Wake Up The Gorge (WUTG) 2023

Wake Up the Gorge 2023

VCKC organized the first “Wake Up The Gorge” (WUTG) race in March 1999.These races were not limited to outrigger canoes: voyageur canoe sprints, recreational canoe racing and marathon canoe racing were also included. It was the Gorge Regatta come to life again. The first outrigger races had eight teams, most local.

The second WUTG race attracted 28 teams from Vancouver, Kamloops and Bellingham. It was extended to two days to include marathon and solo (OC1) outrigger races. Cooperation between the clubs meant that more boats and more rescue skiffs were available. OC1 races were added and the event extended through to Sunday for the smaller boat races.

Since then, WUTG has been a regular fixture on the CORA race calendar. It is usually held in April.

In 2023, WUTG will be held on March 25-26 (OC6 on the 25th and small boats on the 26th).

Wake Up The Gorge is the VCKC club's annual weekend of racing for OC6 Outrigger canoes and Small Boats. It kicks off the racing season for many of the Victoria and area paddling clubs who use the Gorge Waterway for racing.

Objectives: To unite the Outrigger and Paddling community through Racing, Competition and Friendship.

Where: At the Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9 (see map). We are located on the beautiful Gorge Waterway.

When: March 25-26, 2023

Time: Clubhouse opens 8am, Races start 9am, (ends before 5pm)

Questions? Need more info? Email outrigger@vckc.ca (OC6 races) or marathon@vckc.ca (Small boats)

Registration: Registrations will soon be open, at Wake Up The Gorge (WUTG) 2023


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