CORA CUP Race #1 – Duel in the Desert, Penticton, BC, May 7 & 8, 2022

Penticton Racing Canoe Club is proud to announce that Duel in the Desert is taking place this May 7 and 8, 2022. We’ve got the same AWESOME prizes, the same AWESOME fresh water Skaha Lake with a sandy beach to launch from.

Big Boats on Saturday; Small Boats on Sunday.
Race fees include race awards, draw prizes and lunch.

Big Boats (Saturday):
Cost is $240/crew ($120 for Juniors).
Short Course approx. 8km; Long Course approx. 15 km.
9:00am Short Course Race Start / 10:30am Women’s/Mixed (Masters) Race Start (approx.) / 12:30pm Mens/Mixed (Open) Race Start (approx.)

Small Boats (Sunday):
Cost is $20/person ($10 for juniors).
Race will be approx. 8 – 11 km
10:00am Race Start (approx.)

Race courses will be determined based on conditions.

Here’s the link to our race webpage:
See “Event Documents” on right side of webpage for registration forms.

Please email your intent to race or completed registration form to
Race fees paid at the race day registration table by cash or cheque.

CORA membership (annual or day fee) is required to race.

Mahalo! We look forward to seeing you again.

Darian Hildreth (Friday Harbor) wins 2022 Peter Forand Masters Challenge

The Peter Forand Masters Challenge trophy was AWOL for 2017 and 2018 and 2019. Once the trophy was recovered, we were finally able to present it to Peter Marcus, the 2017 champion, at the 2020 FCRCC Winter Series race, and to Mignon Fontenelle, the 2018 and 2019 and 2020 champion, at the 2020 Jericho Winter Series race.

A small ceremony was held on a gorgeous afternoon in October 2021 on the Washington side of Peace Arch Park with Peter Marcus (2017 Recipient) making the presentation to Beau Whitehead (2021 Recipient). The Peter Forand Masters Challenge trophy travelled to the PNWORCA Winter Series Championship Race for the first time in March 2022, where Beau Whitehead was recognized by fellow Pacific Northwest paddlers.

2022 has been another exceptional year for the PNWORCA Winter Series. Two PNWORCA Winter Series events were cancelled, two PNWORCA Winter Series events went virtual, and there were 3 onsite PNWORCA Winter Series events. There were only 3 OC1 Masters paddlers who participated in at least 3 races.

Discussions between PNWORCA and CORA resulted in agreement that there was indeed one OC1 Masters paddler who not only participated in in a minimum of 3 events in the same Division and was first in Points, but dominated OC1 Masters paddling by financially supporting the host clubs and finishing 1st place OC1 Masters in all virtual and onsite PNWORCA Winter Series events – including the Sand Point Championship race.

The 2022 PNWORCA Winter Series winner for the Peter Forand Masters Challenge is Darian Hildreth (Friday Harbor, San Juan Island) in the Men Masters 40+ OC1 Division. The 2022 PNWORCA Winter Series event organizers recognize Darian Hildreth as the Peter Forand Masters Challenge winner in accordance with guidelines as the Male or Female Masters (40+ / 50+ / 60+ / 70+) paddler with the highest number of points across all age / gender brackets at the end of the Winter Series.

Congratulations to Darian Hildreth for his commitment and excellence in Winter Series small-boat racing. Unfortunately, Darian Hildreth had to leave before the presentation to make a return ferry to San Juan Island. Vast distances permitting, we would like to present this trophy to Darian in person at a PNWORCA event in the near future.

For more information about the Peter Forand Masters Challenge, CLICK HERE

2022 CORA Cup Race Series

With the resumption of OC6 racing, the CORA Cup Race Series is back for 2022!

There are FOUR OC6 races in the 2022 CORA Cup series:
Duel in the Desert, May 7, 2022
Island Iron, June 4, 2022
Lotus Iron, July 2, 2022
Canadian National Championships – Comox, Sept. 10, 2022

To qualify for your respective divisional awards, crews must participate in a minimum of 3 of the 4 events to qualify. Participation at the Canadian National Championships is required, and can count as one of the three races.

Team name, gender and age division and canoe class must be EXACTLY the same for all CORA Cup races if a crew wishes to accrue points towards a specific CORA Cup Series crew title, so ensure the same person registers your crews for each race (For example: “FCRCC Men 2” is NOT the same as “False Creek Men 2”; “FCRCC Happy Walruses” is NOT the same as “Happy Walruses”; “FCRCC 1” cannot refer to both a men’s crew and a women’s crew in the same race, nor a men’s crew in one race and a women’s crew in another race).

Complete 2022 CORA Cup Race Series Rules are here: