Two Down River Races on Tap This Weekend

This weekend will feature two down river races occurring simultaneously in the Southeast; The French Broad Classique and The Powell River Regatta.

Both races feature sections that will include class II rapids and shallow water rock hazards, so line choice and reinforced hulls will be critical.

You can see more about them here:

“The French Broad Classique is a collection of paddle sports events held on the fourth Saturday of April each year (2016 date is April 23) on the French Broad River near Asheville, North Carolina. The Classique currently consists of two events: the BR 18, an eighteen mile race for experienced racers, and the FB 50, a fifty mile challenge (advance registration required for FB 50). The entry fee is for either event is $25 per person, plus $10 per person to attend the afternoon picnic (optional; advance notice please). Information common to both events is set forth below. If you come, please print it and bring it with you!!


"The Second Annual Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta is a 12 mile race on the scenic, Class 1 Powell River in Claiborne County, Tennessee. There are nine race categories; Entry fees are $30 per single kayak or single SUP entry and $50 per boat for canoe and double kayak entries. Entries will be limited to the first 120 boats registered. Entry for competitive events will close at 5:00 pm EST on April 22, 2016, or when 120 boats are registered, whichever occurs sooner. If there is still space, late entries will be allowed and will paddle last on Race Day. No prize money is offered for “late entry paddlers.”  Detailed Rules are here.

Cash prize money is offered for 1st Place ($150) and 2nd ($50) Placefinishers in each race category. You must be 18 years or older on Race Day to enter this event.

The Race will begin at the Well Being Conference Center in Tazewell, TN – about 50 miles north of Knoxville – and end at Riverside (Kayak) Rentals in Harrogate, TN."