The following is the accepted bid proposal for the ACA WWOC National Champs this summer:
WWOCD National Championship bid proposal for 2010
Nate Lord and the Dawson School Canoe and Kayak Team would like to invite all downriver and wildwater racers from around the country to the WWOCD National Championship and a Western Wildwater Series race on the Arkansas River from July 25 through July 30, 2010.
The Downriver Classic will be held from Vallie Bridge Campground put-in to Trading Post Day Use Area take-out. This will be through Rock Garden (Class II), Cottonwood (Class III+), and Little Cottonwood Class (III-) rapids and will be some 5.75 miles. The sprints will be from the private Bighorn Park put-in to the Trading Post take-out including Cottonwood (Class III+) and Little Cottonwood Class (III-) rapids. The youth class race course will be decided according to the river levels at the time of competition.
The official practice day is Monday July 26. Day 1 is July 27, OC-2 Women and OC-1 Men. Day 2 is sprinting. Day 3 is July 28, OC-2 Mixed and Jr/Sr (10-16/25+). Day 4 is OC-2 Men and OC-1 Women. My intention is to contest wildwater classes Day 1 and Day 2 in order to facilitate their departure for Washington State.
A description of the river can be had from the following links to Eddy Flower dot Com.. I am including the description of the previous WWOCD courses from 1999 and 2004 for comparison purposes. In season, these links provide flow data in CFS.
It will be noted that all river access will be from public put-ins and take-outs or from private put-ins and take-outs. These locations are easily accessed from public highways, and river access will not require any portaging or carrying of boats up and down steep banks.
The flows anticipated are around 700 cfs given the standard agricultural flow agreements and typical water availability. This could be higher or lower depending on actual weather, snowpack, etc. The last WWOCD took place with 1,200 – 1,000 cfs. My intention is to conduct the WWOCD National Championships at a level that is conducive to attracting a wide range of participants and encouraging a relatively large turnout. There is some scope for adjusting the venue in case safety issues or water level issues arise. This sprint venue is recommended by the Arkansas Headwaters River Authority for access safety. My hope is to attract local western paddlers in general, Youth retuning from the Junior Olympics, Wildwater paddlers on their way to the Wildwater National in Washington State, and the usual high level of dedicated WWOCD competition.
Race Headquarters will be at Bighorn Park in Coaldale, Colorado at RV site #28. Maps, schedules, and other pertinent information will be posted here.
Their website has a large area map and a map of their facilities as well as information about rates and reservations. They have a very convenient boat ramp, tenting, cabins, motel rooms, bunk houses, and RV sites. They have offered us a 10% discount on all their lodging rates. This offer is good until July 19th. Competitors not staying at Bighorn Park are asked to check in at the office and pay a dollar per day boat ramp fee when using their boat ramp to practice the sprint through Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood. All dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Other camping and lodging is available in the area, but I recommend Bighorn Park for convenience of river access to our race venue.
The members present at the MaCKRO meeting (6:30pm, March 16th, SeaDog, Bangor) voted unanimously to incorporate MaCKRO as a non-profit corporation. Greg Dorr has generously offered to guide us through this process, and I won't pretend in this Forum to make it seem like I know what the process entails. Thank you Greg!
Incorporating MaCKRO has the potential of providing three benefits to our organization: 1. Liability will rest on the full corporation, instead of on individuals as it does now. 2. Donations to MaCKRO would become tax deductible (hopefully making lifetime memberships more appealing). 3. And if we also attain a tax-exempt designation, the money we spend on purchases of equipment for youth paddling programs can go further.
This is a really big step for our organization, and I applaud the group for pursuing it.