Knot Race

Paddling Delaware and the eastern shore of Maryland and Virginia

 

 

        
 

Results from the 2012, 5th annual Knot Race

 

2012 Results

Knot Head Class 1st time across the line 2nd time across the line
Eric Knutson Overall Winner & Cinematographer 1:13  
Greg Hudson Most Helpful 1:17 1:28
Earl Blackwell Head Hunter 1:22 1:38
Keith Betts Patty Paddler 1:38  
Mike Eline Perfect Attendance 1:44  
Chris Beckman Man of Much Knowledge and Many Skirts 1:48  
Hank (Marvin the Martian) McComas Interplanetary Champion 1:53  
Brant Collins Trading the Gavel for the Paddle 1:54  
Eric Peterman Slow and Steady 2:20  
Patti Nash Finishes the Race 2:21  
Runners of their own course      
Susan Williams Disco Queen / Trophy Procurer 0:01  
Jeff Pringle Best Impersonation of a Kayaker by a Cow 1:07  
Kent Gaffey Best Outhouse  1:11  
     
Finished Knot Race Triathlon (Kayak/Truck/Run)    
     
Brita Pushed the Most Plastic Just in time  
Betsy Responsible Gear Just in time  
     
Knotheads / Beach Crew      
Deby Evans Keeper of Sanity & Great Wife    
Marley Evans Flag Girl and Lover of Zebras    
Amber Hennessy Flag Girl and Lover of the Arts    
Jeff Evans Knot throwing the Knot race    

 

 

2011 -  4th ANNUAL KNOT RACE  RESULTS

Time                                        Knothead                                                         Class

00:23:29          “Submarine” Joe Roche & Mike Forster         1st to Cross the Finish Line (technical merit)

00:60:14          Jesse “Jeffy” Lishchuk                                    1st Abbreviated Course – (Can’t win them all)

00:60:32          Cliff “Flying River Dog” Roach                     Most Impressive Sand Castle

01:05:00          Bill Hoker                                                       Curviest Course (broken rudder)

01:17:00          Earl “Blackie” Blackwell                              1st to Finish Actual Knot Race Course

01:18:00          Nik Alshayev                                                 2nd to Finish Actual Knot Race Course

01:21:00          Susan “3:35” Williams                                    More Than One Screw Loose

01:24:00          Stephen “Honey” Petrie                               3rd to Finish Actual Knot Race Course

01:24:00          Eric “Shark Bait” Knutsen                              2nd Most European “Racer”

01:31:00          Mike “Fairy Bait” Eline                                  Picked the Best Paddle This Time

01:32:00          Richard Doege                                                1st to Form Rescue Party – Last to Join

01:33:00          Kent Gaffey                                                    2nd Best Looking Rack

01:33:00          Jere “Surfer Girl” Stephano                            1st Over Land Course

01:36:00          Ashley “Playboy Bunny” Joyner                    Fastest “Racer” With a Tail

01:45:00          Brenda & Don Harrower                                Greenest Registration Form

01:45:00          Cath Kraft                                                       Stealthiest Finish

01:45:00          Betsy & Brant Collins                                     1st in Group Improve Course

01:49:00          Gary White                                                     First Timer

01:57:00          Lee Canby                                                       Best Sandbar Flag Girls Assisted Finish

01:59:00          Patti “Which Witch” Nash                              Best Coordinated Costume/ Boat Combo/ roundest bottom

02:00:00          Chris “Chris” Beckman                                   Last to Leave the Beach – Best Beer Selection

02:02:00          Julia Koster                                                     Most Anticipated Finish

02:08:00          Greg Shelly                                                     Pushed the Most Water for the Longest Time

_______          Vadim “Need-a-Ride” Lishchuk                    Most Creative Finish 

 

Official Knot Race Unpaid Staff

Knothead                                                         Class

Susan “3:35” Williams                        Chief of Awards and Other Shenanigans

