- Registration Closed For Women/Mixed (reached max)
- Drano, Parking, Spectators and Railway ($1000 fine by local Sheriff, please read to avoid problems)
- Steering tips from Jimmy Austin, Team Puakea
- Camping Logistics Reminders
- 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:
“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!
5) Start List
- To view the Team START LIST the LIVE RESULTS after the race, please go to START LIST AND RESULTS
Thanks for reading! If you have questions, please email [email protected]
On Behalf of The Gorge Race ~ A Waterwalker Event
|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|
|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|