Powell River Regatta Trip Report

The Powell River Regatta was a great time on Saturday, 5/2/2015! It was a very well organized and friendly competition on a beautiful section of the Powell River near Tazewell, TN. Shuttle was provided, there was some tasty food at the finish line, I got the race day t-shirt and I met a lot of nice new people from the area.

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This was the first year for the event and it turned out to be fun Saturday morning 12 mile race. Fellow Blue Ridge Outdoors Athlete Teammate, Chris Hipgrave, came out of the start gate in first place in our race division and keep the lead all the way through the race in hic 17′ long composite kayak. I finished 4th in our division and 8th overall. I was happy with my results considering the other crafts I was up against and my personal goal was to complete the race in under 2 hours. I was the first plastic boat across the finish line in the Jackson Kayak Journey powered by my Mitchell Paddles, Inc. Good times were had and the event proved to be a great community building effort for Claiborne County, TN! Thanks to Don Oakley and all his team volunteers for a very well executed event with very friendly hospitality. 🙂

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FINAL RESULTS BY CATEGORY:

Mens Single Kayak 55 and Older
1. Rick Carter 1:34:39
2. Jeffery Slade 1:39:16
3. Jim Brunton 1:46:38
4. Bil Aylor 1:49:25
5. Steve Roark 2:07:35
6. Richard Lemming 2:33:31
7. Patrick Westrick 2:33:32
8. Jim Johnson 2:33:59

Womens Single Kayak 55 and Older
1. Penny Westrick 2:12:41
2. Mary Johnson 2:23:39
3. Emily Lemming 2:44:42
4. Lee Hubbard 4:16:00
5. Kelly Lowrey 4:17:09
6. Robin Johnson 4:17:20

Mens Single Kayak Age 25 – 54
1. Chris Hipgrave 1:27:32
2. Ted Burnell 1:34:23
3. Shane Semenuk 1:52:43
4. Wesley Bradley 1:55:41
5. James Wilson 2:12:18
6. Scott Erland 2:15:54
7. Stephen Linzmeier 2:21:29
8. Ted Burnell 2:34:23
9. Joey Whitaker 2:34:54
10. Matt Painter 2:34:55
11. Matthew Rose 2:42:40
12. Benjamin Medley 2:47:36
13. Vance Anders 2:48:54
14. Jeff Jennings 3:05:54
15. Gary Sharp 3:16:33
16. Bruce Haas 3:20:27
17. Matthew Rickert 3:33:16

Womens Single Kayak Age 25 – 54
1. Trish Hipgrave 1:56:42
2. Glenda Anders 2:22:51
3. Wilma Jennings 2:39:52
4. Shonda Rose 2:40:31
5. Jamie Sweet 3:07:12
6. Jennifer Cottrell 3:07:14

Open Double Kayak
1. Becky Fretwell & Partner 3:07:35
2. Tim & Wendy Smythe 3:07:36

Womens Double Canoe
1. Lindsey Cadle & Courtney Stanifer24644
2. Jenny Michael2485

Mixed Double Canoe
1. Robbia Hendrix & Partner 2:06:30
2. Samuel & Kelsey Gerhardt 2:15:30
3. Hugh Gibson & Partner 2:41:41
4. David & Phillis Stanifer 2:50:08

Mens Single Kayak Age 18 – 25
1. Steven Brooks 2:17:00
2. Elias Rasmussen 2:17:02
3. Oliver Sayani 2:40:28

Chris Hipgrave’s video edit from the event:

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The Jackson Action was also on site at the start line of the race to showcase a FREE demo and give away some FREE swag!

Check out my photo essays in the two album links below from the event:
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