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Canoe Regatta Hall of Fame announces six-person Class of 2024

Feb. 9—The General Clinton Canoe Regatta Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2024 that will be inducted on Saturday, May 25.

The induction ceremony will take place during the 62nd General Clinton Regatta to be held in Bainbridge May 24-26.

For the second year in a row, all six inductees have past or present connections to New York State.

Bruce Codington of Sidney is a local paddler who has competed in 28 70-mile races, winning three and notching numerous second and third-place finishes. He was a winner in aluminum in 1991, stock in 2004 and open in 2011.

For more than 25 years, Codington has volunteered as a lifeguard and instructor for all scout races at the Unadilla and Susquehanna River confluence.

Lori Shaver Roseboom Michaels of Maryland, N.Y., has finished 14 70-mile races with victories in mixed amateur (1998), mixed pro (2000, 2007), women's pro (2004) and women's amateur (2008).

She was a member of the Regatta race committee from 1996-2011, serving as chairman for many of those years while leading the Regatta into the digital age.

Bob Silvernail of Bainbridge has competed in 15 Regatta competitions, eight of them in the pro division. He has raced in both the U.S. and Canada as well as in Thailand.

Silvernail was a newsletter editor of NYMCRA and was a USCA delegate for the former Triple Crown Series. This led to efforts to creating a racer's dinner during Regatta Weekend.

William Whiting of Fultonville ranks in the top 20 among all paddlers with 38 70-mile finishes, highlighted by a win in stock aluminum with his son Bryan in 2001.

He racked up many more top-ten finishes with sons Bryan and Eric as well as friend Gerry Wagner. This quartet earned several top-five finishes in the C-4 at the Adirondack 90-mile event.

Greg Davie of Sidney has been part of the Regatta coverage team at WCDO Radio since 1987, interviewing countless racers and organizers over the years.

He has co-anchored live radio coverage of the event for more than 35 years and is still active today.

An original member of the Hall of Fame committee, Davie has served as the MC for the induction ceremony since its inception in 2012. He will be retiring as Hall of Fame chairman later this year.

Ron Jeffrey of Marietta is a longtime paddler and, along with his family, came up with the idea of an 'over/under' short race as part of Regatta Weekend. This evolved into the popular 'Generation Gap' races held on Friday nights.

This Sidney-to-Bainbridge- race has been run almost every year since 1983 with Jeffrey providing leadership for much of that time. His work brought a renewed interest in canoeing among younger paddlers.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. under the main entertainment tent at General Clinton Park.