The Flower Pots rodeo and Boater Exe went off on Saturday despite the below zero temps! Over 30 paddlers signed up to race head to head down the "Mighty Pots" weir at Mill on the Exe pub in the centre of Exeter. Exeter Uni and A.S Watersports organised this 2nd event fort November to try and get better weather and water! Unfortunately the UK was plunged into a big freeze with riverside temps never getting above -2. Still, paddlers are a hardy bunch and just got on with it!
The brave (or foolish) paddlers gather for a pre race briefing. Course details and safety info.
Racing started with a seeding run to put them into short boat, intermediate and advanced long boat cats. No different class for the ladies as they held their own against the boys! Nice to see lots of girls on the water, some with way better times than the lads!
Going around the Crewsaver marker buoy lead to some close racing and argy bargy!
As the race leader came around the back of the buoy they quite often hit the back of the pack causing all sorts of carnage!
There were swims, hole surfs, drian bung loosening and other dirty tactics, no rules racing but all with a great vibe and in a fun spirit!
After the racing prize giving was held in the Mill on the Exe pub whose car park is above the weir. They put on some great food and drink deals and pretty much sold out of coffee and hot chocolate! Here intermediate cat winner, every ones favourite Cornish man, regular suf kayak competitor and mega keen paddler Denzil claims his victory! A cheeky showing of the new kayak movie MOP 2 was shown in the bar whilst every one warmed up.
After that it was up into town for a spot more dancing and festivities. Jamthechannel honcho Bump and regular fat boy Wokka warmed things up with some funky beats just in time for Skam from Phonic Fm/Darkside beats to absolutely smash the dance floor with an hour of wicked Drum and Bass tunes. There were "boat races" (crazy student drinking games), rave rodeo cowboys and girls and lots of smiles and silly shapes on the dance floor.! Roll on the next one!
A massive thanks goes to Pete Ford and Yak Paddling Equipment for supplying over £1000 worth of Prizes! Big Dog kayaks for prizes and demo boats (taking 3 of the top 2 spots in the long boat cat) Square Rock for the "stand up in your boat comp" prizes, HSS hire in Exeter for the massive floodlights and Sound Events for the booming speakers! A full report and photos coming soon.