Come join the Florida Competition Paddlers Association as we
kick off our 2018 paddling season with the annual Silver River Race on Saturday,
December 2, 2017. This race has long and
short course options and is open to all paddle craft. The race is free, but participants must pay
the day use fee ($5) at Ray Wayside Park.
The race starts at Ray Wayside Park which is located east of
Ocala where SR40 crosses the Ocklawaha River.
Once exiting the boat basin, all racers will paddle upstream on the
Silver River. Short course paddlers will
round the first island and return to Ray Wayside for a total distance of
approximately 3.5 miles. Long course
paddlers will continue upstream, round Monkey Island and return for a total
distance of approximately 9 miles.
The Silver River is one of the premier paddling locations in
Florida, with cool, clear water and a steady (1+mph) current. You will see gators, turtles, fish, lots of
birds and maybe the wild monkeys. This
is a very popular location so there will be lots of recreational paddlers and a
few motor boats (the entire river is a No Wake zone).
Ray Wayside Park is maintained by Monroe County and charges
a day user fee of $5 per vehicle. There are
restrooms, two boat ramps and a hand launch area. When you arrive, stop in the staging area
close to the hand launch to unload your boat prior to parking. Make sure that you do not park in the spots
designated for vehicles with trailers ($250 fine). If the parking spots nearest the water are
full, there are additional spots for vehicles without trailers across the grass
to the west, or you can park outside the park (you still must pay). Additional info can be found at: http://www.marioncountyfl.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/84/663?npage=2
FCPA will hold its Annual Meeting and 2017 Awards Luncheon
at China Buffet immediately after the race.
Lunch is free to FCPA members, but you must RSVP with John.
Location: Ray Wayside Park: 9564 NE 28th Lane, Silver
Springs, FL 34488
Registration: 9am on site.
(Online preregistration via Paddleguru or Facebook is appreciated and
will help us anticipate the number of participants)
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.