Paddlers enjoy calm waters

The Blue Crusher Flowers team, from left, Heidi Kretser, Jess Zobel, Chrissy Hayden and Beth Donnelly, dig in at the start of Saturday’s ’Round the Mountain race on Lower Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

The Blue Crusher Flowers team, from left, Heidi Kretser, Jess Zobel, Chrissy Hayden and Beth Donnelly, dig in at the start of Saturday’s ’Round the Mountain race on Lower Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

SARANAC LAKE — The ‘Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak races took place in nearly perfect paddling conditions on Saturday in spite of dire weather forecast predictions.

Warm temperatures, high water and nominal wind led to some very fast times and a tightly contested field of paddlers on the 10.5-mile course around Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake.

The Ampersand Bay Resort, on Lower Saranac Lake, once again hosted the start of the race. A variety of boats, from guideboats to a stand-up paddle board, one-, two-, three- and four-person canoe teams and a strong field of recreational, touring and unlimited kayaks were in the flotilla.

“We had a decent turnout,” said race director Brian MacDonnell. “I think predictions for poor weather held some people away, but it never came. We beat the rain. I don’t think conditions could have been any better. It was a perfect course for the kayakers.”

“Fastest time of the day honors went to kayaker Jim Mallory, of West Henrietta, who cruised to victory in the Men’s over 50 Unlimited Kayak class in a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 47 seconds. The father and daughter team of Paul and Jo Ann Olney, of Westernville, had the fastest canoe time, winning the C-2 Amateur under 50 class in a time of 1:30:24

David Casey, of Burlington, Vermont, was the lone standup paddle board entry in Saturday’s annual Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak Race.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

David Casey, of Burlington, Vermont, was the lone standup paddle board entry in Saturday’s annual Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak Race. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Local winners included Carrie Hall of Lake Placid and her partner Howie Dower in the C-2 Stock Mixed over 50 race finishing in 1:42: 29; Randy Young of Saranac Lake and Mark Winter of Bloomingdale in the C-2 Amateur men over 50 race finishing in 1:32:27; Janet Findlay and David Hunter of Lake Placid winning the C-2 Amateur Mixed over 50 race in 1:33:03; Royal McDonnell of Paul Smith’s winning the Unlimited Kayak under 50 race in 1:30:47; and the “Blue Crusher Flowers” (Beth Donnelly, Heidi Kretser, Jessica Zobel and Chrissy Hayden) winning the C-4 Women’s race in  1:49:09.

Paddlers and spectators were able to check out the boats and accessories of Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters at their annual demo days at the finish line near the Lake Flower boat launch.

The Adirondack Amateur Radio Association provided communications around the course during the event.

The ‘Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak races were sanctioned as New York Marathon Canoe Race Association Points Races. The Adirondack Watershed Alliance organized the event. The next paddling event on the local calendar is June 3 in Tupper Lake.

For more information visit the AWA pages at www.macscanoe.com.

‘ROUND THE MOUNTAIN CANOE & KAYAK RACE

Saranac Lake

Saturday’s Results

OPEN TOURING

David Casey (Burlington VT) 2:05:59

H. Holderied/P.Madden/B. Madden (Saranac Lake) 2:05:12

Doug Porschet (Long Lake) 2:04:34

GUIDEBOATS

Gerhard Munger (Lowville) 1:53:37

John Homer 2:31:00

SOLO RECREATION

Lynne Jakiel (Derby) 2:30:55

MEN OVER 50

Chris Hoven (Clifton Springs) 1:52:09

Jim Townsend (Vermontville) 1:59:55

MEN UNDER 50

Morgan Hoven (Clifton Springs) 1:38:36

Joshua Trombley (Gansvoort) 2:04:23

C-1 STOCK

MEN OVER 50

Tom O’Connor (Baldwinsville) 1:48:12

Ken Streb (Rochester) 1:48:44

Doug Roode (Lake Placid) 1:57:25

C-2 STOCK

Megan Bates/Marg. Horne (Hamilton College) 2:04:23

MEN OVER 50

Chas Billingsley/Rodger Dempster (Lake Clear/Saranac Lake) 1:41:21

Mike Skivington/Glen Vandewinckel (Scottsville/Webster) 1:50:05

MEN UNDER 50

Jeff Hogue/Blaine Collins (Romulus/Geneva) 1:46:17

MIXED OVER 50

Cary Hall/Howie Dower (LakePlacid/MonroeTwp.) 1:42:29

Holly Crouch/Paul Repak (Shelburne/Boonville) 1:57:10

MIXED UNDER 50

Eileen Visser/Bill Short (Potsdam/Madrid) 1:45:45

Kelli Shaffner/Jeff DeFoe ((Geneva/Chester) 1:46:15

C-2 AMATEUR

MEN OVER 50

Randy Young/Mark Winter (Saranac Lake/Bloomingdale) 1:32:37

Alec Davis/Roger Davis (Ballston Lake/ Rexford) 1:38:10

MEN UNDER 50

Peter Ross/Tim Henning (Ontario/Marion) 1:33:35

MIXED OVER 50

Janet Findlay/David Hunter (Lake Placid) 1:33:03

Bob Cooley/Linda Cooley (Scotia) 1:39:47

Ed Greiner/Kim Greiner (Esperence) 1:42:54

MIXED UNDER 50

JoAnn Olney/Paul Olney (Westernville) 1:30:24

TOURING KAYAK

Mary Kelly (Rensselaer Falls) 1:44:14

Pam Kidder (WhiteRiver Jct) 1:53:39

WOMEN UNDER 50

Emily Hart (Williamstown) 2:01:40

Andrea Hudak (Lake Placid) 2:06:00

Kyle Engelman (Leominster,MA) 2:10:39

MEN OVER 50

Allen Kelly (Rensselaer Falls) 1:38:44

James Phillips (Bergen) 1:48:10

George Bellerose (Weybridge) 1:49:48

Chip Brieant (Paul Smiths) 1:50:41

Bill Kidder (WhiteRiver Jct) 1:52:24

Chris Legard (Williamstown) 1:59:36

MEN UNDER 50

Eric Young (Mooers Forks) 1:31:17

Peter Jaworski (Utica) 1:58:16

Brian Westrick (Leominster,MA) 2:10:36

UNLIMITED KAYAK

MEN OVER 50

Jim Mallory (W.Henrietta) 1:22:47

Paul Tomblin (Rochester) 1:31:36

Scott Stenburg (Moravia) 1:39:28

MEN UNDER 50

Royal McDonnell (Paul Smiths) 1:30:47

Peter Gugel (Rochester) 1:35:21

2 PERSON KAYAK

Clyde Yarnell/Mike Malley (Alburgh VT/Essex VT) 1:30:28

C4 STOCK

R.Lannino/S. Bernstein/K.Roback/M.Smith (Hamilton College) 1:36:30

J.Munn/J.Baumann/A.Mozdzier/M.Glennon (Saranac Lake) 1:39:10

A.Holmwood/B.Bruno/J.Boucher/A.Wang (Hamilton College) 1:41:31

D.Hadley/C.Shade/A.Nidecker/D.Bradley (Saranac Lake) 1:58:39

WOMEN

Blue Crusher Flowers (Saranac Lake) 1:49:09

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