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Featuring the Lake Michigan Water Trail Marathon

Saturday, August 20th, 2016
 

Join NWIPA for the 9th Annual Ride The Wave Regatta Lake Michigan kayak races. This year’s event will feature three races. A Marathon of 18 miles, an 8 mile short course, an 8 mile Trail Creek Canoe course, and a 3.5 mile recreational race.

This is a points race on the USCA Indiana Division 2016 race schedule.

T-Shirts are available for all participants, and awards for the top three finishers in each class.

Cash Prizes:
First three overall Marathon finishers awarded prizes!
Prizes are courtesy of South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

Event Particulars:

Location:

The Marathon will begin at Wells Street Beach in Gary, and end at Washington Park in Michigan City. A shuttle bus will be provided.
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The Short Course races will begin and end at the Washington Park in Michigan City, Indiana.
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The Trail Creek courses will make loops on Trail Creek, starting and ending at the Washington Park Marina boat Launch.

Boats:

Bring your sea kayaks, surf skis, canoes and outriggers!

Special Weather Notice for the Marathon:
In the days prior to the race we will post NWS and NOAA weather forecasts for race day. If necessary the start location and times will be adjusted to keep the race safe and fun.

All Times are Central!

Race Plan:

Marathon Course:

With a little weather luck, this will be a one-way downwind ride from the new starting location at Wells Street Beach along the beautiful dunes of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. You will finish 18 miles east at the Washington Park Beach in Michigan City.
Marathon racers will report to Wells Street Beach to register and drop off your equipment between 7:30 and 8:15 am. Race staff will stay with your equipment while you drive your cars to Michigan City, an approximately 30 minute trip. Please allow enough time so that you will depart Wells Street Beach no later than 8:30 am. At 9:15 the shuttle bus will leave Michigan City to bring you back to Wells Street Beach to start the race.

7:30 - 8:15 ... Register at Wells Street Beach and drop off your equipment
8:30 - 9:00 ... Drive cars to Washington Park in Michigan City
9:15 ... Shuttle bus departs Washington Park
9:45 ... Shuttle arrives back at Wells Street Beach
10:15 ... Launch, warm-up and Line-up
10:30 ... Race Starts!

Lake Michigan Short Course:

The Short Course racers will report to Washington Park Beach in Michigan City to register. The race will be an eight mile loop along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, starting and ending at the WP Beach.

9:30 ... Short Course Registration
10:15 ... Short Course Description and Safety Talk
10:30 ... Launch and Line-up
10:45 ... Race Starts!

Race Plan:

Trail Creek Course:

Begin at the Washington Park Marina boat launch and heads out of the Marina onto Trail Creek. A red buoy will mark the starting/finish line. Paddle upstream past the 4th bridge and turn the buoy in front of Hansen Park. Return to the start line and loop the red start/finish buoy at the Marina boat launch for the finish. You will need to take caution exiting and re-entering the Marina as there may be boat traffic present also.

Times: (All times Central) (times subject to change)

9:30 ... Trail Creek Course Registration
10:15 ... Train Creek Course Description and Safety Talk
10:30 ... Launch and Line-up
10:45 ... Race Starts!

Awards Ceremony:
2:30 pm Central, or when racers are off the water and times are tallied.

Classes:

Marathon K1 Unlimited Men   IN-USCA Points Awarded
Marathon K1 Unlimited  Women   IN-USCA Points Awarded
Marathon OC1 Outriggers  Men    IN-USCA Points Awarded  
Marathon OC1 Outriggers  Women   IN-USCA Points Awarded   
Marathon OC2 Outriggers  Men    IN-USCA Points Awarded  
Marathon OC2 Outriggers  Women   IN-USCA Points Awarded   
Marathon Sea Kayak Men
Marathon Sea Kayak Women

Short Course K1 Unlimited  Men
Short Course K1 Unlimited  Women
Short Course OC1 Outriggers  Men
Short Course OC1 Outriggers  Women
Short Course OC2 Outriggers  Men
Short Course OC2 Outriggers  Women
Short Course Sea Kayak Men - Includes rec boats   IN-USCA Points Awarded
Short Course Sea Kayak Women - Includes rec boats   IN-USCA Points Awarded

Trail Creek K1 Unlimited  Men
Trail Creek K1 Unlimited  Women
Trail Creek C1 Canoes  Men   IN-USCA Points Awarded
Trail Creek C1 Canoes    Women   IN-USCA Points Awarded
Trail Creek C2 Canoes    Men   IN-USCA Points Awarded
Trail Creek C2 Canoes    Women   IN-USCA Points Awarded
Trail Creek Sea Kayak Men
Trail Creek Sea Kayak Women

Trail Creek Recreational Race - one loop of 3.5 miles


Boat Definitions:

Unlimited : Boats over 18 feet or less than 18.5 inches wide.

