Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016 Race Results are Posted

Thank you to all who paddled and/or volunteered to make this year's race a success!  We had a record number of paddlers this year and, as always, we ask for your feedback on how this race can be improved.

The results are now posted at www.CvillePaddlers.com/races

We especially thank members of the George Dickel Chapter of the Float Fishermen of Virginia who volunteered both on land and in the water as safety boaters.  They did a great job ensuring we all remained safe and helped keep things running smoothly.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sweep clearing and beginners' floatilla before race Saturday

On May 4, Wednesday at 10 am we'll be sending a debris and sweep clearing crew down this stretch of the river.  If you can help, please come.  We'll likely need a chainsaw (or two) to shorten some of the sweeps and we'll pick-up trash along the way. Gabe Silver will be there with his trailer load of canoes and kayaks so if you want to use one, then, e-mail RivannaRiverCompany@gmail.com and make your needs known.  Bring a few large trash bags, leather gloves, perhaps a shovel, and I'll throw in a coil of rope.

On May 7, Saturday at 9 am, we'll have an orientation flotilla headed down this 6.2 mile course departing from the 29 North Put-In right there at the stoplight at 29 North and Rio Mills Rd.  We'll have a number of "newbys" exploring this stretch of the river for the first time.  I've also invited some of the "press" to "paddle" along and possibly get some "action" shots in the two, Class II rapids.  Please respond so we'll be able to arrange photo Ops for them.  If you need a canoe, again, contact Gabe.

Merrill Bishop, Race Coordinator
ph. 434-975-3072
on-the-go cell 996-8886

Friday, March 18, 2016

Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Races Saturday May 14, 2016

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The 11th annual Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Races will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Racers to assemble starting ~8:00am for registration.  First race starts promptly at 10am.  Mandatory safety meeting at 9am.

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. 

Where? 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.)

$20 entrance fee per adult, $10 age 13-18,  $5 kids under 13.  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.

Boat rentals ($10) and free shuttle provided by Rivanna River Company. Please contact them directly before the end of business, Thursday, May 12 to make arrangements. www.RivannaRiverCompany.com
(434) 218-2052

Contact for more information: Merrill Bishop, Race Coordinator Tel: 434-975-3072; Email: rambishop1@gmail.com

Visit www.CvillePaddlers.com For more information, links, and photos & videos from previous races

Categories will be consistent with previous years, pending the number and types of crafts that enter on race day.

Canoeists may only use single-blade paddles for competition.

Approved PFD's must be worn.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Save the date! The 11th Annual Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Races

As always the Rivanna River Race will be the second Saturday in May this year. Saturday, May, 14, 2016.