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MEDIA ADVISORY: Largest ever Brotchie Reach Outrigger Canoe Races this Saturday, April 30 & May 1
April 28, 2011
VICTORIA, BC, April 28, 2011...This coming weekend marks the 12th Anniversary of the Brotchie Reach Outrigger Canoe Races held in the Victoria Harbour and Gorge Waterway. The event is the largest to date with over 240 paddlers from Vancouver Island and Mainland.

This is a partially open water race with crews starting at GRPC and then paddling in open water out to the Brotchie Reach Navigational marker and then back. Conditions range from small to medium chop throughout the day, making the race a little more interesting for advanced crews and providing a fun and safe challenge for more inexperienced teams.

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EVENT QUICK FACTS
Event: 12th Annual Brotchie Reach Offshore Outrigger Races
Date: Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1
What: 13.4 Kilometre Outrigger Canoe Races
Place: 2940 Jutland Road – Gorge Rowing and Paddling Centre (Selkirk Waterfront Community)

SATURDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – BIG BOATS – OC6 (SIX PERSON OUTRIGGERS)
10am: Start of Women’s Race
11:30am: Start of Men’s Race
1pm: Start of Mixed Race #1
2:30pm: Start of Mixed Race #2

SUNDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – SMALL BOATS
10am: Start
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On Saturday, the big boats (OC6s) will race - The race will take crews anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Crews have been training since the fall and are fit and prepared for this distance race.  Sunday morning will see a variety of small boats battle it out over the same course - and will take paddlers anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours to finish. Boat types will include a variety of OC1s, OC2s, kayaks and surf skis.

For more information, please contact the Gorge Rowing and Paddling Centre at 250-380-4669 or visit www.gorgerowingandpaddling.com.

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