As many of you have heard, during the Armond Bassett race, Mike Skivington suffered a heart attack while on the water. The paddlers at the race that day showed that they are true sportsmen. They immediately came to his aid without concern for their own races. Several paddlers carried Mike up the bank where help was flagged down and an ambulance was called. Thanks to the prompt response of the canoe racing community, Mike is now in good hands and recovering quickly.
He sent this note of thanks to all of the paddling community.
To all my fellow paddlers
Where does one begin to express the help, good wishes, and support that i received during my recent health episode? I am humbled by your concern and be assured that it has been an inspiration to me during recovery. A stent has been placed in my artery and my doctor indicated that a complete recovery can be accomplished. A big reason for this is the incredible help that I received from my fellow paddlers.
The paddling community is made up of a great group of people who love the sport and are supportive of each other. I feel lucky to be a small part of it and feel blessed that you folks looked out for me.
Do to the medical emergency , at the race and everyone's willingness to stop and help as needed, Armond Bassett was suspended/halted. At the Electric City NYMCRA board meeting, it was decided that all participants will be awarded 4th place points in all classes. We have also added the St. Regis race to the points race schedule. This will be a complete NYMCRA points race except for the pro racers.
The Forge Financial Advisors Pro Point Series will finish up with the Wells Bridge pro race in August, we will use the 5 other events and the average of 4th for the Armond Basset event. We believe this is a great solution to the unfortunate event that happened in Rochester. On a positive note the overwhelming support of the paddlers in support of a fellow paddler in need was an awesome sight!
Finally , the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Ausable River Canoe Marathon is set to go in less than two weeks. A number of teams from NY and surrounding states are preparing to head west over the next few days. We wish all NYMCRA paddlers good luck in their endeavours through the night!
It's been a couple of weeks since the last update and there is a big batch of news to get out!
There has been a schedule change. The Barge Chaser Race in August will be moved from Saturday Aug 23 to Saturday Aug 30. This will avoid competing with the Wells Bridge canoe races. Otherwise everything else will be the same. 11 am start at the Kiwanis Boat Launch, etc. See the Barge Chaser wiki page for details.
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According to several paddlers who are long time attendees, the Towpath regatta had quite a few more competitors than in recent years, and the charity food drive in memory of Uncle Don Patneaude was a great success. Though he has passed, Uncle Donnie is still a driving influence on the sport he loved.
This year , the Armond Bassett Canoe and Kayak Race is hosting a pro C2 race as well as the traditional C1 Pro race. Armond Bassett is a Pro Points qualifying race, so if you're in the running for money, put it on your calendar! Armond Bassett is also one of the two remaining Barton Cup qualifying races.
41st Annual Towpath Regatta June 19th
- Registration: 5:30
- Riverside Park, Schenectady
- Start time: 6:30
This year we will commemorate the late "Uncle" Donald Patneaude with a moment of silence and a food drive. The food will be donated to the local food pantry. Please bring non-perishable foods in boxes or cans.
The Towpath Regatta is a free family event to promote paddling in the Capital Region. The event is promoted by Schenectady Wintersports Club and Northern New York Paddlers. It takes place on the Mohawk River/Erie Canal starting at Riverside Park (by Schenectady County Community College) and ending at Acqueduct Park in Rexford (upstream of the Rexford Bridge). The event is about 4.5 miles. All human powered boats are allowed, including canoes, kayaks, shells, guideboats and peddleboats. Experienced paddlers only.
Coming up this weekend (14-15 June) will be the "rerunning" of these two well-established races. Last year they were not held but they will now take place on the same weekend. On Saturday, 14 June there will be the Tupper Lake 9-Miler which will follow the same course as it did in 2012. It will start from the Rod and Gun Club boat launch on Simond Pond, go out onto the Pond for 0.8 miles and then turn to follow the shore line to the cut into the Raquette River. The race will proceed up the river to the top of the Oxbow at 3.65 miles and then return via the Raquette River to Simond Pond and back to the start. The distance will be about 7.5 miles. There will also be a shorter course for recreational paddlers and SUPs that will turn before the Le Boeuf's Bridge over the Raquette River at about 2.4 miles and then go downstream to Simond Pond and back to the start. This distance will be about 5 miles. Both courses will be well marked.
The boat launch is off Lake Simond Road which is off NYS 30 on the west side of the Village of Tupper Lake after the bridge over the Raquette River. There will be signs. There is a large parking lot at the boat launch.
The Saranac Flatwater Challenge will be held on Sunday, 15 June on the Saranac River and start at Picketts Corners, which is 34 miles east of Saranac Lake and 16 miles west of Plattsburgh on NYS 3. The race goes down the river and then returns to the start. There will be three courses. One will be for recreational paddlers and there will be a turn buoy at the 2.4 mile mark. There will be a course for stock canoes with a turn-around buoy at 4.5 miles and the long course will have a turn-around buoy at 6.3 miles. SUP paddlers can elect to do either the 4.8 mile course or the 9 mile course.
There will be signs on NYS 3 indicating the location of the race. Parking will be available in the swimming pool area and also along the road from NYS 3.
Both races begin at 11 AM and registration will be onsite and from 9:30-10:30 AM