Team Canada 2023 Trial Sign Up Deadline is October 7

Hello CORA Members,

There’s been a great response to the upcoming trial to make Team Canada for the 2023 World Distance Championships, to be held in Samoa. The Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association recently announced that the 2023 event will be held from August 10th to 18th. You can visit the IVF website for the most up to date information on the 2023 event.

This is a friendly reminder the deadline to register for the Team Canada trials is Friday, October 7!

  • The trials are October 15 and 16 at the Jericho Paddling Centre in Vancouver. This includes a V1/OC1 time trial on the 15th and a crew paddling evaluation by CORA’s IVF Committee on the 16th.
  • Everyone who wants to race for Team Canada must attend the trial or obtain a trial exemption
  • Canada will send one V6 crew and one V1 paddler per gender (female/male) and category (U19/Open/40s/50s/60s/70s). Note that Para V6 is Mixed and raced a reduced distance. Master 70 also races a reduced distance.
  • There may be additional categories added when the IVF reviews the Distance Race Rules later this year. They will be finalized by December 2022. All details on this can be found on the IVF website.
  • More information about the Team Canada process and a registration link can be found at

A few other important notes:

  • All paddlers must supply their own canoe for trials. If you do not have a canoe, you can post to the CORA message board that you are looking for one to rent or borrow.
  • If you wish to try out for only a spot in V6 (also known as OC6) then you can do your trial in an OC1 or a V1 – it is your choice.
  • If you wish to try out for the V1 spot for your age category, then you MUST do the trial in a V1. Your V1 trial will be used for V6 is you want to be considered for the crew as well.
  • All paddlers must have a Transport Canada PFD on board.
  • All paddlers must wear a leash.
  • Paddlers coming from out of town and staying in hotels with underground parking – there is limited overnight storage available at Jericho Sailing Centre on the ground in and around the paddling shed and maybe a spot or two in racks. Be prepared to have your canoes on the ground.
  • Saturday the Men’s race meeting will be at 8:30am with 9am race start.
  • Women’s race meeting is tentatively at noon with 12:30pm start.
  • Sunday OC6 times and location will be confirmed with registered participants closer to trials but plan for Burrard.
  • The CORA IVF Committee will be meeting with the registered paddlers during the trials weekend to discuss the process of free agent/pre-determined crews as well as discussing racing multiple age categories.
  • Tentative course starts at Jericho, goes towards the mouth of False Creek around the red and green navigational buoys, back out into English Bay, then back towards Jericho for a lopsided rectangular 9kmish loop.

If you have any questions, please look at the website. If you have questions that are not answered in this email or on the website or the trial documents, please email

Your CORA IVF Committee

CORA Junior / Novice OC Paddle Draw

CORA introduced a new initiative for 2022 at the CORA 2021 Pre-AGM. To encourage participation by new paddlers at CORA 2022 events, a new Junior / Novice OC Paddle Draw Grant was funded. Every Junior / Novice participant at each CORA Cup Series 2022 event was given 1 entry for the end-of-season draw. It was possible for each Junior / Novice participant to have up to a maximum of 4 entries for the end-of-season draw. The response was impressive with 68 entries in total from 8 Western Canada OC clubs. There were at least 10 entries in each of the Junior Women, Junior Men, Novice Women, and Novice Men divisions such that 2 winners were drawn from each of these 4 divisions.

Oddball Workshop

CORA wishes to extend a round of appreciation to Oddball Workshop, our generous sponsor, for contributing Gift Certificates for each of the 8 Junior / Novice winners to redeem for a paddle of a length and design of their choosing within 1 year from the end-of-season draw date (10-Sep-2022).

CORA wishes to congratulate the 8 Junior / Novice 2022 OC Paddle winners:

  • Nuria Dominguez Gil – (Lotus Sports Club)
  • Elizabeth Hanna – (Penticton Racing Canoe Club)
  • Allen Wyse – (Island Brave)
  • Sebastien Grieco – (Lotus Sports Club)
  • Sondra Moyls – (False Creek Racing Canoe Club)
  • Karita Hunt – (Latitude 48)
  • Chris Spoor – (Comox Valley Canoe Racing Club)
  • Eston Shum – (False Creek Racing Canoe Club)
Junior-Novice-Winner Junior-Novice-Winner Junior-Novice-Winner Junior-Novice-Winner
Junior-Novice-Winner Junior-Novice-Winner Junior-Novice-Winner

CORA wishes to extend a round of appreciation to the Race Coordinators (Don Mulhall; Melanie Conard; Grace Morissette; Jackie Bell) from CORA Cup Series host clubs Penticton, Latitude 48, Lotus, and Comox, as well as the club reps who collected the names of Junior / Novice participants at these 4 events, and forwarded these entries onto the CORA Board for the draw at the Comox Awards presentation.

Penticton Racing Canoe Club
Penticton Racing Canoe Club
Latitude 48
Latitude 48
Lotus Sports Club
Lotus Sports Club
Comox Valley Canoe Racing Club
Comox Valley Canoe Racing Club

L48 Bridges / Inny & Outty, Victoria, BC – October 1 & 2, 2022

Saturday, October 1, 2022 – 5km OC6 races up and down Victoria’s Gorge Waterway.  Gender and mixed crews run separately allowing paddlers to race in multiple divisions. OC6s are provided.


Sunday, October 2, 2022 – Small Boats race the 5 km “inny” (short course, protected waters), the 12 km “outty” (long course out of the harbour) or both!  Half the proceeds from Sunday’s races go to the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.