The Essex River Race – He Did It!

Richard Honan has been hard at work all winter long in his boat building workshop (a TotalBoat Shop!) building this beautiful Adirondack Guide Boat. We have been following his build and have a page dedicated to Richard’s latest masterpiece building endeavor here.

We are so proud of Richard and his hard work and hope you will check out the full gallery of photos and his updates on our TotalBoat Shop page and here.

His update – sent Sunday evening – presumably after a tiring but exhilarating day, was as follows:

RH: What a wonderful day yesterday at the Essex River Row, six mile race starting across from Woodman’s Seafood Restaurant, down the Essex River, to the back side of Cranes Beach and then back up the river to the finish line. It was extra special because after six months of constructing of my Adirondack Guide Boat, this was the baptism, the first day in the water. Joining me on the water were my brother Bill Honan and nephew Matthew W Honan rowing in my 15’00” Duck Trap Wherry, the “William & Anthony”.

      For me, it was callused hands and a sore tail bone were the casualties of day. My rowing was also complicated by the fact that I had to learn a new rowing technique, crossed oars or one hand on top of the other. This took quite a bit of adjustment and is something that I have to become proficient at if I am going to complete twenty miles of rowing in July’s Blackburn Challenge.
     The addition of a better foot rest and and a Camelbak water hydration system are a few things that would make distance rowing a better experience. Back to more training for the July 25th Blackburn Challenge.
We, at TotalBoat Show, salute you, Richard! Well done and thanks for using TotalBoat to get you to the starting line (and finish!) Congratulations. We can’t wait to see what you’ll build next!

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