Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

A Quickie Video of Water Levels

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I visited the Shopping Cart area and Six Mile Falls today and took some video footage.

Click here to watch the 2-minute video. (Nothing fancy, but it gives you some idea of the volume and swiftness of the stream.) Will be interesting to see how much this changes by race day.

The fellow standing near the Shopping Cart is Bob Martin, who thought it would be wise to stick to river right and hug the bank going through the Shopping Cart. If you get sucked into the Shopping Cart hole....watch out!
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Six Mile Swamp

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Pat Davis is right: the stream is high and fast and swollen. In addition to his pics, here's another one from the Six Mile Falls area.

This is the area where spectators normally stand to watch the paddlers go through the falls.

As you can see (click photo to enlarge) the "vulture" area is completely flooded. The water goes all the way back to the Hudson Road!










UPDATE 4/18/07: Here is a closer shot of Six Mile Falls (taken today).
Where did the "jaws" go? (Click photo to enlarge)



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Race Day Weather Lookin' Good

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The weather forecast for race day is "nice with sunshine and patchy clouds, high: 60 degrees". Maybe Old Man Winter is finally taking a hint. Should be a GREAT day for paddling.

Pat Davis sent in a couple snapshots of Six Mile Falls today.
Thanks, Pat!
(Click photos to enlarge).

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Souadabscook Stream Race Highlight Reel

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I've posted an 8-minute "highlight reel" video of the 2007 Souadabscook Stream Canoe Race on BlipTV.
Click here to watch the video.

Also, here is an article about the Sou race from the Bangor Daily News.
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Water Levels & Weather Reports

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If 10-day weather forecasts are to be believed, we could see a decent amount of precipitation on many of the days leading up to the Kenduskeag race.

I'll post stream photos and conditions beginning next week.

By the way, remember to preregister before 1pm on April 20. The registration form can be downloaded right here.

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7th Annual Paddle Smart Symposium - 4/13/07

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The 7th Annual Paddle Smart Symposium will be held on April 13 at the Bangor YMCA on Hammond Street from 5:00-9:30pm.

Admission is free, although donations are accepted and tickets will be sold for a sea kayak raffle. (The drawing will be held at 9:30). There are also free door prizes.

The symposium is chock full of interactive workshops and displays promoting education and safety on the water. An informed paddler is a safer paddler!

For more information and a schedule, visit the Paddle Smart website.

UPDATE 4/15/07: I attended Paddle Smart for the first time on Friday, and it was cool! I could sense a "buzz" throughout the venue; people are getting psyched about the upcoming paddling season. Make plans to attend next year if you've never been. It's an annual event worth supporting.

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Kenduskeag TV Coverage & Internet Stream

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Some of you may recall that WABI TV5 (Bangor) canceled their coverage of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race last year due to low water levels.

This year sees the return of TV coverage from the bridge overlooking the rapids of Six Mile Falls. WABI is scheduled to cover the race from 10am until 12:30pm. (You might want to set the VCR or Tivo if you are doing the race.)












Do you live outside WABI's broadcast area?
You can still catch the race if you have internet access.

Apparently, the Kenduskeag will be streamed over the internet through Watch Maine Sports as a pay-per-view event.
($9.95 per stream).

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St. George River Race: "A natural, wild time"

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Less than a week to go before the St. George River Race gets underway, and it's shaping up to be a blast!

Here's an excellent article about the upcoming St. George River Race from the Waldo County Village Soup site.

UPDATE 4/2/07: And here is a post race article from the Bangor Daily News.

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A Few Upcoming Races (Maine)

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While we still have to get through iceout, here are a few upcoming races to keep in mind if you'd like a "primer" before the Kenduskeag:

3/31/07 (Saturday) - St. George River Race (Searsmont) - 11am.
Phone 338-4598.

4/07/07 (Saturday) - Passagassawakeag River Race (Belfast) - 11am.
Phone 338-4598.

4/14/07 (Saturday) - Souadabscook Stream Canoe Sprint/Race (Hampden) - 9am (sprint), 12pm (race). Phone 234-4521.

4/15/07 (Sunday) - Marsh Stream Sprint and Race (Frankfort - Winterport Snowmobile Club) - 9am (sprint), 12pm (race). Phone 234-2510.

Check out the Bangor Daily News interview with race organizer Dale Cross (3/20/07). These races are going to be a lot of fun!

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2007 Kenduskeag Registration Form Now Online

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Well, it's almost that time of year again. The 41st Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is only six weeks away, and the 2007 registration form is now available for downloading.

The preregistration deadline is Friday, April 20th, at 1:00pm.
Race day registration is from 6:30am until 7:30am...sharp.

Remember, registering early saves you money ($18 per person as opposed to $30 per person if you wait until race day to register), and you won't have to deal with the stress of waiting in line.

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