DANIEL (front) and Andre deBeer, wearing a couple of unique hats, paddle their canoe through the whitewater of the Smith River during Saturday’s race. See more photos in our print edition. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 21, 2012WOLFEBORO — The paddlers who tackled the Smith River on Saturday couldn't have asked for a better day.
With sunny skies and warm temperatures, it was the perfect day to be on the water, or in a few cases, in the water.
A total of 83 vessels took to the water at Alan Albee Beach on Saturday afternoon and made their way down the Smith River through Crescent Lake and Back Bay before finishing at the town docks on Lake Winnipesaukee.
The 38th annual running of the race, which is sponsored by the Wolfeboro Lions Club, saw the tandem of Howie Bean of Wolfeboro and Susan Morris of Milton come through with the top time of 25:49.
The fastest men's time of the day went to the duo of Nathan Garland of Lee and Tim Garland of Surry in the Two Men Class in 29:54. For women, the fastest time was posted by Stephanie and Michelle Gardner of Manchester in 35:53. The fastest kayak time was Rick Smith of Newmarket in 35:01.
The race was divided into numerous classes to allow for all abilities to make their way through the course.
There were three racing classes. In the Long Whitewater Class, Steve Nyman of Amesbury, Mass. and Andy Ouellet of Newburyport, Mass. finished in a time of 30:11.
Bean and Morris won the Mixed Class, with David Brent and Amanda Messier of Canterbury taking second in 41:35.
In the Single Class, Brian Battista of Parsonsfield, Maine finished in 33:49.
There were also 12 Conventional classes for canoes and kayaks.
In the Two Men Class, the Garlands were first in 29:54, followed by Derek Smith and Ben Bancroft of Portsmouth in 30:30. Christian and Christopher Burnett of Melvin Village finished third in 38:20.
In the Mixed Class, Chip McLetchie and Julia Monach of Charlestown, Mass. took top honors in 40:11. Kurt DeVylder and Christina Dotchin of Wolfeboro were second in 42:03 and Richard Reil of Turner's Falls, Mass. and Hillary Reil of North Grafton, Mass. came home third in 42:33.
In the Family Class, Don and Mary Kretchmer of Wolfeboro were the top finishers in a time of 36:30. Nathan and Olivia Reil of Guilford, Vt. came home second in 36:58 and Ben and Atley Corson of Effingham were third in 41:12.
In the Two Women Class, the Gardners were first in their time of 35:33, followed by Kelsey Rose and Nicole Morgan of Derry in 39:41. Susan and Christina DiSalvo of Derry were third in 40:06.
In the Two Girls Class, Kaycey Guertin and Emily Hebert of Manchester took first in 43:15, followed by Kelli Towsley of New Boston and Ruth Hebert of Manchester in 45:45.
In the Kayak Female Class, Stephanie Patton of North Easton, Mass. was the winner in 42:21, followed by Marie LaFreniere of New Durham in 43:58 and Angela Bigonia of Dover in 45:13.
In the Two Person Kayak Class, Ethan and Jackson Hipple of Tuftonboro took top honors in 40:17, followed by Randall and Ainsley Carbone of Wolfeboro in 41:03 and Stephen and Maggie Kirwan of Wolfeboro in 44:20.
In the Kayak Male Class, Rick Smith of Newmarket was first in 35:01, followed by Chris Kelly of Wolfeboro in 37:25 and Randy McLane of Gilmanton in 37:30.
In the Novice Class, Rob Davis and Nick Thurston of Wolfeboro took first place in 39:26.
Geoff Terragni of Wolfeboro and Jolyon Terragni of Wilmington, Mass., representing Brookside Plumbing, finished first in the Business Class in 38:02.
In the Old Timers Class, Mark Peters of Nottingham and Dan O'Reilly of Kittery, Maine finished first in 31:07, with John O'Reilly of Dover and Tom Kennedy of Portsmouth in second in 46:08. Dave Denby and Bob O'Keefe of Wolfeboro were third in 46:30.
Following the race, the Barry Lougee Award was presented to Michael Prause of Calico Graphics. The award is presented 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 founders of the race. For the past 10 years, Calico Graphics has supplied the t-shirts (this year sponsored by Wolfeboro Oil) and Prause and his company have printed the log on the numerous prizes over the years, including hats, bags, Frisbees, flippy flyers, aprons and visors.
Additionally, the Wolfeboro Lions Club held its annual raffle, with the top prize of $1,000 going to Natalie Reil of North Grafton, Mass. All proceeds from the race and raffle go to the Lions Scholarship Fund.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126