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.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
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
9:30 am: Race Course Meeting. PLEASE NOTE: MASS START FOR ALL CATEGORIES
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 email@example.com with your intent to race. Let us know:
- Which club you are from
- How many crews you are bringing and whether you are men, women or mixed
- The age division of the crews
- 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.