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Strong winds test paddlers at annual regatta

Norway Bay’s Municipal Association held their annual Canoe and Kayak Regatta on Saturday, packing Pier Beach with competitors anxious to show off their newly-learned paddling skills. Pictured, Russell Niedre soars past the competition in one of the earlier races of the day.
Norway Bay’s annual Canoe and Kayak Regatta took place on Saturday, seeing many fill up Pier Beach to compete in all sorts of races organized by the Norway Bay Municipal Association. Pictured, dragon boat races pitted
community members against
each other, depending on where they lived in Norway Bay.

Donald Teuma-Castelletti
NORWAY BAY July 21, 2018
It was a marathon of races on the Ottawa River last Saturday, as the annual regatta took over Norway Bay’s Pier Beach with canoes, kayaks and the monstrous-sized, teamwork-powered dragon boats.
With nearly three hours of races across many age categories, the Norway Bay Municipal Association’s (NBMA) 2018 Canoe and Kayak Regatta made plenty of splashes, as competitors fought strong winds and waves to cross the finish lines.
“It’s amazing how some wind can make it so interesting,” said Peter Niedre, the event organizer with the NBMA.
Certainly, it provided plenty of extra challenge for all participants. As white caps barreled their way towards shore, teenagers and children fought hard to get through as they propelled themselves towards the finish line.
Naturally, there were more than a few who took a spill and were left bobbing in the waters, supported by their life jackets. Help was quick to arrive as their teachers swam out and got them going again.

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