Short course

The Original Baker River Regatta!

The 4.5 mile Short Course starts at Plymouth Sands Campground (just upstream of Smith Bridge) and finishes on the Pemigewasset River underneath the Dicenzo (Route 175A) bridge (yellow line). Watercraft must be taken out a hundred yards farther downstream, on the right bank, at the Rotary Amphitheater boat ramp.

The short course is well suited to novice paddlers, consisting of quickwater, corners and a few fast riffles. There also will be a few branches and leaning trees to avoid in the corners, and a handful of rocks here and there.

Expected times for novices on this course are 40-60 minutes. Racers paddle against the clock, with 3-4 boats starting per minute.

The short course will have a class for just about any combination of paddler and craft, and is the course for entrants in the Most Trash Picked Up class.


Regatta classes in the short course:

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.

Buck-Fifty Class: Two paddlers in one canoe, whose total combined ages are 150+. These paddlers pay nothing. Free!

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