2020 Waterman’s Registration


For paddlers competing in the 2020 Virtual Waterman’s Race



July 1, 2020

POCC’s Waterman’s Challenge 2020

Out of concern for the safety of participants, POCC’s Third Annual Waterman’s will be virtual this year.  Choose your course length, 9 miles, 4 miles, or novice course (3 miles.) Entries will be accepted from July 24th to August 9th.  A portion of the race proceeds will go to either Urban Promise ministries or Pu’uhonua o Pu’uhuluhulu Maunakea (entrant’s choice.)

The race will be open to single-person or same-household two-person paddle craft: OC-1; OC-2; V-1; surfski; SUP12’6”, SUP14’; prone paddleboard, or single or double rowing shell.

Pick an out and back or triangular course.  We recommend paddling with a buddy or in small groups in waters that you are familiar with.  Wear a PFD and leash, especially if you choose to do the course on open waters or in bigger conditions.  If you do the race by yourself, bring your cell phone and make sure that someone on land knows your float plan.  For virus-related safety, please observe social distancing protocols.

Race categories are novice, open, masters (40-49), and senior masters (50-59), golden master (60+) for men’s, women’s, and mixed (for OC2, double rowing shell). Complete your race and submit your race time after paying for registration.  The race time submission link (google form) will be emailed after payment.  Race times can be submitted any time during the window between Friday, July 24th and Friday, August 7th at 5 p.m. The fee to race is $20 per race per person.  A portion of your race fee will be donated to one of the following charities. Please pick one charity when submitting your race time.

Urban Promise- POCC has long partnered with Urban Promise, located in Camden New Jersey, whose mission is to equip children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership.  This will be the first year that our club will not be co-hosting the annual Paddle for Promise fundraiser for Urban Promise, usually a 2-day, 60-mile paddle down the Delaware to raise money for their summer jobs program. 

Pu’uhonua o Pu’uhuluhulu Maunakea- Hawaiian outrigger has its roots in a culture that was once sovereign, life-affirming, and in harmony with nature.  In this climate of growing awareness of the many indigenous cultures that the Western world has displaced, overtaken, and written out of history, we honor this movement that seeks to uphold the dignity of the Hawaiian culture, decolonize our understanding, and recapture some of what was once theirs.  We hope to give something back to the people to whom we owe our love of outrigger.

For any questions about the race please send emails to hoewaa@philadelphiaoutrigger.org.

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