St. George River Race postponed to April 2, day after 'Passy'Historic, decades-old paddle races on consecutive days
Belfast — Despite cold, unseasonable late-winter and early-spring weather, it appeared, until recently, that the two Waldo County YMCA-sponsored whitewater paddle races would go on as scheduled for consecutive Saturdays in late-March and early-April.
But that now will not happen.
Dale Cross, executive director of the YMCA and longtime paddler, said the canoe/kayak races now will be held on consecutive days in early April.
The 38th annual St. George River Race was to be on Saturday, March 25 and the 44th annual Passagassawakeag River Race on Saturday, April 1. Now, the St. George will be on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m.
Thus, eager Midcoast paddlers will need to wait a week longer to tackle two Waldo County rivers.
Now the St. George River Race will be on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. and the 'Passy' River Race the day before on Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m.
The cost is $20 per paddler per race.
The St. George River Race begins at the Searsmont Methodist Church on Route 131.
The race starts at the St. George Bridge in Searsmont Village. The course includes three miles of dead water, one mile of rapids, two miles of dead water and curves with one Class III drop. This race has Class II-III rapids (plus or minus depending on the water level).
The Passagassawakeag River Race, or "Passy," begins on Savage Road at the Littlefield Farm, in Waldo.
The race starts at the Littlefield Farm. The first mile is flat water with many curves. The course passes under a cement bridge to another mile of flat water followed by a short stretch of Class II rapids. A two-mile stretch of flat water to the Rolerson’s bridge, then Class I, II and III whitewater for a mile and a half, leading to a flat water stretch to the finish.
There will be a special combined award for those with the fastest times in both races.
For the races, medals will be awarded for first, second and third places in each class.
The classifications for both races are:
Kayak short (KS) — Kayaks up to and including 13 feet 4 inches.
Kayak (KW) — Any length, woman paddler.
Kayak (K) — Kayaks 13-5 and above.
Kayak weekend warrior (KWW) — For beginner and intermediate kayakers.
Open canoe racing (OC1) — One person.
Open canoe recreational (OC1R) — One person.
Open canoe racing or Recreational (OC1W) — One woman.
Open canoe racing (OC2M) — Two person, racing canoes 16-6 to 18-6.
Open canoe mixed (OC2Mix) — One male, one female in race-length canoe.
Open canoe recreational (OC2MixRec) — One male, one female, recreational canoe.
Open canoe recreational short (OC2RS) — Two person, canoes under 16-6.
Open canoe recreational medium (OC2RM) — Two person, canoes 16-6 to 18-6.
Open canoe weekend warrior (OC2WW) — Two person (for beginner and intermediate paddlers).
Open canoe two women (OC2W) — Any length canoe.
Open canoe recreation (OC2Jr./Sr. Rec) — One adult, one child age 12 and younger.
Open canoe recreation (OC2Jr./Sr. Rec) — One adult, one junior age 13-16.
Century recreation — Two person, combined ages more than 100 years, recreational boat.
High school — Two high school students, recreational boat.
College (KW, KM, OC2, OC1W, OC1M) — Recreational craft only.
Clydesdale — Two person, combined weight more than 425 pounds.