note to all Blackburn Challenger Competitors and their families-
Swing down the dock after the race to get a free Good Morning Gloucester Sticker and have your picture taken for these pages Representing!
From The Blackburn Challenge Website:
Time Limit Update – 6 Hour limit to complete course. Chase Boats and Timing will finish after 6 hours. Racers are paddling at their own risk after 6 hours on the course. Please plan appropriately if you believe you can not complete in 6 hours.
The Blackburn Challenge is a 20+ mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann. Participants row or paddle small boats in the open ocean waters around Cape Ann, and conditions can vary dramatically throughout the day. Occasionally the water can be very rough, with strong winds and high waves.
Paul Morrison writes this pre-race entry-
Good Luck Paul and All the Other Brave Contestants in this year’s 2012 Blackburn Challenge from the team here at GMG!
Here’s Paul Morrison from last year (you can see the Rubber Duck Tracker mounted to the bow of his Kayak)-
Paul Frontiero Photo
Below this line begins our Live Race Day Coverage-
Last Update from the Live Tracker Was A Test At The High School Launching Area at 6:38AM- Looks Good For The GPS Tracker Paul! –
Update 7:39AM: Paul Morrison Rubber Ducky GPS Live Tracker Is Live
Donna Ardizzoni posts live shot of Paul Morrison’s 2012 Blackburn Challenge Rubber Duck GPS Tracker-
Paul Morrison and Rubber Duck Tracker Pre Race From Ed Collard-
He is In The Water Just Past The Train Bridge-
Update 8:24 Rubber Ducky and Paul are off- averaging between 4 and 5 mph
Well past the A Piatt Andrew Bridge and approaching the first entrance to Jones Creek. Speed 5mph Uploading video from the starting area now
At The Mouth Of The Annisquam River 4mph
Coming Up On Lane’s Cove
Mary Page submits-
Blackburn challenge from Rust Island
Pictures I took this morning of the challenge looking across the Annisquam at the frog rocks
Just off Pigeon Cove and maintaining that 4mph pace.
Passing Good Harbor Beach
Approaching Eastern Point Lighthouse and Dog Bar Breakwater
12:43 Update: 3mph
Heading For Home Stretch and Pavillion Beach! C’mon Paul Finish Strong!!!!
Please join us for our 3rd Annual GMHC Harbor Race, September 10th. We welcome pilot gigs, whaleboats, dories, and other traditional rowing craft.
This is a 5.5 mile triangular course in beautiful Gloucester Harbor (see attached course diagram).
Registration – 8:00 a.m. (pre-registration is encouraged)
Captain/Cox meeting – 9:00
Race Start – 9:30
Water will be supplied, prizes will be awarded, and each participant who pre-registers will receive the first ever GMHC Harbor Race hat. These are sure to be a collectors’ item, and to bring big bucks on eBay®.
Lunch will be served on the beach following the race (BYO liquid refreshments).
Cost: $25 per person with advance registration (received by August 8th).
$30 per person if registering after August 8th.
Esther Martin for registration – email@example.com (please reply to the spam-blocker message; it will only happen once, but I won’t get your email unless you reply)
Suzanne Clerkin for overnight accommodations – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bart Schick for all other questions/issues – email@example.com
Do not hesitate to contact Suzanne if you’d like to stay over the night before and/or after. We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone.
URL for more information: http://www.gloucestergigrowers.com/gmhc_race_2011
Dear Little Harbor Boathouse Rowers:
Make the most of the return of this summer’s beautiful weather and COME ROW!
Please join us for the below schedule of rowing opportunities!
Echo Rowing Enthusiast
Little Harbor Boathouse Owner
Coached Rows through Sept 1st
Coached Row with Jim Keating
Mondays: 5:30 -7:30 pm
Wednesday: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Coach Eileen Dunn: Aug 30 & Sep 1
Come row with a coach on the water providing tips on improving your sculling technique!
No advanced registration required. Level 1 Completion or equivalent required.
We’ll be launching by 5:45 p.m. Please be prompt.
All equipment included.
Weekly Open Practice ROWS
Row to be happier, healthier, fitter!
NEW: Saturday, Aug. 28 & Sep 4
7:30 – 9:30 am
Mon. Sep 30
Wed. Sep 1
Labor Day Mon. Sep 6
7 – 9 AM
Row with other members;
non-members may rent Echo Rowing Shells ($28/row)
Anne Malloy, Little Harbor Boathouse Keeper,
on-site to assist you on and off the water!
No Open Row on Wed. 9/8
JOIN the LITTLE HARBOR BOATHOUSE:
With 2 months remaining in the season, there’s plenty of great rowing days to enjoy on Salem Sound! Make the most of the season and enjoy all the body, mind & spirit benefits of rowing: the most fun and complete aerobic and resistance training work-out and high-calorie burn I know!
Fall Membership $200:
Open Rows included. Add Coached Rows ($28/session) and Private Coaching as you like.
$100 refundable deposit required for restricted key access to LHB 7 days a week!
Row when it works for you. Coach sign-off on Level 1 completion or equivalent required.
To join contact: Maryellen Auger
ph: w: 781-990-3552 | c: 781-504-8420
Little Harbor Boathouse on Gas House Beach
2010 First Annual Fleet Sale
Echo Rowing and Rowing For All are selling our loaner fleet of 3 Echo Open Water Rowing Shells! The sale begins on Sept 5 and runs through the end of October. Beginning Sept. 5th, you may place a 10% deposit to reserve your boat. Final payment must be made by check only when picking up the boat. Boats will not be available for pickup until the release date of October 30. In order to guarantee yourself a boat, place a deposit as soon as the boat sale begins.
Red Echo Open Water Rowing Shell: List Price: $3950. Sale Price: $2950
Yellow Echo Rowing Shell: List Price: $3950. Sale Price: $2950
Orange Echo Rowing Shell: List Price: $3950. Sale Price: $3160.
PLUS: All sales are eligible for FREE WINTER STORAGE at Little Harbor Boathouse! $150 savings!
In case you haven’t seen Joey and Kyle around the dories this week its because they are trying their hand at sculling in Marblehead.These pictures were taken by Kyles mom Michele.Its a program called Rowing For All.For info you can contact Maryellen Auger at firstname.lastname@example.org. These guys are having a blast but they say its not a easy as it looks. If I get more pics I’ll send them along.
After The Blackburn Challenge these competitors from the Mid Atlantic share their views on what makes Gloucester special
You can check out The Blackburn Challenge results here-