Boats were in the water today for day one of the Penobscot Whitewater National Regatta with the downriver run as well as youth races.The first event of the day included the Open Canoe National Championships covering 9.5 miles from downtown Old Town to the Eddington Salmon Club.

Young paddlers got their chance to compete in the afternoon with the Youth Canoe National Championships.

Racing continues through Sunday with Kayaks hitting the river on Friday.

Below are photos from Thursday's youth race.

Champions in the youth division


Awards handed out after races on day one of the regatta
The race is on to the finish line


Competitors make their way to the finish line


Paddles in the water and game faces on


Event Chair Scott Phillips talks with the competitors following the race