Island Iron 2016


The annual Island Iron OC6 Outrigger Canoe Race is hosted by ORPC on Saturday June 4th, from Cadboro Bay, Victoria It is expected that the slots for this popular race will go fast, so register early to avoid disappointment.

The race grounds, as in past years, will be Gyro Community Park. It offers a unique and substantial waterfront that appeals to residents throughout the region. The park is within easy walking distance of Cadboro Bay Village and the University of Victoria.

It features a sandy beach which has beautiful open views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Peninsula. The park is located at 770 Vernon Avenue at the end of Sinclair Road and Penrhyn Street and is approximately 7.5 km northeast of downtown Victoria, BC.
On-site parking for canoe trailers and private vehicles is NOT AVAILABLE.
Free off-site parking will be available at Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road and at St. George’s Anglican Church, 3909 St. George’s Lane.  Both of these sites are just a block or two away from the park. ORPC volunteers will be there to assist with directions to these parking venues.
Race Course:
Beach start at Cadboro Bay going south to Oak Bay Marina, then east past Harris Islet, Chain Islets, Discovery Island, then north along the Chatham Islands to the cardinal marker, then across Baynes Channel and return west to Cadboro Bay for finish (approx. 17 km.).
Short Course:
If a short course for Junior and Novice crews is run, it will start at Cadboro Bay going south to Oak Bay Marina and will return along the same line after exiting the north end of the Oak Bay Marina (approximately 6 to 7 km.)
Important to note:
This is an open water event and conditions can be difficult. Safety is paramount and race rules will be enforced. Sterns are required to attend the stern meetings 30 min. before race starts.
The Safety director reserves the right to make PFD wearing mandatory. The race course may be altered at any time, including during the race if it is in the interest of safety.
Race Schedule:
Juniors and Novice OC6 Short Course @ 10:00 a.m. (if it runs)
Women’s OC6: Long Course @ 11:30 a.m. (11:00 if no short course)
Men’s/Mixed OC6 Long Course @ Immediately after Women’s course completes.
Email ONLY your intent to race to Put Island Iron 2016 in the subject line. Include your category, age class and roster with CORA #s.  If you are needing a canoe include that in the body of the email.
All paddlers must hold current CORA membership to race.
Original forms with signatures and payment must be submitted to the registration desk on race day.
$72.00/Crew for short course
$180.00/Crew for long course
Cheques made out to Ocean River Paddling Club Society or Cash.
Race Categories:
As per CORA rules (amended 2013)
A minimum of three teams must be registered by May 20, 2016 to make a novice, junior, masters, senior masters or golden masters class. Registrations received after May 20, 2016 will race down, unless enough teams are already registered in your age class.
Each crew is responsible for securing their own canoes, paddles and PFDs. If you need a canoe see the CORA website for options.
All boats must have:
  • a minimum of six PFD’s,
  • a spray deck (mandatory) and
  • two bailing buckets.
Boats will be randomly checked and those not complying will be disqualified from racing.
Food & Beverages:
Food and beverages will be available to all participating paddlers in possession of a draw ticket. The food is suppliedby volunteers from ORPC.
Race questions may be directed to the Race Director at