Kayaking / Canoeing

Maine Kayak Regatta 2017

Maine Kayak Regatta 2017
Thursday, August 3rd @ 6:00 PM until Sunday, August 6th @ 3:00 PM
Casco Bay, Maine

Join us for a paddling pilgrimage in the islands of Maine this summer; a journey of connection, regeneration and renewal over 3.5 days.

Beginning with dinner and gear prep in Gorham, ME on Thursday evening, we will spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday paddling, sharing good adventure, good food, great music, some thoughtful dialogue and silent paddle meditation.

FAQ’s
Itinerary: This year’s itinerary will leave from Portland and end in Harpswell, Maine.

Accommodations: Overnights will be glorified tenting, paddlers provide tents unless specific arrangements are made.

Mileage: The Regatta typically covers between 25-35 miles over the course of the weekend (7-14 mi/day), and the event is intended for practiced paddlers with some experience, though now and again we have bold greenhorns step up.

Age: Regatta participants tend to be 18 and over. We will consider exceptions to this guideline…but please ask.oat type: We tend to be biased toward closed cockpit human powered vessels 16′ and longer equipped with a functional skeg or rudder.

Gear Needs: If you don’t have a boat, paddle, tent, sleeping bag, etc. we can likely help you find one.

Pricing: $500

Flow Fund: We donate 10% of proceeds to charities chosen by our paddlers. Since 2013, we’ve donated $3400 to 6 worthy organizations: The Maine Island Trail Association, Rippleffect, The Good Life Center, The Wooden Boat School and The Lovers Lane Council Treehut.
Mojo: The Regatta is prone to magical moments like: hot rock sunbathing, wild rainbows, post-paddle massage therapy, surfing otters, dawn yoga, lobster bake, council medicine, acoustic serenades, snacktician support vessels, crazy squalls, tidal zone discoveries, silent paddle meditation with eagles, bonfire belly dancing, seals and osprey, pre-meal poems, mermaids, geocaches and deep connections…

Please RSVP to hold one of only 10 spaces. We will ask a non-refundable $100 payment to any who wish to sign up, and hope you will join us!

Date: 
Thu, Aug 3rd, 6:00pm to Sun, Aug 6th, 3:00pm
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Maine Summer Adventure Race

Maine Summer Adventure Race ~ June 24, 2017

Midcoast's Conservancy's Hidden Valley Nature Center 

Jefferson, Maine 

This year's 10-hour race will be point-to-point (no circles!) involving trail running (or hiking) and off-trail orienteering through pristine forests, biking on Maine's bucolic roads (and optional mountain biking), and a sea kayaking route specially designed by our local partner Tidal Transit Kayaks. We will also be hosting a simultaneous 3-hour race for beginner racers and for those looking to get the entire family outside for a day in the woods. This is a co-ed team style event. 

Both races are hosted by the Midcoast Conservancy and designed by the members of Strong Machine Adventure Racing. All proceeds from the race benefit the Midcoast Conservancy. 

The Midcoast Conservancy is a nonprofit organization created when the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association and Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance combined into a single entity in 2016. More information can be found at the Midcoast Conservancy website: http://www.midcoastconservancy.org/​

The 2017 Maine Summer Adventure Race seeks to take racers on a tour of the incredible lands and waters preserved and protected by the Midcoast Conservancy and introduce racers to the organization's mission of supporting and promoting healthy lands, waters, wildlife, and people in the mid-coast through conservation, education, and recreation.

The race will be based at the Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, ME. Race check-in and start as well as the finish and post-race festivities will be held at the HVNC pavilion.

The event is presented by Strong Machine Adventure Racing. Cliff and Kate White of Strong Machine Adventure Racing are handling course design. Team Strong Machine is an experienced adventure racing team that has completed races all across the United States and internationally. We have competed in the past three United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA) national championships we are excited to make this year's 10-Hour Maine Summer Adventure Race a regional qualifier for the 2017 USARA National Championship, taking place September 21-23, 2017 in Lake Harmony,  Pennsylvania.

Use the following link to register for the 3-and 10-hour races: https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=40061
Registration closes Friday, June 2.

For more information about the adventure racing and in-depth event details as well as registration information please visit:

http://www.mainesummerar.com

Questions? Email us anytime at StrongMachineAR@gmail.comYou can also check out our team's website at http://strongmachine.weebly.com/

Date: 
Sat, Jun 24th,
8:15am to 6:00pm
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Kennebago River Guided Kayak Trips

The Kennebago River is a very popular, gentle flowing river that offers an excellent opportunity to see moose and eagles, particularly early in the morning.  We will all meet at the Oquossoc Grocery for introductions and payment. You will then follow us in your vehicle to the take-out location (3 miles), where you will leave your vehicle.  We will shuttle you in our vehicle to “Steep Bank Pool” where we will launch our kayaks.  [Note: there is an out-house at the launch site].

Once underway, we will enjoy a slow paddle down the meandering river, through a few sets of ripples, and glide over the beautiful, deep pools that hold native brook trout.  We will also paddle over gravel river beds where the brook trout spawn each fall.  There are two “oxbows” in the river that are excellent locations to spot our State animal, the Maine moose.  We will have a thorough discussion on the moose, its habits and habitat. As with all our trips, questions are encouraged! Depending on the flow of the water and experience level of the paddlers, we will enjoy a 2 – 2½ hour paddle to the take-out location where your car will be parked.  You can then leave your kayak, get into your car and head home – no hassle, no post-paddle worries.  The mid-summer water levels can be low and may require a drag across some gravel beds so bring water shoes.

