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April 6, 2013

Clinton Hall to welcome Olympian

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Reinertsen’s 30 finishes make her the first female in the 2,100-mile club. Her eight victories in four classes are highlighted by four Women’s Competition Cruising CC crowns. She also has two Mixed CC titles and one apiece in the Mixed CC Masters and Women’s C-1 Pro.

Davies created the Regatta Museum at General Clinton Park. A committee member for 44 years, he served as overall chairman twice and race entry chairman from 1976-83. Davies competed in the 70-miler once, with Zaveral in 1970.

Dr. Benson served as chairman in 1968 and volunteered for 40 years.

Sipple was Clinton Park’s longtime caretaker who planned and supervised the layout, design and building of all roads, and nearly all park structures. He chaired the 1974 Regatta and was an annual fixture for decades.

The first Clinton Hall of Fame class was inducted last year, coinciding with the celebration of the regatta’s 50th year.

The Class of 2012 featured paddlers Corbin, Claude Corbin, Luc Robillard, Peter Heed, Ted LaMonica, Zaveral and Jan Povlock. The inaugural class also included contributors Charlie Hinkley, Cliff Wade, Lew Whitney, Wayne King and Ed Roelle.

Serge Corbin, who suffered his first loss during the 2012 Clinton, has the most 70-mile victories with 28 in the C-2 Pro event. Corbin returned to compete in the 2012 Clinton after a six-year hiatus. He finished second with Steve Corlew as Andy Triebold and Steve Lajoie won the C-2 race for the seventh straight year.

LaMonica is the all-time leader in completed 70-milers. He sits atop the 700 Club with 41 finishes for 2,870 miles.

Regatta committee members consider victories, number of finishes, contributions to marathon canoeing and contributions to the Clinton in selecting paddlers for Hall of Fame consideration. The criteria for contributors includes years of service, foresight, dedication and the willingness to take chances.

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