FCPA Weeki Wachee Race 2018

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 Bayport Park.

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 participants

Start: 9am

POC: John Edwards, canoechamp@aol.com

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 classified ads.

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:

             1.      Paddle while standing – Paddleboard

2.      Paddle while sitting:

a.      With two-blade paddle – Kayak

b.      With single-blade paddle – Canoe

                                                              i.     Boat has outrigger – OC

NOTE – All participants are responsible for carrying safety equipment required by law.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Karen Cappello1K1Senior 50-59Girl
Bob Brodhead2SUP (All)Veteren 2 65-69Guy
Joe Giovinco3SUP (All)Open 19-39Guy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


Feb 3, 2018


Spring Hill, FL