Racing Canoes With Large Umbrella for Sails Is Popular Water Sport (May, 1932)

Racing Canoes With Large Umbrella for Sails Is Popular Water Sport

RACING canoes with umbrellas for sails has become a popular water sport at the southern resorts and will undoubtedly be taken up seriously everywhere this summer.

The canoes are jockeyed into place along the starting line by paddling, and the over-grown umbrellas are then opened for action. At the starting signal, paddles are taken from the water and the canoes start off under full sail. In some races the “skipper” is allowed to use the paddle to keep the canoe in its course and prevent collisions.

3 comments
  1. Don says: September 24, 200912:25 pm

    Wow! I always wondered when CUR (Canoe Umbrella Racing) started!! Does anyone remember what year it became an Olympic event? It’s a shame that Budweiser withdrew their support of the US CUR team. What a debacle that was; they should be ashamed . . . .

  2. StanFlouride says: September 29, 20098:38 pm

    Um, how do they ‘avoid collisions’ when they can’t see where they’re going?

  3. Firebrand38 says: September 30, 200910:07 am

    I don’t know….maybe lift the umbrella?

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