Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lake Wicwas Paddle Regatta 2016

The weather was perfect yesterday for the premier event in the entire Lakes Region:  The Seventh Annual Lake Wicwas Paddle Regatta.
Part of the fleet makes it way down the western shore of Lake Wicwas

The event was coordinated and graciously hosted by Lavon and Wayne Blake, who organized a great paddle that brought us to some of the more intriguing and little known areas of the lake. 
Exploring the remote corners of Wicwas
Picking up treasure from a marked site along the way

Are we still in New Hampshire?  (Photograph by Dean Cascadden)

In the pursuit of marked treasures along the path the paddlers explored both the wide open lake and remote corners with winding paths, beaver lodges and beaver dams. 

At one point were sitting two or three feet below the water level of a dammed pond just beyond our shoulders. 
Floating three feet  below  the neighboring pond.  (Photograph by Dean Cascadden)

Safety was assured by the escorting committee boat.

They were also there to enforce the rules of the regatta, which is not an easy assignment considering there aren't any!

And it wouldn't be a day on Wicwas without some wildlife, so a great blue heron made an appearance to make the event complete. 
A heron watches the fleet pass by

Of course, the highlight of the day was visiting with friends from around the lake.  (And maybe sharing some great food, from awesome burgers and pulled pork to homemade key lime pie.)

All in all it was a perfect day for a paddle on the lake, a few games on land, and visiting in the sun or shade. 

A tremendous thank you goes out to our hosts!  And if you didn't make it this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for next year - everyone is welcome whether you come by land or by sea!

Great food means the boats would be riding a bit lower in the water on the way home....

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