Mims Prevails at Blackburn

Impens, Mims, Lesher

Eric Mims notched another win this Saturday after winning the much-vaunted Blackburn Challenge race at Cape Ann Massachusets with a time of 2:47.45 .  The open ocean race win comes against a strong field of mostly northeast paddlers.  Greg Lesher finished the twenty-mile circumnavigation of Cape Ann close behind at 39 seconds back.  Craig Impens, showing strong form, surged in at the end to finish third at 2:18 off the leaders pace.

 Mims has also been showing excellent form throughout 2016 and appears to be steadily improving as the year moves along.

Mary Beth Gangloff finished first in the women's category with Justin Rawley in at second. 

Bruce Poacher and Waylon Willis finished first in doubles, with Joe Shaw and Kurt Kuehnel nipping at their stern just 38 seconds back.  Jim Hoffman and Steve Delgaudio rounded out the top three.

The well-attended long-standing race has in the past given competitors a variety of conditions to contend with come race-day.  This year's addition brought the heat and smaller conditions than the 2015 edition.  

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