Dust off those long boats, it time to start training for the Watauga Race. The race will be on Saturday as long as the river is above 250 CFS. I will post the week of if we are going to delay the race for low water.
Racers should need to be at the put in with shuttle set at 2:00 P.M. for a pre race meeting and photo shoot. That gives all you out of towners, first timers and slow pokes (Gragelmans) time to do a practice lap before the race. The format will be the same as years past, mass start, head to head from the put-in to the pool below Stateline. As in years past we will line up from slowest and shortest boats (Mark Miller) farthest downstream to fastest long boats farthest upstream.
I have been informed that in years past the Watauga Race has discriminated against our handi-capable C boating brethren by starting the race upstream of the bridge. So this year, to accommodate our special needs paddlers, C boaters will be permitted to start downstream of the bridge (if they feel they need to).