July 21, 2005

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Dear Wildwater Racers and Friends:

It's hard to believe that a month has passed since I sent out the last newsletter! It's not that there was a lack of news, just that I have been a bit busy and I didn't realize how many articles came in since the last newsletter.

We recently completed very successful Team Trials, Jr. Team Trials, and National Championship events. We had several Wildwater racers competing in the World Cup series in Ireland, Wales, and England. Members of our Junior Team will be competing in the Junior World Championships in Italy in less than 10 days.

We cannot rest on our accomplishments. It is already time to start planning for 2006. The first article in this newsletter is a Request for Bids to Host the 2006 Wildwater Events. Bids are being requested from race organizing committees to host the 2006 USA Wildwater Team Trials, Eastern US Wildwater Junior Team Trials, Western US Wildwater Junior Team Trials and the USA Wildwater National Championships. Organizers should choose the wildwater event(s) that they are best suited to host and bid on the selected event(s).

Bids should be submitted in writing via email in the format described in the article to the Wildwater Chairman, John Pinyerd ( by September 30th 2005. A decision will be made on the location and date of these races and made public no later than October 31st 2005.

This newsletter also includes the results from several races, including the FibArk 26-mile Expert Downriver Race, and news about the upcoming 25th annual Upper Yough Race and Festival.

Last, but not least, are two articles about individual wildwater races. "Wildwater Champion joins National Sprint Team" is about Geoff Calhoun's venture into sprint racing and "Water World" is about our own Tom Weir. I think that you will find both articles quite interesting.

There still are many races on the schedule for those who will be staying closer to home. Check out the calendar at for the dates for the races in your area.

Chuck Brabec

In this issue:

Request for Bids to Host 2006 National Events
Team Trials, Jr. Team Trials, and the National Championships
full story...
25th annual Upper Yough Race and Festival
Special Upper Yough Race dam release
full story...
Tommyknocker Clear Creek Challenge
Check out the results
full story...
Salmon River Downriver Race
Check out the results
full story...
FiBArk (First in Boating on the Arkansas)
The Longest, Oldest, Most Prestigious and Toughest Wildwater Race...on Earth(?)
full story...
Potomac Downriver Race
Check out the results
full story...
Wildwater Champion joins National Sprint Team
Geoff Calhoun makes him mark in sprint racing
full story...
Water World
By Mike Cane, Herald Writer
full story...