BAINBRIDGE – More than 1,000 canoe racers and many more spectators will descend on Bainbridge this weekend for the 57th Annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta, held from May 24 to the 27.
The Regatta is presented by the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce and features canoe racing all weekend long as well as many other activities at the General Clinton Park in Bainbridge.
The event is more than just a great canoe race, it also provides quality entertainment for the Tri-Town area in a family-friendly atmosphere.
The regatta features the longest one-day flat water canoe race in North America. This year the 70-mile race features a start location at Brookwood Point in Cooperstown.
Brookwood Point is located at 6000 State Hwy 80, 2 miles north of the village. The 70-mile trek on the Susquehanna River from Cooperstown to Bainbridge will take as little as seven hours for the pros and as many as 14 hours for others. Canoeists from all over North America come to New York to challenge the flat water, in a true test of endurance.
Last year’s champions Andy Triebold and Steve LaJoie will not return to defend as a team. This year LaJoie has teamed up with fellow Canadian Jimmy Pellerin.
LaJoie and Pellerin will be challenged by local favorites Trevor LeFever and Ben Schlimmer who finished third in last year’s race. Second place finisher Guillaume Blais will add Samuel Frigon in his boat to join a very competitive C-2 pro field. The C-1 pro class also looks to be very competitive with 14 canoes already entered. This year’s pro classes will pay $1,000 to win in all four C-2 classes, Men's, Men's 50-plus, Mixed, and Women's thanks to new 70 Mile Endurance sponsor Alpine Metal Roofing.
Friday night marks the return of the popular Coca-Cola generation gaps races.
Saturday brings Boy and Girl Scouts from all over the Northeast as well as other youth races. Sunday features the Cooperstown Brewing Co. Grand Prix relay races from Oneonta, as well as a 12-mile sprint race from the Unadilla fishing access. The General Clinton Park in Bainbridge is home to the finish line for all the races throughout the weekend but is also home to an entire weekend of activities...