Comic-Con: ‘Vikings’ Interactive Waterway launches fans toward bounty

July 19, 2013 | 6:20 a.m.
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The Vikings Interactive Experience at Comic-Con International features mini Viking boat races. Boat 2 with Rachel Moore of San Diego (front seat) and Lottie Aston from England, jumped their lane and nosed out boat 1 with Cynthia Loza (front) and Araceli Castro (both from San Diego). (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Viking shield maidens Xan Rogers and Saeri Far at the entrance to the “Vikings” Interactive Waterway. (Kirk McKoy/ Los Angeles Times)

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The History Channel's "Vikings" tells the tale of the lives and adventures of the warriors. The show brought to Comic-Con an interactive experience with mini Viking boat races. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

They boarded Viking longships and paddled toward glory and loot.

But it wasn’t 9th century Scandinavia; it was 21st century San Diego. (And, OK, the ships weren’t so long — they were two-seaters. But the glory and loot at stake were real.)

Chris Castagnetto and Zach Warburg, who had not met before this inaugural raid, were teamed in a race at the “Vikings” Interactive Waterway, a free attraction across from the San Diego Convention Center that the hit show on the History channel is staging Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of its Comic-Con International activities. The prize? Shields signed by the case of “Vikings.”

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Warburg, from San Diego, and Castagnetto, from San Jose, crossed the 50-foot pool in 10.4 seconds. Castagnetto, who counted the seconds of the following race to himself — 12 — said, “It’s all about synchronization.”

Victorious teammates Rachel Moore of San Diego and Lottie Aston of Britain plundered their rivals diagonally in a later race.

“We cheated, but we won,” Moore joked.

The friends, who met over Tumblr, agree that their favorite character is the handsome captured monk Athelstan (George Blagden).

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Blagden and other cast members, including Travis Fimmel and Kathryn Winnick, are scheduled to sign autographs at the waterway Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. The show’s sure-to-be-boisterous panel is at 6 p.m. Friday in Room 6A, and attendees will get a free “Vikings” comic book, also available at the waterway, located at 450 Second Ave.

If Castagnetto and Warburg’s mark stands through Thursday — it had through several subsequent races — they won’t have to fight over the loot: There’s a shield for each winner on the team with the day’s fastest time.

— Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon


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