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C. Ross
07-25-2010, 03:05 PM
I figure the title helps, now that the Bilge has gone "all politics all the time".

Yesterday 90,000 people came to see "Flugtag" an event where people-powered craft are pushed off a thirty foot-high ramp into the river. Some fly. Most don't. Prizes are given for creativity as well as distance.

One of them flew 207 feet, which was a record for these events, which has been a Red Bull promotional thing for the last ten years or so.

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The official video (http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com/), featuring the winner

A Ten Best Crashes video (http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/99177024.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUHK:uUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU )

Captain Blight
07-25-2010, 03:08 PM
Did you motor upriver to watch the Aquatennial fireworks? I watched them from the Hennepin Ave bridge; i had been going to hang out under the Stone Arch Bridge in my kayak, but had bad memories of being pelted by cinders last year's Independance Day show.

I also had been going to go to Fleugtag, but couldn't find anyone to cover my shift. Shelbyville does have some cool stuff going on, I kind of miss living there.

C. Ross
07-25-2010, 03:14 PM
Mpls fireworks are impractical -- no place to tie up afterwards, and it's three locks back home.

We did try to watch Taste of MN 4th fireworks. As I went to tie up with a friend, a mass of logs out of the Minnesota River bashed its way through the anchored boats. You know that scene - whole tree trunks, big branches, root balls -- and they just dragged through the boats pinball style. I hugged the right ascending bank and avoided the mess. The sheriff and fire boats and the coast guard auxiliary guys had fun that night...

Captain Blight
07-25-2010, 03:22 PM
Actually, there's a good spot just above the Lowery Ave bridge, right bank descending, just (50 yards or so) upstream from the scrap dock. Good deep water close to shore and a couple big cottonwoods to tie off to, but it's best approached from well out in the channel, there's a hell of a lot of junk on the bottom there. Grumpy's also has a dock, right by the old power plant there, but I don't know what their policy is for tying up. It shallows up fast after that, though it gets deeper above Columbia Heights. One of these days I want to catch a ride up to St Cloud and float on back. I think that'd be a lot of fun.

C. Ross
07-25-2010, 03:43 PM
OK, I see the spot on Google maps above Lowry.

Grumpy's on 22nd? The Sample Room is a couple of blocks closer to the river. I've been told that if you call Sample Room they will do their best to hold a space for you at the dock. I'd like to make a trip of it someday.

Captain Blight
07-25-2010, 03:48 PM
You know, I could be wrong on that. I'm going to go for a good long bike ride now, I think I'll head into Nordeast and see what's what over there. Don't touch that dial!!

Oh, I forgot to ask: Did you have Lady Cliff out on the river for the Fleugtag? How was it to watch?

C. Ross
07-25-2010, 04:51 PM
Yup, we anchored by the grain elevator. It was really fun to watch and it was radio broadcast so you could hear what was going on. The best seats were on the swim platform where you could sit in the shade, dangle your feet, and watch the show.