Canoe race bumped to April 22
NEXT DEADLINE: Monday, April 23, noon
Mother Nature disrupted plans to hold the annual Raisin River Canoe Race last weekend, forcing organizers to postpone the event to April 22.
The decision came down Friday afternoon (April 13), when Lissa Deslandes, of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, issued the announcement.
“We have considered the latest forecasts, which call for the likelihood of a high-impact storm consisting of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain all weekend. These conditions would be very unpleasant for paddlers, spectators, volunteers, and volunteer safety crews. We are also concerned about participant and spectator safety.”
As it turned out, the late-winter storm wasn’t quite as severe as predicted, but clearly it was a good call to delay the race a week.
Participants who had preregistered online were given the options of a deferral to the new date, a refund, or substituting alternate paddlers for their entry.
With the precipitation over the weekend and more to come this week, the river should be in peak form for Sunday’s race.
As well, the long-term weather forecast looks ideal, predicting mostly sunny conditions with a high of 13 Celcius.
On-site registration will open at 9 a.m., at St. Andrew’s School, in St. Andrews West, which doubles as the starting point for the 30 km paddle downstream to Williamstown.
There’s a pre-race breakfast, beginning at 6 a. m., at St. Andrews Parish Hall, hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
The awards banquet will begin at 2 p.m., at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, hosted by the Ladies of St. Mary's Parish.
For updates and information on classes of competition, please go online to www.rrca.on.ca.