Canoes, kayaks battle in regatta in Goodland

It’s canoes against kayaks in the inaugural Canoe & Kayak Regatta in Goodland on May 29.

The idea comes from the Great Canoe Race, successfully done each year in Naples, says Jimmy Ketchum, regatta coordinator and co-owner of Marker 8 Restaurant in Goodland.

However, it’s not just the race, he also plans a fishing tournament, a treasure hunt and guided tours to Coon Key by kayak and canoes.

There is no early registration, just come and sign up, Ketchum says. However, there is an application form available on line by going to marker8goodland.com and going to the link for events.

The fishing tournament costs $10, while the kayak-canoe race is $15, which includes a T-shirt, lunch at Marker 8 and entry to the race.

Ketchum says this year’s event is to see how popular it might be, with the idea to raise funds for needy charities.

The race will start and end in Buzzard Bay, near Stan’s Idle Hour. It begins at 1 p.m. The fishing tournament runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free guided tour to Coon Key has been planned by Everglades Area Tours. Go to EvergladesAreaTours.com for more information on the tour, expected to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Best spots for watching the race is Marker 8, Old Marco Lodge, Stan’s and near the Goodland Bridge.

The free treasure hunt involves going out by any form of transportation on the water to find buckets that contain coins. Clues will be given out to help find the coins to win a prize.

For viewers, Marker 8 also will provide live music and barbecue sandwiches for $7 each and pork plate for $10 each.

For more information call Ketchum at 393-0888. Applications for the race can be faxed to 642-8883.

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