CAMDEN — Picture-perfect conditions held for Megunticook Rowing’s 27th running of the Megunticook Regatta on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Barrett’s Cove.

Rowers from across New England, Pennsylvania and Florida raced in single- or double-shells on a three-mile course along Route 52 or 10-mile course that went to the north end of the lake, which circled the islands and upper reaches of Megunticook Lake.

Megunticook Rowing’s Cabot Adams, left, and Devin Guptill. Photo courtesy of Connor Howland

John F. Romain, who has worked the start line of the Head of the Charles Regatta since 1972, officiated the race.

The first event, a 10-mile double, began at 9 a.m. That was followed by the 10-mile single event, three-mile double event and three-mile single event.

Megunticook Rowing’s Maggie Gill. Photo courtesy of Connor Howland

Following the race, a delicious Maine blueberry pancake breakfast was served by Annemarie Ahearn, Nathan Perkins and Rob and Jeanne Short.

Maine lobsters were awarded to the first-place winners.

Megunticook Rowing’s Polly Saltonstall, left, and Stephanie Lash. Photo courtesy of Connor Howland

The first-place finishers in each category were:

10-mile men’s double — James Beasley and Edward Demetriou, 1:02:26.

10-mile men’s single — Russ Cone, 1:04:44.

10-mile women’s single — Alison Sanders-Fleming, 1:15:24.

Three-mile women’s double — Polly Saltonstalland Stephanie Lash, 20:33.

James Beasley and Edward Demetriou, winners of the men’s 10-mile event and lobsters. Photo courtesy of Connor Howland

Three-mile men’s single — Gavin Kerr, 20:27.

Three-mile women’s single — Biljana Beretich, 22:51.

In addition, Megunticook rowers Cabot Adams and Devin Guptill finished second in the men’s 10-mile event and Maggie Gill second in the women’s 10-mile event. They are Camden Hills Regional High School students.

“After having to postpone the last couple of years due to COVID-19 in 2020 and weather in 2021, it was a great day on the water,” said Olivia Goodwin-Cook, Megunticook Rowing director and head coach. “It was great to see so many rowers of different skill levels and experience get out there and race on this beautiful lake.”

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Megunticook Rowing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Megunticook Rowing’s mission statement “is to strengthen minds, bodies, and community through rowing. Since Megunticook Rowing’s inception, hundreds of rowers have enjoyed getting on the water with us. We continue to realize the dream of our founders, value the significance of our stewardship of Megunticook Lake, and appreciate the lifelong benefits of rowing.”

Marnie Read contributed information for this report.