The willow coracle project we've been following had a successful launch party in July.
Organizer Poppy Hatinger reports that 12 paddlers test-paddled the boats, and then they were off to the races -- three heats, semi-finals and a nail-biter of a finish.
Did intimate familiarity with the construction of these vessels provide an edge in the competition? Pshaw! The victor was Karen Tembreull's teenage daughter Abby, who competed with a cast on her broken wrist and a smile on her face.
By all reports, the event was a blast, the boats were a gas, and the builders are planning their next vessels.
You can read more about their project here and here.