The gorge outrigger canoe race

Contents:
  1. Registration Closed For Women/Mixed (reached max)
  2. Drano, Parking, Spectators and Railway ($1000 fine by local Sheriff, please read to avoid problems)
  3. Steering tips from Jimmy Austin, Team Puakea
  4. Camping Logistics Reminders
  5. Start List

1) Registration Limit – Reached for Women/Mix

Safety is rule #1. In order to keep a safe race course, we must curtail the amount of paddlers on the river. Here’s why; There are some sections of the river that can get narrow, steep waves and a strong current. In addition there is barge traffic, fishing boats, fishing nets, hidden rocks and logs. It is a good idea to study the course map to prepare for this race. Link here.

Race Director JD Davies will make adjustments and final decisions when it comes to the race course and participation. As of now, the Womens/Mixed race has reached the limit of 60 crews. The mens race has 13 spots left and will be open until they are filled OR deadline of midnight, Thursday, July 11th.

2) Drano, Parking, Crew Swap, Trailers, Railway

  • At the finish of the Women/Mixed Race, crews will be looking for the truss (Bridge) at Drano Lake, once you pass the bridge, stay to the left to spot the finish Buoy, finish close to the buoy and steers person please confirm your team name to the officials ie: Dana Point Master Mixed and listen for instructions if they need you to clarify class or division (this is due to last minute crew changes that effects the results).
  • Once clear, please paddle to boat ramp. Have a plan about who is picking up your canoe to return to Stevenson or men’s crew that is using your canoe.
  • Be sure the new number visible on the canoe for the men’s race!
  • Parking at the boat ramp is metered, you could be ticketed for parking without a pass. Please keep the spaces open for trailers that are picking up canoes. Park across the street if needed but DO NOT park in the area adjacent to the boat ramp that is clearly marked “NO PARKING”. Instead park west or east of the signs and park.
  • DO NOT CROSS THE RAILWAY. The local Sheriff has already called to express they will be onsite to ticket anyone crossing the tracks. This is a hefty $1000 fine we don’t want any of you to get, so please pass this info on to everyone, including spectators.
  • You can walk west to the bridge, where you can watch the start of the mens race or the finish of the womens/mixed

3) Steering Tips For the Gorge Outrigger Canoe Race

  • Water is shallow in parts as you leave the camp grounds, please ask around for the best route or review course map.
  • If the wind is up, the waves will be close together and stacking high, please have an experienced steersman and seat five who can help when necessary.
  • Keep an eye out for barge and stay clear, it is very large and difficult to skipper, you do not want to huli near the barge.
  • Also keep an eye out for Dolphin (marker structures), rocks, logs and fishing nets.

I reached out to Jimmy Austin, who has steered the Columbia River a number of times, for some tips for you:

Jimmy Austin tips on steering at the Gorge:

Jimmy Austin Paddler

Jimmy Austin at Outrigger Canoe Club

“Speed gives you control, keep moving and tell your crews to keep paddling through the rough stuff. If you are a novice, stay away from the deeper and steeper sections and look for the shoulders, as they will have just as much energy but with less chance of swamping. The unlimited canoes will give you more speed and a chance to catch more waves, but keep in mind the ama is rigged closer and is much lighter than your spec OC6. For my junior crews I put a 5lbs weight duct taped to the rear iako/ama, it works great!

Don’t over correct, that’s where you lose speed and thus lose control. Always be anticipating and choosing your line. Don’t wait, Anticipate. Remember a 2 second poke is a lot better way to correct than a 5 second kahi (draw stroke). But if you need to poke on the right, be sure you have a reliable seat five to keep the ama down on the left. Always be communicating with seat 5, so they can also anticipate when to help you and when to go back to paddling etc. For example, if they start to kahi, say “yes” or “that’s enough” or “help” if you need them on the left again.

You should also practice recovering your canoe from a huli, the unlimited OC6 is slightly different to recover than a Spec OC6. Use the ama side iako to step up and climb on top the hull, and than pull the iako over the other side as you slide back into the water, be sure the water is clear of any swimmers so the ama does not land on them.”

