Penticton Racing Canoe Club hosts two major race events per year: Duel in the Desert – an early season six-man and small boat race, and the Length of the Lake 100 km Ultra-Paddle race – one of the longest single day races in North America. PRCC hosts a number of the Okanagan Small Boat Racing Series throughout the Valley with the Vernon and Kelowna Clubs, namely Challenge Chasedown in August and late September’s Downhill Run, which is a downwind length of Skaha race. Once a year at the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival, outrigger paddlers also form a unique temporary dragon boat team called O’kaiI’Kika U’as (sound it out).

There are a number of races held throughout Western Canada and the United States. Visit Canada’s National Outrigger Racing Association (CORA) website for a schedule of races and other information about outrigger paddling in Canada.


Welcome to Penticton Racing Canoe Club’s 21st Annual Duel in the Desert, May 11 & 12, 2019.

Held on Skaha Lake this race features a 15-18 km. OC-6 race on Saturday followed by a casual meal in the park (please bring chairs or a blanket to sit on).  Sunday is small boat racing over an approximate 11 km. course.


8:00 am:  Registration OPEN
8:30 am:  Short Course Race Meeting
9:00 am: Short course Race Start
10:00 am:  Womens/ Mixed (Masters ) Race Course Meeting
10:30 am: Womens/ Mixed (Masters) Race Start (approx)
12:00 pm:  Mens/ Mixed (Open) Race Course Meeting
12:30 pm: Mens/ Mixed (Open) OC-6 Race Start (approx)
1:00-4:00 pm: Chilli Lunch & Awards at Skaha Beach Park

SUNDAY, MAY 12                                                  

8:30 am:  Registration OPEN
10:00 am: 
 Mens/Womens/Mixed Race Start (approx)
11:30 am:  Awards


Big boat races on Saturday: $180/crew; Juniors $90/crew
Fee includes race awards and lunch.
Small boat races on Sunday: $15/person; Juniors $10/person
Registration Forms below, but please email info@pentictonoutrigger.com with your intent to race.  Let us know:

  1. Which club you are from
  2. How many crews you are bringing and whether you are men, women or mixed
  3. The age division of the crews
  4. If you have a canoe to lend/rent to other crews

Purchasing prizes requires knowing how many divisions we will have, so this “pre-registration” information is especially important.  Official registration forms online or available at the registration table pre-race.  

For more information, or to let us know you’re coming:

Mahalo!  We look forward to seeing you again.