The Grand Finale
Couryoner, one of the event organizers who happened to be staying at The Island Place as well. He mentioned that he would be paddling over to the island directly from the beach behind the condos and wouldn't be paddling with the rest of the crowd. The girls expressed their concerns to Steve and he seemed to have solved them within a short time. He walked Dot and Liz over to the boat ramp where a few of the local charter boat captains had been contracted to ferry various equipment over needed to set up for the island brunch and asked that they give Dot and Liz a ride over due to Dot's injured shoulder. He helped Alice with the transport of her heavy kayak down to the water and then agreed to escort both Alice and Delores to the island, keeping a sharp eye on Delores's kayak in case the wind was stronger than she was. Within thirty minutes, though, the gray clouds that worried many had moved on westward and the small white-caps that could be seen on the water had calmed down considerably. There really wasn't anything else to worry about except paddling over.