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Enjoy weekend canoe and kayak regatta
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Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club will welcome hundreds this weekend for the second leg of the Lanier Racing Series.

The Southern Invitational Regatta will test racers in the 1,000-meter and 500-meter races in the six-part series.

"It'll be in singles boats, doubles boats and four boats," said David Robertson, head coach for the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. "It's actually a pretty tight schedule ... it will get done quick but it will be pretty jam-packed full of races during that time."

The Lula Bridge Race, which had about 60 participants, on March 22 was the first race of the six-race series. Racers will accumulate points throughout the series, and the top three point winners in each age category will share a cash purse.

Other races in the series include the Summer Sprints I on June 21, Summer Sprints II on July 19, Splash and Dash on Sept. 21 and the Halloween Howl on Oct. 25.

The Southern Invitation will be raced on the Olympic Course at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

"It is for anybody," Robertson said. "For the singles events anybody can register. The fastest boats are the sprint boats ... we will create a class of boats if there's recreation boats that would like to race."

The event is free for spectators.

"Anybody is welcome to come and spectate and we'll have a concession stand set up for snack, treats and lunch," Robertson said. "So if people are interested in coming out we would love to have them."