Gibsons Paddling Club hosts another successful NATIONALS

August 24, 2018 · 0 comments

Excellent surfing conditions characterized the 2018 CORA Nationals OC6 races at Howe Sound on Saturday 18 August. A total of 45 OC6 crews competed along two courses, the “short course” (8 crews raced 14km) and the “long course” (37 canoes raced an average of 22km; buoy drift created a slightly shorter distance men’s race this year). Despite the threat of smoke from provincial wildfires and a predicted absence of wind, conditions were dynamic and challenging for all crews, with good visibility and a variety of surf, upwind, tidal and current variations. Plenty of competition, scenery and water conditions kept paddlers and steerspeople fully engaged.

Of interest, this was the first CORA race at which ultralight canoes outnumbered “spec” (standard weight) canoes. The hull speeds of crew boat racing are changing as clubs invest in light-weight carbon layup canoes, as indicated in this year’s Nationals’ results. 23 ultralight canoes raced the long course along with 14 spec boats. 5 ultralights raced the short course along with 3 spec canoes.

On Sunday 19 August, 49 small boats (OC2s, OC1s, V1s and surfskis) raced the Gibsons small boat championships over calm seas with smooth inbound surfing conditions along a scenic 10km course.

Thank you once again to the Gibsons Paddling Club for hosting this dynamic race with such care and attention to detail. Your efforts do the Gibsons’ community, and your club, proud.

Here are links to the results:

  1. OC6 Results
  2. Small Boat Results





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