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GEOFF (REAR) and Jolyon Terragni of Wolfeboro, racing for Brookside Plumbing and Heating, won the Business Class of Saturday’s Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 20, 2009
WOLFEBORO — As it has every spring for the last 35 years, the Great Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race took off from Albee Beach on Lake Wentworth on Saturday afternoon.

The annual rite of spring in Wolfeboro is sponsored by the Wolfeboro Lions Club as a way to raise money for its scholarship fund and this year almost 100 canoes and kayaks registered for the race and took to the waters.

The fastest time of the day went to Reeder Fahnestock of Exeter and Austin Stonebraker of Derry. The pair, racing in the Two Men Conventional Class, finished in a time of 28:49, just four seconds faster than Brad and Rebecca Helfer of New Durham, who finished in 28:53.

The fastest women in the race were Priscilla Reinersten of Contoocook and Lorrie Drake of New Durham in the Two Women Racing Class. They posted a time of 30:40.

The top kayaker in the race was Rick Smith of Newmarket, who paddled home in a time of 32:29.

Among the racing classes, Steve Nyman of Amesbury, Mass. and Dave Lamoureux of Newburyport, Mass. won the Long Class in 31:30, while Reinersten and Drake were tops in the Two Women Class.

In the Long Whitewater Class, Robert Seaman and Robert Karstedt of Wolfeboro took first place in 33:31.

The Helfer and Helfer team was tops in the Mixed Class, while Nicholas MacGregor and Kyle Hamilton of Rochester won the Short Class in 41:56.

Chris and Brian Finnell of Hampton took first in the Family Class in 35:11.

Brian Battista of Parsonsfield, Maine won the Single Class in 34:13 and Richard Reil of Shutesbury, Mass. was second in 40:16.

In the conventional classes, Fahnestock and Stonebraker were tops in the Two Men Class, with Amos Clapp and Dan Harvey of Epping taking second in 29:41. Peter and Tim Chadwick of Northwood finished third in 29:45.

In the Mixed Class, Corey Clark of Dover and Nellie Beaudry of Portland, Maine took first in 34:26, followed by Nathan Reil and Samantha Bartoswecz of Guilford, Vt. in 34:32. John and Kathleen O'Reilly of Dover were third in 41:33.

In the Family Class, Ken Norton and Steve Hanser of Tilton took first in 43:10.

In the Two Women Class, Megan Chamberlain of Starksboro, Vt. and Lori Frisella of South Burlington, Vt. took first in 44:04. Adrian Newton of Webster and Kali Foley of Campton were second in 45:02. Tess Cunningham and Molly Friedman Cowan of Manchester were third in 46:44.

In the Two Girls Class, Michelle Gardner and Amanda Vallee of Manchester were first in 47:17.

In the Kayak Female Class, Stephanie Patton of North Easton, Mass. was first in 37:03, followed closely by Trish Shibles of Lebanon, Maine in 37:04. Katie Eagles of Goffstown took third in 39:46.

In the Two Person Kayak Class, Randall and Preston Carbone of Newtown Square Pa. were tops in 38:08, with Mike Foy of Wolfeboro and David Baxter of Randolph, Vt. taking second in 38:33. Bill Cullen and Brian Kelly of Melville, N.Y. took third in 40:12.

In the Kayak Male Class, Smith was the top finisher, with Jon Patton of North Easton, Mass. in second place in 32:55 and Ryan Toomey of West Newbury, Mass. in third in 36:06.

In the Novice Class, Steve Buck of Wolfeboro was first in 39:10, with Sterling Sykes and Paul Smithwood of Wolfeboro second in 42:24. Bob Leary of Hampstead and Brian Cronin of Milton, Mass. were third in 43:10.

In the Business Class, Geoff and Jolyon Terragni of Wolfeboro (Brookside Plumbing and Heating) were first in 33:16, while Mark MacGregor of Rochester and Tim Carpenter of Farmington (R.L. Smith Engineering) were second in 44:54.

In the Old Timers Class, Philip Cole and Tom Walton of Contoocook, with a combined age of 150 years, won in 31:03. Dana Bernier and Ernest Glynn of South Berwick, Maine took second in 35:26 and James Bullitt of Sandwich and Robert Buraczynski of Newark, Del. took third in 45:18.

At the conclusion of the race, race director Roger Murray III presented the Barry Lougee Award to Raymond Lord of Wolfeboro.

The Lougee Award is given annually to the person whose consistent and selfless support of the Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race has exemplified the spirit of Barry Lougee, one of the race founders. Lord has been a script writer and voice of one of the characters in the Bert and Zeke dialogue that airs on WASR to promote the race. The duo are always topical, entertaining and speak in the best New England accents.

Linda Viscio of Wolfeboro was also the winner of the raffle that was held in conjunction with the annual race. This year's grand prize was $750 cash.

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