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Gerrish Island Race, Sunday


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The elusive Gerrish Island Race is this Sunday. If the Blackburn is the paddling equivalent of a marathon, the Gerrish is a fun run. Often regarded as the last event of the racing season even the more intense racers treat it as a fun event.

The six mile course around the island starts in the creek off Rt. 103 in Kittery at 11AM and finishes with a clam bake and beer on an island in Pepperrell Cove . Most paddlers will park/unload at Captain Simeon's/Frizbee's Market parking-lot (near the finish line) and then paddle north up the creek to the start line. If you want to avoid the parking fee at Frizbees you can drive to the start line by taking 103 to Chauncey Creek Road and take your chances for a parking space there.

Race start is at 11 AM. There is an entry fee (normally $10(?))

This is a great opportunity for a first race, but like any trip on open water you should be capable and aware of the potential conditions.

Binks

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If Kens animated storm prediction is correct there will be major surf on the ocean side of the race course. It would be a good idea to drive up to the end of Seapoint Road to check out conditions before launching for the race. Getting back through the marsh can be problematic two hours or so after high water.

The entrance to Brave Boat Harbor has fantastic long running waves that roll all the way through the inlet on the north side without breaking. They’ll be steep-faced into the out-going current. The deeper channel on the south side doesn’t raise the waves so much and with the current it’s an easy ride back outside for another ride. Bring your helmet.

Once the marsh becomes impassable the ocean side is the only way back and that will probably be very exciting on Sunday.

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> It would

>be a good idea to drive up to the end of Seapoint Road to

>check out conditions before launching for the race.

At this time of the year is it permitted/whatever to launch kayaks at he Seapoint beach at the end of the road?

Ed Lawson

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>At this time it still not possible to launch from the beach

>due to limited parking for town residents.

I thought the dump sticker requirement was only for the parking near the end of the road. Not that there is much regardless.

Ed Lawson

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