Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Announcing the 7th Annual Rivanna Regatta Kayak & Canoe Race, Saturday, May 12

The 7th annual Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Races will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012. Racers to assemble starting at 8:30am for registration. First race starts promptly at 10am.

Racers may be started together at 10am sharp or there may be several heats. Race Coordinator reserves the right to combine or eliminate categories depending upon the number of paddlers in each category on race day.

Paddlers assemble at registration/start line under the Route 29 bridge north of Charlottesville (just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Sam’s Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road.) Race finish line is 6.2 miles later at the boat ramp in Darden Towe Park on the east side of Charlottesville. First place paddlers may finish by approx. 10:45am. Awards ceremony will be held at Darden Towe boat ramp shortly after the last racer completes the race (estimated 12:30-1pm.)

Small entrance fee (watch website for updates.) All kayakers and canoers welcome. Race course includes Class II—II+ rapids. Paddle at your own risk. (Signed waiver forms required.) Public spectators welcomed and encouraged at the finish line at Darden Towe Park.

Please keep on eye on this site for more information and updates!


  1. is it possible to avoid the rapids if I just want to paddle along or would I be better off being a spectator on land?

  2. The rapids are not very challenging, but you always have the option to portage around them. There is really no "non-rapids" route as it is a fairly small, narrow river. Without knowing your paddling skills and experience it is impossible to advise you one way or the other.

  3. Race looks cool, but I have never paddled the river and would like to do so before the race. What is a good water level to paddle it in a canoe? The gage has it around 2.5 right now, but I'm guessing it would be better at 3+, to avoid scraping. The videos of the different years appear to have very different water levels.