JRBF-2016 Bent Creek Monday AM

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The Bent Creek Site on Monday morning was cool and some fog. The Ice Man came around taking orders for ice and was nice and delivered. Munley from Mason's boat crew was pounding on a piece of old metal in the ground and finally got it out so people wouldn't get hurt on it. The Ladies Slipper crew had a nice breakfast and was busy getting ready to go. The river looked nice as the participants put on sunscreen for what might a long and hot day.
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Swiftwater Rescue Class to be held on April 23rd in Lynchburg during the annual VC&NS Conference Weekend.

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On Saturday April 23, 2016 The James River Batteau Festival will be represented by Chairman Andrew Shaw. A Swiftwater Rescue Class will be held near Lynchburg, VA led by Andrew and others. Many Batteau groups will be attending for hands on safety training by/in the river. Be sure to get a wetsuit that fits or other appropriate cold-water personal protection and bring a pfd just in case. (Life Jacket). The class will be held at Lee's Landing. This property is a beautiful section of river front on the Madison Heights side of Lynchburg, just below the Training Center. The Lee family has been most generous over the years allowing batteau crews to launch boats from the beach. Click here for directions to Lee's Landing. VC&NS conference attendees can watch this…
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JRBF-2015-Maidens Landing – 30th Annual JRBF comes to a quiet end for this year.

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The 30th Annual James River Batteau Festival came to a quiet ending at Maidens Landing Saturday afternoon. The hard core batteau crews made their way down on a rainy day from Cartersville to Maidens. Several took advantage of the higher water and came on in sooner than in years past, while others must have put out an anchor trying to put time on hold. It was really nice to see the batteau Margaret Stevens come in to their home stop on the last day, having met the crew earlier in Scottsville and took photos as they launched in Lynchburg the Friday afternoon before last. They made it to Maidens and were looking good! Congratulations to the crew! Rain continued to come down hard at times during the afternoon while waiting…
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JRBF-2015-Cartersville-Friday Night-Sat. am.

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[caption id="attachment_150953" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The 2015 JRBF Official Group PhotoPhoto by Holt Messerly[/caption] Leaving Slate River as the last batteaux headed out towards Cartersville I took one last look at the brown muddy water that had risen about a foot since after the huge storm. The Batteau Thomas Jefferson was sitting at New Canton boat ramp in the mid afternoon waiting for their trailer. They didn't have any problems with the batteau, just tired and wanted to go home and not pole the long stretches ahead in this kind of water and possible rain. The Lady's Slipper crew rounded up volunteers to go meet with the land owner and ride down to the boat where it was stuck the night before at 7 island rapid. Gail Timberlake told me in…
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