Friday 6p, May 31st - CYC members Elizabeth Prout (CYC member and past Treasurer) and Denny (past CYC commodore, and oh yeah I ran the Boston Marathon) Vaughn launched a tandem kayak “The Commodores" for 70-mile human powered boat-race (Seventy-48) from Tacoma to Port Townsend. Planning for this began at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend last year, when Elizabeth who paddled a single in a 340-mile race on the Missouri several years ago, first learned of the event. The Seventy-48 is a well supported race, and used by some teams as a warm up for the Race to Alaska.
Elizabeth was the fourth person to sign up for the event. She began training and trying to recruit other race teams. After Denny sold Bravo Zulu (but before he bought Habanero), agreed to train with her. Denny, who had only ever paddled cruise ship kayaks before, climbed the steep learning curve. One the drive down he detailed the research he’d done about the science of long distance races like this. Accompanied by several CYC Members Elizabeth and Denny launched Friday evening with a goal of a morning arrival Saturday June 1st to PT.
At about noon on Saturday June 1st, Elizabeth and Denny crossed the line as the 20th finishers - almost exactly 18 hours after the start. Congratulations to Elizabeth and Denny!