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Kayak and Paddleboard Competition Scheduled for RegattaFest in September

By Staff | Sep 11, 2019

Since the beginning, back in 1938, New Martinsville, West Virginia has been a well-known powerboat racing mecca for this part of the country.

Now, in cooperation with EcoVapurz and Mountainside Outfitters, edition eight of RegattaFest is introducing kayak and paddleboard racing, keeping the popular end-of-summer festival fresh and innovative by including a non-motor, water-based competition. Scheduled for Sunday, September 29, the point-to-point casual competition is participant friendly and open to everyone at least 18 years old. There are three age divisions: 18 to 35, 36 to 49, and 50 and up.

The entry fee is $15 per person, and each entry receives a VIP band for Sunday afternoon hospitality on the RegattaFest grounds.

Registration will be held at the marina in downtown New Martinsville (plenty of parking) between 9 and 10 a.m. An event briefing starts at 10 a.m., with the first boats launched by 10:15 a.m. The course, an approximate 20 minute run, starts from the launch ramp at the marina, runs to the mouth of the creek, then a right hand turn up the Ohio River, around a course/turn buoy above the city docks then back down to the checkered flag finish at the takeout point on the RegattaFest grounds. This is a timed race, and the top three finishers in each age group will race a trophy-dash sprint on a triangular course on the Ohio River for the trophy (one in each age division) and, of course, bragging rights.

Mark your calendars, bring your families and friends, and make plans to be part of the inaugural kayak/paddleboard competition during RegattaFest. Everyone can enjoy the day with plenty of entertaining activities. From the APBA sanctioned North American Championships -powerboat racing at one of its highest levels-to music, fun for kids in the Kids’ Zone, casual games, exhibits, and vendors, it is a weekend to experience all that the festival has to offer. Kick back after a morning of paddling, relax, and enjoy all that RegattaFest has to offer. It all happens September 28 and 29 in downtown New Martinsville, at Fireman’s Park on the banks of the Ohio River.