There is no better way to spend a fall Sunday afternoon in Maine than racing in a giant pumpkin regatta in Damariscotta. Foliage was at its peak and the crowd was enormous. It was so big that the event was broadcast in a nearby theater for those wishing to stay warm. As the twice defending champion, I had great hopes that my 550 lb gourd would float and handle like a racing machine. I was so hopeful, it was cockily named the Batmobile. It was a cool afternoon with brisk winds. Unfortunately, this gourd was a bit on the wobbly side. One sign of success is not tipping over – mission accomplished. The other is to finish first. Oops! I came in 3rd in my heat and had to hand the crown to some young athletic type.
The media does a nice job of covering this event. ABC TV – The Chew had their most experienced paddler on hand and they will broadcast her experience on a program prior to Halloween. Maine Public Broadcasting did a nice job. Patti White spent considerable time with me both as the pumpkin was turning into a bat and on the dock prior to launch. The result was a fun story that aired Monday afternoon.
As with any top notch athlete, once one competition is over, my mental concentration is squarely on next Columbus Day Weekend. I am looking for suggestions for a new theme. Just like Old Man Winter, I’ll be back!