CORA Spring 2021 Virtual Race Series #3 – (VPC and KPC) – June 13 to 26, 2021

The Kelowna Paddle Centre and Vernon Paddling Centre are co-hosting CORA Spring Series Race #3 taking place from June 13 through June 26, 2021.

Any CORA member can register and compete in CORA’s virtual race series events. Participants require a GPS watch or ERG computer to record your virtual race, and you must have a valid 2021 CORA membership. Categories are available for V1, OC1 and OC2, C1, K1, surfski single and double, marathon canoe single and double, SUP, kayak, Concept2 erg, and KayakPro erg.

NEW for the spring series: both solo and “solo cohort” options are now offered. All participants must register as individuals in solo boats for CORA’s spring 2020 race series, and all participants are responsible for submitting their solo race times. But members within the same club can form teams of up to six solo racers whose aggregate solo race times (with the same distance and race formats) will be compiled as cohort team results once the race submission window has closed. These solo cohort results will be posted as “team placements” in addition to solo results for each participant. For paddlers who choose to participate in the parallel “solo cohort” stream, the following rules apply:

  • solo cohort members must be from the same club
  • times posted as per usual individual competitors, and cumulative times to be tallied after for parallel standings between all participating cohorts
  • drafting within identified cohorts is permitted according with CORA’s standing drafting guidelines, providing no cross-cohort draft occurs and providing that PHO guidelines are followed
  • solo cohort participants must identify one “team” captain with CORA’s race registrar.

Registration will open on Sunday, June 13 and close on Saturday, June 26 at 5:00 pm

You can complete and log your distance as many times as you wish between the date you register and 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 27. For competitors who log more than one result in a selected distance, only the fastest time will be ranked and posted.

RACE formats for Spring V-Race #3:

  • Short Course: 5K triangle
  • Long Course: 12K triangle (3 x 4K Triangle loops)

All registrants will be entered into a random prize draw for fantastic prizes, to be held after the 3rd race of the Spring series. The CORA Board has approved $1000 towards prizes. For reference, prizes were mailed to each participant in the Winter series!

After you register, you will be emailed a link to a data submission form. As well you will be provided with an email address to send a screenshot of your GPS or ERG result (time and distance).

All results (form submission and emailing of GPS results), must be submitted no later than Sunday, June 27 at 5:00 pm (Pacific Time). No submissions will be accepted after the 5:00 pm deadline.

Note that GPS distances must meet or exceed the distance in order to qualify.

The CORA Race Committee will sort results and determine leaderboard standings based on the fastest result from each athlete for each division. Results will be published on the Lotus and CORA websites the following week.

You can register to race as many times as you wish using the same equipment at no extra cost. You will need to pay a separate race fee if you wish to submit an entry using different equipment (e.g. you can race OC1 in both 5.3km and 12km distances for this race, but must purchase a separate registration if you also wish to compete in V1).

Participants must read and accept the waiver as per their age group and indicate this on the registration form.

Note that valid 2021 CORA memberships are required to participate in the winter series virtual races; paddlers can renew their CORA memberships by clicking here.

In the case of registering for any two person equipment (OC2, Surfski for 2, or Marathon canoe for 2) please process two completely separate registrations but use the same email address so that we are able to match the registrations.


CLICK HERE to register (before Saturday 26 June at 5:00 pm Pacific Time).


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CORA Coach Panel #5: Solo Boat Stroke Technique

Come with questions about stroke technique to enhance your paddling efficiency, speed and confidence on the water. CORA board directors, community coaches and racers Rob Magus (Vancouver), James Hill (Victoria), Kamini Jain (Vancouver) and Leanne Stanley (Kelowna) will provide technical overviews, scenario reviews and facilitate Q&A from the audience. This will be a fun and informative discussion. All paddlers, from novice to advanced, are invited and encouraged to attend. Paddles up!

DATE: Saturday 12 June
TIME: 4PM (Pacific)
CLICK HERE or the image below to view recorded video

BC OC6 / OC12 – Resumption

[Updated June 2, 2021]

CORA clubs in British Columbia, take note. Effective May 25, 2021, by order of BC’s Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia has implemented Step 1 of its four-step Restart Plan. Step 1 of the Restart Plan allows for the resumption of outdoor group sports for adults and youth, including practices and competitions, but generally prohibits spectators at any sport activities and prohibits travel between the three provincially designated travel regions (Vancouver Island, Vancouver/Fraser, Northern/Interior) for athletic activities. Subsequent steps in the Restart Plan will further loosen COVID-19 restrictions. Information on BC’s Restart Plan is available HERE.

BC member clubs may resume OC6 and OC12 training in accordance with the Restart Plan. Practices and competitions are allowed for athletes only within their home clubs and no spectators are allowed.

For Step 1 of the Restart Plan, viaSportBC is not taking a prescriptive approach to guidance as it did in Fall 2020. The cohort model previously established by viaSportBC is no longer required, allowing greater flexibility in crew selection and program participation. Physical distancing is not required on the field of play (i.e. on the water), allowing paddlers to be ‘in contact’ with each other in the canoe, with groups of up to 50 persons allowed on the field/water. However, off the field of play (i.e. on the dock and on dry land), physical distancing of 2 metres is still required and group size is limited to 10 persons, so crews must remain separated when prepping, launching, hauling out, cleaning and storing canoes. Sanitizing boats and surfaces are no longer required, but the continuation of COVID protocols such as pre-practice screening and mask usage where physical distancing cannot be maintained are recommended. For those members clubs with indoor facilities, the restrictions in effect prior to May 25, 2021 still apply.

viaSport’s Return to Sport Restart 2.0 chart is available HERE.

CORA recommends that members clubs take a cautious approach and recognizes that some member clubs may wish to impose stricter requirements than the Restart Plan allows, which may include training in cohorts or limited size groups. BC member clubs may wish to amend their cohort crew boat training protocols developed pursuant to CORA’s Return to OC6 Guidance issued September 23, 2020, and available HERE, or resume their protocols without change.

CORA will provide additional updates as the Restart Plan progresses.