All At Sea - The Caribbean's Waterfront Magazine
Nancy Terrell -- October 2005 Issue
13th Sinking Dinghy and Anything That Floats but a Boat Race
Another year has passed and once again one of the most enjoyable afternoons of the summer was spent at The Pub viewing the 13th Sinking Dinghy…Race. Put on by Pub owner Bonnie Gneiser and sponsored by Budweiser, the afternoon drew several hundred spectators reveling in the fact that they could spend a hot Sunday afternoon enjoying such a festive time. Conch Charters again volunteered to run the Sinking Dinghy portion with Yvonne Remington as scorekeeper and “King” Greenspon as the MC & registrar. When I arrived at 12:30 there were few entries - not to worry – within an hour some 20+ separate participants were trying their best to row from the dock, around a red marker and back to shore in a dinghy that was literally sinking (due to a hole in her stern). Everyone was overboard - frolicking and generally having a great time. However, in my humble opinion, the award of the day goes to Fay Stiler’s dog Scoot who, with much bravery and bravado, managed to keep afloat among five intense paddlers who ended up swamping the dinghy, overturning it and swimming ashore. Scoot is a very small dog and we were all worried about him. Never mind the rowers – we knew they could manage. Scoot must have invented the dog paddle as he swam to shore, with some help from Fay, right along with his team.
One of the joys of the week preceding the event was observing the daily progress of “Clucky” as an entry from E & S Yacht Maintenance in Nanny Cay. The brainchild of Eric Groenenberg, his wife Sheryl, along with friends Huw, Shannon and Mark Peters, this non-boat was brilliantly conceived. Adorned with a paddlewheel that was hand cranked, the concept was good for everything but speed. After watching daily progress on the building, including painted names by the side of where each paddler sat, it was disappointing to discover that feet were used because the wheel would not go fast enough. What a great try, though – especially as the lady co-captains fell overboard when their lawn chairs capsized.
The big winner was Colin Rathbun, winning both the single rowing division of the Sinking Dinghy Race and the Frozen T-Shirt competition. What a guy! High spirited and well-built, Colin paddled around the red marker with fierce determination and managed to row the course in a fast 1 minute and 23 seconds. He was followed by 20+ other entries with Nicholas Kalechess coming in 2nd and Kumba Martin in 3rd.
The crew of “Booty Bounty” came over from St. John, USVI, to compete and had as much fun as anyone there. They were dressed to the nines, as the pictures reveal, and really made a day of it. It was also good to see computer guru Richard Bibby out there with his fearless son, Jamie. This clever lad paddled his way to first in the Junior Division in a bathtub with legs on it. What a sight – he just fit – I think next year he will have grown too much to enter in the Big Bad Tub. Jamie also won the Junior Division of the Frozen T-Shirt contest showing that “necessity is the mother of invention.” He banged his T-shirt against the cement pier until it opened. This is much more difficult than it appears. Congratulations to all of our winners. We completely enjoyed the afternoon and once again thank Bonnie and all of the local merchants that donated prizes for an afternoon of fun – the old fashioned way!
Sinking Dinghy Race – single rowers
1st – Colin Rathbun 1:23
2nd – Nicholas Kalechess 1:37
3rd – Kumba Martin 1:45
Sinking Dinghy Race – double rowers and over
1st – Craig Heatherinton & Jason Holt 1:26
2nd – Richard Bibby & Kumba Martin 1:47
3rd - Mitch Kent, Pierce Helms & O’Dell 2:19
Best Woman Rower – Emma Paull
Anything That Floats But a Boat Race – Adults
1st – Monkeys on a Barrel – Joel Van Der Schyff (captain), Jason Campbell, Jason Holt & George Scanplons
2nd – Clucky – Eric & Sheryl Groenenberg with crew
Anything That Floats But a Boat Race – Juniors
1st – Big Bad Tub – Jamie Bibby in a bathtub
2nd – Rite Way
Frozen T-Shirt Race – Adults
1st – Colin Rathbun
2nd – Dave Henry
Frozen T-Shirt Race – Juniors
1st - Jamie Bibby
2nd – Mo Greenspon
Most Imaginative Craft – Clucky
Most Imaginative Costume – Booty Bounty