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SIDE LAUNCH CHALLENGE – Collingwood, ON
August 7 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
We’re excited to be heading back to Collingwood for the SIDE LAUNCH CHALLENGE on August 7th, 2021. Traditionally a 2 day event with sprint racing, technical racing and distance race, we have scaled back the event this year due to the short notice. We will be moving the event venue to Harbourview Park and the Birch Street paddling dock to provide additional space for social distancing, abundant parking and lots of green space for sponsor tents and board staging.
New this year, for those that are in the local area, or travelling to Collingwood the day before the event, on Friday evening we will be hosting a SUP social at the event site. The idea is to gather for an informal and leisurely paddle around Collingwood Harbour. Starboard and Blu Wave Team Riders will be on hand to provide informal instruction and tips to novice and open racers, so we highly recommend that new racers attend to get some one on one time with our elite racers. The SUP social will kick off at 7pm from the Birch Street launch, so please arrive at 6:30 pm to be ready to launch at 7pm.
We will continue to have COVID protocols in place. There will be NO ON-SITE registration, and awards will be done virtually on our Facebook page after the event. Masks will be mandatory at check in and during the pre-race meeting when social distancing may be difficult to maintain.
Friday, August 6th
SUP SOCIAL – Join elite racers and Team Riders from Blu Wave and Starboard for an informal leisure paddle on Collingwood Harbour, with the opportunity to learn some tips and tricks from top racers in Ontario. Totally optional, totally free and totally fun!
Check-in/Arrival: 6:30 pm
On the Water: 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 7th
Check-in 8:45 am – 9:30 am
9:30 Racer Meeting
10:00 Race(s) Start (we will send Novice racers out first, followed by Elite and Open)
Awards posted on Facebook by our Prize Sponsors, Olukai, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., Rally Beer Co. and Epic North Coffee Roasters.
There are several race categories and distances. Everyone who is interested will have an opportunity to participate.
NOTE that for this event On line registration closes at MIDNIGHT, on August 6th.
Cost: Online Pre-registration: $50. NO On Site Registration.
Elite – +/- 12-15 km
Open – +/- 6-8 KM
Novice – 2 km
Kids – <1 km
SIDE LAUNCH CHALLENGE hosted by Blu Wave SUP