PNWORCA Race Schedule:


Each year's race schedule includes four club committed races in the Gorge and Portland area, and a goal to attend one long distance change out race , a possible sprint race and opportunities to travel to other Washington, California and Hawaii races and outrigger journeys. We will have race specific training, as well as some downwind runs when conditions on the Columbia River are right. All members are encouraged to race at a level in which they are comfortable. We always 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.

Any HROCC member can race!  The race program embraces the Spirit of Ohana. All levels and ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. Sportsmanship, safety and cooperation are at the core of our Race Program. We strive to be open and transparent about our program and direction. If you are looking for something bigger than just yourself come join us.

To achieve your best performance we encourage:

  • A nutritive diet
  • Paddling Outrigger Canoes, Surfskis, Kayaks, SUPs at least four days a week
  • Cross training once a week
  • Strength training once a week
  • Stretching daily 
  • Attendance at race practices including downwind and journey runs
  • Attendance at  club practices
  • Attendance at race clinics

Seating crews for race boats is always a puzzle, but our coaches try to follow established criteria. A success for any boat full of paddlers is a success for all. We are one as a club and the strength of our team comes from us putting the whole team ahead of ourselves. Each race will have a criteria level assigned.  We strive to seat as many boats as we can with 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.


Level 1 (Rusty Iron, RATI Races)

  • All levels of paddler from novice to experience
  • Commitment: All paddlers are encouraged to sign up (early in the season) and attend early season practices

Level 2 (Rooster Rock Race, Sprints)

  • Age group (if used by the race committee for unlimited classes)
  • Technique: Consistent, correct use of the club designated, Puakea Tahitian technique (video evidence)
  • Blending: Timing, body movement, power and teamwork meshes with other crew members (video evidence)
  • Commitment: Evidence of commitment through regular attendance to club and race practices and effort to always improve
  • Attitude: Maintain a positive attitude and spirit of O'hana at all times, with all members

Level 3 (Gorge DW Challenge, PNW Challenge, Catalina Crossing,)

  • All Level 2 criteria met
  • Physical fitness for endurance evidenced
  • Seated for best results with crews that blend well in strength, timing and skill
  • Time trials in an OC1 or OC2 if needed for final selection
  • Two or more races completed within the last few seasons
  • One or more downwind specific practices in strong winds completed for downwind races
  • Successful Bracing and Huli experiences and ability to easily re-enter the canoe from the water
  • Commitment: Average three practices a week throughout the summer and all race practices the week or two prior to race day

“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.”


How to set for turns in Outrigger Canoes by Gabriel Jaramillo article

Race Sprint Turns video by Coral Sea OCC Steering Clinic

1500 Outrigger Canoe World Sprints Finals technique video

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