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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 16 mile loop race along the scenic Indiana Lakeshore from Michigan City’s Washington Park to near New Buffalo and back. 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 Long Beach and back.

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 16 mile Marathon finishers awarded prizes of: $500/$250/$100


Event Particulars:

Location:

The Marathon will start and finish at the Washington Park Beach in Michigan City Indiana.

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

Bring your sea kayaks, surf skis, 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!

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.


Race Plan:

-Both the Marathon and the Short Course races will be loops this year, starting and ending at Washington Park Beach in Michigan City. You will go up-wind for the first half of the race, and downwind for the return leg.

-There will be no shuttle, all racers will come to Washington Park in Michigan City to check in or register.

-The Marathon Course will be shortened to 16 miles to compensate for the upwind leg; assuming the forecast holds you should have fair downwind conditions for the return, possibly with enough wave height for some surfing.

-There will be three buoys: the start line, the short course turn around, and the marathon turnaround. All will be within a few hundred yards of the shoreline. Buoy turns will be counter-clockwise (left turns).

-Do not launch until after the pre-race briefing.

-The start/finish line will be from the red buoy to the time keeper's station on the beach.

-We will start both races together on the same horn. (This will make a very photogenic starting line photo.)

-We will use a three horn system: first is a 5 minute warning to allow for a warm up, horn two is the lineup horn, as soon as everyone is near the line and pointed in the right direction horn three will start the race.

-To finish cross the line between the buoy and the time keepers on the beach.


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 earlier 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


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.


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.

-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 3nd 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.


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 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

2014 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:

Weather Report:

Details for Saturday, September 06

North wind 10 TO 15 kts. Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing.

Waves 3 TO 6 Feet

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM EDT SATURDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON

At this time we are planning to show up and be prepared to race. We will evaluate conditions on site tomorrow morning. If it looks like conditions are easing we will consider a delayed start to the races. Otherwise we may be forced to cancel this event.


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.


Please read the Risk Assessment statement below….

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 16 mile race along the scenic Indiana Lakeshore. 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 Long Beach and back.

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


Updated 9/7/2014 8:45:46 PM