Midcoast Conservancy’s second annual Love the Lake Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Rolling Acres in Jefferson. Home to the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, Rolling Acres has a spectacular stretch of shoreline on Damariscotta Lake.
Designed to be a fun, family-friendly day on one of Midcoast Maine’s most beautiful lakes, the regatta will provide participants with the opportunity to get onto the water using one of Midcoast Conservancy’s kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddleboards; attendees are welcome to bring their own paddle craft if they prefer. As part of its Outdoor Adventure & Learning Program, Midcoast Conservancy has dozens of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards that are trailered to sites across the Midcoast area, bringing opportunities for outdoor recreation to anyone interested in exploring the waters and trails in their own community.
A course will be set up for low-key races and self-guided paddles. A series of “silly” races will encourage kids of all ages to test their paddle skills and funny bones as they attempt to navigate the course with creative challenges like untraditional gear, or blindfolds! Staff and volunteers will be on hand to ensure safety protocols and help participants to familiarize themselves with the watercraft. PFDs will be available to all; attendees are free to bring their own.
Paddlers are invited to picnic at the farm; Midcoast Conservancy will provide drinks and dessert, so attendees should pack a lunch (and sunscreen!) to enjoy on the shore of the lake. Registration is requested; there is no charge for the event. The regatta promises to be a fun-filled celebration of Damariscotta Lake and an opportunity to explore it from a loon’s eye view.
For more information and to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/love-the-lake-regatta-on-damariscotta-lake/ or call (207) 389-5150.