MV Oar and Paddle Regatta, photo/Island Spirit Kayak.

MV Oar and Paddle Regatta, photo/Island Spirit Kayak. Dana Gaines winning the Oar and Paddle Regatta is becoming a Vineyard tradition. The Edgartonian did it again Sunday morning [August 25], racing his 28-pound, white Stellar surf ski kayak to victory in the 23rd running of the event.

Gaines navigated the 2.25-mile course, located off of State Beach in Oak Bluffs between the Little Bridge and Big Bridge, in 19:23.

Jessie Holtham of West Tisbury was the women’s overall winner, clocking in with a top-15 finish in 27:14. She raced in a wooden kayak making its maiden voyage. Hours before the start, it was hanging from the rafters at the Offshore Ale restaurant in Oak Bluffs.

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