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Racing a guillemot

I have been thinking about entering my Guillemot Expedition Single in the “Run of the Charles” canoe and kayak race April 30th in Boston. It seemed like a fun event to shoot for and will get me motivated to do some training early this spring. I have never seen a kayak race other than the Olympics but the organizers sent me the following info.

“We have a racing K-1 class in the 19-Mile Race and recreational K-1 classes in the 19-, 9-, and 6-Mile races. Classes for all races include open, women, masters plus a junior class in the 6-Mile race.”

My questions are:

1. Anyone ever raced in this or a similar event 2.Is there a formal definition of a K1 boat? I assume it is a single kayak 3. Is there anything about the K-1 class that would prevent using a Guillemot (i.e. length limits) 4. I assume that “racing” class is more specific about dimensions vs the recreational class. 5. Any thoughts about training strategies or tactics for the race.

I’ve only been kayaking since last May when I completed the Guillemot but went out a lot in the ocean last summer and have done a couple of 10 mile paddles on the Charles at a fast clip. The ice is just melting on the rivers here in Boston so I won’t have too long to train but I worked out all winter (lost 21lbs) so I’m much fitter than last year. I’m trying to decide if I should go for the 9 or the 19 mile. Clearly the goal is to have fun and finish the race not to win any medals.

Regards,

Jack

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