Chris “Chris” Beckman                       Chief of All Things Safe

Ranger Keith Betts                             Security

Ben Abrams                                        T-Shirt Provider

Trish Hildenbrand                                T-Shirt Assistant

Marley Evans                                      Flag Girl #1 (Evil Cheerleader)

Izzy                                                     Flag Girl #2 (Witch)

Deby Evans                                         Time Keeper, Child and Dog sitter and All Around Great Wife

 

 

 

The 4th Annual Knot Race is not on for 10/09/11

Info         Registration      2011 Course Map

We'll update the web page shortly

Please also go to the delmarva paddlers Yahoo message board and tell them in the poll section you're knot coming

 

Details to follow, but below is what they did last year

Here it is boys and girls…  The results you have all been waiting for.  A special thanks goes out our sponsors Vince's Curbside Recycling Service, Chang's Karate, Lenape High School and the junior ROTC.

RESULTS are Knot here

* These times reflect the actual finishing time, and have not been adjusted for the mandatory ferry break.  Feel free to adjust them by 0:01:30 for your official records.

 

What: 3rd Annual Knot Race

Where: Lewes Beach (weather permitting) - Lewes Public Ramp (weather or not)

When: Sunday 10-10-10   Time: 10:10 a.m.

So get out a big red sharpie and mark those calendars, set your alarm app on your IPad, and stock up on Vienna Sausages cause there's only 235 paddling days until the Knot Race.
 

Jeff E.


"Not over-organizing the Knot Race one year at a time"
 

 

 


 

 

The 3rd Annual Knot Race

- October 10th, 2010 @ 10:10

because this is a "knot" race, there is not an entry fee

The 2010 best damn registration form ever written

also in PDF

 

2010 Course Map

2010 "B" Course, just in case we a protected course.

On the serious side

and

10 things to remember sea-kayaking

 

All right everyone... Calibrate your barometers, consult your astrological charts and cross your fingers and toes cause the 3rd Annual Knot Race is coming. I am assuming that since we have had nothing but
near picture perfect weekends for the past three months we are due for a little weather. So, in keeping with the tradition conceived last year and continued at the Nanticoke, let's race weather or Knot!

When: Sunday 10-10-10 at 10:10:10 am - As you can see we are going with a binary theme this year. Please be in the water and ready by then. We have a ferry to beat.

Where: Lewes Public Beach - Type in Bayview and Savannah, Lewes, Delaware, into your favorite map program or GPS. Google Maps
<http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Bayview+and+savannah,+\
lewes,+de&sll=38.779413,-75.136914&sspn=0.01472,0.027466&ie=UTF8&ll=38.7\
82357,-75.131528&spn=0.00736,0.013733&z=16&iwloc=addr
>

What: Excuse to "race" a gorgeous course with some of the most seasoned paddlers from the area. Check out Chris's Knot Race Page <http://www.delmarvakayak.net/knot_race.htm> for some history on the race and theCourse Map <http://delmarvakayak.net/map_of_area.htm> s (Plan B). <http://www.delmarvakayak.net/Knot%2010%20Course%20Map%20Plan%20B.pdf>

Why: It's FREE to race, paddle or simply heckle! (T-Shirt sold separately)

New this year:
The two course system has been refined into a new and improved single course system with just as much perceived adventure coupled with a lot less real danger.

Inclement Weather "Plan B" Course: For all of us who are directionally challenged an honest to goodness, easy to understand alternate course map will be provided. This course comes complete with two-way narrow course racing and a, every paddler for him/herself, 180° turn-around.

Same as last year:
 Tee Shirts! Bring some petty cash ($9.00) to pick one up for yourself so you can show the world that you were a part of such a distinguished event.

Costumes – Wearing a costume is always encouraged especially if it involves flowery shorts, tiaras and maybe the occasional Viking helmet.

