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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Rivanna River Regatta and Festival

Photo: Rivanna River, Courtesy of the, Rivanna Conservation Society
For more details or call Mary at (434) 977-4837
Saturday, June 9, 2007
This event will happen Rain or Shine!
Safety First - Thunder/lightning storms will delay events until they pass
9:00 AM Open Class Speed Race Begins

Noon Exhibitors and Vendors at Darden Towe Park

Noon to 6 PM Kayaks at Darden Towe Park available to Test Paddle

1:00 PM Long Flotilla and River Clean Up – Begins at Route 29
Tubing Trips Begin at Pen Park Swiftwater Rescue and Recovery Demonstration by the Albemarle Co. Fire and Rescue Crew

2:00 PM and 3:00 PM Guided Hikes Begin on Rivanna Trails

3:00 PM Short Flotilla Begins from Key West Final Tubing Trip from Pen Park

4:00 to 6:00 PM Main Event at Darden Towe Park
(Music, Exhibits, Food and Beverage Vendors)
Rivanna River Regatta Races
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Summary of Events
9:00 AM The first races of the day will be the “Open Class” which will feature regional “Olympic Class” whitewater paddlers, both solo and dual in either canoes or kayaks.

9:30 AM This second race will be the “Parent-Child Division” Dual both kayak and canoe paddlers. The parent child division will follow immediately after the last of the Open Class, hopefully at 9:30 AM.

These races will be conducted on a lapse time basis with launch times
forwarded to the finish line. Paddlers will be launched on five-minute
intervals. This is an 8.5-mile whitewater and flatwater course involving
a dozen rapids, two of which are Class II requiring skilled handling. All
paddlers are expected to wear PFD and helmets are a good idea.
Referees will be monitoring both the Class II rapids to insure both
sportsman like conduct in these tight spots and assess time penalties
for offenses. (See rules)

12:00 NOON This is only open to solo kayak or canoe, paddlers ages under 14. This is a 2.2-mile race will launch from the sand bar at Key West Swim and Tennis Club (just off of Rt. 20 about 3
miles north from junction of U.S. 250.) All participants will
start at the same time. This route has only three rapids with a
minor degree of difficulty. A safety patrol crew will monitor.

Race Card & Schedule

Race Category Who and What Prize
Under Teen Solo Kayak or Canoe, solo, pre-High $25
School, 2.2 mile course only
Parent-Child Father-son, Mother-daughter $50
Or other similar combination,
All ages. Kayak dual and canoe
dual in separate races. 8.5 mile
course. No Assistance in the rapids
Open Class Veteran Whitewater Paddlers in Separate $100
solo and dual categories for kayak and
For more details or call Mary at (434) 977-4837
The Rivanna River and its tributaries flow through the Counties of Greene, Albemarle, Louisa and Fluvanna, Virginia. This river also defines the eastern limits of the City of Charlottesville.
The mission of the Rivanna Conservation Society (RCS) is to protect and enhance the Rivanna River for public use. RCS is dedicated to safeguarding the ecological, scenic, recreational and historic resources of the Rivanna River and its tributaries.
RCS, PO Box 1501, Charlottesville, VA 22902-1501, Phone: (434) 97-River (977-4837)


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