It’s yet a new month! I hope everyone has been able to cope with the April showers lately. I can’t wait to see what’s spring going to be like for the first time. Since the weather is getting warmer, I decided to get more involved in recreational activities organized by Luther, so my friends and I decided to participate in the battleship event that was held last Saturday.
The game requires each team to have four members in a canoe. How the game works: each team has to try and sink the other canoes with buckets of water. Three team members will shield their own canoe and splash the opponents’ canoes with buckets of water. The fourth member will be the boat guide, leading the team's canoe into the battlezone. For every rule broken, a bucket full of water will be dumped into the canoe of the team who violated the rules—such as stalling from entering the battle zone or scooping water out of their own canoe.
My team and I were really nervous for the first round. A lot of the other teams seem to have well-built athletes in their group! We decided to just have fun no matter what happened, and then the battle began! We were up against three other boats; the last two standing will be the winners of the round. My team and I decided to place attackers at both the front and back of the canoe and then have one person shielding the middle from oncoming attacks. I used a big bucket while my other friend used two small buckets. It was hard at first, to splash great buckets of water into other teams' canoes with such chaos running about and everyone going all out. I used the small bucket halfway through the battle which made it easier for me to attack our opponents. One trick I found especially useful with the big bucket was sneaking behind another boat and slowly filling up their boats with water. Our boat were not balanced at some times which almost made some of us topple, but thanks to our boat guide, we managed to collect ourselves and continue the battle.
After all of us have been completely soaked with the attacks, two boats had finally sunk! Our victory was unbelievable. We managed our way to the second round with the other victors. The second round was surprisingly more intense than the first we had. All the members were stronger and none the tricks we used in the previous round were working in this one. At one point, we were penalized for stalling which made things worse. At the end of the day, you guessed it, we lost and sunk together.
It was however, a real break from all the studying and paper writing from the past week. That's why I've decided to participate in more fun activities in the next coming weeks!