LEWISTON — Megunticook Rowing traveled Saturday, July 24 to the Lewiston-Auburn area for the inaugural Riverfest Regatta, competing against rowers from around the state and throughout New England. The regatta was part of the three day long Lewiston-Auburn Riverfest, a celebration of the region and the Androscoggin River.
It was a perfect, calm, sunny morning, and rowers from the Midcoast, ranging in age from 16 to 67, competed in six events, racing the 1500m course through downtown Lewiston in single and double shells, and in a 4+, a boat with a coxswain and four rowers, each with one oar.
In the youth singles race, summer resident Henry Andren (15) of Greenwich, Connecticut took first place with a time of 6:30.90. Maggie Gill (15) of Tenant's Harbor placed second with a time of 7:13:04 easily beating the third place finisher from Brunswick's Merrymeeting Community Rowing.
In the doubles race, Cabot Adams (16) of Appleton and Dominic Piconi (16) of Camden raced to victory with a time of 6:30:28, followed closely by Hugh Brock (53) of Camden and Henry Andren with a time of 6:47:10. Maggie Gill and Lydia Myers (16) of St. George placed third with a time of 7:11:37.
Ryan Boutote (40) of Belmont placed third in the elite men's singles race with a time of 6:28:43 competing against three rowers in their twenties.
Hugh Brock and Eric Buck (67) of Camden each placed second in their men's masters singles races with times of 8:04 and 8:36, respectively.
“It was a beautiful day on the river and a great opportunity for local rowers to test their mettle against others outside the Midcoast,” Megunticook Rowing said in a news release.