Rachael Yacono, right, celebrates after passing the buoy for second place in the sprint. Paddle boarders and kayakers competed Sunday in the second annual Marco Island Paddle Challenge, racing around Smokehouse Bay to benefit the Leadership Marco Alumni Scholarship program. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
Paddlers circled the placid waters of Smokehouse Bay Sunday, as the second annual Marco Island Paddle Challenge enjoyed a picture-perfect day.Whether out on the water – or in the water, as a few novice paddleboarders inadvertently took the plunge – or sitting dockside at the Esplanade, the weather reinforced why November is such a gorgeous month in Southwest Florida.
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