Charlottesville, VA - Area paddlers looking forward to the Rivanna River Regatta Canoe and Kayak Races have learned that they will have an historic encounter on the river this coming Saturday, May 9 as they race around Charlottesville.
Captain Mike Neal of the Rose of Nelson batteau will also be working his way down the Rivanna with his crew of 13 for the first recorded batteau trip on this section of the river in over 100 years. The breaching of the Woolen Mills dam makes this historic batteau trip possible and to commemorate the occasion, the crew of Rose of Nelson will be dressed in period clothing and cook breakfast on the batteau as they begin their journey from below the South Rivanna Reservoir Saturday morning on their way to the James River.
The public is encouraged to attend this event at Darden Towe Park which will serve as both a brief anchor point for the batteau and as the finish line for the canoe and kayak races. All boats are expected to arrive at Darden Towe anywhere between 9:30-11:30am this coming Saturday, May 9 and there will be other boat-related events at the park followed by an awards ceremony at the boat ramp at 1:30pm.
Those wishing to participate in the races should assemble under the Route 29 bridge on Rio Mills Road (just north of Sam’s Club/Doubletree Hotel on the upstream side of the bridge) between 9-9:30am on May 9 for sign-in. The first race starts promptly at 10am. Sign-in for the shorter, Under Age 14 race will start at 12pm at Darden Towe park and that race will begin at 1pm sharp at the north end of Darden Towe Park.
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