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Featuring the Lake Michigan Water Trail Marathon

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Join NWIPA for the 7th Annual Ride The Wave Regatta Lake Michigan kayak races. This year’s event will feature two races. The first a challenging 19.3 mile downwind race along the scenic Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from Marquette Park at Miller Beach to Michigan City’s Washington Park. The second race for those kayakers with a competitive streak but not up to a full marathon, will be 8 miles long, from Michigan City to Beverly Shores and back.

The course will pass in front of National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy, historic century of progress homes from the Worlds Fair, and the beautiful wind-swept sand dunes of the Indiana Dunes State Park.

This is a points race on the USCA Indiana Division 2014 race schedule.

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

Cash Prizes:
First three overall 19 mile Marathon finishers awarded prizes of: $500/$250/$100


Event Particulars:

Location:

The Marathon will start at Marquette Park(map…), and finish at the Washington Park Beach in Michigan City(map…), Indiana.

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The 8-mile short course will begin and end at the Washington Park Beach in Michigan City, Indiana.
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Marathon Course:

Begins at the Beach at Marquette Park at Miller Beach and heads east for 9.6 miles to the Indiana Dunes State Park kayak launch zone. Land and exit your boat at the State Park and check in with Race Officials. Re-launch and continue east for a big finish at the Washington Park Beach. Because this is a one-way race, a shuttle system will be in place to get you to the starting point.

Boats:

Bring your sea kayaks, surf skis, and outriggers!


Marathon Course Map...

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!

Marathon racers will report to Marquette Park to register and drop off your equipment. Race staff will stay with equipment while you drive your cars to Michigan City, an approximately 35 minute trip. Please allow enough time so that you will depart Marquette Park no later than 8:30 am. At 9:15 the shuttle bus will bring you back to Marquette Park to start the race.

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

7:45 am - Registration opens at Marquette Park in Miller Beach - Drop off your boats and equipment. There will be NWIPA staff keeping watch.  (register on-line here…)

8:30 am - Paddlers leave to drop their cars off at Washington Park. (35 minute drive)

9:15 am - Shuttle leaves Washington Park to bring racers back to the start.

10:00 am - Marathon Course Description and Safety Talk.

10:15 am - Launch and Line-up.

10:30 am - Marathon Starts!


Short Course:

Begins at the Beach at Washington Park and starts West-bound for 4 miles to a turn-around buoy at Beverly Shores, and return to Washington Park Beach to finish.

Short Course Map...


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

9:00 am - Short Course Registration opens (register on-line here…)

10:00 am - Short Course Description and Safety Talk

10:15 am - Launch and Line-up

10:30 am - Short Course 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 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 Sea Kayak Men - Includes rec boats   IN-USCA Points Awarded
Short Course Sea Kayak Women - Includes rec boats   IN-USCA Points Awarded


Boat Definitions:

Unlimited : Surf skis, 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.


Cost:

Marathon $25 pre-register -  $30 day of event

8-Mile $15 pre-register - $20 day of event

Click Here to Register On-Line…

Parking at Washington Park is $7 per day, per car. Hang onto your receipt so you can leave and re-enter the 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.

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

-Racers will line up behind a line from a designated buoy and a flag on the beach at the 1st horn blast.

-Races will start at the 2nd horn blast.

-We know all our racers follow good sportsmanship principals: keep an eye on your fellow paddlers and offer assistance where needed.

-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.


Safety Protocol:

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

-An EMT will be present and stationed at the Marathon check-in at the State Park to evaluate racers for excessive fatigue and de-hydration.

-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 69.

-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


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

©2014 Northwest Indiana Paddling Association

With the generous sponsorship of:

A big thanks to all the racers that came out to make Ride The Wave Regatta 2013 a big success. 17 top-notch paddlers took on the challenging 19 mile Lake Michigan Water Trail Marathon to vie for money and prestige, and every one of them finished! The 8 mile short course brought out a field of 9 to challenge themselves and each other.

Both courses presented a range of challenges to the paddlers. Wind, waves, power boat wakes, navigation, heat, and of course, a lot of miles of the open waters of Lake Michigan.

A special thanks goes to the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority for providing prize money and the shuttle bus. And thanks to all the volunteers that gave up their Saturday to keep our racers safe and organized, these events can’t happen without them.


Save the Date!

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Join NWIPA for the 7th Annual Ride The Wave Regatta Lake Michigan kayak races. This year’s event will feature two races. The first a challenging 19.3 mile downwind race along the scenic Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from Marquette Park at Miller Beach to Michigan City’s Washington Park. The second race for those kayakers with a competitive streak but not up to a full marathon, will be 8 miles long, from Michigan City to Beverly Shores and back.

The course will pass in front of National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy, historic century of progress homes from the Worlds Fair, and the beautiful wind-swept sand dunes of the Indiana Dunes State Park.

This is a points race on the USCA Indiana Division 2014 race schedule.


Updated 7/28/2014 9:55:19 PM