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Rip Friot Canoe Racers enjoy great ride

"Good course, great partner, great day."

That is how Mary Kelly described Saturday's Rip Friot Memorial Seaway Festival Canoe on Saturday.

A small but high quality field of competition racers enjoyed high water conditions as they cruised ther 12 miles from the Heuvelton Boat Launch to the boat Launch at the Spring Street Bridge in Ogdensburg.

Canton's Matt Skeels turned in the fastest time of the day leading the Men's Kayak field in 1:18 and the C2 Men's winners Allen Kelly of Rennselaer Falls and Bill Jemison of Potsdam came in 1:34.

Men's C1 leader Gene Newman of Canton posted a 1:35 time rounding out the overall top three.

"This is a great course and I love the Oswegatchie River," said Newman.

"And the heat wasn't a problem. It wasn't that hot out on the course."


C2 Mixed, Mary Kelly (Rennselaer Falls) and Chas Kingsley of Lake Clear 1:39.00.
C1 Men's: Gene Newman (Canton) 1:35:00, Kerry Newell (Heuvelton) 2:17.00.
C1 Women's: Lisa Call (Theresa) 2:10.
C2 Men's: Allen Kelly (Rennselaer Falls) and Bill Jemison (Potsdam) 1:34.00, Fred Goodnough (Theresa), Brian Watson (Watertown) 1:47:30.
Men's Kayak: Matt Skeels (Canton) 1:18.00, Scott Visser (Potsdam) 1:39:00, Luke Ladouceur (Freeport, PA) 1:44.0.
Kayak Women: Eileen Visser (Potsdam) 1:39.26.

The Division leaders at the Rip Friot Memorial Seaway Festival Canoe Race received medlas on Saturday. Some the areas finest applers participated in the race.


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