Yesterday some friends and I could have been killed by the thunderboats on the St Lawrence River. Last winter we planned about a 50 or 60 mile trip thru 1000 island area between Ontario and upstate NY. There about 12 kayaks crossing main channel and saw power boats about 2 miles away. No big deal until one of us said thunderboats!!! These babies were closing on us at about 120 mph or 2 miles in one minute. Maybe you have seen unlimited racing on tv where they travel over 120 on a closed race course. The police boat finally escorted us across and the officer said we did not pick a good weekend. Kayak trips where you camp out one or 2 nights are really tricky and here are some suggestions that everyone should sign their name on the agreement before going. 1. Slowest boats in front. If you race a mile out in front you are out of the group permanently and should camp at a different spot. Fastest boats in the back. The army and navy have always used this in their convoy system with the slowest trucks in front. 2. Group organizer should check to see what events are planned that weekend. 3. Beware the martyrs. A person in our group said,"We will stick to main channel cause the current will carry us down and power boats are required to yield to us. I almost died as speed bump or a bug on the windshield as a 50 ft scarab with 2000 horsepower raced by in a pack of thunderboats at 120 mph. Him slowing could get him runover by 20 other boats at same speed. These miami vice style boats cost half a million bucks and cost $1000 to fill with gas. They are an international jet set with the big shots such as the prince of Moracco or Monaco or some Arab emirate. They have 40 mile races on a public river that is not a closed race course. LOcal organizers of trip might know all this but it is a territory thing where local kayakers say we have a right to the main channel. Thank you Jesus we are alive! I will never again take that main channel but will instead hug trees in shallow water along the bank. The deafening roar of Rolls Royce Merlin engines and the Allisons and turbine engines out of a helicopter have made me a tree hugger along the bank! 4.Does the world really need 120 mph race boats on a public waterway that is not a closed course? How about a mile offshore where they practice with their offshore racers? And you and a friend are paddling along in 3 ft swells a mile offshore. How do feel about dying? 5. In conclusion the Bible does say,"The fool and his money are soon parted."Maybe a 50 year old multi millionaire does have big bucks to impress his 20 year old girlfriend. So what about the intoxicating effects of horsepower? DWI is illegal and in some places they enforce laws against operating a boat while drunk but what about the intoxication of motors so loud they will shred ear drums and common sense? Racing snowmobiles and motorcycles have so much power that they do not want to go 50. They are so powerful that they have a will of their own that craves 150.