Slalom and Downriver Races
March 19 & 20, 2016
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Where: St. Francis River (Class II – III), Millstream Gardens Conservation Area, Fredericktown, MO.
Registration will open in January.
Setup Weekend: Initial wire setup is Saturday, March 12, starting at 10am. No experience necessary–we will teach on-the-fly. A Slalom Clinic is planned after the wires are strung (free to volunteers, $20 to others). Contact the Clinic Director for more details. Party for volunteers will be held at the group site as usual. Come help out and have a good time!
Registration: Late registration will CLOSE Friday, March 18, at the Millstream Gardens Pavilion at 6 pm — NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be NO SATURDAY REGISTRATION. This will help things run smoother.
The ACA event fee is $5 for non-ACA members. You WILL be charged $5 if your ACA number is not provided.
Bibs will not be given out until the registrar has your signed ACA waiver. There is no deposit for race bibs. Bibs will be exchanged for your race t-shirt at the end of the race. Please don’t lose your bib! You will be held responsible for the cost of lost bibs.
No backup weekend is planned.
Refunds: Refunds will only be issued only if the race is cancelled or water levels exceed personal limits/ability. $15 will be deducted to cover service fee & t-shirt. A race t-shirt will accompany all refunds.
Race Schedule: Gate Hanging is Friday, March 18, with practice AFTER all gates are strung. On Saturday, the MANDATORY Racer’s meeting is at 8:30. Racing begins at 9:30. On Sunday the races are scheduled to start at 8:30, following the MANDATORY Racer’s meeting at 8:30.
Saturday “Olympic” classes are really defined by the boat dimensions rather than the paddler’s expertise. All boats must be legal by International Canoe Federation rules:
K1: 3.5M minimum length, 60 CM minimum width, 9 KG minimum weight
C1: 3.5M, 65 CM, 10 KG
C2: 4.1M, 75CM, 11 KG
Note that under the ICF minimum length rule (11′ 5-1/2″), a number of old-school plastic K1s would be legal to race in Olympic.
Saturday “Expert” classes allow any length boat, but plastic-only.
K1, C1 & C2
Saturday: “Novice” means the paddler has never placed (medaled) in a Slalom race before, regardless of skill level or years boating. Also, if the paddler has medaled in the Downriver but not Slalom, he/she may run “Novice” classes for slalom.
Saturday age group classes are for plastic boats only, any length.
C1 Plastic is any length boat, with no age classes.
Boatercross is open to all ages (with signed parental consent for minors), boats (canoes, kayaks) and gender.
Downriver age group classes for K1M-Plastic, plus a Wildwater class.
Wildwater K1: MAXIMUM length: 4.50 M/14.76′ | MINIMUM width: 0.60 M/23.62″ | MINIMUM weight: 11 kg/24.25 lbs | Rudders Prohibited
The downriver racers’ mandatory meeting is at Fisherman’s Put-in at 3:30 PM unless otherwise stated on race weekend. The downriver race will be an interval start. Be ready to go in bib order or you risk missing your run!
For the downriver race, “Novice” means the paddler has never placed in a Downriver race before. Paddlers who have medaled in Slalom but not Downriver may run the “Novice” class.
Downriver K1 Plastic is any length boat, all ages combined. Note that someone who meets the definition of Downriver “Novice” may enter K1 Plastic or K1 Glass instead, if he/she chooses.
Sunday Plastic K1 classes are broken up into Long (7′ 6″ and up) and Short (under 7′ 6″) boats. There is no segregation by age or skill in the Long/Short classes. Paddlers may run one or the other, but not both.
Races will follow traditional MWC race rules (based on ICF rules, but with some exceptions, primarily in classes, age groups and
scoring. Scoring will use 0/5/50 and best of two runs).
Number of runs & classes: Individual paddlers and tandem teams are permitted a maximum of two judged runs per slalom class
and a maximum of three slalom classes per day. Race Committee reserves the right to limit total number of runs and classes.
There will be strict disqualification for ANY intentional harm to another paddler or “skirting” the gates. No slashing with paddles, punching, grabbing or pulling on another PERSON, their helmet or PFD. Boat loops may NOT be taped down. Competitors should keep their hands on their paddles as much as possible. Paddlers can reach across the deck of a competitor in order to plant a stroke in the water. No pulling on grab loops, skirt loops, cockpit rims, etc.
Course Description & Rules
Competitors will be assigned to heats of 3-5 boats. The Boatercross director will explain the course (negotiation of gates, buoys, obstacles, etc.) before the start of the first heat. When announced by the Starting Judge, each heat of racers will line up side-by-side, bows facing downstream. The start will be a “rolling start” so that when the Starting Judge determines that all racers in a heat are lined up EVENLY, he/she will immediately announce “GO!” as the start of the race.
When lining up competitors, the Starting Judge may ask racers to “Back-up,” “Move Forward” to ensure that the boats are lined up and no one has an unfair advantage. Racers should pay close attention to the Starting Judge, as he/she may announce “GO!” at any moment after deciding that the boats are lined up evenly. Any racers who fail to respond to the commands of the Starting Judge’s orders may be disqualified from the event.
