IVF World Sprints – Registration Deadline: 28 August

CORA’s IVF committee is pleased to provide the following update on the trials and selection process for individuals and teams hoping to represent Canada at the 2022 World Outrigger Sprints. Whether or not you submitted an intent to compete form previously, if you are interested in trying out for world sprints we encourage you to review the attachment as things have changed since the last trials. 

NOTE: If you have filled out the intent to compete form, you are NOT registered for trials. 

Registration and event payment are due by August 28. CLICK HERE to download forms for registration are linked on the last few pages of the attached document. Trials will take place at Calgary Canoe Club on September 18 and 19. We recommend that when you are booking travel plans, ensure that you have cancellation insurance or that all bookings are refundable. 

The attached document outlines the process and links to the registration forms for paddlers trying out for:

  • Team Canada Elite Crew
  • V1 spots for all age classes
  • Free agent paddlers trying out for a seat in a Club Crew Championship team 
  • Club Crews (Pre-determined teams) trying out for one of the Club Crew Championship team slots

NOTES: For paddlers wanting to try out for Elite and/or age category V1 as well as a Club Crew Championship team, you need to fill out both the Elite registration, the V1 registration and either the free agent or pre-determined team registration. An athlete cannot be on both a club crew list and race as a free-agent in the same age category. If you are registering in a club crew, expect to travel to Calgary to trial unless you hear otherwise from the selection committee when registration closes. 

Registration Fees: Trials Fees for free agent paddlers and V1 trials are $20 for each age category a paddler trials in. For Club Crew teams the fee is $120 for each age category. There is no additional fee to try out for the Elite Crew. There are also no fees for juniors. 

Registration is now closed.

COVID Protocols: Alberta no longer has COVID restrictions in place. However, for this event, the protocols of physical distancing on land will be in place. It is requested that all paddlers wear masks when indoors or unable to physically distance on land. Our hosts, Calgary Canoe Club, may have their own protocols on top of what CORA is outlining here. If so, we will make you aware of these.

For free agents, if you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask at all times (except during your solo trial on the water). This means that a mask is required on the race site including the dock, inside and outdoors, and at all times in the V6 with your free agent crew. This is for your safety and the safety of your fellow paddlers and event volunteers.

Comox Island Iron 2021

RACE Results are now available. CLICK HERE to view crew boat and small boat results

Saturday, August 28 & Sunday, August 29, 2021 ~ Join the Comox Valley Canoe Racing Club for two days of racing for all paddle disciplines and abilities.

CVCRC will host 2021’s first CORA-sanctioned OC6 distance races on Saturday with short course (6-8km) and long course (approx. 15km) races.
Sunday will include the traditional small boat race – OC1-2, surfski and SUP – right off the Pier at the Comox Marina Park.

The CVCRC website is being updated regularly with race information as it is confirmed.

July 2021 Amendments to CORA Long Distance Race Rules

At its July 7, 2021 meetng, the CORA Board passed changes to the Long Distance Race Rules.

The changes primarily relate to small boats age divisions, together with changes to unlimited OC6 age divisions and exemptions for Novice crews. Age divisions for small boats are now different from age divisions for big boats. We have introduced definitions for “Small Boats”, being OC1s, V1s, OC2s, OC3s and OC4s, and “Big Boats”, being OC6s and OC12s. We have used the “OC” designation rather than a mix of “OC” and “V” for consistency in naming.

Small Boats Changes

For Small Boats age divisions, paddlers’ age divisions are now specific age ranges, rather than open-ended ranges. For example, “Open” is now 20-39, “Masters 40” is now 40-49, “Masters 50” is now 50-59, “Masters 60” is now 60-69 and “Masters 70+” remains 70 and older. Your age remains the age that you will turn in the calendar year of the race (i.e. if you turn 50 in the calendar year of the race (even if your birthday is after the race), your division will be “Masters 50”). For Small Boats, the definition of “Novice” is now independent of Big Boat experience.

This means that for small boats, paddlers will now “race your age” and may not ‘race down’ an age division, age divisions cannot be collapsed, and we have removed the requirement for 3 entries to form a class for award recognition.

Awards are to be provided even if there are only 1 or 2 entries in a class. So that means that race hosts will provide more awards (which can still be any form of recognition they choose, including food items, beverages, ribbons, etc). The intent is to prevent paddlers from being overlooked when classes are collapsed (i.e. a 70s paddler lumped in with 50s or 60s paddlers, or a less experienced paddler in Open being shut-out by more experienced Masters paddlers ‘racing down’).

We have also revised the junior age divisions of Keiki (16) and Junior (19) to be consistent with IVF age ranges.

For adult OC2s, the age division will be that of the younger paddler, except if there’s a Junior (19) or Keiki (16) paddler on the OC2 with an adult, in which case the OC2 crew would be “Open”. Two Keiki (16) or Junior (19) paddlers would be required to form an OC2 crew in those divisions. Although they are not typically raced, we have also made provisions for OC3 and OC4 crews in the amended rules.

For those paddlers whose peers are in a different age or gender division, we will be requiring Race Directors to post full results for each race or heat across all divisions (i.e. order of finish across the finish line), so that racers can see their placement relative to their peers.

Big Boats Changes

Age Divisions for Big Boats remain unchanged, other than for Keiki (16) and Junior (19), as noted for Small Boats. For Big Boats, the definition of “Novice” is now independent of Small Boat experience.

However, for Unlimited OC6s, we have expanded the age divisions from just “Open” and “Masters 40+” to the full set of age divisions.

Big Boat age division definitions for both Spec OC6s and Unlimited OC6s are still open-ended (i.e. Open (any age), Masters 40+, Masters 50+, Masters 60+ and Masters 70+), three crews are still required for class designation and can still be collapsed for award recognition.

For Novice Big Boat crews, an experienced paddler is still allowed, but can be in either Seat 5 or 6 (not just in Seat 6 steering). This allows a Novice steer while preserving an element of safety. The Race Director may also provide additional exemptions in his or her discretion.

The Amended July 2021 CORA Long Distance Race Rules are available HERE and a blacklined copy versus the March 2020 version is available HERE.