Date: 
Mon, Aug 8th,
8:00am to 10:30am
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Paddle Baddle

Paddle Battle is The Nonantum Resort’s annual Kennebunk River race for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels. Drawing both competitive and recreational paddlers, plus a kids’ race, the event is a fun-filled afternoon out on the water. Then enjoy BBQ, live music and family-friendly activities on the resort’s back lawn. Named a top Summer Fun event by Sports Illustrated Kids’ magazine 2015!

 

FMI: www.nonantumresort.com/about-the-resort/paddle-battle/

Date: 
Sat, Sep 3rd,
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Annual Event: 
Yes
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Three Day Casco Bay Traverse

This three-day guided expedition begins in Portland and ends all the way on the other side of Casco Bay in Phippsburg. Along the way, we’ll camp on two islands and experience the diverse environments found in the bay — from the exposed ocean-like conditions along the outer islands to the calm and peaceful estuaries of the inner waters. Our route will depend on the conditions and the group, but you can plan to do a significant amount of paddling as we traverse the bay. Sea kayaking experience is required. Portland Paddle will provide all meals and paddling gear. The group will be picked up at the end of the trip and driven back to Portland. Upon booking you will receive a packet with a more detailed itinerary and packing list. $358 per person.

FMI: portlandpaddle.net

Date: 
Fri, Aug 12th (All day) to Sun, Aug 14th (All day)
Thu, Aug 25th (All day) to Sat, Aug 27th (All day)
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Veterans No Boundaries Summer Camp

 Free to all veterans and active duty personnel with physical disabilities

Sporting camps are a Maine tradition and late August is one of the best times for outdoor recreation and relaxation.  Since 2006 Veterans No Boundaries has hosted dozens of veterans, active duty personnel, and their families each August for a weekend at camp filled with exciting and rewarding adaptive recreation opportunities.  The program often includes:

  • Fishing & Boat Tours
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Archery & Riflery
  • Cycling
  • Ropes Course/Zip Line
  • Pottery & Wood Carving
  • Evening Activities
  • Competition
  • Camaraderie
  • Relaxation

All activities, lodging, accommodations and meals are provided free of charge throughout the four-day event, and participants are free to choose activities based on their own interests and energy levels throughout the weekend.  While we can also help with local transportation between program sites and to/from the Portland Jetport and Transportation Center (bus and train), all travel to/from Maine is the responsibility and at the expense of the participant.

 

For more information, click here.

Date: 
Fri, Aug 19th (All day) to Mon, Aug 22nd (All day)
Annual Event: 
Yes
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River Fest

River Fest is Skowhegan's annual multi-day celebration of recreation and life on the Kennebec River.
 
The event also illustrates the potential of the Kennebec River Gorge as the future home of the Run of River Whitewater Recreation Area. 
 
River Fest is sponsored by Skowhegan Savings and organized by Main Street Skowhegan, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Skowhegan Run of River committee.
 
For more information, click here.
Date: 
Tue, Aug 2nd (All day) to Sat, Aug 6th (All day)
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Hike, Bike and Boat

Come join in on a fun filled weekend of hiking, biking and boating. We will be staying in the bunk house at Gorman Chairback Lodge for the weekend's events. Friday night arrive in time to meet everyone prior to sitting down for dinner - served at 6:00 p.m. Saturday we will plan to hike Third Mountain and if time allows, do a paddle on the pond later in the day. More fun to come as we rise the next morning to prepare for the 19.5 mile Bike and Boat ride to benefit Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital patient care. The bike ride will begin in Greenville and go to Rockwood and then we will return aboard the historic Katahdin vessel for a breathtaking boat ride back to Greenville. While on the boat live music will be playing and lunch will be served.

 

For more information, click here.

Date: 
Sat, Jun 24th, 6:00pm to Sun, Jun 25th, 5:00pm
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Great Falls Boats 'n' Brews River Race

ALT is pleased to announce our first annual Great Falls Boats ‘n’ Brews River Race!  This amateur competitive river race is being held in conjunction with the Great Falls Brewfest!  Participants can spend the morning enjoying a competitive paddle down the Androscoggin River and if interested, they may spend the afternoon partaking in Brewfest-ivities!  Thanks to the support of Baxter Brewing, all pre-registered racers, 21 and older, will receive a coupon for a 15% discounted ticket to the Great Falls Brewfest

 

Click here for more information!

Date: 
Sat, Jun 24th,
8:00am to 12:00pm
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Yes
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Maine Summer Adventure Race

Maine Summer Adventure Race

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hidden Valley Nature Center - Jefferson, ME

The race is hosted by the Midcoast Conservancy and designed by the members of Strong Machine Adventure Racing. 

Teams of two, three, or four people will race across land and water, trail running, biking, canoeing, and orienteering in a search for checkpoints hidden in the woods and on the waters of beautiful midcoast Maine.

First-time adventure racers and families can check out the sport with our beginner-friendly, 3-hour hike-and-paddle adventure race, while seasoned racers or teams looking to challenge themselves more can take on the full 8-hour race.

For more information please visit mainesummerar.weebly.com/

Date: 
Sat, Jul 23rd (All day)
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