BAINBRIDGE – More than 1,000 paddlers and 10,000 spectators are expected to converge on Bainbridge this weekend for the General Clinton Canoe Regatta.
Now in its 48th year, the event is sponsored annually by the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce. Initially conceived as a way of attracting tourists to the area, the regatta has grown over the years into a world championship canoeing event which attracts professional and amateur competitors from all across North America.
“We should have some good racing conditions,” said Regatta Committee Chair John Harmon, who estimates $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away this weekend.
Close to 50 canoe and kayak races will take place over the four days of competition, with the highlight being Monday’s demanding 70-mile endurance race from Cooperstown to Bainbridge. The grueling competition has served as the first leg of the North American Triple Crown since the early 80s.