A festive crowd gathers at the finish line at last year's race. Photo/BoatingLocal
The 2012 annual Rochester Memorial Day Canoe Race will take place this Monday (Memorial Day) in the towns of Rochester and Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. at Grandma Hartley’s Pond in Rochester and continues for 11 miles along the meandering Mattapoisett River before ending at the Herring Weir at the junction of Route 6 in Mattapoisett, where crowds gather for the post-race celebration.
Tom Richardson is the director and host of New England Boating. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.