Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver

toddThe purpose of the American Canoe Association (ACA) is to unite all persons interested in canoeing, kayaking, and rafting and thereby through our organization provide educational, informational and training services to increase safety, enjoyment and skills of those paddling on rivers, lakes, estuaries and other bodies of water. In order to maintain consistent rules and safety standards for paddling events throughout the United States, the ACA provides governance for a number of paddlesport disciplines through National Activity Committees and the National Competition Council. The ACA uses the term “discipline” to refer to the type of paddling activity, which is determined by the type of paddle craft and the waterway on which it is used. Altogether, the ACA sanctions and produces events that represent more than 15 paddlesport disciplines and WWOCD is one of those disciplines. The National Competition Council oversees the development of all program plans and other reports generated by a National Activity Committee such as the WWOCD and develops the general procedures and protocols as it deems necessary and appropriate.  The purpose of the WWOC is, to encourage, sanction and sponsor competition in “whitewater open canoe” at local, regional, national, and international levels. See WWOCD By-laws .

A whitewater open canoe is a traditional open Canadian or Native American canoe, which is a boat with ends pointed and higher than the middle, symmetrical side-to-side, and propelled with single bladed paddles.  There are two categories of canoes used in WWOCD competitions.  They are defined as Formula 16 and Formula 14. The Formula 16 classes are intended to include canoes sold for general recreational use. In general, ABS, polyethylene, aluminum and wood/canvas canoes will qualify for inclusion (assuming they meet all weight and dimension requirements) while fiberglass/kevlar/composite and woodstrip canoes will generally be included in the Formula 14 classes. A canoe MUST be or have been a commercially available, general production model to qualify for the Formula 16 classes.  See the WWOCD competition rules for complete details and canoe specifications.

American Canoe Association Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta

The American Canoe Association (ACA) Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta will be June 28 through July 2, on the Penobscot River between Old Town and Eddington, Maine. The Penobscot Nation is hosting the event on this historically important and beautiful 9.5 mile section of river, returned to its free-flowing state following removal of the Great […]Read More »

General Clinton

The Regatta Committee has started work on the 55th Annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta and are striving to make the 2017 Regatta better and bigger thanever. The Race commitee is looking at new events and seeing how to improve on existing races. The Regatta Hall of Fame will meet soon to choose the inductees for […]Read More »

51st Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, held annually on the third weekend of April, is the largest paddling event in New England and one of the largest in the country. Hosted by the Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the 16.5 mile race begins in the Town of Kenduskeag and ends near the confluence of the […]Read More »

Race to the Dome

Race to the Dome is a canoe/kayak/SUP race on the Missouri River. Two race courses are available to paddlers - Hartsburg to Jefferson City (15.8 miles) and Providence to Jefferson City (27.6 miles). Proceeds from the race support Missouri River Relief's efforts to connect people to the Missouri River through hands-on, on-the-river clean-ups, education and […]Read More »

Miller's River Challenge

Races for racing, recreational, kids and youth. Sign-up for races begins Sept 1st.  Event takes place between 10:am and 2 PM.  Features the High School Cup A Family Race on the Millers River New this Year: Pro Races are the first race of the day followed by the Youth Race Facebook PageRead More »

Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge

The Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon challenges participants to compete among the rugged hills of scenic southwestern Wisconsin’s rural countryside and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Proceeds from this event benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program. Paddle 7 miles down the winding Kickapoo River along rock out-croppings and through diverse vegetation. The river route begins […]Read More »

12th Annual D.W. Field Triathlon

Elite triathletes and eager tri teams alike will gather for the 12th time on September 25, 2016 at beautiful D.W. Field Park just a mile off route 24 at Exit 18b. It’s the perfect closer for your tri season and you can leave the wetsuit at home for this one. The race features a 14 […]Read More »

Paddle Battle

The Connecticut River Paddle Battle is an end of the season event designed to give everyone an opportunity to spend a day on the river and have a good time. The serious racer will compete and then have a chance to unwind and spend some fun time with their colleagues. The casual paddler can participate […]Read More »

Outdoorsman Triathlon

The Outdoorsman Triathlon is the nations oldest continuous triathlon and consists of a 1 mile swim, 4 mile run and an 8 mile paddle down the Little Tennessee River. Individual competition is held on Saturday and 3-person relays (1 swimmer, 1 runner, 1 paddler) are held on Sunday.  In 1976 outdoorsman Payson Kennedy (founder of […]Read More »

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