Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The 2010 Rivanna Regatta Canoe and Kayak Race

Promo video for the 2010 Rivanna River Regatta Canoe and Kayak Races in Charlottesville

The most technical portions of the river

The race route

The 2009 winners

More information regarding the May 8 canoe and kayak races

This section of the Rivanna River is rated Class I + Class II by the American Whitewater Association and may reach Class II+ depending upon conditions on the day of the race.  If you are unfamiliar with the River Classification System then you are strongly urged to become familiar with the classification system and weigh that against your unique paddling skills.  Only you know your skills and what type of water you are capable of handling safely.

You are strongly encouraged to paddle the river prior to the day of the race to become familiar with it.  If you join the Rivanna River Regatta Facebook Group then you will most certainly find other paddlers willing to join you for a recreational trip on this section of the river prior to race day. (One such group of paddlers will be doing this section of the river this Friday, April 2.)

You may also view the following video that shows the entire section of the river used for the race.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Organizational Meeting for Rivanna River Regatta 2010, Wed. 7:30p

There will be an organizational meeting this coming Wednesday, March 31 at Aldersgate Church, 1500 E. Rio Road, Charlottesville at 7:30pm for any and all volunteers who wish to help out with this year's canoe and kayak races and/or those who wish to learn more so they can volunteer to keep this event healthy in future years.

Please contact Race Coordinator Merrill Bishop 975-3072 or RAMBISHOP{at} for more information or to RSVP for Wednesday's meeting.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The 2010 race is just a little more than one month away

Help us promote the 2010 Rivanna River Regatta Canoe and Kayak Races by printing out some copies of the flyer and circulating them amongst any paddlers you know.  The more the merrier. Let's make this year's race the biggest and best one yet!

Also be sure to tell your family and friends to come to Darden Towe Park on May 8 to cheer on the racers as they cross the finish line.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The 2010 Rivanna River Regatta Canoe and Kayak Race is coming May 8!

The racers are coming! The racers are coming!

Join us on May 8 for the 5th annual Rivanna River Regatta Canoe and Kayak Races. There will be several classes of races for canoe and kayaks (solo and dual/tandem) and a shorter, Youth (under age 14) race. (Under Age 14 race has been canceled.) If you just want to paddle the river during this time but do not wish to enter the race then by all means come on out, enjoy the fun and watch the racers wizz past you on the river. Spectators are welcome all along the race route but the best vantage point and most excitement will be at the finish line at Darden Towe Park.

Racers should start assembling on the upstream side of the Route 29 bridge (just north of the DoubleTree Hotel and Sam's Club) at 9am for check-in and registration. First heat starts promptly at 10am. More details can be found on the printable flyer.