The Great American Northeast Kingdom Flatwater Kayak
Championship & Festival
July 6, 2012
A ten mile flatwater race and "expedition” on Lake
Memphremagog, starting at Prouty Beach in Newport, Vermont then heading out of
the bay to the Canadian Border, around Black, Cove, and Belle Islands and back
to Prouty Beach. There are four divisions:
1) All In - any size or shape
2) 12 foot standard kayaks
3) Sailing Kayaks (any size or
4) Expedition (non-race)
The event starts at 1 pm on Friday afternoon at Prouty Beach.
It is followed by The Frontier Animal Society’s Pet, Swimmers, and Yackers
Parade down Main Street in Newport at 6:30 pm and the Montgomery’s Café
Swimmers and Yackers Pasta Dinner under the tents by the Gateway Center on the
shores of Lake Memphremegog starting at 7:00 pm.
The event is held in conjunction with Kingdom Aquafest a week-long
celebration of summer in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom and Kingdom Swim the following day.
The event is hosted by Indoor Recreation Orleans County, an
affiliated organization of American Canoe Association, in partnership with
Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association, Newport City Parks and
Recreation, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters of Stowe, Vermont, Northwoods Stewardship,
of Charleston, Vermont, Clyde River Recreation, also of Charleston, Vermont , Great
Outdoors, of Newport, Enosburg, and Morrisville, SailYourKayak, of East Calais,
Vermont; and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail of New York, Vermont, New
Hampshire, and Maine.
Registration is available on line at www.kingdomkayak.org. Registration
is $35 on line. Those who are not ACA
members will be required to pay an additional $5 at time of sign-in. $15
temporary ACA memberships are also available at sign-in.
Registration fees help support Indoor Recreation Orleans
County (IROC), a sports, fitness and recreation center located in Derby,
Vermont, serving Orleans and northern Essex Counties. Its groundbreaking Healthy Changes Initiative
offers a discounted membership and exercise program for people suffering from a
wide variety of chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease,
rheumatoid arthritis, MS, and fibromyalgia as well as cancer patients, cancer
survivors, and seniors 65 years old and older.