Launch: Claiborne County Port Facility, northwest of Port Gibson, MS
Destination: Downtown Natchez, MS Boat Ramp
Race Distance: 42 miles (downstream).
Pedal time: 5 hrs, 7 minutes. (average speed of about 8.2 mph)
Weather: Sunny. Waves less than 1 foot. Winds minimal at start and then picking up to about 15 mph with occasional stronger gusts out of the southeast and then south. Downstream current varying 1-5 mph. Temp about 65-75 degrees. Great weather but breezy headwinds slowed down race speeds.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
Phatwater Race results: Click Here.
|Header Image is a photo of participants gathering near the start of the race.|
|The day before the race involved registration and shuttling the kayak to the launch site.|
|There was enough time to get in a nature walk.|
|Day of the race involved an early morning bus ride to the launch site. I parked along the river in Natchez, MS and watched the moon set under the US 84 bridge that crosses the Mississippi River.|
|Phatwater participants chat and prepare their canoes and kayaks for the race. There were about 140 racers.|
|Maggie and Rich pose for a photo before the race. The launch site which can be seen in the background was busy with activity.|
|A tandem surf ski duo warms up. The same duo that won.|
|There were 3 SUPs in the race. (Stand Up Paddlers). I had no idea stand up boards could go so fast.|
|Phatwater Challenges sometimes involve a little pain. This is the hands of one of the tandem paddlers who took first place. Note the blisters. Yeow!|
|After the race, food and partying took place at the Under-The-Hill Saloon in Natchez, MS. Racers can be seen still heading toward the finish line. The kayaks lining the grass are of those who already finished.|
|Yeaaa! Maggie takes home a win and holds her trophy in the left hand.|
|I also won and took home a nice handcrafted trophy. This is the first time I ever received money for winning a kayak race division. The wooden "X" on the trophy represents the number 10 as this was the 10th annual Phatwater Challenge.|