Johnny Puakea will be discussing steering and huli recovery at the safety meeting on Friday. Please be in attendance!

 

4) Logistics and Reminders

  • Camping: Please ask around for where to camp, find a space that is not used. See map for where to park trailers, and one-way entrance and exit of the camping area.
  • Packet Pickup And Check-in: 5-8pm Friday at the Fairgrounds Picnic Shelter, remember your boat number from the start list below, it will help speed up check in.
  • Mandatory Safety Meeting: After Registration Check-in (8pm) at Fairgrounds Picnic Shelter – Steering tips and advice from Johnny Puakea.
  • Mandatory Steersmen Meeting: 10am Saturday at the Fairgrounds Picnic Shelter.
  • Results and Awards: 6pm Saturday at the Fairgrounds Picnic Shelter.
  • Canoes to borrow/share, paddlers looking for crews, crews looking for paddlers, ride shares, etc, please use the Paddler Connect forum> https://thegorgerace.com/connect/
  • Bring your signed waivers to the packet pickup! https://thegorgerace.com/2019-waivers/
  • Life jackets are required for all on the water events! If you are on the water, wear a life jacket.
  • If you are racing, please wear your Race Jersey during the race!

Gorge Race Campsite

5) Start List

(As of July 2nd, for latest start list see link above)

Thanks for reading! If you have questions, please email [email protected]
~Naim Ferguson
On Behalf of The Gorge Race ~ A Waterwalker Event

