Over 200 compete in 2019 Raisin River Canoe Race

In this provided photo, spectators cheer on the 350 paddlers during the 47th Annual Raisin River Canoe Race on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Rob Fry via Newswatch Group)

WILLIAMSTOWN – Just over 200 canoes and kayaks – and one stand-up paddle-board – took to the river for the 47th Annual Raisin River Canoe Race.

The Sunday race saw paddlers head down the river 30 kilometers from St. Andrews West to Williamstown under sunny conditions.

Out of the 207 canoes and kayaks – 42 did not finish, with many taking a dunk in the ice-cold water, particularly at Devil’s Chute.

With the Raisin River rushing at 1,300 cubic feet per second – more than double last year’s flow – boaters were forced to portage in Martintown.

The fastest time down the river was a team from Quebec in the Pro Boats category – Christopher Weber of Chelsea and Pierre Lavictoire of Gatineau. Their finishing time was 2:19:12.

You can find the result of the results here.

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