Come join the Florida Competition Paddlers Association for
our annual Weeki Wachee Race at 9am on Saturday, February 3, 2018. This race has long and short course options
and is open to all paddle craft. The
race is free, but participants must pay the parking fee at Weekiwachee Preserve
The race starts at Weekiwachee Preserve Bayport Park, which
is located at the mouth of the Weeki Wachee River on Hwy 550. (For paddlers who have previously competed in
this race, please note that the start location has changed this year due to
construction/closure of Rogers Park.) Exiting Baypoint Park, paddlers will turn
left (east) into the river and paddle upstream following the channel through a
wide expanse of sawgrass to the confluence of the Mud River. At that point, you will turn right into the
canals of Weeki Wachee Gardens development, past Rogers park and upstream to
the spring head, then return to the starting point. Total distance will for the long course will be
approximately 15 miles. The turn around for the short course is ~1 mile upstream from the bridge at Rogers Park, which will result in a total distance of ~5.6 miles. Just before the turn around, there is a blue sea wall with pictures painted on the left. You cannot miss it. At the next fork, you turn around.
Located north of Tampa Bay, the Weeki Wachee is one of the
most popular paddling destinations in Florida.
The river is crystal clear with swift current and scenic
surroundings. Portions of the river
become very narrow with sharp turns, making it a technical paddle. You will almost certainly see manatees, and
numerous recreational kayaks are the norm during nice weather.
Weekiwachee Preserve Bayport Park is a 12.5-acre facility owned by Hernando County. The entire park has undergone a renovation
that includes a 144-foot scenic boardwalk along the coastline, nature trails,
shelters, a pavilion, new restrooms, an upgraded boat ramp and additional
parking for boat trailers. Racers are
advised to pay the parking fee and avoid the parking spots marked for trailer
parking (unless you have a trailer).
Additional information can be found at: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/weekiwachee-bayport_park.html#land
Location: Weekiwachee Preserve Bayport Park: 4141 Cortez
Boulevard, Spring Hill, FL 34607
Registration: All competitors must register on-site
8-9am. Online preregistration via PaddleGuru
or Facebook is appreciated and will help us anticipate the number of
POC: John Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org
The FCPA was formed in 1976 to coordinate and promote the
sport of canoe and kayak racing in Florida.
The FCPA hosts approximately fourteen free recreational races across the
state of Florida each year. To be
eligible for the annual points championship, you must be an FCPA member which
costs $10 annually. FCPA members receive
a free meal at the awards banquet and a monthly email newsletter which contains
a race schedule, race results, articles written by members and member
FCPA races are very high-stake affairs, with expensive
ribbons awarded to winners in each division.
Annual points champions are awarded a coveted T-shirt during the annual
meeting/awards banquet (following the Silver Springs Race) in December. Divisions are established using the USCA
age/gender designations and the following boat classifications:
Paddle while standing – Paddleboard
Paddle while sitting:
With two-blade paddle – Kayak
With single-blade paddle – Canoe
has outrigger – OC
NOTE – All participants are responsible for
carrying safety equipment required by law.