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  • #3962
    markpospisil
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    no message – see subject

    #26587
    spencer
    Participant

    The water will be at a higher flow due to the race on saturday and sunday. The downriver race is on saturday, probably in the afternoon, and The slalom race is on sunday, most likely starting at around 10. Im not positive on any times though.

    Spencer

    #26588
    Kevin M
    Participant

    I thought the downriver always use to be on the Sunday and the Slalom on the Saturday.
    My recollection is that they practices the gate from 9-12 and then race from then until its done which is around 4.

    #26589
    cmnypny
    Participant

    ELORA GORGE WHITEWATER RACES

    MAY 12 AND 13, 2007

    The Moira River Kayak and Canoe Club is pleased to announce that it is hosting the Elora Gorge Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Races on May 12 and 13 at the Elora Gorge Conservation Authority, Elora, Ontario.

    Events

    The events will include the Wildwater or Downriver Race running from the pool just above Irvine’s Creek to the low level bridge (approx. 3 kilometres) on Saturday and a slalom on Sunday.

    This is also the National and Provincial Team Trials for the Ontario Wildwater Team to the Canadian Nationals, the Canadian Senior and Junior Wildwater Teams for the Jr. Worlds in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Senior World Cups in Czech Republic, Italy and Austria.

    The event is expected to have participants from Ontario, Alberta and Quebec at a minimum.

    Registration

    Registration is from 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Group Camping on the west side of the river near the falls section of the river – sites 604 or thereabouts. Please see Mike Twitchin or Harold Van Winssen. Please feel free to confirm pre-registration by email.

    Water Release

    Thre is guaranteed water 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, but water usually stays up on Saturday.

    Race Start

    The race start will be at 1 p.m. for the Classic Race. The Sprint Race will go through the Slalom course at 2:30 p.m. The Classic is a non-stop race with racers at one minute intervals and is based on total time through the course.

    The Sprint Race is a series of two races with total times added down a much shorter section of the most difficult whitewater in the Gorge.

    The slalom start is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, two runs back to back.

    Classes

    Mens and Womens K-1 Wildwater, C-1 Wildwater, C-2 Wildwater, (Jr. Classes and Cadet Classes as well in each class), Recreational Kayaks, Mens, Women, Junior Men and Women, Cadet Men and Women, Open Canoe, Single and Tandem.

    Please note a minimum of three boats are required for a class.

    Slalom

    The Whitewater Slalom race occurs on the falls section of the Grand River as it goes through the Elora Gorge Conservation area. This is an exciting event which is in the Olympics and will feature a number of the better Junior competitors trying for the Canadian Junior Team and should feature competitors from Alberta and Quebec as well as Ontario.

    Slalom consists of two runs down a course with both downstream gates where the paddler must go between the poles in a downstream direction and upstream gates where the paddler must go between the gates in an upstream direction. Total time for both runs is added and penalties for hitting or missing gates are also added to times.

    Classes

    K-1 Men, K-1 Women, C-1 Men, C-2 Men, C-1 Women, C-2 Women

    Junior and Cadet classes will also be available in all categories where numbers warrant.

    A minimum of three boats per class.

    Water

    The water is generally grade 2 with the falls section rated as a more difficult grade 3.

    Entry Fees

    Downriver $10.00 per person (add $5.00 if not a Whitewater Ontario member)

    Slalom $20.00 per person (add $5.00 if not a Whitewater Ontario member)

    Combined Entry – both Slalom and Wildwater – $20.00 per person (add $5.00 if not a Whitewater Ontario member)

    Directions

    Take Highway 6 North exit off Highway 401, towards Guelph. At the T junction at the north end of Guelph, turn right on Woodlawn/Highway 6. About 4 kilometres take a left, Highway 6 towards Fergus/Elora. You take a left on Wellington Road #7 towards Elora. In Elora turn left on Wellington Road #21 (follow Conservation area signs). Elora Gorge Conservation Area is 1 kilometre on the right.

