Canadian 2024 OC Sprints Championships FAQ

CORA is hosting the Canadian 2024 OC Sprints Championships at Deas Island Regional Park on the April 27-28 weekend. CORA is taking the lead on hosting this Outrigger Sprints Regatta with the assistance of CORA Board members representing clubs from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan / Interior, and Eastern Canada. CORA Board members and CORA clubs are collaborating with the intent of making these championships at Deas Island Regional Park an annual event. There will be V1 and OC6 500M events, as well as OC6 1000M (3-turn) events over the course of the weekend. Deas Island Regional Park has become the site for major canoeing / dragon boating / kayaking / rowing events over the past few years.

CORA is providing this FAQ (this will be updated continuously) to hopefully answer all your questions regarding this event.

Crew races will take place in CORA-club-supplied (equally weighted) Calmar and/or Advantage Traditional (Spec) V6s with the Hawaiian Hawk ama, and/or Matahina Ultralight V6s.

CORA Outrigger Canoe History - Calmar and/or Advantage and/or Matahina

Hawaiian Hawk ama history in Canada

Click Here (Soon) to download the latest Race Schedule (Vx).

We will also provide an updated race schedule to all individual paddlers and team captains via email.

Registration closes Sunday 21 April 2024 – There will be NO onsite registration

Yes! Contact Event Registration and say you wish to have a late start Saturday due to travel distance

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There will be 6 lanes running 500M from the south end to the north end of Deas Island Regional Park.

The 6 available V1 500M and V6 500M lanes are 13.5 metres wide. The V6 1000M will use a pair of 13.5 metre lanes - Odd number lanes going south and even number lanes going north (27 metres wide for turn events).

See the 7-day and hourly prediction tide tables providing predicted times and heights of the high and low waters for Woodward's Landing on the Fraser River at Deas Island Tunnel.

Woodward's Landing - Station 07610

 

6 PFDs will be provided with each Calmar and/or Advantage and/or Matahina V6, but are NOT required. Wear a PFD if you so wish.

PFDs will NOT be provided for V1 paddlers and are NOT required. Bring and wear a PFD if you so wish.

Attendees will have received a tentative racing schedule after Sunday 21 April 2024. Note that late registrations for V1 500M, V6 500M, and V6 1000M events will only be accepted subject to race grid availability and cancellations. V1 Heats, Semi-Finals, and Finals will take place on Saturday 27 April 2024 AM. V6 500M Heats, Semi-Finals, and Finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday 27-28 April 2024. V6 1000M Heats, Semi-Finals, and Finals will take place on Sunday 28 April 2024. All attendees should expect to race continually through-out Saturday / Sunday.

Contact Event Registration and say you wish to find another crew to form a Mixed crew

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Yes! See the list below of a few accommodations close to Deas Island Regional Park in Delta and just north through the Massey Tunnel in Richmond (this will be updated continuously):

The Delta Hotels by Marriott Vancouver Delta is a suburban hotel situated 20 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport and 15 minutes from the BC Ferries Terminal Tsawwassen and 5 minutes from Deas Island Regional Park.

Muchen Villa is a casual B&B surrounded by trees and farms 8 km from the Tsawwassen Ferry and 11 km from Deas Island Regional Park.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport Richmond is 13.4 km from Vancouver International Airport.

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Address to search for on Google Maps is Deas Island Regional Park, 6090 Deas Island Rd, Delta, BC V4K 5A8 - Google Maps Latitude / Longitude for Deas Island Regional Park (49.12732773166486, -123.0546335327195)

From Vancouver, travel on Hwy-99 south, through the Massey Tunnel, take right Exit 28 at Ladner / Hwy-17A / River Road South, take left at Hwy-17A / River Road, travel north over Hwy-99 continuing north on Hwy-17A / 62 B Street / River Road, and take left onto Deas Island Road.

From BC Ferries (Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal), travel on Hwy-17 eastbound, take left at Exit 7 onto Hwy-17A North toward Ladner, travel north over Hwy-99 continuing north on Hwy-17A / 62 B Street / River Road, and take left onto Deas Island Road.

From Canadian Border, travel on Hwy-99 north, take right at Exit 26 toward Hwy-17A / Ladner, travel north and take right at Exit 28 onto Hwy-17A / 62 B Street / River Road North, and take left onto Deas Island Road.

From Fraser Valley, travel on Hwy-1 (TransCanada) westbound, take Exit 53 toward Hwy-15 South / USA Border, take right exit onto 56 Ave / Hwy-10 West, take ramp onto Hwy-99 North toward BC Ferries / Vancouver, travel on Hwy-99 North, take right at Exit 26 toward Hwy-17A / Ladner, travel north and take right at Exit 28 onto Hwy-17A / 62 B Street / River Road North, and take left onto Deas Island Road.

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The Deas Island Regional Park (free) main gravel Deas Island Millennium Trail Parking Lot has capacity for 100+ vehicles (with "creative" parking by attendees). Should you arrive at the Deas Island Regional Park (free) main gravel parking lot and there is no available parking, you will be directed to one of several (free) paved parking lots along Deas Island Road. Please carpool to the venue.

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Yes! Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) has provided access to (free) overflow paved and grassy parking at various locations on the northside and southside of Deas Island Road.