When the Starting Judge says “GO!” racers will paddle into the main flow of the river, negotiate the course, and cross the main finish line at the end. Each heat will be completed before the next one begins. When the top two finishers of a given heat are identified by the Finishing Judge, they will be required to follow the instructions regarding who they will be paired up with for the next round.
Boatercross Boats & Classes
There are no separate gender or boat classes in Boatercross unless enough racers (4) sign up to create a separate class. Competitors may race in kayaks (K-1), or canoes (C-1), solo or tandem. Note: since this is a head-to-head style race, timing the racers is NOT required.
Paddlers: PFDs and protective whitewater headgear are required. Wet suits or dry suits are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Be prepared for cold water.
Boats: Decked boats must have endloops and be unsinkable. Full flotation and/or bulkheads will suffice. Open canoes must have endloops and no less than 10- and no more than 15-cubic feet of secured flotation which must be below the water line & not impede water flow.
Boat inspection: All race boats must be inspected and pass length, material and safety (flotation) requirements. NOTICE: Boats not meeting flotation requirements will not be allowed on the course!
Work Assignments: Each racer completing the course must remain afloat at the finish to help with safety until relieved by the next 2 boats. Paddler work assignments are required each day the paddler races. Racer is responsible for getting & fulfilling work assignments. Worker substitution is allowed (family member, etc.)! Not working may result in disqualification! Volunteers: If in doubt, see the Volunteer Coordinator on Saturday morning for volunteer needs. Thanks!
Among the volunteer jobs to be filled are:
Safety Boaters: Must be proficient in on-water rescue. Selection determined by Safety Chair. Racers are required to assist other boaters as needed. Each boat completing the course must remain afloat at the finish until relieved by the next 2 boats!
Sales Table: Selling shirts, raffle tickets, banquet tickets. Must be MWA member in good standing & over 18 years old.
Public Address: Announce races, and other events over PA system.
The following require pre-event training. We’re happy to train!
Start Line: Organize racers in correct order, relay start times to scoring tent.
Finish Line: Record and relay finish times to scoring tent
Communications: Send times, gate scores, other data between start/finish, judging stations and scoring tents with via radio.
Timing: Operate one of the following: start or finish timing, boat scheduling at start.
Scoring: Operate computer scoring, organize times, gate scores or post scores.
Judging: Observe racers passing through gates & mark penalties, communicate scores via radio.
Setup: Initial wire setup will be on Saturday, March 12, beginning at 10 AM. This involves stringing wires for the gates across the river, so bring your gloves, wire cutters, pliers, and water. No experience necessary–we will teach on-the-fly!
A Slalom Clinic is planned after the wires are strung (free to volunteers, $20 to others). Free camping and party follows on Saturday night for setup volunteers at the Silver Mines Group Campsite (see map). Final course setup (stringing the gates) is the following Friday, March 20, followed by gate practice, race training or recreational paddling. Come help out and have fun!
Awards are presented to the first three eligible finishers in each class. There must be at least three boats to constitute a class. Awards are presented after course takedown on Sunday.
Race Banquet: Saturday evening beginning at 6 PM (dinner at 7) at the Arcadia Valley Country Club (12488 Missouri 72 Ironton, MO 63650) 1/2 mile East of Ironton. Tickets are $15 ea. Reserve your ticket by sending in money with preregistration. Tickets will also be available at the t-shirt sales table until 3 PM Saturday and also at the door that evening (if any tickets remain). The Country Club has reasonably-priced beverages (soda, beer, wine, lemonade, etc.) for sale on site.
Paddler/Volunteers’ Raffle: A drawing will be held Sunday after course takedown for racers and volunteers (remember: helping to take down the course is MANDATORY for all racers). Paddling gear and accessories may be among the surprises given away!
Because of the variable water levels of the St. Francis River, participants are strongly advised to verify if the race will be held before traveling long distances. Check the message board for the latest info. The following outdoors stores will also have definite information after NOON on THURSDAY, March 17:
440 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122
1703 S. Brentwood
Millstream Gardens & Silver Mines Recreation Area are located west of Fredericktown, & east of Ironton/Arcadia off State Highway 72 (see map). Fredericktown is about 90 miles southwest of St. Louis off State Highway 67. Lodging, food, gasoline, etc., are all available in the Fredericktown/Ironton/Arcadia area. Camping is available at Silver Mines Recreation Area (see map). Concessions will be available at the race site both Saturday and Sunday.
Parking: Due to limited parking at the put-in, only racers and volunteers will be allowed access. All others need to park at the visitor parking lot. Failure to comply may result in being ticketed by Missouri Dept. of Conservation officers. An overflow parking lot may be available. Warning: parking may be muddy.
Other Rules: Please don’t litter. Spectators and racers should pick up after themselves and others-use waste bins. Dogs must be leashed at all times! No outside solicitation is allowed. Alcohol will not be sold but you may bring your own—please drink responsibly.
The Missouri Whitewater Championships are organized and administered by the Missouri Whitewater Association, with lots of invaluable help from the Ozark Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Missouri Department of conservation and lots of other volunteers and organizations. These races are sanctioned by the American Canoe Association (ACA).
Downloadable copy of Rules, Safety, Volunteer and Additional Information [ PDF – 482 KB ]
Last updated Nov 16, 2015