The Elizabeth River -- A River for Work and for Play.
We couldn't have planned this moment if we'd tried.
604 ft. Navig8 Aragonite oil and chemical tanker en route to Brunswick, Georgia. Five days after the Paddle Battle, the Navig8 Aragonite rescued five men and a woman from a sinking rubber raft. The rescued persons had spent almost one week hoping to be found and rescued.
To be clear, much advance work went into making the Paddle Battle, and sharing the Elizabeth River, a safe experience for all. Ship and tug operators, along with the Virginia Pilots who steer the ships while in the River, were notified 30 days in advance, and again on Paddle Battle day, that this event was occurring and to route traffic accordingly, the Navig8 Aragonite actually altered her course, with the assistance of the tug (thank you Rosemary McAllister), to be at the extreme far edge of the shipping channel, the Paddle Battle race course was specifically designed to be at the extreme opposite edge (and for the most part outside) of the shipping channel, both the Coast Guard and the Portsmouth Fire Department had boats in the water to provide for additional safety -- on top of the 4 safety boats provided by the Freedom Boat Club, and throughout this entire time the Race Committee was in constant radio contact with the Virginia Pilot at the helm of the Navig8 Aragonite and with the Captain of the Rosemary McAllister.
Colin McGlynn in kayak, and unidentified SUP, heading home toward the Finish Line