Facilities – Please empty your tanks before arriving at the race as the City of Lewes boards up the public bathrooms after 9/30.  This should "not" be a problem for those of us accustomed to paddling long distances in open water. We have our ways.

The race will be divided into one class per entrant. Even those with no class will be given one to use for the day.

Parking: Plenty of it, courtesy of the City of Lewes. Leave your quarters at home because public parking is free after 9/30.

Traditional After Race Carbo-Loading: Will be held at the Pickled Pig Pub in Lewes.  Arrangements have been made to insure maximum carbs with minimal expense (happy hour specials for sweaty kayakers all day).

If you are coming please let us know by participating in the poll at: http://tinyurl.com/38sbcs4 <http://tinyurl.com/38sbcs4>

Surprise entries will result in a shortage of "soft"ware (ribbons) and many sad faces. And if you're not racing come cheer the others on and help carry us to our cars when we're done.

Don't forget to print and fill out your Registration Form <http://www.delmarvakayak.net/Knot%2009%20Registration%20Form.pdf> .
It will be your ticket from lost to found if you happen to deviate from the course. Just sayin....

Safety:
As usual… The conditions and the weather can be unpredictable. Please be equipped and dressed as conditions warrant. Not sure what you will need to make you safer? Always dress for immersion. Wear you PFD (or expect to endure the wrath of the group). And bring a skirt, hand pump and whistle (Real men wear skirts, just ask the Scots).

So let's all "not" get together for the third time to Knot race.  20 years from now when some kid asks… "Mam, were you really at the second Knot Race?" You will be able to look them straight in his beady little eyes and say… "I was knot... Hey! Who are you calling Mam, Sonny!?!"

See You There,

Jeff E.

Feel free to pass this invite along to anyone who might enjoy this event.

 

 

And in case you missed it from last year:

 

 

  Info from Jeff

"Official” 2nd Annual Knot Race Results

The best damn registration form ever written

2009 Course Map

2009 Race info for printout

Just incase you missed the banter from last year

2008 Knot Race info

On the serious side

and

10 things to remember sea-kayaking

From Jeff E who is not organizing this. (hopefully you've read the posts on the Delmarva Paddlers message board and understand or perhaps "not" understand)  You can also take the poll question about attending at Delmarva Paddlers

 

2009 Knot Race details

It’s that time of year again.  As the Bethany Beach’ers have their jazz funeral and the farmer’s chunk their pumpkins, so do we bid adieu to another awesome warm weather paddling season with our Second Annual Knot Race.  So grab your fastest stable boat, strap on your GPS and come on out to Knot Race. 

When:  Sunday October 25th at 9:30 am - Please be in the water and ready by then.  We have a ferry to beat.

Where: Lewes Public Beach - Type in Bayview and Savannah, Lewes, Delaware, to your favorite map program.  Google Maps

What:  Excuse to “race” a gorgeous course with some of the most seasoned paddlers from the area.  Check out 2008 Knot Race Page for some history on the race and the new Course Map.

Why:  It’s FREE!  Plus you might just win something.

How Long:  About 6.75 miles, or knot.

 

New this year:

·         The two course system has been refined into a new and improved single course system with just as much perceived adventure coupled with a lot less real danger.

·         Tee Shirts!  Bring some petty cash ($7.00) to pick one up for yourself so you can show the world that you were a part of such a distinguished event.

·         Costumes – Wearing a costume is always encouraged especially if it involves flowery shorts, tiaras and maybe the occasional Viking helmet.

·         Facilities – Please empty your tanks before arriving at the race as the City of Lewes boards up the public bathrooms after 9/30.  This should “not” be a problem for those of us accustomed to paddling long distances in open water.   We know your tricks.

Same as last year:

·        The race will be divided into one class per entrant.  Even those with no class will be given one to use for the day.

·        Parking:  Plenty of it, courtesy of the City of Lewes.  Leave your quarters at home because public parking is free after 9/30.

