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Mersey River Race 2003   Details   Thumbnails (15 pics)   Montage
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2003
Registration: 10:00 AM
Start: Lower Great Brook Hydro @ 11:30 AM (Pro Boats @ 11:00 AM)
Cost: $10.00 Adult/$5.00 Youth ($15.00 Non-NSMCRA members)
Divisions: Pro Class 3 Buoy Turns 2 Portages 24 kms Total Distance
Stock Class 1 Buoy Turn 16 kms Total Distance
Recreational Class(Canoe/Kayak) 1 Buoy Turn 8 km Total Distance
Open Class( Kayak and USCA C1) 2 buoy Turns 2 Portages 16 Km Total Distance
Course: See map.
Misc: Immediately following the race all participants are invited to a barbecue and a draw for prizes. Proceeds to Queens County Emergency Measures Organization.
Contact: Dave Lewis (902) 354-4931 Details (Ms_Doc)
Safety: Safety boat in Lower Great Brook Headpond. Portages flagged at take-out and put-in with personnel available to check participants off. Portages mandatory.
Portages: Portages flagged at take-out and put-in with personnel available to check
participants off. ALL PORTAGES MANDATORY.

The race was staged on Sunday morning.Although we did not get a large local crowd for the recreational paddlers we attracted crews from as far as Saint John New Brunswick,Halifax,Dartmouth and the Valley regions for the professional class.

This race is a sanctioned Nova Scotia Marathon Canoe Association event and therefore counts for points on the provincial circuit.Racers were anxious this year to try out the new course whereby due to low tidal conditions the race could not be staged in the lower part on the Mersey.Instead the event included a brief tour of Lower Great Brook headpond ,2 portages and a healthy dose of upstream paddling to Big Falls and then a finish back at Lower Great Brook Hydro.

Overall the new course was well received with the top time being 2:39:40 over the 27 km. venue.Again this year a strong effort by local paddlers demonstrated they are formidable competitors against the strong out-of-county paddlers.

The race could not be staged without the help of the Queens EMO and a donation was made to that organization from proceeds at the reception hosted at the Milton Canoe & Camera Club directly after the event.

A kind thank-you goes out to all sponsors and organizers for their support.Please see attached results standings.

David Lewis

Mens C2 Proboat  (26kms)
Doug & Kristoffer Archibald(Enfield) 2:39:40
Wally Woodbury/Steve Williams(Dartmouth) 2:43:15
Rick McMahon/John Gillies (Middleton) 2:45:05
Richard & Justin McKinnon (Milton) 2:52:20
Mixed C2 Proboat   (26kms)
Angela Russell/Rafe Hooper (Saint John,NB) 2:46:10
Beverly & David Lewis (Milton) 2:46:13
Lori Taylor/Jean Marien (Dartmouth) 2:47:03
Daina Debette/Stefon Scarola (Dartmouth) 2:57:20
Youth C2 Proboat   (26kms)
Jason & Jeffrey McKinnon (Milton) 2:48:38
USCA C1   (22 kms)
Lawson Fraser(Lunenburg) 2:19:00
Stock Canoe   (16kms)
Ashley & Robert McKinnon(Milton) 1:53:15
Mixed Recreational Canoe   (10 kms)
Robin & Robert McKinnon(Milton) 1:00:00

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