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The Robert L. Evans Memorial Adirondack Canoe Classic “90-Miler Home-Built Wood Boat” Award
“Bob” Evans (1926-2015) was an avid outdoorsman who loved the Adirondacks. In his working years he ran a tree nursery for the Department of Environmental Conservation helping to reforest New York and nearby states. He was a man of many passions including wood working and a tireless advocate of self propulsion from the land to the sea. A strong and graceful paddler from his youth, he participated in numerous local canoe, guideboat and kayak races including multiple completions of the “90 Miler.” In his first “90” he used a kayak he built from a kit. It was a graceful boat that cut a fair curve and tracked straight and quick - a joy to paddle.
This award is sponsored by Bob’s family to keep alive the love and passion for hand built wooden boats. You need not win the race to win the award, just finish strong and share with us the story of your boat.
Award rules and criteria for a home-built wood construction canoe, kayak, or guideboat that completes the Adirondack Canoe Classic 90-Mile Race.
- Award is the reimbursement of the Adirondack Canoe Classic (the “90-miler”) entry fee for one paddler entrant for the current year only.
- Open to any size wood construction boat with any number of paddler positions.
- Primary hull must be hand made and constructed of natural wood materials.
- Construction must be substantially “home-built” for personal use, not from a private or commercial watercraft manufacturer in the business of multiple boat sales.
- Owner or race paddler need not to have constructed the boat, but must know the construction source and approximate date of the construction. Special consideration will be given to boats with family histories.
- Racer must complete each day of the ACC race while paddling this boat, but need not win the race. All official ACC rules apply.
- Include photographs of interior and exterior of the boat used in the race. Photographs during construction will be helpful but are not required.
- Award is based on a written description of the boat, construction method and use of wood materials. In other words.... tell us about your boat.
- At the discretion of the award committee, the same boat will not be eligible for an award in subsequent years.
- A single award winner will be decided by the Evans family or a designated representative committee. Their decision is final.
- Winner agrees to allow use of application information and photographs in future promotion of the ACC or related paddle events.
- Application must be submitted not later than10 days prior to the race date. Please answer the following questions and attach 2-5 photos of your boat and send to the below listed email address.
(1) Paddler’s name, address and phone number.
(2) Previous number of 90 miler entries for this boat.
(3) Previous number of 90 milers completed by this paddler.
(4) Type of Boat (canoe, kayak, guideboat)
(5) Boat length, width and approximate weight.
(6) Number of seats or paddler positions.
(7) Boat builder’s name.
(8) Year construction completed.
(9) Where constructed.
(10) Construction method (strip, plank, plywood, etc.).
(11) Materials used in construction.
(12) Tell us about the construction of this boat and provide a brief history.
Submit your application via email at least 10 days prior to the race date to: