The Great American Northeast Kingdom Flatwater Kayak Championship & Festival
Lake Memphremagog, Newport, Vermont
July 5, 2013
A ten mile flatwater race and “expedition” on Lake Memphremagog, starting at Prouty Beach in Newport, Vermont then heading out of the bay to the Canadian Border, around Black, Cove, and Belle Islands and back to Prouty Beach. There are five divisions:
1) All In - any size, any shape
2) 12 foot standard kayaks
3) Sailing Kayaks (any size, any shape)
4) Paddleboards (any size, any shape)
5) Expedition (non-race)
The event starts at 1 pm on Friday afternoon at Prouty Beach. It is followed by The Frontier Animal Society’s Pet, Swimmers, and Yackers Parade down Main Street in Newport at 6:30 pm and the Montgomery’s Café Swimmers and Yackers Pasta Dinner under the tents by the Gateway Center on the shores of Lake Memphremegog starting at 7:00 pm.
The event is hosted by Indoor Recreation Orleans County, an affiliated organization of American Canoe Association, in partnership with Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association, Newport City Parks and Recreation, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters of Stowe, Vermont, Northwoods Stewardship, of Charleston, Vermont, Clyde River Recreation, also of Charleston, Vermont , Great Outdoors, of Newport, Enosburg, and Morrisville, Sail Your Kayak, of East Calais, Vermont; and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Sanctioning by ACA is presently being sought.
Registration is now open. We are asking for a $10 donation to IROC and its Healthy Changes Initiative. Those who are not ACA members will be required to pay an additional $5 at time of sign-in. $15 temporary ACA memberships are also available at sign-in.
You donation helps support Indoor Recreation Orleans County (IROC), a sports, fitness and recreation center located in Derby, Vermont, serving Orleans and northern Essex Counties. Its groundbreaking Healthy Changes Initiative offers a discounted membership and exercise program for people suffering from a wide variety of chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, and fibromyalgia as well as cancer patients cancer survivors, and seniors 65 years old and older.
Aerial photo of Newport, VT courtesy of Scott Wheeler