From the Redmond-Reporter.com – April 1st:
When race boats ruled the Sammamish Slough: recollections and memories
Before Major league sports in Seattle, boat racing was king and the Sammamish Slough Race was one of the premier Northwest events. Every April, thousands of spectators watched drivers jump logs and dodge bridge pilings on the narrow and winding 13-mile slough from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish.
Steve Greaves, a four-time slough racer and national champion boat racer, will share the history and memories of this era at 10:30 a.m. on April 12 at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St. He is speaking as part of the Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series and will be joined by a panel of other former racers: Dave Culley, John Laird, Lee Sutter and Drew Thompson, as well as former race official Penny Anderson. A boat will also be on display outside. There is a suggested $5 donation for non-members.
“It was a challenging race as it had 63 turns and a lot of unpredictable obstacles. I remember coming around a bend going through Redmond and having to dodge a cow getting a drink in the water,” recalls Greaves, who participated in his first race at age 14 and went on to set more than 30 world and national water speed records.
The races ran from 1933 to 1976. Unofficial estimates of 40,000 or more fans lined the river banks Read More