Dogs enjoy early morning paddles, too --and don't forget the lifejackets. Mark Lovewell

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ninty-four kayakers, 25 paddleboarders, two swimmers and seven dogs set out Sunday morning in Sengekontacket Pond for the 25th annual Oar & Paddle Regatta. When the event started 25 years ago, it was called Paddle from the Ponds, and while the name has changed the mission has not: to bring attention to the health of Island ponds.

There were several different divisions competing in the two-mile course, and all ages groups invited to participate. There was even a category for paddling with your dog.

Island Spirit Kayaks donated kayaks and other watercraft for the event, and everyone gathered afterward for a post-race picnic.

The Martha's Vineyard Oar & Paddle Association is an informal group of rowers and kayakers that gathers often for events on local waters, including a Fourth of July evening paddle, and the North Shore cruise from Menemsha to Tashmoo.

Results of the 25th Annual Oar & Paddle

 

Overal results

First: Dana Gaines, Surfski, 21:33
Second: Pam Browning and Conrad Nurthmann, first male/female double, 24:28
Third: Mark Baumhofer and Otto Pison, first male/male double
Fourth: conor Langille, ISK Team, paddling Randy Durbin's reconstructed Current Designs Caribou
Fifth: Tucker Cosgrove, IS Team, paddling handmade wooden kayak by Randy Durbin, first wooden kayak
Sixth: Dick Clark on a Surfski
Seventh: Mark Alexander
Eighth: John Moore
Ninth: Percy Burt, first plastic sea kayak
Tenth: John Robinson paddling handmade wooden kayak by Randy Durbin, 26:48

Women's Division

First: Caroline Keller, 33: 47
Second: Fran Loftus, 35:39
Third: Lenore Tsikitas, plastic single

Special Categories

First paddle boarder: Seth Besse
Second paddle boarder: Anthony Stamp
First female paddle boarder: Jacqueline Besse
First youth stand up paddle boarder: Nick Pecararo, 12
First stand up paddle board with a dog: Max Celeste and Kim Materese
First stand up paddle board with a three year old: Megan Sonia and Kian Stapleton, 3
First stand up paddle board with a five year old: Alley Estrella and Collin Stapleton, 5

Sit on top woman: Erin Brown
First row boat: Tony Higgins
Second row boat: Jay Schofield and JR Thomas
Over 80: Herb Foster, 43:44
Kayak with two dogs: Bridget Dunnigan and Roger Williams with Hogan and Mullet
Kayak with two kids: Nathaniel, Owen, and Oliver Price
Second place plastic sea kayak, over 70: Michael Jacobs
 

 

Comments (2)

Chick Stapleton, Island Spirit Kayak
25th Annual Oar & Paddle 94 Kayakers 25 Paddleboarders 2 Swimmers 7 Dogs 1st Across the line: Dana Gaines, Surfski 21:33 2nd: The First Red Double Time: 24:48 Pam Browning & Conrad Nuthmann,(1st M/F Double) 24:28 3rd: Mark Baumhofer & Otto Pison, (1st M/M Double) 4th: Conor Langille, 22, ISK Team, paddling Randy Durbin's reconstructed Current Designs Caribou. 5th: Tucker Cosgrove, 18, Team ISK, (1st Wooden kayak) paddling handmade wooden kayak by Randy Durbin 6th: Dick Clark, Surfski 25:57 7th: Mark Alexander: 8th: John Moore 9th: Percy Burt, 1st Plastic Sea kayak 10th: John Robinson(2nd Wooden kayak) paddling handmade wooden kayak by Randy Durbin 26:48 1st Woman: Caroline Keller 33:47 2nd Woman: Fran Loftus 35:39 3rd Woman: Plastic Single, Lenore Tsikitas 1st Paddle Board: Seth Besse 2nd Paddle Board: Anothony Stamp 1st Paddle Board, Female: Jacqueline Besse Youth SUP: Nick Pecararo (12) Sup w/ Dog: Max Celeste & Kim Materese 1st Sup w/ 3 Year old: Meghan Sonia & Kian Stapleton (3) 1st SUP w/ 5 year old: Alley Estrella & Collin Stapleton(5) Sit On Top Woman: Erin Brown 1st Row Boat: Tony Higgins 2nd Row boat w/ 2 people: Jay Schofield & JR Thomas Over 80: Herb Foster 43:44 Kayak w/ 2 Dogs: Bridget Dunnigan & Roger Williams w/ Hogan & Mullet kayak 2 kids: Nathaniel, Owen & Oliver Price 2nd Plastic Sea kayak, over 70: Michael Jacobs Pictures: Nathaniel, Owen & Oliver Price Red Double Captains Hat: Conor Langille, 22, Team ISK, paddling Randy Durbin's reconstructed Current Designs Caribou. The First Orange Double Time: 24:48 Pam Browning & Conrad Nuthmann,(1st M/F Double) 24:28 SUPers: Anthony Stamp & Seth Besse Single SUP: Anthony Stamp
August 30, 2016 - 9:24am
Tony Balis, Tisbury
A quick correction: when I founded the Regatta in 1991 with Karen Smyte, we called it "The Martha's Vineyard Rowing Challenge". The best race turned out to be the sweep-oared singles where six of the seven contestants, with a staggered start over a mile-long course, finished within two lengths of each other. Karen, starting last, outraced all six men. But she was, after all, on the Canadian Olympic team... And all the proceeds went to the Friends of Sengekontacket. Glad to see it is still surviving, thanks so much to the dedication of Dana Gaines and now Island Spirit.
September 14, 2016 - 11:35pm

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