Recent Escapade, Cadence and Other Boat Cruises
The second Sound Rowers race of the year at Lake Sammamish, near Issaquah, WA. Mar. 13, 2004. The camera generally worked well, but I've discovered ways since the race to make focusing work better. The story is here and the photos are here.
Spent a fine Sunday afternoon with my daughter in the Escapade going from Sunnyside boat ramp in Seattle to Portage Bay to meet a group of kayakers in inflatables, plus one or two hard shelled boats. The photo album is here and the story is here.
The third Sound Rowers race of the year at American Lake, near Lakewood, WA. April 21, 2004. The camera generally worked well, but the waterproof bag had condensation problems starting in the middle of the race. The story is here and the photos are here. A special treat are the videos. Go to the photography page on the Sound Rowers site to see these!
The fourth Sound Rowers race of the year
was at Lake Whatcom, near Bellingham, WA. May 1, 2004. The camera mostly worked
well but had some slight overheating problems due to the greenhouse effect in
the waterproof bag.
The fifth Sound Rowers race of the year
was at Commencement Bay, Tacoma, WA. May 15, 2004. The camera worked
well and still got a little warm. It was generally overcast with temperatures
in the upper 50's to low 60's.
The sixth Sound Rowers race of the year
was at Manchester, WA. June 19, 2004. The camera worked well and but got a little\
overheated in the bright sun on a warm (upper 70's/low 80's) day.
The seventh Sound Rowers race of the year
started at Fort Worden State Park, WA. June 26, 2004. The camera worked well for the first
and last parts of the race but overheated in the bright sun on a cool (upper 60's) day
when exposed to direct sunlight for half an hour in the Ewa case.
The Quartermaster Harbor race took place
in a harbor between Vashon and Maury Islands, July 18, 2004. Camera troubles were
caused by the waterproof bag, but otherwise not a bad race.
The Elk River Challenge took place
at the mouth of the Elk River, near Westport, WA, July 31, 2004. The camera worked,
I remembered to set the heart rate monitor, and the boat worked, too!.
The 14 mile long Round Shaw Row took place
at, believe it or not, Shaw Island, WA, on August 7, 2004. The camera worked,
but the waterproof housing developed a hole! I remembered to set the heart rate monitor,
but forgot my sleeping bag (saved by Deb & Paul!) while packing for this camping trip.
The 7.5 mile long Great Cross Sound Race was at Alki Beach in West Seattle, WA, on August 21, 2004. I used both cameras, the Minolta 5MP one on land, and the old Casio 3MP camera with the home-made housing on the water, since the Ewa housing has not yet returned. The story is here and the photos are here.
The 42 mile long San Juan Challenge is a two day event starting and ending in Anacortes, WA, on the weekend of August 28-29, 2004. I used a new home-made housing for the Minolta camera on the water, since the Ewa housing has still not yet returned. The first day's story is here (25 miles, sometimes drizzly) and the photos are here. The second day's story is here (17 miles, mostly sunny) and the photos are here.
I took the Cadence on the half marathon portion of the Bainbridge Island Marathon on Saturday, September 11, 2004. Expecting a tailwind for the last two thirds of the race and instead getting a head wind sure slowed me down! The story is here and the photos are here. There are actually some pictures of me in a Cadence here!
The 7.5 mile long Budd Inlet Race was at Olympia, WA, on September 25, 2004. The Ewa bag worked OK but made my right hand rather hot and sweaty throughout the race. The story is here and the photos are here.
The 6 mile long Lake Samish Salmon Roe was at Lake Samish, near Bellingham, WA, on October 2, 2004. The Ewa bag worked OK until about halfway into the race when a circle of condensation filled the middle of the optical port. The dessicant was not enough! This ruined a couple of photos before I removed the camera from the bag and used it bare. The photos are here.
The 6.2 or 14.2 mile long Medina-Mercer Sausage Pull Race was at Lake Washington, between Seattle, WA and various suburbs to the east, on October 9, 2004. The Ewa bag worked well when it was subjected to an impromptu immersion test just after the race. Photos are here and the story is here.
The 5.5 or 12.8 mile long Cascade Distance Race was at Lake Washington. It starts at the Cedar River Boathouse in by Renton, WA and heads west and north along the southwestern shores of the lake. It was held October 30, 2004. The Ewa bag had more greenhouse condensation problems, but generally worked OK. Photos are here and the story is here.
I decided to go on a photo safari at the Lake Washington Rowing Club's Head of the Lake race. This race starts at the west side of Lake Washington near the Arboretum, heads through the Montlake Cut into Lake Union, passes Gasworks Park and ends just after passing under the Aurora and Fremont bridges. Over 400 rowing vessels participate in this event. My photos are here.
The first social cruise of the Sound Rowers after the official race season had only 3 people. Perhaps the 33 degree Fahrenheit temperatures and pea soup fog had something to do with it. Pictures may be found here.
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