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June 25--Race- Maine Island Kayak.

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Peaks Island and Outer Green Race Day

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Here's the Peaks Fest website for that same weekend:


Round-the-Island Race. Start - 10:00am. Pre-race meeting required at 9:30. Its about 5+ miles around Peaks Island, and its eastern side is open to the Gulf of Maine, and subject to the ocean’s swells and lumpiness. Its good, clean fun and been well received these last 7 years. Your boat needs to meet MIKCo’s requirements for basic seaworthiness. $15 donation to Peaks Island Land Preserve or Marine Mammal Rescue League. Waiver and Release required.

Outer Green Race: Start - Noon. Pre-race meeting required at 11:30. This 11 mile course requires use of your seamanship with its open ocean crossings, tides and currents and large boat traffic so it is for the committed, competent ocean paddler. Course: South from our boathouse on Peaks Island, cross Whitehead Passage to West side of Cushing Island, around South end of Cushing then to Outer Green and Junk of Pork islands, around Junk of Pork and Outer Green islands (both of them) then upstream to the North end of Peaks Island returning to MIKCo boathouse finish line on West side of Peaks. It was a new course last year by adding the loop around beautiful, private Cushing Island! You’ll have to decide whether you should cut between Ram Island and Ram Ledge on the way to Outer Green, and this year to protect the nesting birds must go around both Outer Green and Junk of Pork. Then you need figure how to use or avoid the tidal currents returning around the North end of Peaks – if you can figure out where to aim your bow. Your boat must meet MIKCo’s requirements for seaworthiness. $15 donation to Peaks Island Land Preserve or Marine Mammal Rescue League.

Boat & Paddle Demos: We presume you are bringing your own boat but those we know are welcome to use any of our fleet for the race, we maintain a complete fleet of Nigel Dennis Kayaks, Valley Canoe Products, KajakSport and have many of Necky’s fast boats along with a full set of Lendal Paddles.

Where At our base on Peaks Island, 100 miles from Boston, 3 miles East of Portland, 100 yards North of the ferry landing on Peaks Island. Races will begin and end in front of our old boat house – the dark shingled, wooden building with 2 large doors on the water. Pre-race meetings are on the beach North (left looking from the water) of our old boathouse, the beach between Cockeyed Gull and LPA gas station.


Both races have a reasonable seamanship component so do your homework. Our website has weather links.

Tides: Portland High Tide - 14:36 (2:36PM) at 9.6 feet

Current: approximately 1 knot between Ram and Outer Green on springs

Weather: Unknown but winds often 10-15 knots Sea State: Unknown but expect at least 2-3 ft seas

Charts: NOAA Chart Portland Harbor and Vicinity 13292 (covers whole course) or Casco Bay 13290 (for larger coverage) or Waterproof Charts #101e.


See www.maineislandkayak.com. Email is info@maineislandkayak.com. Phone is 207-766-2373.

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