2:39 p.m. – Linda LaFontaine and Cami Ronchetto are glad to be standing up today. LaFontaine said they paddled 235 miles without sleep, and they made it to the St. Charles at 11:20 p.m. It took them 61 hours and 50 minutes to get there, just falling 31 minutes short of the women’s tandem record of 61 hours and 9 minutes set by Di McHenry and Natalie Courson set in 2007.
They said their closest competitor in the division, was a team called “We got this go home”. They said that name motivated them to go the distance and they ended up on top.
“They are like out boating sisters” Ronchetto said. “We wanted to be waiting for them at the ramp when they got there, and help them drag their boat out of the river. We would have said we got this go home.”
The Carp Target Grannies went to a hotel instead, and got some much needed rest. Ronchetto said they will most likely race in the MR 34 next year. They will be aiming to not only break the women’s tandem record but to finish within 50 hours.
By: Michael Smith