July 10, 2004 -- Atlanta, GA
Mark your calendar and make your plans to attend the 2004 North American
(CAN-AM) Wildwater championships. We are pleased and excited to
announce that USA and the Canadian Wildwater Championships will
be held together this year. Designated as the CAN-AM Championships,
they will be held in Northern New York State (August 7-8) and
Southwest Quebec, Canada (August 12).
The North American championship will consist of the combined result from
the US Nationals and the Canadian Wildwater Championships. This
series of races has also been designated as a Pan American championship
if we can get 5 countries to attend.
Classes: For the North American Championships all ICF classes will be recognized
if there at least three boats, i.e K-1 Men and Junior Men, K-1
Women and Junior Women, C-2 Men and Junior men and C-1 Men and
Junior Men. Each race in the series will have additional classes
for that race, i.e Masters, Cadet (under 14 on January 1, 2004)
as entries permit>
Results: The US National Championships winners will be determined by combining
the sprint and classic results using percentages off the winner.
Only the classic race will count from the Canadian Nationals as it determines the
winner of the Canadian Nationals. There will be a sprint at the
separate slalom site on August 15th at Valleyfield Quebec as well.
Please note these are part of the combined Canadian slalom and
wildwater nationals with the slalom at Valleyfield from August
13th to 15th.>
The results will then be combined using the ICF points system used in the
World Cups, i.e. for mens kayak 100 points to the winner of each
Nationals, 95 points to second place, 91 to 3rd, 88 to 4th, 86
to 5th, 85 to 6th, 84 to 7th, etc.
Awards will be given to the North American Champion in each class provided
we have at least 3 boats in the class at both races, including
mens and womens kayak, mens C-1 and C-2, junior mens and womens
kayak (under 18 on January 1, 2004 ) and junior C-1 and C-2. Other
classes may be added if numbers warrant, i.e. womens C-1, cadet
classes (under 14 on January 1, 2004 )
These CAN-AM races are about 3 and 1/2 hours drive apart and have been scheduled
together to make it easy to attend both.
Schedules, Descriptions and Directions:
US Nationals: August 7th and 8th Salmon River, Pulaski, New York:
Sprint: Saturday, August 7, 2004- 4:30 pm Firemans Park to Town
Bridge (2 runs)
Classic: Sunday, August 8, 2004-9:30 am Route 2A Bridge to Black
Please note that the race time on Sunday may be moved until later
in the day.
Description: This is a water release river. Water will turn on
at 9 am Saturday morning and off on Sunday. There is no release
during the week. There are scheduled releases on July 10/11 and
July 24/25. The river is a straightforward class II river that
can be easily learned in a day.
US Accommodations: These are listed on the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce website and
consist mainly of motels. The Redwood Motel is a sponsor and if you stay there the ponderosa side is recommended.
The nearest camping is the State park on Lake Ontario which is 5 miles away.
US Directions: Take the I-81 North from Syracuse and take the first exit for
Pulaski which is about 30 miles north of Syracuse. If you go east you will come up to Route 2A and turn left. The start of the Classic
is at the bridge and there is a large parking lot.
For More Information please see the very detailed website (which includes entry forms)
or contact Harold Van Winssen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Nationals, August 12th, Rouge River Canyon, Quebec, Canada
Non Stop: 11 am Wednesday August 11th Non Stop (this is not mandatory)
Competitors Meeting: 10 am Thursday August 12th Racers meeting
Race: 11 am Thursday August 12th Classic race
Boat Control: Please note boat measuring is from 9-10 am and 3-4 pm on August 11th but this may be waived
Sprint (Optional): 11 am August 15th Sprint - Valleyfield, St Charles River
CAN Directions: Take I-81 North from Pulaski across the Canadian border. Then
take Highway 401 East to #138 at Cornwall. Take #138 North to
Highway 417. Take Highway 417 East to #34. Take #34 North to Hawkesbury.
Follow the road across the river via John Street. At the T which
is 148 in Quebec turn left towards Montebello. Go 6.4 kilometers
past Calumet. Turn right towards Kilmar. There will also be signs
for the rafting companies. Just past Kilmar turn left at the T
and continue to Rivington bridge where the road crosses the River.
This is the takeout
CAN River Description: The race is on a 5 kilometer stretch called the
Canyon section. This is a natural flow river and there is no water
release. In the event of dry conditions the site may change. It
is generally Class 2-3 at that time of year
CAN Accommodations: There are a number of hotel/motels but none immediately at the
site. Nearby locations are:
Calumet: Auberge de la Riviere Rouge 819 242 4474
Harrington: Norwood Lodge 819 242 2666 www.norwoodlodge.com
Auberge Val-Carroll 819 242 7041
Those in search of something finer may want to try the Fairmont Chateau Montebello
which is farther away but a magnificent log Hotel (819 423 6341).
Please note the special rate for CAN AM competitors.
Please see the website at www.kayak-valleyfield.org and click on the English version
US Nationals: $25 US. This includes your entry and a T-shirt
CAN Nationals: $35 Can. This is just for the Wildwater but includes
a T-shirt. It is $75 before July 31st for both slalom and wildwater.
For more information contact Harold Van Winssen at email@example.com
USACK - Wildwater Committee Chairman
John Pinyerd is Chair of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a C-1 Wildwater
racer living in Atlanta. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.