no fresh water challenge in 2013

We will not be hosting the Fresh Wather Challenge this year. Instead we are hosting the National Iron Championships. Look for the Fresh Water Challenge to return again in 2014!

2012 FWC Race Results

The Vernon Paddling Centre wishes to thank all the participants in this years Fresh Water Challenge. It was great to see you competing this year and we appreciate the great camaraderie, sportsmanship and tough competition. Here are the resutls:

Small Boat Race Results

OC6 Race Results

North American Fresh Water Challenge

Vernon Paddling Centre's North American Fresh Water Challenge 2012!

August 4, 2012 and August 5, 2012
Okanagan Lake, Vernon BC

Once again we extend a warm welcome for you to join us at Kin Beach on beautiful Okanagan Lake for our annual weekend of races, recreation and reconnecting.

We will be having a small boat race on the afternoon of the 4th -- Saturday and the 9-person change races on Sunday the 5th.
So far Ogopogo has not been sighted!

Saturday August 4th, 2012

The small boat race is approximately 10 km and any form of boat is acceptable (self propelled that is!) including stand up paddle.
Even if you are not racing be sure to plan your OC-6 rigging around the race so you can watch and cheer.

Small Boat Race

Morning/Afternoon at KIN BEACH:
10:00am - 12:00pm: Small Boats registration and rigging. (OC6 can register for Sundays race at this time as well - if they haven't already.)
12:30 - 2:00 pm. - Ladies, recreational, juniors and mixed. $10/person
2:15 - 3:45 pm mens $10/person
*Heats may be combined based on Registration*

Note: unofficial results and awards available at Kin Beach at 5:00 pm with awards to follow.

Sunday August 5th, 2012

We have a long (44 km) race along with a short course (24km) that can be a change or ironed.
We have men's, mixed, ladies, master's etc. Any combination will work!

All non-racing paddlers are encouraged to join us in giving the racers a rousing send off.

OC-6 Race

NOTE: This year there is only one race in the afternoon. The am and pm races have been combined.
11:45am - 12:00pm: Steerperson and Escort Boat Captain meeting.
12:15 - 5:15pm: Men/Open Mixed/Women/Novice/Rec/Juniors
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Happy hour at Beach Front Dinner Venue (check at registration for address)
6pm - 12 midnight: * Dinner, Awards, Music
*extra tickets $15 per person available at registration. ALL guests including children must have a dinner ticket.*

Escort Boats

All small boat entries doing the change race on Sunday must provide their own escort boat. In order to provide suitable escort boats, we ask ALL clubs and ALL team captains to do the following:

    1. Provide us with as early a registration as possible
    2. Let us know if you would like the same boat and driver as last year and we will try to arrange this.
    3. Do not switch escort boats on the beach on escort day. Safety first.
    4. Do not expect to have an escort boat provided if you register any later than one week before the race.
    5. Do not expect a refund on escort boat fees if you cancel a team less than one week before the race. We will still do what we can.
    6. Remind all racers to limit carry on bags. Many items can be shared to conserve space.

Please contact Lorellei if you require an escort boat.

If at all possible we ask that all local teams try to secure their own escort boat. Once again we ask that you advise Lorellei ASAP of your escort boat needs. We’ll see what we can do.

Sunday Evening Party!

We will be hosting a post-race party on Sunday at a private home on the lake -- it has a dock, beach, grass, barbeque, firepit, jukebox, bar etc.
Our plan is for a range of salads, pulled pork and corn on the cob. We will have beer, wine (red and white) and apple cider available for purchase. Also available will be coke, sprite, ice tea, club soda and coffee and tea.
Don't miss this fun event. We practice, play & party hard! Plan to join us.

Fresh Water Challenge BBQ

Map of Race

Local Accommodation Information

Registration Form

Release Form

Small Boat Crew Roster and Waiver


Feel free to contact our race organizer:
Lorellei Sullivan by email if you have any questions.
We encourage you to register early.

See you on the lake!