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Why more than 200 Ski to Sea kayakers didn’t compete

Winds, rough waters shut down leg after multiple paddlers capsize

Tom Swetish of team Greatest American Heroes makes his way into Bellingham Bay during building southwesterly winds on May 28. Persistent afternoon winds and an increasing number of capsizings prompted race organizers to cancel the kayak leg before about half of competitors attempted the course.
Tom Swetish of team Greatest American Heroes makes his way into Bellingham Bay during building southwesterly winds on May 28. Persistent afternoon winds and an increasing number of capsizings prompted race organizers to cancel the kayak leg before about half of competitors attempted the course. (Ron Judd/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor
The Ski to Sea kayak leg was canceled mid-race on May 28 for the second time in the leg’s 33-year

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