Paddles Up People, its time for the annual Nonantum Paddle Battle in Kennebunkport. August 6 will be Sunday fun day on the Kennebunk River as kayaks, canoes, surfboards and SUPs grace the waterfront at The Nonantum Resort for a fun race up and down the Kennebunk River. This family fun event, now in its 5th year, is hosted at The Nonantum Resort. Its expanded and grown by leaps and paddles since the first Nonantum Quest for the Cup canoe race in 2008. While the “Paddle Battle” sounds like a competitive event, and it is for some, the day’s goal is fun, and fundraising for the Kennebunkport Fire Department’s Water Division.
Choose your weapon for battle, be a kayaker, stand up paddle boarder, surfer or canoer to paddle your way from The Nonantum up river toward Dock Square, pass under the Mat Lanigan Bridge to the back cove, around a musical barge, then race back to the riverfront resort, a 1.7 mile course total. The Nonantum hosts a bbq with a live band, the Kennebunk River band, and a full bar and pool menu at Nonantum’s Latitudes during and following the event. To celebrate the winners, both adult and kid categories, there will be prizes including new Crazy Costume and Crazy Craft divisions. Spectators along the river are welcome and encouraged to cheer folks on during this Sunday fun day event.
Paddle Battle was named a top summer fun event by Sports Illustrated Kids’ magazine, so bring the kids and come see why….there’s a kids activity and craft tent for additional fun.
Some of Kennebunkport’s Paddle Battle local sponsors include Weirs Motors, Kennebunkport Bicycle, Kayak Fishing New England, and Aquaholic Surf Shop. Sam Adams will provide beer for the event. Board and paddle demos will be offered at The Paddle Battle during the day at Nonantum’s waterfront and docks as well.
Early registration is due by July 23 for a discounted rate of $28, and you get an official race t-shirt with your early registration for free, sign up here. Registration after July 23 or the day of the race will be $35. Kids registration is $5. All paddlers must BYOPFD: bring your own personal floatation device. Get your paddles up and prepped for battle, or a fun day in the sun.
Another fun way to get out on the water, is to get on board a charter boat at the Nonantum. The Rugosa Tours offers scenic lobster boat trips, while the Libreti Rose II offers private fishing trips, and Pineapple Ketch provides beautiful sailing excursions. All of these tour boats depart from the Nonantum docks daily, reservations are highly encourage for these relatively small charter, friendly and fun boat trips.
Coming from away to Kennebunkport, the place to stay is The Nonantum Resort– its an historic grand hotel on the riverbanks, with a lively entertainment and activity schedule, great dining and the friendliest staff in town. The Nonantum has an ideal location, 95 Ocean, a short walk to Dock Square, and to Walkers Point, President Bush (#41) and Barbara Bush’s summer estate on scenic Ocean Ave.
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