The Comox Valley is a fun place to paddle in the winter. Approximately 3 of 5 days have winds over 15 km h. and 17 out of 31 over 25 KM/H. There are several options for down wind shuttles depending on conditions. This year we have altered the format to an unsanctioned event that will take place one of 3 weekends in October or early November. We have also changed the focus from a downwind race to a downwind run. The local paddlers who are accustomed to these waters are committed to staying with and helping out inexperienced paddlers. All CORA members are welcome to join in and the word will be spread via social media so feel free to pass on the information and extend the invitation to your friends. Our focus is on learning and experiencing bigger water in a reasonably safe environment where you can relax and have fun.
Where: Comox Valley
When: Check here for details for further details as we will post closer to the event.
Possible weekends are:
Oct. 17th and 18th
Oct. 24th and 25th
Oct. 31 and Nov.1st
All participants must be CORA members.
CORA Membership Forms will be available.
Weather permitting this race will be a down wind shuttle on the best run of the day somewhere in or near the Comox Valley. There are many different routes we can utilize from Buckley Bay to Campbell River. Depending totally on the weather these runs may range from a very short run from Union Bay to Royston Wrecks (approximately 12.5 KM) to a new and epic open to Georgia Strait run that we have been using regularly from Kye Bay to Williams Beach (approximately 21.5 KM).
Participants should be aware and warned:
- This is Georgia Strait cold water paddling.
- Should be fully versed in self rescue.
- Must be a strong swimmers.
- Should use clothing suited for possible extreme weather conditions.
- Should be prepared for the end of the race with dry warm clothing.
- Many of the put ins and take outs do not have washroom or change room facilities.
- Participants will have the option to use the shuttle trailer but are responsible for loading and strapping down their own boats and are fully responsible if damage be incurred.