The melting snows
of spring swelled Vermont's West River into a cold, tumbling torrent that lured
a rugged breed of sportsman—the canoe slalomist—to Jamaica, Vt. last week for
the third annual U.S. National White Water Slalom Championship. The course was
set over a wild 600-yard stretch of rapids made more difficult by 16 gates
through which the canoeists had to pass. The men—35 of them—had the singles
competition to themselves, but a sturdy women's auxiliary of nine turned up,
grasped paddles and joined the men in dashing mixed doubles eventually won by
Robert and Edith McNair.
paddler, Alice Huttenbach, totes her racing gear upriver for the start of her
run with Corney King.
Joseph Johnson congratulates Edith McNair of Philadelphia, who with husband Bob
won mixed doubles.
Smile gone now,
Alice Huttenbach concentrates on guiding canoe's bow through the rapids while
King steadies the stern.
Race is a family
affair for Mrs. Eliot DuBois, who slings affectionate arm around her son Kinny
after shooting the rapids.
Bow Paddler, Pat
Love, seems to be plowing into a wall of water here, and that is exactly what
she is doing. Pat and her husband Ed were dumped into the river seconds after
this picture was taken, floated 50 yards until rescuers pulled them out,
chilled but safe.
in the river form nasty standing waves called haystacks by canoeists. Here Fred
Sawyer and wife Mary Jane are nearly upset by one such stack. They remained
upright, however, and took second place in the national slalom
appear to be awash, but they survived this stretch of the West River and
completed the course in 314 seconds to win the national mixed doubles. The
McNairs represented Philadelphia's Buck Ridge Ski Club in their taming of the
DuBoises of Boston paddle into less turbulent home stretch of the course in
which the slalom gates are set to test their ability to maneuver the craft
precisely between openings 48 to 56 inches wide. They were good enough to
capture third place.
BOURBON ON WATER:
DON JUAN SAILS THE ATLANTIC