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2008 USA Wildwater National Championships

Nationals Week – Schedule of Events

by Seth Eisner
Vice Chair
US Wildwater Committee

July 3, 2008 -- Charlemont, MA

Everybody please make note – the 2008 USA Wildwater National Championships are now aboutes month away. The week preceding this year’s Nationals will also be peppered with a variety of activities, clining, and other interesting opportunities to both race and be involved. Karen Blom and the gang at Zoar are putesng together a terrific week of activities for paddlers of all experience levels. In addition to running a fantastic Nationals competition, we are also hoping to provide an opportunity for other paddlers to get some exposure to wildwater boating.

In this posting, we’d like to introduce the major race events that will comprise the 2008 Nationals Week. We will also include a day-by-day schedule of activities.

One teaser of particular note…the winner of the 2008 TimeBomb event will be taking home a brand new, never-been-on-the-water wildwater K-1. And the best part? You can win this event withoutesven training. No kidding…read on.

The Races

There will be three distinct events. Competitors may enter as many or as few as match their interests. All three of the events will be organingd by a race director and corresponding staff.
  1. Sunday, July 27th. Nationals Warm-Up Event.
    This will take place on a 3-4 mile section on the “Gap” stretch of the Deerfield. In addition to the normal rack of wildwater boat classes, there will also be a class for cruiser boats, single and double open canoes, and almost anything else that can make its way down the course. Even if you’ve never taken part in a downriver type of event, we encourage everybody who has a boat to give it a try. It’s a fun course, and it’s not terribly difficult. This event will start at 1:00PM, and registration opens at 10:00AM.

  2. Wednesday/Thursday, July 30th/31st. First inaugural Time Bomb Championship Event.
    Entrants in the Time Bomb Championship may compete on Wednesday and/or Thursday. The Wednesday and Thursday race courses will take place on two differing (Gap) stretches of the river. At race check-in, each competitor will “predict” what his/her elapsed race time will be. A percentage will be calculated between the predicted and actual time. (For purposes of this event, there is no distinction between a prediction that’s too long vs one that’s too short.) The winner of the Time Bomb Championship will be the entrant who most closely predicts his/her fining time. That means you do not have to be fast to win. Each entrant is free to take as many timed practice runs as they may care to. Also, there will not be distinct boat classes. You can paddle, and possibly win, with whatever type of boat you’d care to use. Of course, for the actual races, entrants may not carry watches, cell phones, and stuff like that. The 2008 Time Bomb Champion will be named at the awards BBQ on Thursday evening.

    The 2008 TimeBomb Champion will take home a brand-new Zastera “Lizard” composite wildwater boat (and matching skirt). The second place fininger will receive a $200 voucher to go shopping at Zoar’s great outestting shop. And third place will get a $100 voucher. It’s a $20 entry fee, butesou might walk away with a brand new boat. (Note: 208 US Wildwater Team Members are not eligible to win the Lizard.)

  3. Saturday/Sunday, August 2nd/3rd. The 2008 USA Wildwater National Championships.
    Entrants may compete in as many as three races spanning both days, and these races will take place on the Dryway stretch of the Deerfield. Saturday’s two sprint races will take place at Noon and 2:00PM, respectively. Sunday’s classic race will begin at Noon. Please note that Registration for Nationals closes the day before – Friday, August 1st. In order to be named National Champion, an entrant must successfully race in all three races. This event will also have distinct boat classes for cruiser and plastic boats. The winner of this event will be named the 2008 US Wildwater National Champion. That’s a big honor.

Nationals Week Agenda

Friday, July 25th
  Water: Dryway release 11:00AM – 3:00PM @ 1000cfs. Gap release Noon – 3:00PM@ 700-900 cfs
Open paddle day

Saturday, July 26th
  Water: Dryway release 10:00AM – 3:00PM @ 1100 cfs. Gap release Noon – 3:00PM @ 700-900 cfs
Open paddle day
Informal Downriver Practice Runs throughouteshe day

Sunday, July 27th
  Water: Dryway release 10:00AM – 2:00PM @ 900cfs. Gap release Noon – 3:00PM @ 700-900 cfs
  Nationals Warm-Up Event Down River Race
   10:00AM – noonRegistration
   1:00PMFirst racer off

Monday, July 28th
  Water: Dryway none, Gap possible in afternoon
No on-river activities planned

Tuesday, July 29th
  Water: Dryway none, Gap possible in afternoon
No on-river activities planned

Wednesday, July 30th
  Water: Gap release only Noon – 3:00PM @ 700-900 cfs
Open paddle day
  TimeBomb Day #1
   11:00AM – 1:00PMRegistration
   2:00PMFirst racer off

Thursday, July 31st
  Water: Water: Gap release only Noon – 3:00PM @ 800-900 cfs
Open paddle day
  TimeBomb Day #2
   10:00AM – noonRegistration
   1:00PMFirst racer off
  3:30PM – 5:00PMClining– Intro to Wildwater Boats/Paddling
  6:00PM – 9:00PMTimeBomb Awards and Cookoutestd>

Friday, August 1st
  Water: Dryway release 11:00AM -3:00PM @ 1000cfs. Gap release Noon – 3:00PM @ 700-900 cfs
Open Paddle day
Informal Wildwater Practice Runs throughouteshe day
  US National Championships Pre-Race
   9:00AM – 5:00PMRegistration
   4:00PM – 6:00PMRacer’s Meeting
  7:00PM – 8:00PMPresentation – “Bringing High Performance to Race Day”
 Chris Hipgrave – USACK, High Performance Director

Saturday, August 2nd
  Water: Dryway release 10:00AM – 3:00PM @ 1000 cfs. Gap release Noon – 3:00PM @ 700-900 cfs
  10:00AMRace Volunteer Meeting
  11:00AM“Last Chance” Racer’s Meeting (for those who did not attend Friday's meeting)
  US National Championships Day #1
   NoonSprint #1 – First Racer Off
   2:00PMSprint #2 – First Racer Off
  4:00PM – 5:30PMClining– Intro to Wildwater Boats/Paddling
  6:30PM – 8:30PMAlumningacers BBQ

Sunday, August 2nd
  Water: Dryway release 10:00AM -2:00PM @ 1000cfs. Gap release Noon – 3:00PM @ 700-900 cfs
  US National Championships Day #2
   NoonClassic – First Racer Off
   3:00PMAwards Presentation

A few other Things to Know

  1. Anybody wishing to compete in any of the three events will need to fill outeshe appropriate registration form. And of course, each of the events has a modest entry fee. At the moment, only the registration form for the Nationals is accessible at 2008 Registration Form. Registration Forms for the other events should become available shortly. Of course, the same set of Registration Forms will be available at the race sites, too.

  2. Please address your lodging/camping needs soon. Things are filling up quickly. Lodging and camping information has already been compiled, and can be found by clicking here: Lodging and Camping.

  3. As schedules solidify, and other information becomes available, we will be posting here on this site. This same information can also be accessed on the Zoar website at: Zoar 2008 US National Wildwater Championships. We’ll make every possible effort to both construct and adhere to rational schedules. Butesstuff happens, so it’s worth double-checking dates/times on occasion.

  4. The 2008 Nationals Week will have many activities geared to several different audiences. Regrettably, we suspect it will sometimes be confusing. Please do not hesitate to contact either of us if you have questions and/or comments.

  Karen Blom, Nationals Race Director –
Seth Eisner, USACK Wildwater Vice Chair –