Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives May 22 1965, Page 5

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - May 22, 1965, Bennington, Vermont Bennington Banner saturday May 22, 1965-5 almost airborne Dave cuss of the Tidewater boating club state College pa., is almost out of the water As he hits the so called keeping a Tippy Canoe upright in this kind of water is difficult enough but making the Craft go where you want it tests skill experience and nerve. Cuss teamed up with Tom Southworth last years single Champ to win the double Canoe National title in 1964. Watching and waiting camera bugs White water buffs and the just Plain curious line the Banks of the West River and watch a double Canoe team head for the rough water. In the foreground the hand of a safety official rests on a still wet inner tube. It was used often on the first Day of the races. Whiter White water the officials of the annual White water slalom on the West River in Jamaica last weekend ordered a tougher course and whiter water to brins their relatively Young but fast growing sport nearer to the level of european Competition where according to the official program for the race the world s Best kayak and Canoe technique is practice. White water slalom in this country started about 12 years ago in Pennsylvania. In Europe the sport predates world War ii and is hugely attended. International Competition began in 1949. This year race officials increased the water flow from Ball Mountain dam from last years level of 14,000 Gallons a minute to 19,000 Gallons. The european Standard for Competition is 20,000 Gallons per minute. This made the Stream rougher than most of the . Champions were used to but it also Gavi the United states team a taste of what they will face in Austria in August of this year when . Boatmen will compete for world titles. The object of White water slalom is not just to negotiate a difficult River but to Combine in a course As Long As 800 Yards with to or More Gates All the conditions that Man or Craft would meet in any cruising situation. It tests a Many a or woman a nerve stamina and boating skill on a measurable course. Man and Craft compete not Only against the forces of the River but against the clock and the skill of their fellow Boatmen As Well. It looks like fun and in the smoother currents even easy but Many hours of training Are required just to keep a Tippy racing Canoe upright in any kind of water. Bart Hauthaway one of the race officials and a course architect was asked if a person who had never tried out a racing Canoe could successfully negotiate the West River rapids without even trying to make the Gates. He said a unquestionably he make it a a Almos i a Kathy Berry front and Mary Yano of the Canoe Crosier association of Washington d.c., Are almost swamped As they pass Over a p Itic ulary rough spot called the Calm again Kathy and Mary reach the Safe Haven of a Back Eddy close to Shore and begin paddling to an upstream Gate. Moments later they make the Gate but As they turn Back into the current the Canoe tips. Kathy is in the water and Mary Back to camera tries desperately to right the Craft by shifting her weight to the upstream Side. Wet White water it does no to work. Mary spits out some unwanted West River water and holds onto their capsized Canoe. Kathy grabs for the life line. Penalty Sid Feldman of Ontario Canada grimaces in disappointment As he hits one of the poles in a downstream Gate. Competitors lose to Points for touching one pole of a Gate. This is subtracted from their time to run the course for total score. Text Ami photos Chei Ringh Man overboard Bart Hauthaway whistles a warning to safety men to throw out the Rescue lines for a Man who has just been dumped out of his Canoe. Safety precautions Are strict in White water racing. There Are few serious accidents. Drive Tom Southworth gives the water a Quot Sonny Liston look Quot As he paddles upstream to a Gate. Southworth last years National single Canoe Champion finished second this year. According to Bart Hauthaway of Westchester mass., course architect and race official Quot its not just he lists drive coordination and the love of Competition As the Ideal attributes of a White water Man or woman. Unmoved observer a Bassett hound named Jeramiah observes the races from beneath a Shade tree on the Shore. Named presumably for the old testament Prophet his Calm eyes seem to be saying Quot All is vanity and vexation of

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