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2016 Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta
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2016 Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta

The Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta will be held on July 6-July 10, 2016. The regatta will feature the USACK Northeast Regional Wildwater Championship as well as three (3) ACA-sanctioned National Whitewater Championships (Open Canoe, Kayak, and SUP).

7/6/2016 to 7/10/2016
When: 7/6/2016
Where: Penobscot River
Old Town, Maine 
United States
Presenter: The Penobscot Nation
Contact: Scott Phillips
207.852.0680

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The Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta will be held on July 6-July 10, 2016.

The regatta will feature the USACK Northeast Regional Wildwater Championship as well as three (3) ACA-sanctioned National Whitewater Championships (Open Canoe, Kayak, and SUP).

Event Schedule:

  • Wednesday - Official Practice Day, Opening Ceremonies, Boat Control
  • Thursday Morning - ACA Nationals for full length downriver racing (~9miles) for OC-1 Women, OC-2 Men, K-1 Long Men, K-1 Short Women
  • (Wildwater kayaks meet ACA's spec for Long Kayaks)
  • Thursday Afternoon - ACA Nationals OC-2 Youth race (3-mile Class 1 race course)
  • Friday Morning - ACA Nationals downriver racing for OC-2 Mixed and OC-2 Jr/Sr
  • Friday Afternoon - ACA Nationals OC-1, K-1 and SUP Youth, and US Wildwater Youth
  • Saturday - All Day - ACA and US Wildwater Sprint Racing - All Divisions
  • Sunday Morning - US Wildwater Nationals Short Classic and ACA downriver for SUP, OC-2 Women, and OC-1 Men
  • Sunday Afternoon - Final Awards and Closing Ceremonies


Event Website: http://penobscotriverwhitewaternationalsregatta.com/

Online Registration: https://paddleguru.com/races/PenobscotRiverWhitewaterNationalsRegatta  

2016 Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta


After being honored with the American Canoe Association (ACA) 2015 Event of the
Year Award, the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, hosted by the Penobscot
Indian Nation, returns to Old Town, Bradley, Orono, Veazie, and Eddington on Maine’s
historic Penobscot River from July 6-10.


Commencing with an official practice day and opening ceremony on Wednesday, July 6,
this year’s Regatta continues with four consecutive days of canoe and kayak racing to
include men’s, women’s, youth, mixed, and SUP (standup paddleboard) classes — from
Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10.


Four racecourses — a 9-mile Downriver, a ¼-mile Sprint, a Youth, and a Wildwater —
each offer the participants Class I, II, and III whitewater action, with plenty of spectator
locations. All Sprint races will be held at the Great Works Rapid and offer spectators the
chance to see racers negotiate the entire racecourse in two to three minutes.
These events became possible because of the removal of the Great Works Dam in Old
Town (2012) and the Veazie Dam (2013), accomplished by the Penobscot River
Restoration Project — a collaborative endeavor of the Penobscot Nation, various
conservation groups, and State of Maine and federal agencies — which freed up the river
from Old Town to the sea, providing three major sets of connected rapids for recreational
enthusiasts along with restoration of eleven species of sea-run fish.
Prospective race participants are encouraged to signup online at paddleguru.com by
Saturday, June 25, after which race fees increase by $25.


For additional information, see penobscotriverwhitewaternationalsregatta.com or contact
the Race Committee Chair Scott Phillips at (207) 852-0680 or
scott@waterwaysports.com.

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