Thursday, February 12, 2015

Retro Boat Racing

I've really been grooving on retro paddling styles, from old kayak videos that John finds, to old canoe photos in the Royal BC Museum archives, to boat racing in Victoria's Inner Harbour and on the Gorge.
On Facebook's Old Victoria page, Brad Rogers posted an old photo he found:

It looks much like another photo in the Royal BC Museum archives, and posted on their page about Songhees canoes. Click here for their page -- it's good reading and terrific photos. I like the discussion about how the style of boats being used here changes over time.

Here's an interesting old photo from the City of Vancouver Archives, of longboat racing in Victoria's Inner Harbour. Rowboats are cool, even if they're not kayaks. This photo dates back to 1895!

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