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78 kilometres of struggling with difficulties, but it all ends always with a smile on your face!

The annual 78 km long Türi-Tori Downriver Race has become a tradition for Matkapesa. Compared to the last year’s weather conditions, it was very summery: the weather was warm and water level low. Due to the low water level, the water flow was slower and therefore one was required to use more muscle strength.



All 6 canoe crews finished successfully. When describing the spirit in a canoe, then in general, the first twenty kilometres passed in a happy and calm mood, but every subsequent kilometer was spent quieter and quieter due to fatigue. Little quarrels within the teams were caused by wrong (or right) chosen routes for passing the rapids, poor (or sufficient) rowing etc. At the finish, all obstacles were already forgotten and promises were made to be present in the competition next year as well!
Two crews managed to try an early swimming in the river. However, one cannot call this activity quite voluntary, as rapid water flow, rocks and misfortune played a role there too. Both of the crews admitted the water was not that cold, but apparently was this emotion influenced by the adrenaline rush. One crew lost one of its paddles and the competitors had to row in turns until finish.


(Photo: Ülo Soomets)

In relation to the race results, the first 4 places were won by Matkapesa’s mixed pair crews. Matkapesa’s male crew reached the 4th place, and by the way they were the ones paddling the last kilometres with one paddle.
Compared to last year, the race results were up to 2,5 hours slower due to low water level. Nonetheless, the challenge on the Pärnu River was full of good emotions and success! Come and join us next year!
But until then we are waiting for you to join us in canoe trips on the Põltsamaa River!


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Exciting trip on the Pirita River

Matkapesa had an interesting adventure on the Pirita River on Friday (20.06). The trip started from Kose-Uuemõisa and a large part of the journey was a pleasant obstacle course, which provided a good exercise for the team. One could steer the canoe from under a tree or over a tree, but it was not a problem, rather an experience. The Pirita River was water abundant and offered beautiful views with its high banks and tall trees. During the 4 hour trip, we could also meet three times the so-called “Parrot of Estonia” – the kingfisher. About in the middle of the trip, we had a lunch break at the Viking Village, which turned out to be a perfect spot since we also happened to see a real viking with a wooden boat on the Pirita river. We finished the trip near Tuhala.

What a successful day!

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The sixth Türi-Tori Downriver Race was memorable!

To begin with, I would like to thank everybody who participated with Matkapesa in the Türi-Tori Downriver Race. It was a pleasure to meet the 78 kilometre long challenge together with you.

This year’s downriver race was especially memorable, thanks to the pleasant company who paddled on the Pärnu River from Türi to Tori. Matkapesa had 6 participants and all of them reached the finish line – who sooner, who later. Water and the weather conditions were similar to last year. During the last 2 years, sunny weather has made the marathon a bit easier, because let’s face it… on a 78 km long downriver race, it is very difficult to enjoy all the kilometres, especially when there is a little competition involved…

This year, I filmed some most interesting moments and soon I hope to launch a video overview of the race. However, at the moment I publish a short video clip about passing through the Jändja Dam.

In addition, I would like to describe a situation we had with my crew. Namely, the happy competitors often greet and wave to the spectators standing on the river bank. This time there was an elderly lady sitting on a hip-high wood cage, to whom I also decided to wave. She waved back to be, but unfortunately lost her balance and fell behind the cage, her feet and stroller up in the air… As she disappeared behind the cage, I decided to stop my canoe and check whether she was alright. After running a couple of hundred meters, I reached the lady who had difficulties in getting up again. In summary, even during a competition do not forget humanity!

It’s spring, come and enjoy nature on the river!

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