2018-04-14 / News

Cold Canoe/Kayak Classic conditions


Seasoned paddlers are notoriously tough and they proved that last Satur­day during the Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic boat races held on the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning River. Paddlers enjoyed good water conditions, but frigid temperatures in the 44th running of the race. Seasoned paddlers are notoriously tough and they proved that last Satur­day during the Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic boat races held on the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning River. Paddlers enjoyed good water conditions, but frigid temperatures in the 44th running of the race. Randy Bailey’s last race didn’t have ideal weather, but that failed to dull the en­thusiasm of about 60 dedicated paddlers who competed in the 44th annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic.

Brisk winds and near-freezing temperatures limited the field to 47 vessels on the 12-mile course, even though the water conditions were optimal.

Problems were kept to a minimum thanks to the course being flagged in potential problem areas and to the hard work of Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, Sinnemahoning Volunteer Fire Department, Pa. State Police, Cameron County Emergency Management, Elkland Search & Rescue and the Pa. Fish & Boat Commission.

Still, a few paddlers did find their way into the drink.

“The race went very well, all things considered,” said Bailey, who is stepping down after many years as coordinator.

No injuries were reported.

A handful of local paddlers were among the winners. Paul Haviland Jr. and Ryan Grimm took first in the BU-C Bob Umbenhauer Canoe Class. Saul and Eastyn Solve­son, a father/son team, won the CC-ADJ Adult Junior in 1:43:25.

Bailey took one last opportunity to show his appreciation to all those who have had a hand in the race.

“It has been truly appreciated,” he said. “I took over this event because of the passion I had for the sport and I’m glad I had the chance to share that passion with others.”

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