LONG LAKE – Thirty four boats participated in this Saturday’s Long Lake Long Boat Regatta, which featured a variety of races including the North American War Canoe Championships, The New York State Collegiate C-4 championships and the Adirondack Kayak Championships.
In the college championships, The SUNY POTSDAM Bears took first place in the 10-mile race on Long Lake with a time of 1:33: 22, Hamilton College’s Meat Stick was second in 1:35: 22, and Paul Smith’s College’s River Cats placed third in 1:36:48. In the North American Voyageur Canoe Championships, “Dog Breath” a team of NYMCRA Marathon Paddler’s captained by Alec Davis, repeated as champions with a time of 2:02:57. Second went to “Team MAC” captained by Paul Smiths resident Brian McDonnell in 2:16:26 and third went to Team Campmor captained by Russell Rayot in 2: 19:18.
The 15 mile C-4 Championship was won by “Team Yarnell” of Alburgh, Vermont 2:20:57, followed closely by Watson’s Warriors in 2:21: 17.
The regatta also featured several 10-mile races for guideboats, canoes and kayaks.
In the Guideboat competition, Gerhardt Munger of Lowville finished first in 1:41:38, follwed by John Marona of Lake Clear in 1:55:50 and father and son team John and Dalton Homer of Harrisville in 2:28:59. John Homer will be on his way to serve his country in Afghanistan in October. all of his paddling friends wish him well.
In the C-2 Stock races, Lake Clear resident Chas Billingsley, and former Saranac Lake resident Sandy Waters took first in the mixed class with a time of 1:48:17. In the men’s race Mike Skivington and Glen Vandewinckel of Scottsville and Webster, teamed up to take first in 1:35:08.
The 2010 Adirondack Kayak Championship winners in the 10 mile Touring Kayak division were Roger Gocking of Saranac Lake finishing in 1:27:48 and Mary Kelly of Rensselaer finishing in 1:54:24. The 2010 Unlimited Class Champion is Dave Wiltey of Johnstown turning in a time of 1:29:21.
The fastest time of the day for the 10 mile events was achieved by Doug Roode and Mike Finear of Rochester. The pair won the Adirondack Two Person Kayak Chamionship by paddling the course in 1:21:46.
All participants enjoyed barbeque served up by the Long Lake Lions on the Long Lake Town Beach. Race Headquarters was the Adirondack Hotel.
The Long Boat Regatta is the final event of the season organized by the Adirondack Watershed Alliance. Sponsors for the event included Long Lake Recreation, The Central Adirondack Association, Wenonah Canoes, Campmor, Byrne Dairy and MAC’S Canoe Livery. For complete results and more information about the AWA, visit www.macscanoe.com.