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2018 Howe Sound Iron Canadian Championship


2016 Howe Sound Men's Race


2016 Howe Sound Iron Women's Race

YES, Howe Sound Iron is on!
(registration at the bottom of the page)
OC-6 Events
  • Prizes will be awarded.  All OC-6 must have a registration weight of 400 pounds. To qualify for unlimited class, there must be 3 canoes registered under the 330 weight class.
  • Winning boats may be requested to ‘weigh in’ at the conclusion of your event, at the discretion of the judges within 30 minutes of race completion.

Divisions: Mens, Womens , Open to Kupuna, must have 3 registered to qualify for a prize category. The Mixed division (minimum 1 man, maximum 3 men) will run within the men's event.

Short Course – This race circumnavigates Keats Island. This is a mixed event (max 3 men) w/ Junior, Open and 50+ categories. Race time is approximately 70 minutes on a 8.7 mile/14 km course. This race runs first thing Saturday morning. Water conditions in the early morning are usually calm and the race course is a favorite for any team wishing a shorter alternative to the iron course. Junior teams who have paddled this course in prior years have registered times within our estimate, and stand very well amongst our field of competitors. However, if the Junior coaches from all participating teams wish for a modified/shorter race course, a request must be addressed to the Race director one month prior to the race day.

Long Course - Start at Amours Beach NORTH of the Gibsons Wharf, East outside of the Harbour lighthouse, then North to Secret Beach, around Buoy marker, downwind South, past Preston Island, and northwest around Keats Island towards back to Amours Beach. Follow coast line east back to finish line at Amours Beach. (approx. 23 km).

We reserve the right to alter a course or cancel this race due to unsafe paddling/weather conditions at any point before and during the race event.

See below for Short Course -  Long Course -  Small Boat Course

Be prepared to stay Friday night!   The first ferry arrives in Gibsons at 8:30 AM.  There are no registrations accepted on Saturday morning.  This is not enough time to setup canoes for a 10:00 AM race start.

Please read the following notes as they should answer most questions about the weekend.  If there is anything you need, or have concerns about, please check in at:

Dougall Park Hut - 2 PM - 7 PM Friday
Amours Beach - 7 AM - 4 PM Saturday
Dougall Park - 4 PM - 8 PM Saturday
Gibsons Marina - 8 AM - 1 PM Sunday

General Notes:

Camping:  Free camping is available at Dougall Park towards the back of the park away from the Kin Hut building and stage area.  Port a potties and toilet facilities are available.

Race Blessing:  Coveted Devils Club necklaces will be distributed to those who attend Friday @ 7:00 PM just before the sterrers meeting behind the Kinsman Hall.

Dinner:  Satuday night is included with your race registration.  Extra dinner tickets can be purchased at the Kinsman Hall Friday 2-6 PM and at the Govt Dock 9-Noon Saturday.  $20 each.

** Racers! your dinner ticket is your Race Bracelet.  This must be worn to get your dinner.  sorry no exceptions.

First Aid:  Available at Amours Beach. Saturday 8-4
Lost & Found: Amours Beach. Saturday 9-4
Showers: Coin operated at Gibsons Marina
Trailer Parking: Located behind Gibsons Curling Club in upper Gibsons.  Directions provided

gpc webmaster,
Jun 24, 2018, 1:58 PM
gpc webmaster,
Jun 24, 2018, 1:58 PM