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Yiddil posted 06-07-2005 03:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Yiddil   Send Email to Yiddil  
I recently attended as part of the Chesapeake Bay WHalers Association to help out with the swim. The Potomac is 7 miles wide at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and 23 swimmers and as many kyaks don this annually. I missed last year due to bad weather, but this year it was a terriffic event...A Ketch(sailboat) and 10 whalers transport swimmers and kyaks across tot he virginia side and the start of the swim is from virginia.
Learned a few lessons along the way...we chnaged the existing prop on my Nantucket(DasBoat) the nite before the swim to a 14P SS Vengence prop as recommended by the "Book" but when we headed out, I couldnt get up on plane even at 5200rpms!, so we headed back and swapped them out and all worked fine after that...We had the coordinates so we just followed the GPS till we hit them and there everyone was:)about a mile out already:) EVeryone made it across by 2-2:30, started about 7:30am...and we head bqack to the lauch site to pull boats and go have some great dinner:)

Lessons lerned..."never change the bridle on a horse the nite before you run in the Derby! and Map out your coordinates pre-run, and then its easy to find your location:) Always boat with your WHaler buds, there the best there is!

One special of the guys filling in for a no show looked like I knew him, but just couldnt place him, so we all went to the events dinner...and while eating , we both realized who the other was(we knew each other like 20 years ago!!!) Well we jumped up and our chairs were knocked to the ground and we made a huge ruckus and freaked out!!!%Q%$E5wy!!!! but it was my old friend Mark from that long ago!@!!@!@!!

Very freaky stuff!!! Others thought the Coast Guard and DNR police had thought a fight broke out at the dinner;) LOL Talk about what a WHaler can do for you...its magical!!

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