FCRCC Around Bowen Iron/Relay, Bowen Island, BC – July 29, 2023

Registration Deadline: Monday, July 24, 2023.

The race is scheduled for Saturday July 29, 2023, it circumnavigates scenic Bowen Island in Howe Sound, BC.

The races are open to OC6, OC1, V1, HPKs, SUPs, prone, Sea Kayaks and any other human powered craft. There will be awards if there are at least 3 entries in your category, there will be no age divisions except in outrigger.

The Iron is 32km long. It starts and finishes in Snug Cove. The direction of the race will be determined on race day based on conditions. If you are doing the relay you have to decide with your team who will start and who will finish. The legs are 18km and 15km. The change out will be at Tunstall Bay across the Island. You need to tag out. Don’t forget to give your car keys to your teammate so they can drive back.

This is an open water race with currents with variable conditions and possible rough water. Open water wave experience is highly recomemnded.   If you can’t complete the race, you can pull out at Tunstall Bay.  Approved PFDs with whistles and leashes for small boats to be worn.

The race fee this year is $45 per paddler, and is determined by the costs of fuel for safety boats, permit fees, awards and food.

More race information and registration here.

You also need to have CORA Membership, if you don’t have the annual membership you can get a the day fee for $15. Purchase CORA membership on-line before the race here.


08:45 Check in is open for SUPs, prone and Sea Kayaks
09:15 Safety meeting for SUPs, Prone and Sea kayaks
09:30 Check in is open for all other craft
09:40 Race Start for Prone (just after ferry leaves snug cove)
10:00 Race start for SUPs and Sea Kayaks
10:30 Safety Meeting for the rest of the racers
11:14 Race start for oc1s, and v1s
11:16 Race start for HPKs and oc2s
11:20 Race start for Women and Mixed oc6
11:22 Race start for Men’s oc6s
14:00 First craft expected to finish
15:30 Last craft expected to finish
15:00 prizing starting
15:30 Wrap up

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