FYI … we start hanging the gates on friday 8th sep around 10am which will take until at least 3pm.
There will be cabling going across the river from time to time until it gets put overhead.
[color=red:2igzhpgk]Please scout before you paddle.
Please pay attention to the people hanging the gates as they will let you know if there are any water hazards going across or below the waterline.[/color:2igzhpgk]
The race starts saturday just after lunch and runs through to the end of sunday.
The practice for the course is saturday morning.
It is from the falls right down to and including the surf wave at the bottom.
And yes it will be very very busy with open boats (canoes).
Here is a blurb from the RapidMedia site:
Open canoes take over the Gull River in Minden for a weekend in September with paddlers coming to participate from all over Ontario, as well as from Quebec and the U.S. This is the largest gathering of open canoeists in North America.
September 9 and 10, 2006 marks the 26th annual Gull River Open Canoe Slalom Race. Paddlers maneuvre through 18 to 22 gates on the class 2-3 Gull River, site of several kayak world championships.
This race is not just for advanced paddlers – there are no qualifying races required to enter and while it’s important to be solid in your boat, you don’t need to be an expert. There are tandem and solo classes for stock Royalex canoes, men’s, women’s and juniors as well as a glass solo race that’s open to any age or gender.
No need to feel intimidated – right at the start of the race, you’ll find yourself being cheered on by fellow open boaters you’ve never met before.
It’s also a family event! For many, the highlight race of the weekend is the adult-junior tandem race, with juniors needing to be 18 years of age and under.
Whitewater Ontario sanctions the race and participants camp at the W.O. campground next to the river. There are indoor washrooms (no showers) and outhouses.