2013: Regatta Highlights
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First of all, another great regatta! The weather was chilly, but the rain didn’t last long and the events were exciting as expected! There were a number of exciting canoe outcomes (we’ll be discussing disqualification criteria for next year, rest assured!!), and the tug-of-war had both controversy and drama! You can’t ask for more than that for a day at the beach!

The volunteers again made the event, including the usual suspects & a lot of new helpers (Eva & Bob for 50/50, Catherine on the ribbons table, Al helping with setup, and several volunteers off the beach to help with finish line.) I hope I have not missed recognizing anyone, as I do appreciate your help and smiles and support! Nephew Maverick was awesome on the dock with Sean, as well as with tug-of-war, despite the small issue of swatting a fly just when one team was near to completing their pull! The re-pull was the only solution to that misunderstanding, thus the controversy!! I can’t thank our volunteers, new and old, for all of the help on event day!

We had smaller swimming participation this year, not sure if it was the weather (chilly, and water was colder than the seasonal expectation) or just demographics. But we made the most of it, and our swimming trophy winners were as follows:

  • Best Male Swimmer – Iax Cox
  • Best Female Swimmer – a 3 way tie due to clear winners across all 3 age categories!
    • Lindsay Cox – 10 and under
    • Sarah Hansen – 11-14 years
    • Kalli Buchanan – 15 + age category

The sailing race finished earlier this year due to an earlier start, and a fast course. Bill Cahoon was very excited to be able to declare a younger participant as winner this year. Arie Moffat was our Best Sailing Competitor, and though a bashful recipient, I know he was pleased with his race and his win. Congratulations Arie, and I hope we see you out next year to defend your title!

The canoe races, as mentioned, were eventful with lots of tips, several sly tactics, and lots of laughs. Canoe and swim results combined provided the day with a Best Overall Competitor of Brad Beecroft. Congratulations Brad!

Our sand castle certificate recipients, and the 50/50 winner of $160, John Dolenc, all went home happy. John said it was the best day at the beach he’d experienced in a long time!

Lastly, the Tug-of-War competition was exciting and controversial, but KAPOA organizers worked harder this year to ensure that it was fair & organized, and I think we succeeded. The signup sheets ensured that teams were all lined up before the start of pulls, and there was no last minute scrambling. Congratulations to Team Barry’s Bay for toppling long time winners, the Pyz-Lagerquist family, that is an enviable feat, not often accomplished! I hope to see this level of competition again next year, as all team’s look to topple the new winner from their perch!

Junior winners –

  • 1st place- Team Planica
  • 2nd place – Team Lightening
  • 3rd place – Team Pickerel

Senior winners –

  • 1st place- Team Barry’s Bay
  • Runner’s Up – The Champions & Pyz-Lagerquist Family (last year’s champs)

Lastly, the event success is dependent on the help of our sponsors, the Pyz family for the hotdogs which we heard more than once were the best ever, Sand Bay camp for the ice, & Cathy Pitts Realty & Home Hardware for sponsoring the events expenses like ribbons, trophy plates, medals and drinks. Thank you to all for the contributions, we always appreciate your support!

I hope to see everyone and more out again next year!!

Kerra Wylie, KAPOA Regatta Director

2012: Regatta Highlights

Regatta 2012

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Saturday August 4th was yet another gloriously sunny and hot day for the KAPOA regatta.  We could not have wished for a better day for our beach enthusiasts!  The wind was a bit more challenging than hoped for, which resulted in a couple of overturned sailboats; however, the race proceeded and Dave Minty was the day’s sailing trophy winner. 

The day’s format did not vary dramatically from prior regattas.  Small enhancements this year included winning certificates for all of our sand castle teams, covering categories such as best use of natural materials, tallest sandcastle, most modern, and so on.  Given the amount of effort that goes into these artistic works, it seemed only fair that everyone’s efforts should be recognized!  Similarly, a purple participation ribbon was added this year for all regatta participants, and these appeared to be well received.  Nearly 60 ribbons were distributed throughout the day, representing 1 ribbon per child or adult who competed in at least 1 event during the day.

The swimming events were slightly expanded this year to provide more age categories of noodle races, including a 50+ age category, and the word on the dock was that even more age categories (over 10 years, and even over 15 years) were requested.  We are definitely keeping that in mind for next year.  Also requested for next year is more clarity regarding how the noodle must be carried on the body, as apparently some folks found really interesting ways to get that noodle across the finish line while not under any body part!  Live and learn!  In any case, the “fun” noodle races do not factor into the swimming trophy calculations, so no harm done for this year.  The female swim trophy was shared this year by 2 winning swimmers from 2 separate age categories – Olivia Joiner (Runnals Lane) and Lindsay Cox (Blackfish Bay).   Lindsay is the first to give Olivia a run for the trophy in 3 years – congratulations to both!  The male swim trophy was awarded this year to new member, Roy Van Ham (also Runnals Lane), who finished ahead of a strong set of male swimmers this year.  With so much competition in the male swimming age categories, it is easy to see why this trophy does not stay in the same hands for more than 1 year.

