I pick up Jeff at 8:50 and we head to the Whitespot to break our fast with the rest of the Sedgebenders. Discussion ranges from how the Sedgebenders got started to the strike at the local University. Several of us, including me, have the Giardino omelet. The Arrabbiata sauce is fresh and "yum!"
When we are finished eating we head to Westwood lake for the main event of the day, the christening of Betty's new Clipper Packer canoe.
Clipper built this boat to exacting specifications: "Dr. says no heavier than 22 pounds." Gotta hand it to the Clipper folk, they pulled it off. Think they were pretty proud of her themselves -- as suggested by their blog post about it.
|Clipper Packer and Three Other Canoes|
|James and Charles examine the gunwales|
|An Awfully Pretty Design|
|A Simple Curve to the Gunwales|
|Water and Wine|
|I Christen thee Petite Yonah|
|Light as a Leaf|
|Jeff and I are in his Cedar strip Tandem built by his Brother in Law|
|Paul in his Solitude and Betty in Petite Yonah|
|Wind Gets Up|
|Oh the Joy of Paddling Your Own Canoe|
|Betty Seems to Think it Was a Good Choice|
|Lynne and Charles, Long Time Paddlers, Put Paul's Clipper S Through It's Paces|
|Back from the Paddle|
|The Packer Does Have a Nice Little Bit of Rocker|
Paul has two paddles to try, his ZRE classic carbon and a maple otter tail. The little Packer leaps up to speed with the ZRE and when I take up the otter tail I find the boat handles extremely well. It also is remarkable for it's good initial AND secondary stability.
I try a variety of strokes and find that the boat responds well to my favorite, the Indian stroke. Sculling is easy and an abrupt switch to a reverse scull doesn't freak me out -- that ample stability is really nice. Turning is easy, perhaps because of the Packer's modest rocker, and yet the boat seems to track well. In general the hull slides along very nicely without too much effort. No wonder this boat has stayed in production. It is a winner.