A 32-mile endurance race from Niagara to Toronto. This is Canada’s first and only open-water distance paddling race. The 32 mile, point-to-point course matches the standard established by the Molokai-to-Oahu crossing in Hawaii and the Catalina Classic in California. RACE COURSE The Lake Ontario Crossing will run from Port Dalhousie to Cherry Beach in Toronto. Air and water temperatures typically run around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Conditions can range from flat water to 15 kt winds and four-foot swells, with prevailing winds most often running from the SE/SW. Port Dalhousie, in the heart of the Niagara region, offers the infrastructure necessary to start a big crossing. There is vibrant tourist area, large marina with docking facilities for escort boats, and a large sandy beach to start the race. ALTERNATE COURSE The Great Lakes are to be respected, and the variable nature of the conditions on Lake Ontario requires an alternate race course in the event that crossing is deemed unsafe. In such an event, the race will be run on a near-shore course (escort boats optional), at a length of roughly 20-30 miles (relay teams will be able to split the distance or switch to the solo race). While not a full “crossing”, the alternate course will rank up there in distance with the most respected endurance races on the East Coast, and will be set up to give paddlers a good taste of the open water. If a northerly wind blows all weekend, we will consider reversing the crossing to start in Toronto.
SUP: Solo (male & female), two-person relay team (male/mixed & female), three-person relay team (male/mixed & female) Prone: Same as above Board length categories: Anything up to 14′; unlimited Surfski and outrigger welcome WHAT’S A RELAY TEAM? Two or three paddlers share an escort boat and a board. Paddlers jump in the water to switch, and can make exchanges whenever they want. This is a great way to participate if you want to share an escort boat, or if you’re not ready for a full 32 miles, but still want to take on the big one.
Evening before race – Check-in for paddlers, escort boat captains and support crew at Pier 61 Bar & Grill, Port Dalhouise Race day: 5:30 am – Check-in/safety check begins at the start area 6:00 am – Sunrise 6:30 am – Escort boats should be loaded on the water 6:45 am – Racers meeting 7:00 am – Start 1:00 pm – First paddlers expected to finish 3:00 pm – Flexible cutoff time (could change based on conditions) Food and awards to follow
- St. Catharines ON