One or two day 65 K each day.
Solo Sea Kayak: Sub categories for male and female paddlers.
Tandem Sea Kayak: Sub categories for male, female and Co-ed teams.
Tandem Canoe: Sub categories for male, female and Co-ed teams.
Voyageur: Teams consist of a minimum of 6 paddlers and a maximum of 12. No subcategories.
The race runs from Blind River to Manitoulin Island for the 2 day course and from Spanish to Manitoulin Island for the 1 day course. Both legs are approximately 65 km in length. Technical challenges will be distance and navigation through the thousands of islands that protect the route. Water is channels, rivers, flat and deep with no portages and no whitewater. The event is suitable for Voyageur canoes, intermediate to experience paddlers.
The two day race will take the format of the stage race with the first stage beginning at 9:00 am on the Friday from the Blind River Marina. Paddlers are required to camp overnight and complete the course in two days with no night paddling. Winners of the two-day, full-course race, will be determined by the shortest total time.
Paddlers will begin east into the larger waters of North Channel, passing South Passage and Turnbull Passage and along the shores of the Serpent River First Nation entering the protected waters of the Whalesback Channel. Paddlers will then continue east into the mouth of the Spanish River and finishing the first stage at the Spanish River Marina.
The second stage (and the start for the one-day course) will begin at 8:00 am on the Saturday from the Spanish River Marina. Paddlers will continue east passing through Little Detroit and into the McBean Channel. They will continue east along the shore of the Spanish River First Nation passing such historical land marks as Forte La Cloche entering the protected Bay of Islands. Navigation will be a key factor here as the vast number of islands leaves paddlers with a variety of route options.
They will continue into the Swift Current/La Cloche Channel, which separates the Whitefish River First Nation and La Cloche Island. Highlights of this area are the significant First Nation landmarks of Dreamers Rock and the Bell Rocks. Paddlers will travel southwest, passing under the 100-year-old swing bridge, the only land connection between Manitoulin and the North Shore. Paddlers will then make their way to the finish line at Low Island Park, Little Current. Both the two-day and one-day race options will finish at the Low Island Park in the Town of Little Current.The race course follows a traditional route of the First Nations and Voyageurs, through the North Channel of Lake Huron and should be attractive to Voyageur Canoe teams. It finishes on Manitoulin Island, which is touted as the “Largest Freshwater Island in the World”.
Registration is online only at thedennie.com/registration.html
Blind River to Spanish, Spanish to Swift Current Landing LaCloche (Manitoulin) Island.