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Watershed is proud to announce its support of the 2015
New Haven Ledges Race!
A month from the start of creek racing season, April greets boaters in the Northeast with a chance to prove their worth. Come the dawn of Spring, flocks of kayaks migrate to the New Haven River for the annual ledges creek competition. With the smell of maple syrup flooding nostrils and drysuits flooding eyesight, boaters from near and far step up for a legendary whitewater battle. Many competitors enter the race with hopes of being crowned the “New Haven Ledgend”. A coveted title granted to the fastest Creek Boat competitor of the race.
This race has embraced various competitions over the years. From big prize money, to low flows, high flows, head-to-head racing and time trial, organizers always make the competitions as crazy as the competitors! The half-mile course seems (as most courses) to favor local knowledge of the river. Thus when assessing winners through the years, regional boaters hold advantage. However, this fact does not seem to dissuade competition from far and wide given the sheer excitement of the New Haven ledges. Competitors launch off a ramp to wage battle in creek-boat warfare, long-boat madness, and play-boat insanity, until lunch. Food and drink put pause to whitewater ferocity, and a crown is finally presented to the deserving New Haven Legend!
Date: Saturday April 4th, 2015 (weather dependent, keep checking could bump to the 11th)
Start Time: 10:00
Sign in: 7-9:30
RACERS MUST BE PRESENT FOR MEETING AT 9:45
Location: New Haven River, Bristol, VT.
The race entry fee is $25+ a five dollar ACA fee (not applicable to current ACA members).
Racer entry is limited to 50 per class.
All Racers MUST PRE-REGISTER on pay-pal. Follow link: www.paypal.com
Send all payments to: email@example.com
Get down the river as fast as you can. Racers MUST yield to traffic from behind. Don’t be a jaggoff. organizers withhold the right to disqualify jaggoffs at their discretion.
Athletes must be equipped with the appropriate boat, gear and safety equipment sufficient to sustain whitewater race conditions.
Plastic Boats only
All participants must have previously run the New Haven Ledges or have had suitable experience on a similarly difficult section of water.
DIRECTIONS TO THE EVENT LOCATION:
FROM SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND – I 89 north to Exit 10, Waterbury, VT. Route 100 South to Waitsfield/Irasville Route 17 West. Route 17 West over Appalachian Gap and down to Route 116. Route 116 South (left) toward Bristol. Before the first bridge over New Haven River make left on Lincoln Road before crossing the
New Haven River. Race course will be on right.
FROM NY STATE THRUWAY (I 87) – North to Exit 28 Schroon Lake. Route 74 East toward Ticonderoga to Route 9/22 North. Route 9/22 North to Route 185 west over Lake Champlain Bridge into Vermont (Bridge is out but a free Ferry is in operation). Once in Vermont you are on Route 17. Follow Route 17 east to and through Bristol. Make Right onto Lincoln Road and the New Haven River and race course will be on the right.
FROM POINTS NORTH – I 89 South to Exit 12/Williston Route 2A. Take Route 2A south to intersection with Route 116. Continue on Route 116 south toward Bristol. Before the first bridge over New Haven River make left on Lincoln Road before crossing the New Haven River. Race course will be on right.