Sea Kayak: Boats 18 feet and under, and at least 18.5 inches wide. Must have water tight bulkheads and/or adequate flotation.

Canoe: Any single-hull boat paddled with a single bladed paddle.

OC1/2: Any multi-hull boat.


Cost:

Marathon $35 pre-register -  $40 day of event

Short Course $20 pre-register - $25 day of event

Trail Creek $20 pre-register - $25 day of event

Click Here to Register On-Line…

Note:
There will be a fee for Parking at Washington Park.

Rules:

-All participants must wear a properly fitted, Coast Guard approved PFD (life vest) at all times during the race. Failure to wear a PFD will be grounds for disqualification. Inflatable belts are not acceptable by the Coast Guard, inflatable vests are acceptable.

-All racers must attend the course and safety briefing.

-At registration verify that you are racing in the correct class. If you have a question about your class contact the Race Director on site. We will not change your class after the race starts.

-Do not launch until the race director clears you to.

-The 1st horn blast will be a five minute warm-up horn.

-Racers will line up behind a line from a designated buoy and a flag on the beach at the 2nd horn blast. Race will start when the starter sees most boats lined up.

-Races will start at the 3rd horn blast.

-We know all our racers follow good sportsmanship principals: keep an eye on your fellow paddlers and offer assistance where needed. Do not pass a paddler in the water until they are back in their boat or back on shore.

-The Ride the Wave Regatta time-keeper’s results will be final.

-Your boat should be sea-worthy, with water-tight bulkheads or adequate flotation.

-Spray skirts are strongly recommended for sea kayaks.

-Leg leashes are strongly recommended for surfskis.

Safety Protocol:

-NWIPA will have several safety paddlers and at least one power boat on the water to provide race support.

-Each racer should carry a cell phone or marine VHS radio for contacting race officials in the case of emergency; contact phone numbers will be provided and we will monitor VHF marine channel 68.

-Race officials reserve the right to modify the course, times, or other event particulars to accommodate weather and lake conditions and group dynamics.

-In the event Race officials must cancel the race due to inclement weather a portion of your registration fee will be refunded.

-Drivers will be available to pick up kayakers at designated places in case of emergencies.

Risk Assessment - Your Go-No-Go Decision should be based on the weather, water, your skills, training and experience, with the understanding that:

a. You are engaging in an activity with inherent dangers,

b. You accept & acknowledge you are participating at your own risk, and

c. You are responsible for your own safety and to use your own judgment.

Two Ways to Register!

1 - On-Line here>>

2 -  Race day sign-up (t-shirt not assured)

2012 Results

2011 Results

2010 Results

2013 Results

2014 Results

2015 Results

2016 Results


Ride the Wave Regatta is brought to you by the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
and the generous support of
The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority

©2015 Northwest Indiana Paddling Association

With the generous sponsorship of:

Save the Date!

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

The 9th Annual Ride The Wave Regatta will move to August for a better weather window. Featuring a challenging 18 mile Lake Michigan course, an 8 mile Lake Michigan  short course, an 8 mile Trail Creek course for Canoes, and a 3.5 mile recreational race.

Special thanks go to the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority for their generous sponsorship of the Marathon prize money.

Ride the Wave Regatta is a points race on the USCA Indiana Division 2016 race schedule.

Ride the Wave Regatta is a part of the Great Lakes Surfski Race Series.

Proceeds from Ride the Wave Regatta will benefit Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to Paddling, Education, and Blueways Stewardship.

See you on the water!

Ken Stelter - Ride the Wave Regatta Race Director


Special Weather Notice:
The NOAA marine and NWS forecasts are in agreement of a high probabiliy of thunderstorms, some severe Saturday Morning. Tentatively we will run the Marathon event as loops on Trail Creek along with the other races, all racers should report to Washington Park Beach in Michigan City. We will hold all races on Trail Creek as we have the last two years. In the event of a storm we can get everyone off the water quickly with this venue.
Please check this website, and watch your email this evening for updates and a final decision. -Thanks, Ken

Updated 8/7/2016 2:12:42 PM

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