Silver River Race

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:

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)

Start: 10am

POC: John Edwards,

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.

Mark Nye1K1Senior 50-59Guy
Julia Cramer3K1Masters 40-49Girl
Emily Updegraff4OC-1Open 19-39Girl
Gerald Stoltenberg5K1Senior 50-59Guy
Zachary Cole6SUP (All)Open 19-39Guy
Jason Malick7K1Open 19-39Guy
Dave Roberts8K1Veteren 2 65-69Guy
Mark Poole9K1Senior 50-59Guy
Robert Norman12SUP (All)Open 19-39Guy
Cpt Wilmes13SUP (All)Open 19-39Guy
Brent Rohol14K1Masters 40-49Guy
Jennifer Peters15OC-1Veteren 1 60-64Girl
Lisa Hertz Malick16K1Open 19-39Girl
Peter Gelzinis17K1Veteren 1 60-64Guy
Lloyd Reeves18K1Open 19-39Guy
Suzanne Nye2K1Masters 40-49Girl
Bryan Calaman10SUP (All)Masters 40-49Guy
Thomas Larkin11SUP (All)Veteren 2 65-69Guy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


Dec 2, 2017


Silver Springs, FL