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2017 Gull River Open Canoe Race

Hello All,

I hope everyone has had a restful and safe summer and has spent as much time as possible on the rivers paddling (we all know there was no lack of rain and river levels have been high).  I hope to see all of you next weekend and hear about your summer adventures.

I am excited to announce that the 38th Annual Race is a go!   As always the format will remain the same with arrivals to the Preserve on Friday September 8,2017.   

 

Race practice will be held on Saturday morning (Sept 9) and races will start on Saturday afternoon at 1pm.  We will again have races all day Sunday.

I apologize for the late email on this as I was not sure if levels were going to cooperate and allow for the race to take place. Now levels on the Gull have dropped to a favourable 8.3 on the gauge making for an ideal race level.  

 

Please email and let me know if you are able to assist and please share this email with anyone who may be intersted in attending the race.

- Race control
- Gate Judges
- Finish line judge
- Registration on Friday night (covered)
- Gate setup - Starting Thursday at 1pm and continuing on Friday from 10am to completion

Finally, if you have any items you would like to donate to the prize table for the raffle on Sunday it would be greatly appreciated.  

 

There will also be a gear swap / sale throughout the entire event.  The gear swap was started by Paul Mason a few years ago and is an excellent opportunity for kids paddling clothing and equipment to swapped as it is outgrown.  

I am sure I have missed a few things within this email but most you know the routineā€¦it is the 38th year this even has been taking place.  If you do have question please feel free to ask.  I look forward to seeing everyone next Thursday for setup.

Best,

Dave

David Humphrys
705-789-7139

Race Organizer

2017 Canadian Slalom & Downriver National Championships

 

Athletes and Volunteers!! 

Register NOW for the Canadian Slalom and Downriver National Championships! Events are spread between July 31st and August 6th in the Ottawa area.

Please see this link for further details and links to register for the races or to volunteer for the event:

http://www.ottawariverrunners.com/news_detail.php?news_id=220

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2017 WO Spring Newsletter

 

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Newsletter June 2017

Message from President

 

Good news.... whitewater paddling is strong.  As we have seen from more events, news on site construction, and paddlers' posts on social media - whitewater kayaking and canoeing is enjoying a strong resurgence.   

Despite questions of a short spring, we have had a number of rainy days, so rivers have been high and paddlers took advantage of it for an extended Spring.  This year we began promoting all whitewater events, whether WO club or just a reputable organizer,  to encourage information sharing and greater participation. 

Tragically our province also had ill-equipped citizens head out in river trips only to flip and drown without lifejackets.  There were 2 paddler drownings in the GTA and 1 in Muskoka - factors were inexperience, and lack of PFDs.    Since many of our clubs are considered the subject matter experts, I encourage you to talk with your local OPP Marine Officer, Conservation Area, how you as a paddler or your club can promote proper PFD use, and safe river paddling. 

Clubs are the safest and most effective way to paddle.  Below you will read news on recreational whitewater events, fun and serious competitions, athlete training, upcoming Nationals Championships, and Ottawa Clubhouse construction, and the Fix-The-Gull project. 

We have a fantastic sport.  As much as we get out of it, we should put into it.  It is a responsibility to share it with others.  If you wish to get involved locally with a club, or on a specific event or whitewater project, please reach out to myself or Eric Betteridge (VP - Ottawa) for who to connect with. 

Thank you for being a member and supporting whitewater, 

    Dave Gillespie - WO President 

 

 Complete 2017 WO Newsletter attachment includes:

Minden Update

Canoe Slalom National Team Trials

Ottawa River Runners excited to open the dorrs on a new clubhouse !

Hell of High Water 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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