Ocean River Paddling Club

ORPC is a Victoria, BC based outrigger paddling club featuring competitive, development and recreational paddling for fitness, sport and for high level racing competition.
Do YOU have what it takes? Are you interested in a fun way to workout in a team environment? We welcome new members and can take you from novice to expert in just a few short decades!

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Partnership in Safety

Victoria Harbour From the Pilot’s Perspective
The attached Canada Flight Supplement for Victoria Harbour mirrors the Marine Scheme with some differences.

One rule, for example, is that planes are to avoid coming within 50 m (165′) of watercraft. Although if they do infringe that distance, they can and probably will argue aviation safety. its just good to know what the rules are. it is also good for a paddler to be aware of exactly where the runways are located.

The last thing we want is to create a conflict for an airplane with a load of passengers. Airplanes must land relatively into and take off into wind. It is interesting to watch the pilot’s coming in to land. In many cases they land down wind or cross wind due to the constraints of the runway directions Once committed, they may not be able to maneuver out of your way should you stray into their path. You may find out exactly why they refer to kayaks and canoes as speed bumps. Click this link to DOWNLOAD the Victoria Harbour Aviation map

The Restrictions on page 2 in the download have highlighted sections that you may find interesting.

Victoria Harbour from the Waterman’s Perspective
Click this link to DOWNLOAD the Victoria Harbour Traffic Scheme for Mariners (2014)

The second page contains all of the rules and cautions that everyone paddling in the harbour should understand.

Island Changes Race 2017

Island Changes Race 2017

ORPC is once again proudly hosting Island Changes.  This Vancouver Island Change race  is growing in popularity due to the warm welcoming of the local community just as are the warm waters of beautiful Sproat Lake.
This race provides fun and challenges to both skilled paddlers and novices alike. This race offers a short course of 22 km as well as the long course of 44 km. Check back here regularly as more information will be added as we get closer to the August race date.
Please click the following links for copies of Island Changes Race Registration Information and Island Change 2017 Registration and Waiver.

2017 Registration Waiver and Code of Conduct

2017 Registration Waiver and Code of Conduct Published
All members must sign the 2017 Registration Waiver and the Code of Conduct published on this site. You may go to the menu item <Membership/Code of Conduct> to pre-read the Code of Conduct.

Download the PDF version of the 2017 Waiver and Code of Conduct here. These documents must be included with your Spring 2017 registration. A reminder that CORA fees must also be paid.

Only 5 Spaces Left

Only 5 3 Spaces Left

The Boat House construction is complete and only has 5  3 spaces left. The 25′ long building is 12′ wide and situated on the ORPC float just above water level. Each storage cell in the structure has padded sides and support and has ample space so that adjacent boats will not contact your boat. 21 outrigger OC1/OC2 or surfskis cells occupy the 310 square feet building. The 2800 cubic foot canoe storage structure has a separate but integral Ama closet for Ama and Iaku storage (at the back end, right side of the boat house as viewed).
If you are looking for worry-free secure boat storage, free from critters AND at water level, contact boathouse@orpc.ca

Dock Reconstruction and Boat Storage Build

Dock Reconstruction and Boat Storage Building
October 29th, saw our former landlord move locations leaving the remnants of our water facilities in various states of disrepair. Upon arrival in the morning, our club house was found floating, loosely tied up to the dock in a different position than the night before. After several days of ‘all hands on deck’ the old south dock was divided into useful parts and paddled over to the north dock location. Commercial flotation was purchased and installed in November and December. A new section of dock was constructed from scratch with new flotation and attached by December 3rd after one long hard day working in torrential rain and 1 deg. C with a volunteer crew. Click on the following photo for images of the project.

In the meantime, we were faced with 35 knot winds from the South West on December 20th that saw the club house break free and create a 3 foot piece of open water between our wooden dock and the facility concrete docks. Later the cold weather brought outflow 30 to 35 knot North Easters that again broke club house free from its mooring to the concrete dock. In both occurrences, the wood split on the rail of the concrete dock and risked loss of the entire facility. Quick thinking during both occurrences saved the docks and club house from becoming part of the Bay Street Bridge in the first instance  or the Blue Bridge in the second instance.

The rest of the dock works continued through December and a new boat house construction was commenced. Most of the boat house was built in below freezing outflow windy weather. It is now almost at the lockup stage and will require future cosmetic touches (eave-troughs and siding), in order  to weather future rainy winters.

Inside, we were able to provide secure storage for 15 single OC1 canoes and 3 double OC2 canoes. We had planned on more boats, however the more modern OC1 canoes with deep rockers and 10 to 11″ surfing rudders take up a LOT of space. The canoes are at waters edge and in a secure and dry lockup. Rental of some of this space should provide some much required revenue to offset the club’s dock expenses.

Bridges 2016 “A Great Success”

BRIDGES 2016, “A Great Success”

Firstly, we wish to thank all those participants who came to our club to enjoy this 17th running of the annual Bridges race. We love watching the good will and enjoyment everyone wears on their faces at this race!

We are proud of everyone in our club for stepping up to make things happen! A comment was made that “Each year it runs smoother and smoother,” and this is because of you! Bridges was a huge success this year once again.

Special thanks to Lise for her master coordinating skills with registrations and taking on the job of race result entry; Cindy Wright for her fabulous prizes; Jason as safety coordinator; Kerry for organizing the door prizes; Robin for the tunes and announcements; and Glenys for coordinating the 50/50 and the very successful paddle raffle! The volunteer efforts by everyone on Saturday and Sunday were fabulous.

Its important to note the skillful efforts of those taking care of the timing, dock duty and registrations. And thanks to Julie as OC6 race organizer, Lise as the Inny & Outty Race organizer and all those who made these happen.
See you all next year!

Results are ATTACHED BELOW:.

Bridges 2016 OC6 Results
Inny -Outty Race Results

ORPC Cleans Up

ORPC Cleans Up
There was some major clean up going on at ORPC on the weekend.  Lots of scraping, scrubbing, washing, polishing, sawing, drilling, hammering, sorting,  re-sorting occurring.  It was a long day but long days spent in good company feel pretty good.  Thanks to the many ORPC paddlers who came down to help. Our facility looks pretty tidy right now.  But that’s not all!!!