Tag Archives: Canoe racing

Age is just a number: Experienced paddlers enjoy nationals experience

Racers take off during the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington Thursday. Various races will happen throughout the weekend.  Ashley L. Conti | BDN

A week ago, as he prepared to compete in the four-day Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, J.R. Mabee of Bangor shared a secret about his sport. Champions, it turns out, come in all shapes and sizes. And ages. (Don’t forget that one). “Time in the boat and experience are the biggest things,” Mabee said. “A […]

Committee votes to return canoe nationals to Penobscot for next two years

Ryan Linehan and his son, Ryan, dump their canoe during the junior-senior race in the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington Thursday. The competition committee of the American Canoe Association voted on Saturday to return to the Penobscot for the next two whitewater open canoe national championships in 2016 and 2017. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

When Scott Phillips and his fellow race organizers worked to stage the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, they were hoping the races wouldn’t end up being a one-time event. Before the four-day championships wrapped up on Sunday, Phillips learned that attendees were duly impressed: During a Saturday meeting of the American Canoe Assocation’s competition committee, […]

Top paddlers ready for new nationals challenge on Penobscot

Racers make their way down river during the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington Thursday. Various races will happen throughout the weekend.  Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Old Town will be bustling this week as paddlers from around the nation head to the Penobscot River and test themselves against a “new” stretch of the Penobscot River. OK, that’s not entirely true. The river, of course, is still rather old. But the whitewater sections that will test competitors during the Penobscot River Whitewater […]

Beginner or expert, Souadabscook has a race for you this weekend

Paddlers are in for an adventure this weekend, as water levels rise in advance of the Souadabscook Stream Canoe Race in Hampden. Or, maybe they’re not. That’s up to the individual paddler, said Renee O’Donald, who directs the race with her husband, Rick. This year, the Souadabscook will feature two options. One course — the […]

Mother Nature wins round two: Weekend canoe races postponed again

A pair of paddlers competing in the St. George river race in Searsmont get stranded on rocks due to low water on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The race has been postponed twice already this year because of ice on the river. ( BDN file photo)

Dale Cross has been keeping a close eye on the St. George River lately, hoping for some warm spring weather that will help a winter’s worth of ice, allowing him to stage the season’s first canoe race. On Tuesday, Cross — who serves as race director for both the St. George and Passagassawakeag river races […]

Organizer optimistic that St. George canoe race will be run

According to the calendar, March is nearly over. According to the thermometer — 2 degrees Fahrenheit in Bangor this morning — it’s still February. And with another potential snow-maker bearing down on us, it’s pretty hard to think warm, spring thoughts. Don’t tell that to Dale Cross. Cross, the executive director of the Waldo County […]