Official practice and opening ceremony will be on Wednesday, July 22. Downriver racing will commence Thursday morning with the Open Canoe Mixed and Jr./Sr. classes, and the K1 Short Men and K1 Long Women kayak races. Races will start in Old Town, with the longer downriver races ending in Eddington. Kids races will start in Orono and end in Veazie. Saturday will feature “Sprint” racing through the Class 3 Great Works Rapids near Old Town.
Paddlers are encouraged to register by July 10 and save $25 in registration fees!
|Father/daughter team Bob and Karoline Bass during a practice run of the Basin Mills Rapid near Orono, Maine (May 31, 2015). Photo: Tammy Kelley.|
“We expect over a hundred boats for the downriver races, and there will be races for kayaks, decked canoes, standup-paddle boards, and special events for kids,” says Phillips. “Paddlers are in for an exciting racing experience. This is a big river and it will be a challenge to pick fast lines while staying dry!”
For more information:
Scott Phillips, Race Chair