Combined scores for swimming and the canoe races (doubles, hand paddle, stand up paddle and around the sailing buoy) resulted in the Most Outstanding Competitor trophy going to Olivia Joiner for a second year in a row.   Notably, Olivia’s canoeing doubles partner was male swim trophy winner (and cousin), Roy Van Ham!  Who will challenge this pair next year, I wonder?  Keep those paddles in the water until then!

A new rope was ceremoniously unveiled for the 2012 tug-of-war competition.  Fewer teams stepped forward to challenge the long time reining Laugerquist-Pyz team this year, who again took first place ribbons in the pull.  We plan to have the adult teams register throughout the day next year, to encourage teams to start thinking earlier in the day about who they need to fill out their 5-women, 5-men teams.  We are also considering having children sign up to be assigned to teams, to better equalize the competition and to make it easier for the KAPOA organizers to get the kids to the rope when we’re ready to go.

The 50/50 draw was another great success this year, raising $265 for KAPOA (which will be donated to the St. Francis Hospital foundation for their equipment drive, and matched by the Weston Family foundation).  The winner of the other half of the money was Mark Hovorka – congratulations again! 

This special day was made possible by our generous sponsors, who I would like to take the opportunity to again recognize:  Home Hardware (Barry’s Bay and Combermere stores), Cathy Pitts Realty, MV Satellite, the Pyz family, and Sand Bay Camp.  Thank you for the cash, hotdogs, prizes and ice!

As regatta director, I would like to give a very heartfelt thanks to all of my dedicated volunteers for making the 2012 KAPOA regatta another successful day, and our best yet in the 3 years that I have been involved with the regatta!  Many of the KAPOA directors played key roles in the day, in areas such as sandcastle judging, set up and take down, beach preparation, and membership renewals.  We also had returning and new member volunteers selling 50/50, hotdog and refreshment tickets, cleaning the beach & putting in the dock, running the races from the dock, and standing chest high in water at the finish line.  I am also blessed to have a vivacious and energetic family who BBQ’d hotdogs, tabulated wins and handed out ribbons to exhuberant participants, and announced & conducted races from the dock.  The regatta is a compilation of all sorts of volunteers who make it a fantastic day for all who come out.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you again, I can’t say it enough!  I hope to see volunteers and participants again next year!!!

Kerra Wylie, KAPOA Regatta Director

2011: Regatta Wrap-Up 

Regatta 2011

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The 2011 regatta was yet another success in the over 40 years of KAPOA run regattas!  The weather was superb for both the beach events and the sailing this year.  The sailing race brought out more competitors than in recent years, and the sailing trophy was awarded to long time race participants, John and Marie Craig of Kamaniskeg Lake Road.  The swimming competitions saw a return trophy winner for the Women's swim trophy, Olivia Joiner of Runnalls Lane, who remains unbeaten for a third year in a row!  For the first time, Olivia also received the Best Overall Competitor trophy, for her combined swimming and canoe scores for the day.  Ian Cox of Blackfish Bay, a first time regatta participant this year, was all smiles while receiving the Best Overall Male swimming Competitor trophy.  He's sure to be back, after his inaugural regatta year!
The event that continues to bring out the most participation is the sand castle competition.  12 teams vied for the winning ribbons, and it was heartbreaking not to be able to award everyone for their creativity and effort.  We will be rectifying that next year, with participant certificates for all in that event.
Last but not least, the tug-of-war event had it's share of controversy and catastrophe, with the rope breaking more than once during key pulls.  Team Slo-Pull prevailed despite the stops and starts.  You can be sure that the regatta team will be shopping for rope in the coming year, to be sure that this event continues to be the day's final, and most talked about, event of the day!
The entire day could not have been possible without monetary support and prizes provided by our sponsors:  Home Hardware (Combermere & Barry's Bay), Cathy Pitts Realty, MV Electronics, Sand Bay Camp and the Pyz family.  And without the numerous KAPOA volunteers, all of the setup, tabulation, membership, event running and food sales could not have been possible. If you didn't help out this year, it's never too late to contribute a little of your time next year.  Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.
Some enhancements made to this year's regatta included a chaser boat for the "around the buoy" canoe races, and KAPOA t-shirt sales.  Further enhancements are planned for next year, including participant certificates mentioned already, and more refined age categories for the noodle races (including a first ever "adult" noodle race!)  If you have any other suggestions for next year's regatta that would make the annual event safer, more fun and more memorable for your family, we'd love to receive your suggestions.  Send your emails to with any helpful suggestions, and please let us know if you'd be willing to help next year!

Kerra Wylie, KAPOA Regatta Director

Past Regattas


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2009 regatta

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2008 Regatta

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2007 Regatta

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2005 Regatta

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2003 Regatta

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