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  • Topic created by camperpat on Sat Aug 25, 2018 at 4:32 pm
    Pat Burton (camperpat)
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    Is. This just canoe o? Or 2 events. ? How will the canoe o work..?
  • Reply by ErikEddy on Sun Aug 26, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    Erik Eddy (ErikEddy)
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    From Facebook:

    Canoe the "Fitz" loop with a twist!

    The Delaware Valley Orienteering Association hosts a "Canoe-O", a fun orienteering event suitable for all ages/skills in the Schuylkill river and canal.

    The event is October 6th, 2018. You can start anytime from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon), and expect to be canoeing/kaying for about three hours or so. The cost is $5 per team, plus any boat rentals you may need.

    Start and finish is at the Fitzwater Station (264 Canal Street
    Port Providence, PA 19460), a great pub with indoor and outdoor dining right next to the canal. You can rent a canoe or kayak there from "Port Providence Paddle" http://canoeandkayak.biz, or bring your own boat(s). Call 610-933-1421 ahead of time to reserve your boat(s). Mention you're doing the orienteering event when reserving for a 10% discount off your rental.

    As you paddle the "loop" (which is the Schuylkill canal and river with two portages), a provided map will direct you to visit certain locations ("controls") - specific channels, tributaries, sides of islands, historical features, etc. All controls are optional. An electronic "punch" we will loan you will record the time of your visit to each control. Some controls will be on land and will require you to exit your boat.

    Teams/individuals are ranked according to how many controls they visit. In the case of ties, the team with the quickest time is the winner.

    Teams using a canoe are allowed to split up briefly during the race. For instance, one member could portage the boat while another hikes down a side trail for a control location.

    After finishing the loop, report back to the start for your time and score. The "Fitz" will be open for food and drink.
  • Reply by camperpat on Mon Aug 27, 2018 at 7:30 am
    Pat Burton (camperpat)
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    Thanks.   we each have single man boats.  'This sounds like fun.  Famous last words.  lol. 
  • Reply by chand on Mon Aug 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    Christopher Hand (chand)
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    I posted text for the "news article" some time ago, it still hasn't made it up to the DVOA site

    From a competitive point of view, two people in a single boat would be faster...but do whatever you'd like.

    The river is really high this summer.  I hope it settles down.  I canoed across an island yesterday.
  • Reply by camperpat on Mon Aug 27, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    Pat Burton (camperpat)
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    2 people would not fit into our boats.  
  • Reply by DaveUrban on Tue Aug 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm
    Dave Urban (DaveUrban)
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    Perhaps you could tie your two boats together. Tongue out
  • Reply by chand on Wed Aug 29, 2018 at 10:41 am
    Christopher Hand (chand)
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    The article is up

    So bring your own boats or rent from "Port Providence Paddle".

    I personally think it's more fun in kayaks then in a canoe, but if you were really into speeding through the event, a canoe might be faster at the two portages (100 meters and 200 meters).

    Going up the canal from the Fitz is first.   The controls will be reachable from your boat in the canal, and they will be minimal and obvious.  Not much navigation to think about :)

    There will be a land control during the portage so you can take a look at Lock 60 and all the waterworks while you're on your feet anyway.

    In the river, you'll be weaving in and out to the sides of the islands and perhaps exploring a feeder creek or two.   Sometimes you might have to canoe sideways across the river and deal with some current, and you'll have some route choice figuring out which controls to do in which order.

    The river part goes quickly.  Enjoy it.  Bring a bucket and soak some of your competitors if you get close enough.

    At the second portage there will be another land control or two on the mountain bike trails.

    Then it's back to the canal for a short segment.  The start and finish control will be reachable from the canal so you're not rushing in and our of your boat to punch them





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