CANTON Serge Corbin won by almost five minutes in the C-1 pro race during the Rushton Canoe Weekend on the Grasse and Little Rivers Saturday.
Corbin, a native of Lac ala Tortue, Quebec, finished the 14-mile course in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 49 seconds. Steve Rankinen finished second in 2:09.37 and Matt Rudnitsky was third in 2:09.56.
Cantons Blanche Towne was the winner in the womens C-1 under 50-year-old race. Other area winners included: Rensselaer Falls Mary Kelly (tour kayak women), Saranac Lakes Rebecca Sutter (C-1 stock women under 50) and Roger Gocking (tour kayak men) and Lake Clears Chas Billingsley (C-1 stockmen over 50).
Saturdays other winners were Gary McClain (C-1 men under 50), Mark Winter (C-1 men over 50), Richard Rankinen (C-1 men over 60), Glen Vandewinckel (C-1 men over 70) and David Wiltey (unlimited kayak men over 50).
Several recreation classes were held and will continue today.
Canton Canoe Weekend
C1 Pro Men (14 miles): Serge Corbin (LacAla Tortue, Que.) 2:05:49, Steve Rankinen (Williamsport, PA_ 2:09:37, Matt Rudnitsky (East Rochester, NY) 2:09:56, Nick Walton (Haglett, Mi) 2:19.19, Benedict Schlimmer (Cortland, NY) 2:12.:05, Bob Rapant (Pittsfield, MA) 2:12:29, Marc Gillespie (Rochester, NY) 2:12:47, Al Shaver (Merridale, NY) 2:13:11, Jimmy Pellerin (Shawinigen, Que.) 2:13:22, Mike Schlimmer (Cortland, NY) 2:13:31, Francis Villemure (Shawingen, Que.) 2:15:37, Jeff Rankinen (Jersey Short, NJ) 2:17:17, Pierre Oliver Quesnel (Blainville, Que) 2:17:35, Tom Pellerin (Shawinigen, Que.) 2:18:08, Guy Rousseau (Trois-Rivieres, Que) 2:19:27, Jeff Owen (Omo, Me) 2:19:52, Mike Packard (Oneonta, NY) 2:20:29, Jon Santor (Rainbow Lake, NY) 2:22:52, Holly Reynold W (Rochester, NY) 2:24:29, Daniel Gelinas (Trois Rivieres, Que) 2:27:33, Mary Schlimmer W (Cortland NY) 2:35.02.
C1 Men 50 (12 miles): Mark Winter (Bloomingdale, NY) 2:03.10, John Young (Portlandville, NY) 2:05:19, Jeff Pedersen (Gilbertville, NY) 2:06:25, Gene Newman (Canton, NY) 2:09:01, Dave Thomas (Watertown, NY) 2:09:09, Rodger Dempster (Saranac Lake, NY) 2:13:48, Claude Roux (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que) 2:21:30, Yves Villeneuve (Alfred, Ont.) 2:36:34.
C1 Men>60 (12-miles): Richard Rankinen (Williamsport, PA) 2:03:09, Dave Sennett (Auburn, NY) 2:08:05, Charlie Bruno (Saylesburg, PA) 2:08.36, Bill Robinson (Cazenovia, NY) 2:13:18, Larry Liquiori (Kings Park NY) 2:16:06, Pierre Pinard (Bays Rd Ont) 2:22:04, Dale Carpenter (Sackets Harbor, NY) 2:24:53.
C1Men>70 (12 miles): Glen Vandewinckel (Webster NY) 2:16:46, Alec Davis (Ballston Spa, NY) 2:23:22.
C1 Women 50 (12 miles): Chas Billingsley (Lake Clear, NY) 2:21:55, Kerry Newell (Heuvelton, NY) 3:00:12, Fred Goodnough (Theresa NY) DNF.
C1 Stock Women 50 (12 miles): David Wiltey (Johnstown, NY) 1:59.22.
Tour Kayak Men (12 Miles): Roger Cocking (Saranac Lake, NY) 1:59.22, Fred Caryle (Seeley BayOnt) 2:14:59, Allen Kelly >50 (Rensselaer Falls NY) 2:15:28.
Tour Kayak Women (12 miles): Mary Kelly