Novice category

Novice category classes are for individuals/teams who have never won a canoe/kayak race. Boats in these classes must be recreational, not designed specifically for racing. For all classes except “Unlimited” boat length may not exceed 18’6”.

The regatta course for novices starts at Smith Bridge and finishes on the Pemigewasset River, just downstream of the Dicenzo (Route 175A) bridge. Watercraft must be taken out a hundred yards farther downstream, on the right bank, at the Rotary Amphitheater boat ramp. The novice course consists of quickwater, corners and a few fast riffles, and there will be a few branches and leaning trees to avoid in the corners. Expected times for novices on this course are 40-60 minutes.

Regatta classes in the Novice Category:

OC2-Men: two men in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

OC2-Women: two women in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

OC2-Mixed: a man and a woman in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

OC2-Jr/Sr: a person over 21 and a person under 16 in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

OC2-High School: two high school students (both must be 16 years or older) in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

OC2-College: two college students in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

OC2-Century: two people with a combined age over 100 in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

OC2-Business: two people representing the same business in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

OC1: one person in a recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

SUP-Men: one man on a Stand Up Paddleboard

SUP-Women: one woman on a Stand Up Paddleboard

K1-Men: one man in a recreational kayak

K1-Women: one woman in a recreational kayak

Family: up to four people from a single family in any recreational canoe 18’6” in length or less

Unlimited: nearly anything goes! War canoe? Rowing shell? Canoe with kayak paddles? Poling? Must be human powered and adhere to general race safety rules. Race director’s decisions are final.

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