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This page has some short explanation of the various race series which take place around the country. Eventually it'll probably be replaced with links to pages for each series, but I wanted to be get some basic information online as soon as possible.
This series consists of six races held throughout Oregon and Washington.
Racers must participate in at least two races to be eligible for points;
awards go to the top three point earners in many different classes.
Class include K-1, K-1W, K-1 Junior, C-1, C-2, K-1 plastic, K-1W plastic, K-2,
open boat, etc.
|Mar 15-16||Cedar River Race|
|Apr 5-6||West Trials Qualifier/State of Jefferson Championships|
|Apr 19-20||Middle Fork Snoqualmie Race|
|Jun 7-8||Salmon la Sac|
|Jul 12-13||White Salmon Race|
|Sep 20-21||Cheakamus Fall Classic|
This is a series for A/B decked boats, generally held in class III-IV water.
Well, it's actually two series: slalom and wildwater. The slalom races are:
|Apr 12||Mascoma SL|
|Apr 19||Rattlesnake SL|
|Apr 27||North Trials Qualifier/Snyders Mill SL|
|May 4||T'ville SL|
|Apr 5||White River Wildwater|
|Apr 13||Mascoma Wildwater|
|Apr 20||Westfield Wildwater|
Race entry forms should be sent to the appropriate race chairman at least one week before the race date. In order to cover insurance at these races, you need to be a USCKT and/or ACA member, or there will be additional charges upon entering.
It's easier on the competitor and race chairman if entries are sent well in
advance of the race. However, most races will allow late entries until 9:30
on race day. In general, slalom races will have a racers' meeting at 10:30
and begin at 11:00. Wildwater races will begin at 12:00 noon. The ICF
has passed new rules for slalom and they will be in place for the above
races. The new rules are 2 second penalties, combined scores, and no
official practice runs.
Please note: further details on these races are available on the schedule page.
The New England Slalom Series is a set of whitewater slalom races for open
canoe and unranked or C/D decked boaters. There are 29 classes offered
including recreational (ABS and plastic) and kevlar race classes for cadet,
juniors, open classes, and masters. The difficulty of water varies from race
to race (class I-class III). You may enter as many individual races as you
like, but to qualify for a New England Slalom Series Award you must
participate in at least 5 races with 3 in the spring, 1 in the fall, and 1
more of your choice. Points are tallied from each race with the Farmington
Slalom as a tie breaker if needed. New England Slalom Series award ceremony
will follow the Farmington Slalom. This year's races will be sponsored by
the generous support of ADVENTURE QUEST, MAD RIVER CANOE,
MILLBROOK BOATS, AND MITCHELL PADDLES. You are automatically
registered for the Series with YOUR first race. Additionally, we will again
have the special participation award for anyone who completes at least one
race run in each race of the series. Race dates are as follows:
|March 23||Salmon Slalom|
|April 6||Punch Brook Slalom|
|April 19-20||Blackwater Slalom Festival|
|May 4||Fiddlehead Slalom|
|May 18||Covered Bridge Slalom|
|June 15||Amoskeag Slalom|
|Sept 7||Riverfest Slalom|
|Oct 4-5||Esopus Slalom|
|Oct 18-19||Farmington Slalom|
If you do not receive a complete race packet by March 1, 1997 and would
like to participate in the series, send a SASE to:
c/o Sam Montague
55 Darton St.
Concord, MA 01742
The Penn Cup is a fall series of five races designed to introduce paddlers to the sport of slalom racing. Races are held on Sundays, with Saturdays reserved for course construction, practice, and clinics. Clinics are taught by experienced racers -- usually A-B ranked paddlers -- and provide a way for beginners and intermediates to learn from some of the best. Some of the races include special activities; for example, there's a downriver race at Riversport and a pot luck dinner & paddler's market at Bellefonte.
Awards are presented at each race, and overall series awards (earned on a point system) are presented after the final race. Overall series awards are given in the following classes: K-1, K-1W, C-1, C-1W, C-2, C-2M, OC-1, and OC-2. Additionally, competitors representing regional paddling clubs contend to earn the coveted club trophy. And if that isn't enough, there's also a Child/Adult Participation Award, which is presented to any child/adult team which competes in at least two of the five races.
There are many, many classes available at each race for open and decked boats, solo and tandem boats, juniors, cadets, masters, and well, just about everyone. (For example, the Fiddler's Elbow race usually has K-2 and K-1 squirt classes.) The emphasis is on fun and learning, and so the races in this series make an excellent introduction to the sport.
1997 rules for Penn Cup: the 2 second penalty will be used for touches, and the better of two runs will be used for individual race results and series rankings. Combined times will be reported for national rankings. Legal race boats must be used in Penn Cup runs, i.e. cruising boats that are less than 4 meters in length don't count toward the Cup.
Race dates, sites and contact phone numbers are as follows:
|Aug 30-31||Riversport Slalom||Confluence||Middle Yough||814-395-5744|
|Sep 13-14||Little Lehigh Slalom||Allentown||Little Lehigh||610-559-9595|
|Sep 20-21||Codorus Slalom||York||Codorus Creek||717-428-2295|
|Sep 27-28||Fiddler's Elbow Slalom||Hummelstown||Swatara Creek||717-545-0450|
|Oct 13-14||Bellefonte Slalom||Bellefonte||Spring Creek||814-238-2362|
Please note: further details on these races are available on the schedule page. Contact the ACA to get an entry packet for the whole series, or individual race organizers to get into one event. Enter races early to make sure you get in!
If you have questions that aren't answered here and you can't reach race organizers, you can always try e-mailing me, because I've been doing the Penn Cup series for six years.
This is a series of five races held in the midwest.
Enrollment in the series is automatic for anyone paddling in at
least two of the races; trophies and awards are given out at
a banquet after the final race.
Racing classes include the usual classes plus recreational boats.
|Apr 12-13||Missouri Whitewater Championships|
|May 11||Apple River Slalom|
|Jun 21-22||Wisconsin River Slalom|
|Sep 6-7||Taylor's Falls Slalom|
|Sep 13 or 20||Last Ditch Slalom|