by Becky Olinger
On September 8, 2013, Ruth Lindner, Teresa McCanlies, Becky Olinger, Regine Urbach and Lissa Wolfe towed the Notorious GIG to Peekskill, NY for the annual NY Watertrail Association Paddle for a Cure. This was an 11 mile “poker paddle” to benefit breast cancer research. It was supposed to be an easy trip, with the flood tide, up to Cold Spring, NY. (Last year we did it with only 3 rowers from Cold Spring to Peekskill and it was no problem.) Well, it turned out there was a wicked wind from the north and we struggled all the way. But we made it, with the help of Dave Hardy from Building Bridges Building Boats, who led his gig and ours to the opposite side of the Hudson, which was more sheltered from the wind, and one of his young, strong, high school students as an extra rower. And we had the winning poker hand!