Hastings Finishes First In Annual Jock River Race

By Manotick Messenger Staff

For the first time since 2019, the annual Jock River Race took place between Munster and Richmond, Sat. April 16.

A total of 175 boats took place in the event.

Kayaker Warren Hastings was the first to cross the finish line in 56 minutes and 52 seconds, more than two minutes ahead of second place finisher Jeff Brainard, who was also in the men’s solo kayak division.

Bonnie Pankiw and Sarah Lessard finished fourth overall, and were the first of 81 canoe tandems to cross the line in 59 minutes and 32 seconds.

Gunther Krasbaur was the fastest in the men’s solo canoe division in 1:05:55. Laurie Baker was first in the women’s solo kayak division in 1:13:24. Sophie Coupal and Sarah Lavictoire were first in the mixed tandem canoe category in 1:01:44. Brent Schmidt was first in the SUP men category in 1:09:27.

The race organizing committee expressed thanks to the Recreation Association Canoe Camping Club (RACCC) who has helped out the Jock River Race for 20 years with Sweep and Safety boats. They are all trained and capable whitewater paddlers, three of which are white water instructors. They brought far north paddling experience, first aid capable, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, river rescue training and even racing experience.

The RACCC is a diverse and inclusive canoe club for adults and families. They have over 270 member of all ages and skill levels, over 250 events each year offered through flatwater, whitewater and family programs as well as numerous training opportunities. You can find out more on their website

For complete Jock River Race results, visit