The NCNC Water Test was scheduled to start with basic
obedience on the afternoon of September 13, 2008.
Unfortunately Hurricane Ike had other ideas. At first it
seemed possible that one of our judges might not be
able to fly in at all, but the weather cooperated enough to
get both of them into O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Getting
them out of the airport was another matter. The roads surrounding the airport were closed
because of flooding, as was the subway. Eventually, the flooding subsided, allowing us to pick up
our judges and transport them to the test site. However, since their arrival was in doubt, entrants
had left, and we were unable to hold basic control that day. The judges made the final call, that
with the few entrants left, basic control would be held the following morning.
Sunday morning arrived with continuing torrential rain courtesy of Hurricane Ike, thus replicating
realistic water rescue conditions. However, the test began on time with Basic Control and
proceeded from there. Both the junior exercises and the senior exercises were completed by the
early afternoon. Despite the rain, wind and cold, many participants and observers remained on to cheer on others.
The stewards, entrants and other volunteers all performed admirably, especially given the
weather conditions. The Newfs, on the other hand, didn't give the weather a second thought. Of
14 entrants who tested (11 junior, 3 senior), there were 3 junior qualifiers and 1 senior qualifier.
A huge thank you to the judges, Ron Horn and Matt Cobban, all the stewards and volunteers, as
well as the entrants and observers who all braved the storm to carry out a successful water test.