    Race Site Locations

    From the entrance of the Elora Gorge, the race headquarters are at Group Camping, campsites 603 and 604. You are entitled to camp at the group campsite. Identify yourself as being with the Moira River Kayak & Canoe Club Group. To reach the Group Camping, turn left out of the entrance, follow the road over the low bridge and all the way around to the group camping site which is on the far side at the upper end of the Park. The downriver start is on the same side as the entrance and you take a right out of the entrance to the Conservation Area and follow the road to the end. The start is a short portage from the end of the road up under the bridge.

    Accommodations

    There is a small motel, The Village Inn, in Elora, 519-846-5333. The other option is to stay in Guelph which is about 20 minutes away at various hotels there. The closest to the race location are the Holiday Inn Express, Super 8 Motel and Comfort Inn.

    Mail: Harold Van Winssen
    2456 County Road #3, R. R. #1
    Carrying Place, Ontario K0K 1L0

    Email: hvw@tmlegal.ca

    Phone: 613-967-0219 (home)
    613-966-2620 (work)

    #26590
    Kevin M
    Participant

    I usually run the downriver and take home a medal just to prove to canoists how easy it is.

    I have gold, silver and bronze medals from this event and I have one rule.
    No practising. A certain boater from Inverhaugh has won it several times but he is a blatant cheater. He pratices before the race!!!! He has boated on the day of the race to pick a better line. Poor sportsmanship if ever there was.

    Anyway the race being on Saturday means you mortals have a chance. I won’t be in the race this year.

    By the way you can usually tell how many boats were in the race by the type of medal I won.

    Good luck this year and be carefull not to run over Billy and his students while they search for play spots.

    #26591
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "Kevin M":e3ii301c wrote:
    I usually run the downriver and take home a medal just to prove to canoists how easy it is.

    I have gold, silver and bronze medals from this event and I have one rule.
    No practising. A certain boater from Inverhaugh has won it several times but he is a blatant cheater. He pratices before the race!!!! He has boated on the day of the race to pick a better line. Poor sportsmanship if ever there was.

    Anyway the race being on Saturday means you mortals have a chance. I won’t be in the race this year.

    By the way you can usually tell how many boats were in the race by the type of medal I won.

    Good luck this year and be carefull not to run over Billy and his students while they search for play spots.[/quote:e3ii301c]

    Bumper boats with Billy … new concept

    hmm [quote:e3ii301c]By the way you can usually tell how many boats were in the race by the type of medal I won.[/quote:e3ii301c] …

    If I do the math correclty:

    gold medal – you were the only boat entered
    silver medal – you came last out of two boats
    bronze medal – you came last out of three boats

    #26592
    Hawkeye
    Participant

    Kevin,
    I know the only reason you are bailin is cause you’ve heard through the grapevine that Len and I plan to paddle tandem and take the crown!

    #26593
    DDraper
    Participant

    Is the Sunday slalom event restricted to the team trials or is it open to rec-class open boats as well?

    Thanks for the info!

    #26594
    Kevin M
    Participant

    Ddraper if you have questions, go to the Ontario whitewater website. There is a contact name for Harold who is running this event. YOu can email or call him

    Colin: Your math is correct but in the past few years we have stepped it up a notch and actual beat real live boaters. With the exception our Nemesis Erwin.

    Hawkeye: You win a medal in the race not a crown. However if you and Len are vying for the crown of Queens of the river then good luck, I’m sure you will be fabulous.

    Next year I will return and stomp you all including Erwin. He gets older every year, one day I will get him.

    #26595
    DDraper
    Participant

    Here is the response I got from Harold, the contact person for the race:

    The slalom is not a team trials so it is open to all boats. In fact both are open to all boats the more the merrier. It is harder than the Gull or MKC in the falls but easier in the rest. I am looking at a picture in my office of me and my daughter doing it in an open canoe when she was 9 so it is doable in an open canoe given I do not race open canoe

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