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Name Number Age Gender Category
Tri-City Mixed Company Two 1 Masters 40-49 mixed Spec OC-6
Team FreeLance Mixed 2 Masters 40-49 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Imua Kailua UL Masters Mixed 3 Masters 40-49 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Kai Ikaika Open Women 4 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
Team Big Island 5 Sr. Masters 50-54 female Unlimited OC-6
Mixtah Boombastic 6 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Bridge City Mixed 7 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Lotus Ohana 8 Open 18-39 mixed Spec OC-6
SOCC Open Women 9 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
SOCC Masters Women 10 Masters 40-49 female Unlimited OC-6
Team Doug 11 Sr. Masters 50-54 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Wasabi GRIT Together 12 Sr. Masters 50-54 female Spec OC-6
Wasabi GRIT Intensity 13 Masters 40-49 female Spec OC-6
Wasabi GRIT Rhythm 14 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
Bend Oregon Outrigger BOO crew 15 Open 18-39 mixed Spec OC-6
Bend Oregon Outrigger Aloha Crew 16 Open 18-39 mixed Spec OC-6
VOS Mixed Masters 17 Masters 40-49 mixed Spec OC-6
FCRCC WMD Mixed 18 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
FCRCC WMD Women 19 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
Dana Makuahine 20 Sr. Masters 50-54 female Unlimited OC-6
Fairway Gorge Comp Master’s Women 21 Masters 40-49 female Unlimited OC-6
Hawaii fifty mixed senior master 22 Sr. Masters 50-54 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Kialoa Karma 23 Sr. Masters 50-54 female Unlimited OC-6
BBOP Team Three 24 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
BBOP Team Four 25 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
Santa Barbara OCC A 26 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
Santa Barbara OCC B 27 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
Tony and the Smooth Riders 28 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Hood River Gorge Grand Gurus 29 Kapuna 60+ mixed Spec OC-6
FGPC IM Open Women 30 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
Hood River Wave Riders 31 Sr. Masters 50-54 mixed Unlimited OC-6
FGPC IM Sr Masters Mixed 32 Sr. Masters 50-54 mixed Spec OC-6
East Meets West 33 Masters 40-49 female Unlimited OC-6
BBOP Team Five 34 Open 18-39 mixed Spec OC-6
Hood River Gorge Gals 35 Masters 40-49 female Unlimited OC-6
False Creek Racing C C – E Holomua 36 Open 18-39 mixed Spec OC-6
Wahine o Wakinekona Team WOW 37 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
Penticton Women 38 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
Sand Point Wahine 39 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
Sand Point Mixed Masters 40 Sr. Masters 50-54 mixed Unlimited OC-6
O Kalani Open Women Unlimited 41 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
O Kalani Open Coed Unlimited 42 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Sand Point Mixed 43 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Kikaha O Ke Kai Team Hamajang 44 Sr. Masters 50-54 mixed Spec OC-6
Latitude Fourty-eight GM Women 45 Golden Masters 55-59 female Unlimited OC-6
Latitude Fourty -eight Open Women 46 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
Kikaha Master Women and Russ 47 Masters 40-49 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Kikaha Open Mixed 48 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Dana Mermaids 49 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
Team Puakea 50 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
The Love Boat 51 Open 18-39 mixed Spec OC-6
Pacific Dragons Sydney – Orange Women 52 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
Pacific Dragons Sydney – Black Women 53 Open 18-39 female Spec OC-6
FCRCC Hardy Bus Chickens 54 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Jericho Mixed 55 Masters 40-49 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Hui Heihei Wa’a 56 Masters 40-49 mixed Spec OC-6
M D R O C C 57 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
M H C C Kapuna 58 Kapuna 60+ mixed Spec OC-6
Rikkole Cree Mixed 59 Open 18-39 mixed Unlimited OC-6
Rikkole Cree Women 60 Open 18-39 female Unlimited OC-6
Name Number Age Gender Category
Xisul S-Thuyelh 63 Masters 40-49 male Unlimited OC-6
A F D L 64 Masters 40-49 male Spec OC-6
Mountain Home Men 65 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Mountain Home Spec 66 Masters 40-49 male Spec OC-6
Rikkole Cree Men 67 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Geronimo Canoe Club 68 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Pacific Dragons Sydney – Men 69 Open 18-39 male Spec OC-6
Jericho Mens Kupuna 70 Kapuna 60+ male Unlimited OC-6
Kikaha Kupuna Men 71 Kapuna 60+ male Spec OC-6
Kikaha Open Men 72 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Latitude Fourty-eight Open Men 73 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Latitide Fourty-eight – GM Men 74 Golden Masters 55-59 male Unlimited OC-6
Sand Point Blue Team 75 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
O Kalani Open Men Unlimited 76 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Juanie’s Misfits 77 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Sand Point Kane 78 Masters 40-49 male Unlimited OC-6
Marina Del Rey 79 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
HWOPS Men 80 Open 18-39 male Spec OC-6
Kikaha Master Blasters 81 Masters 40-49 male Unlimited OC-6
Air Tahiti 82 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Kai Ikaika Master Men Unlimited 83 Masters 40-49 male Unlimited OC-6
Hood River Viento 84 Sr. Masters 50-54 male Unlimited OC-6
BBOP Team Two 85 Masters 40-49 male Unlimited OC-6
BBOP Team One 86 Sr. Masters 50-54 male Spec OC-6
Wailua Outrigger Men Kamloops BC 87 Masters 40-49 male Spec OC-6
Tri-City Mixed Company One 88 Open 18-39 male Spec OC-6
Dana Knuckle Draggers 89 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Kai Ikaika Open Men 90 Open 18-39 male Spec OC-6
Lotus greg Bo’s Beautiful Old Boyz 91 Sr. Masters 50-54 male Spec OC-6
Pacific Reach Men 92 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
SOCC Open Men’s Two 93 Open 18-39 male Spec OC-6
SOCC Open Men’s One 94 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
IMUA OCC Newport Beach Cali 95 Masters 40-49 male Unlimited OC-6
Bisons Team 96 Kapuna 60+ male Spec OC-6
FCRCC WMD Men 97 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6
Kelowna Prune Pickers 98 Kapuna 60+ male Unlimited OC-6
Fairway Gorge Comp Comp Open Men 99 Open 18-39 male Unlimited OC-6