The 39th Annual Great Smith River Canoe & Kayak Race is a tradition in Wolfeboro and marks the beginning of the summer season. The race is approximately 4 miles long and includes a mild whitewater stretch and two short portages. You start at Albee Beach, paddle to the Smith River, paddle through Crescent Lake to the dam, portage the dam, paddle the relatively easy whitewater of the Smith River and under the Route 28 bridge, portage around the dam to Back Bay and then finish at the Town Docks.
A bit of whitewater skill is useful, but a desire to have fun is just as critical. There are some people who are very serious about this race but most just want to have a good time. The dam opens enough to allow water to run the river, but not enough that would cause trouble in running the rapids.
Our Coldwell Banker entry featured the slogan, “We keep your dreams afloat”. The thought was that if they dumped the boat in the rapids, the sign would flip over to read, “We can help you if you’re under water, too!”
Congratulations to Sarah and Laureen, who managed to finish the race with all their balloons intact … and look really good doing it!