·        Final Course:  Pickled Pig Pub   Just look for all the sweaty-sandy people wearing ribbons.

·        If you are coming please let us know by participating in the poll on the Delmarva Paddlers message board.

Surprise entries will result in a shortage of swag and many sad faces.  And if you're not racing come cheer the others on and have a little fun.

·        Don’t forget to print and fill out your Registration Form.

************SAFETY****************

Yes that's right.  The Lewes Fire Department has agreed to have their spiffy new boat in the water for our "event".  So if you were a little nervous about the course or just want to see Lewes's Finest in action you now have no excuses.

As we are a free event and have no way to compensate them they agreed to do this out of the kindness of their hearts.  Let's show them how kind we can be and throw a few bucks their way.  I will be taking donations before the race if you feel so inclined.

As usual…  The conditions and the weather can be unpredictable.  Please be equipped and dressed as conditions warrant.  Not sure what you will need to make you safer?  Always dress for immersion.   Wear you PFD (except for Mike.  We are just lucky if he wears a shirt.) And bring a skirt, hand pump and whistle (This is starting to sound a little “blue”). 

 

So let’s all “not” get together for the second time to Knot race.  20 years from now when some kid asks… “Mam, were you really at the second Knot Race?”   You will be able to look them straight in his beady little eyes and say…  “I was knot.” And have the Tee Shirt to prove it!

 

See You There,

Jeff E.

  

If you are coming please let us know by participating in the poll on the Delmarva Paddlers message board.

Surprise entries will result in a shortage of swag and many sad faces.  And if you're not racing come cheer the others on and have a little fun.

 

 

On the serious side  We posted this last year, and it hasn't changed

This is to happen at Cape Henlopen.  It is the mouth of the Delaware Bay.  There are over 300 ships that have sunk off the Point. The Breakwaters do a tremendous job of sheltering the area, but there can still be serious water depending on the wind and tides.  The tides will be favorable for us this weekend.  The water temps should be in the low 60's, so you need to dress for it.  We don't know about the wind yet.

No one will be telling you that you can't go out.  There are risks getting out of bed in the morning and the risks increase when we paddle.  We are all adults and can make our own decisions.  Despite the best efforts of our lawmakers there is no law against stupid.  You want to minimize your risk by being well trained and well practiced.   Only you can access what your skills are.   I would not even consider going out without a zipped up life jacket and whistle. I have a daughter in college and a mortgage payment, so I've also increased my life insurance.  Woodie explained it best.

Frequently before and after group paddles we've practiced rescue skills and if there is interest we can do it here too.  Before the event perhaps we can swamp a non-bulkheaded boat and demonstrate how difficult they can be to rescue in open water.

 

The weather forecast went from bad to dangerous

Posted by Jeff E, October 16th

To Knot Race or not to Knot Race.  That is the question. 

Looks like we are in for some serious weather on Sunday.
  
"Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" 
 
As of now the forecasts call for:
 Ideal conditions if you are a seal but not so much for us humans. 
NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft...subsiding to 3 to
5 ft in the afternoon. Rain. Vsby 1 to 3 nm in the Morning.
Or
Rain. Breezy with highs in the mid 50s (31 degree real feel at race time).
Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

I know some of you (Mike E., Kathy, Boog etc...) savor these conditions. 
However, I am confident that most do not and would choose to either stay home or
skip the race for the bar. 

So in light of the impending forecasts and in the interest of safety and
participation the Knot Race is "officially" postponed to Sunday October 25th at
9:30.  Same place and time.  Hope you can still make it!

Heck...  Maybe we can talk some of those hardcore Mayor's Cup people down here
for a quick cool down lap.

Jeff E.

P.S.  I will create a new poll on DelmarvaPaddlers tonight.  Please let me know
via the poll if you can still make it.

 

 

Hit Counter  

Back to Kayaking Main page.   
send mail to delmarvakayak@comcast.net with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: 08/10/14