#34 Chris Cupp, with Tom Pritchard and #33 Mike and Cam Fitzmaurice battle for second place as they complete their turn in the last stretch of the 20 km race.

#34 Chris Cupp, with Tom Pritchard and #33 Mike and Cam Fitzmaurice battle for second place as they complete their turn in the last stretch of the 20 km race.

Racers hit the water for Paddler’s Classic

Fort Langley Canoe Club hosts 13th annual event

Two dozen paddlers hit the water as the Fort Langley Canoe Club hosted their 13th annual Paddler’s Classic marathon regatta.

The May 12 regatta featured three race distances — two-km, six-km and 20-km distances — with athletes ranging in age from as young as eight to 60-plus years old.

Maple Ridge’s Brian Malfesi took first place in both the two and six-km events, edging Burnaby’s Eric Fast in both.

In the 20-km event, Burnaby’s Jim Nosella  defeated the father/son team of Mike and Cam Fitzmaurice, also of Burnaby.