Sunday, April 01, 2012
St. John's annually hosts the Royal St. John's Regatta, one of North America's longest running races using fixed seat shells. It is declared a municipal holiday and most of the city shuts down for the day. However, the holiday is completely weather dependent, especially where wind is concerned. Too windy and the lake becomes dangerous and difficult for rowers.
Early in the year, rowing teams take to the water to practice for the Regatta, often rowing early in the morning or evenings to get the training in that is required to help move them towards victory. A safety boat is always present during races and carrying water rescue personnel in case of emergency.
A few days before the races, it was a warm, sunny day, but the wind was very strong, making little white caps on the water of Quidi Vidi Lake. There would be no racing that day. The safety boat stood out brightly against the brilliant blue of the lake, waiting for race day.
This is another palette knife painting in oil on a 5" x 7" canvas panel.