About three months ago I moved to Washington, D.C. to start a new job working for National Geographic in their adventure travel department. It was a big and scary change for me- I went from traveling the world guiding trips and living in the small mountain town of Bryson City, North Carolina to working in an office and living in the big city. I am happy to report that the move has been great so far. My job is great and I have found pockets of small town living even in the city, and have especially loved getting to explore new rivers and kayak races in the area!First up was the Top Yough Race which took place the first weekend in April. Since I had never paddled any section of the Yough before, we headed out early on Friday to get a few practice laps in. I had heard so much about the Upper Yough, but never much about the Top. I was pleasantly surprised as to what a classic the Top Yough was! Short but sweet, it reminded me a lot of the Tobin section of the Feather out in California. The water level had been really low, but rain on Friday afternoon and evening started to get it bumped up. I think we all went to sleep that night a little worried about what kind of level we would find in the morning.My group of friends had totally planned to get up early and get another practice lap in to see the current water level before racing it, but after it started snowing motivation was hard to come by. Ultimately we traded a practice lap for coffee and a delicious breakfast in a warm cafe and hoped for the best. Thankfully, while the river had risen, it wasn’t significant and if anything made the section easier to race because you didn’t have to worry as much about getting hung up on rocks.The race was a lot of fun. The Top Yough is a perfect Green Boat race, with fun lines and relatively easy moves to make, but with enough action to keep you on your toes. I told myself (as I do before most races with class 4-5 moves) to just keep it smooth and in control. I’ll take a safe and clean, but slightly slower run, over the possibility of a fast but loose one any day. In the end, I was very pleased with my race lap and made it through without any flips, or spinouts, or pins, and it didn’t feel too slow either!After the race, it was time for celebrating with beers and the award ceremony. In the men’s category, Geoff Calhoun and Jason Beaks took the wins for the short and long boat class and for the women’s, I won the long boat class just ahead of Erin Savage and Margaret Williams who took the win for the short boat class.Next on my list for new rivers and races was the Cheat River Race and Festival, which took place the first weekend in May.I snuck off after a half day of work the Friday of Cheat Fest in order to arrive at the river just in time for the race. There were over 100 people at the starting line with a wide assortment of watercrafts. Some people were definitely there to go fast, but it was obvious everyone was there for a good time.The race was long with lots of flat water. It was my very first run down the Cheat, so it was really interesting trying to pace myself without having any idea how far into the river I was. Fortunately, there were plenty of nice people around me who didn’t seem too bothered when I asked them “are we there yet?!” After an hour and 20 minutes of pushing myself, I finally reached the finish line.I finished second in the race behind Ashley Knee who placed competitively amongst the males as well. I am new to the area so I don’t know all the locals yet, but I hear Ashley is a local slalom racer and she’s fast!The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying the river and the festival with good friends. We paddled the Top and I had my first lap down the super classic Upper Yough section on Saturday. Sunday I enjoyed a much slower float down the Cheat with good friends, including BRO writer Jess Daddio. The festival itself was super fun and one I highly recommend everyone checking out!Next up on the racing list for me is the Great Falls race on the Potomac July 11. Stay tuned for a full race report!
The three sessions in which the tournament take place and admission prices are listed below: Thirty-four teams from three different states will be competing in the tournament at the Windsor Central High School. Session 1: Friday at 12 p.m. — $5 for adults, $3 for childrenSession 2: Saturday morning — $5 for adults, $3 for childrenSession 3: Saturday afternoon — $3 for adults, $2 for children WINDSOR (WBNG) — The Windsor Wrestling Program will hold its 63rd Annual Windsor Christmas Wrestling Tournament this Friday and Saturday. Windsor wrestling coach Jeff Nolan says, ” In the past, the quality of wrestling at Windsor has been outstanding. Coaches feel that the tournament is a good indicator of how their wrestlers may do against top-notch competition.”
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Former Syracuse guard Braedon Bayer will transfer to Siena as a graduate student, he announced on Instagram Monday evening.After transferring from Grinnell College, Bayer walked onto the Syracuse team after spending the six weeks sleeping on former Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon’s couch in summer 2016.The 6-foot-4 native of Lagrangeville, New York, then worked his way into Syracuse’s rotation and was even awarded a scholarship. Despite playing just 17 minutes across nine games during the 2017-18 season, Bayer played a key role in SU’s Round of 32 upset win over Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament.He entered the game with 6:29 left in the second half and the Orange trailing by four, replacing recently fouled out Frank Howard. Bayer made a big block on recently-drafted, now-NBA forward Miles Bridges in the eventual 55-53 victory.The reason for Bayer’s transfer, which was announced shortly after the season ended, was that Bayer knew his scholarship would last for only the 2017-18 season, his father, Greg, told The Daily Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBayer will be immediately eligible to play for Siena. Comments Published on June 25, 2018 at 6:44 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+
Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moise The Ministry of Public Health Tuesday announced that the country had recorded 102 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 2,226 since the first case was detected on March 19. The officials said that even before the official start of the hurricane season two storms were formed increasing fears of an above normal six month period. “The Executive is concerned at the highest level about the hurricane season which begins and the health crisis which is raging with the Covid-19. The 2020 hurricane season will be active and difficult,” said Prime Minister Jouthe Joseph, calling on the population to adopt preventive measures to limit the damage that the season could cause. The Alliance for Risk Management and Business Continuity (AGERCA) said “while we are confronted with this global pandemic we must remain vigilant and follow up with the greatest pay attention to weather alerts and combine efforts. “Some temporary shelters are being used or planned to be used to isolate people who may be carrying the COVID-19. However, in the event of an alert, people who live in areas vulnerable to the risks of flooding, landslides… are received in the latter. It will therefore be necessary to quickly address the problem. Recalling that the Covid-19 pandemic and the hurricane season to manage simultaneously is a “real headache for Haiti” PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti– Haiti says it is concerned that the country will be stretched tremendously over the next six months as the authorities deal with the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season and the ongoing battle to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coordinator of the Hydro-Meteorological Unit of Haiti (UHM) and the Civil Protection, Marcelin Esterlin, said until November, “Haiti could experience this year between 13 and 19 named systems, 12 medium hurricanes and between three and six major hurricanes”. In addition, the health authorities confirmed that one person died in the west of the country, bringing to 45, the total of Haitians killed by the virus that was first detected in China last December and blamed for 370,000 deaths and the infection of 6.5 million others worldwide. CMC