The Deas Island Boat Launch is the Canadian 2024 OC Sprints Championships Race Venue. The (free) main gravel Deas Island Millennium Trail Parking Lot is just a 5-minute walk east of the Deas Island Boat Launch. Several (free) paved parking lots are just a 5-minute walk west of the Deas Island Boat Launch.

V1s will NOT be provided by CORA. You should BYOB or arrange to share with another V1 paddler. V1 paddlers should park in the (free) main gravel Deas Island Millennium Trail Parking Lot adjacent to the grassy berm / hill V1 drop-off area where V1s should be unloaded / rigged on the grassy berm / hill. V1s should then be carried to the grassy area that CORA has reserved for canoe staging and race viewing (no canopies!) between the gravel walkway and the north shore of the Deas Channel and the Delta Deas Rowing Club (DDRC) at the Deas Island Boat Launch. V1 paddlers should then check-in with Registration.

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Yes! CORA will be renting several porta-potties that will be available at the Deas Island Regional Park both days from Dawn-to-Dusk. The Deas Island Regional Park also has a small number of public men's / women's washrooms on the southside and northside of Deas Island Road.

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Yes! Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) has provided access to 9 picnic tables at Deas Island Boat Launch. These picnic tables are first-come-first-serve. There is a grassy area that CORA has reserved for canoe staging and race viewing (no canopies!) between the gravel walkway and the north shore of the Deas Channel and the Delta Deas Rowing Club (DDRC) at the Deas Island Boat Launch. It is highly recommended that attendees bring their own canopies and lawn chairs.

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Yes! Deas Island Regional Park has drinking fountains at various locations available both days from Dawn-to-Dusk so that you can refill your own water bottles and help to reduce waste at Deas Island Regional Park. Delta Deas Rowing Club (DDRC) and Delta Outrigger Kanu Association (DOKA) have taps for drinking water as well.

Canopies (10'x10') for clubs / teams are recommended and are BYOB. CORA will be providing canopies (10'x10') for the Officiating Station, Marshalling Station, First-Aid Station, and Registration / Check-In Station. CORA and Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) request that all club / team provided canopies are setup in the immediate vicinity of the Deas Island Boat Launch adjacent to Delta Deas Rowing Club (DDRC), and that all club / team provided canopies are taken down at the end of each day.

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Yes and No! CORA has collaborated with Delta Deas Rowing Club (DDRC) so that the DDRC Clubhouse electrical outlets will be available for recharging both days from Dawn-to-Dusk. Unfortunately, there are no Wi-Fi Hotspots at Deas Island Regional Park.

Yes! There is a grassy area that CORA has reserved for canoe staging and race viewing (no canopies!) between the gravel walkway and the north shore of the Deas Channel and the Delta Deas Rowing Club (DDRC) at the Deas Island Boat Launch.

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Yes! There are many take-out & sit-down diners near the venue (see below). Once you have arrived, you should expect to be there all day due to the intense racing schedule. In the event that you forget to bring brekky / lunch or you go through everything you brought, CORA has provided menus / hours / locations / phone numbers for take-out & sit-down diners near the venue for both days. Please support these local take-out & sit-down diners.

Subway at 7218 Progress Way, Delta BC

Quiznos at Tilbury Park, Delta BC

Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC

Barnside Brewing

Primerose Greek Restaurant

RiverHouse Restaurant & Pub

The Old Spaghetti Factory Richmond

Match Eatery & Public House Delta (Casino Buffet)

 

Yes! CORA sponsors (Soon) will have booths onsite.

Please see (Soon) the sponsors products.

Please see (Soon) the Canadian 2024 OC Sprints Commemorative Gear shopping cart.

There are hiking trails along the eastside (Delta Millennium Trail) and westside (Slough View Trail) of the Deas Channel. There are many other attractions at this scenic nature park very close to Deas Island Boat Launch including the Riverside Walk, Fisher's Field Picnic Shelter, Burrvilla Heritage Home, Inverholme Schoolhouse, Deas Island Tower, and Deas Island Viewpoint.

Download details from the Deas Island Regional Park Brochure

Yes! CORA sponsors (Soon) are providing Swag

Yes! There will be awards and photo-ops for 1st / 2nd / 3rd Place in each Boat / Distance / Gender / Age Division.

Yes! PNWORCA has a 4-event Sprints Regatta Series every year and in 2024 there will be ARE Matahina Ultralight V6s and ARE Mako V1s at all PNWORCA Sprints Regatta events.

  • PNWORCA Sprints Regatta #1 is hosted by Kikaha O Ke Kai at Spanaway Lake (Tacoma) on 2024-May-11
  • PNWORCA Sprints Regatta #2 is hosted by Wakinikona at Green Lake (Seattle) on 2024-May-25
  • PNWORCA Sprints Regatta #3 is hosted by Hui Heihei Wa’a at Silverdale on 2024-June-1
  • PNWORCA Sprints Regatta #4 is hosted by Hui Wa’a O Puget Sound (HWOPS) at Silver Lake (Everett) on 2024-June-8

Yes! Volunteers are appreciated Saturday morning (8AMish) to unload / rig Calmar and/or Advantage and/or Matahina OC6s from trailers AND end of day Sunday to unrig / load Calmar and/or Advantage and/or Matahina OC6s onto trailers.