Spring, and waters of the Tenandeho Creek are on the move. If waters are churning in spots around Mechanicville, it means Donald Patneaude is also on the move. Patneaude will be among the paddlers in today’s 39th annual Tenandeho Whitewater Derby, which begins at noon at Coons Crossing off Route 67.
Don Patneaude, front, and canoeing partner Paul Kurowski practice for today’s 39th annual Tenandeho Whitewater Derby at the Rotterdam Junction boat launch along the Mohawk River.
“White water is exciting, even if you’re not racing. When you’re racing . . . it’s fast. You’ve got to know what the hell you’re doing,” says Donald ‘Uncle Donnie’ Patneaude, white water canoe racer.
Patneaude and Kurowski walk their boat down to the Rotterdam Junction boat launch along the Mohawk River for race practice.
Don Patneaude, front, and his canoeing partner Paul Kurowski at the Rotterdam Junction boat launch along the Mohawk River.
Brothers Matt Gutch, of Saratoga and Tim Gutch of New York City make their way through a series of rapids on their canoe during the Tenandeho Creek Whitewater Derby in Mechanicville in 2009. (Gazette file photo)