December 4, 2005 -- Franklin, NC
Jiffy Wildwater Race
4 December 2005
River Level, 1150 cfs
Sunday, racers rolled to register for the annual NRC Jiffy Wildwater race in the Tuckasegee Gorge.
Twenty-five paddlers milled about trying to stay warm between the 9:30 A.M. competitorsí meeting and
the 11 A.M. start representing all classes, from K-1 Cadet to C-2. There was even a K-2 team! Several
of the top NRC slalom athletes were present to race against the usual Wildwater crowd.
The Tuckasegee Gorge, while a less demanding recreational run than the Nantahala, is a much more
technical wildwater course. Filled with chutes, fast eddy-lines, tight turns, shallows, not-so-visible
rocks, and mysterious ribbons of current through the flats, it makes a great wildwater course that
requires a great deal of concentration to run cleanly.
A big thank-you is due to Chris Hipgrave for negotiating guaranteed water releases on the Tuckasegee
with Duke Power, river access with Dillsboro River Company and Tuckasegee Outfitters, to Chester Jones,
Kathryn Droznek, and Rafel Smolen for starting and timing the race, and to Amy Murphy for photographing
Among the race highlights were:
- Lauren Ledfordís second place finish to Emily Stein in K-1 Women's class with a time of 35:14
after only a month of training in a Wavehopper.
- David Jonesís third place K-1 Men's finish after taking a long break from competitive Wildwater racing.
- Rob Murphy's fourth place K-1 Men's finish despite paddling with a broken finger.
- Shaun Smith's time of 31:52 his second time in a wildwater C-1 borrowed from John Pinyerd.
Click here to see race photos by Aimee
The next USA Wildwater event is the Chute the Hooch clinic and race on the Chattahoochee at the
Powers Ferry Section on January 21st and 22nd. Please see
www.usawildwater.com/news/2005/051106_Chute_Hooch.html or contact John Pinyerd
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Nantahala Racing Club
2005 Jiffy Wildwater Race Results
||Jeffrey Poe (WH)
||Zach Bethea (WH)
||Lauren Ledford (WH)
||Robin ? (SL)
||Gigi Bell (WH)