2021 Race Schedule will be repeat of the 2020 schedule below with each host team making modifications as needed due to COVID. Dates of course will be off by a day. Most races on Saturdays.
Each year's race schedule includes four club committed races in the Gorge and Portland area, one long distance change out race in Seattle, a possible sprint race and numerous options to travel to other Washington, California and Hawaii races and outrigger journeys. We will have race specific training, as well as some afternoon downwind runs when conditions on the Columbia River are right. All members are encouraged to race at a level in which they are comfortable. This year we hope to offer a couple of race clinics with visiting experts with a focus on paddle technique, down-winding, and steering. These will be an additional cost.
In addition to race practices, we encourage additional training and clean nutritional eating habits to achieve your best performance:
RACE PRACTICE MEMBERSHIP - Anyone can race! Club race practice fee of $75 enables paddlers access to:
Seating crews for race boats is always a puzzle, but our coaches will follow established criteria as it will be the deciding factor. Remember, a success for any of our boats or paddlers, is a success for all. We are one as a club and the strength of our team comes from us all truly putting the whole team ahead of ourselves. Each race will have a criteria level assigned to it, and we will strive to seat as many boats as we can with the club members that are available, motivated, and qualified to paddle a safe and inspiring race. All racers will be expected to help with loading and unloading of boats for races in which they participate.
CREW SELECTION CRITERIA
Level 1 (Rusty Iron, RATI Races)
Level 2 (Rooster Rock Race, Sprints)
Level 3 (Gorge DW Challenge, PNW Challenge, Catalina Crossing,)
“When we are in the canoe, we are one paddler, one heart and one spirit. It is rare to achieve this, but when it occurs, effort becomes effortless and one transcends the limitations of the ego. All becomes one and the true essence of paddling is experienced.”
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Race Sprint Turns video by Coral Sea OCC Steering Clinic
1500 Outrigger Canoe World Sprints Finals technique video