Rochester Open Water Challenge

Monday, 08 June 2009 03:24 | Written by  Dan Murn
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The Bay Creek Paddling Center is hosting the 2nd Rochester Open Water Challenge on June 27, 2009, in Rochester, NY. The race will be at Sea Breeze Park, a wonderfully appointed park with rest rooms, great local restaurants, beaches and a theme park for the family. We are proud to be one of the Mayor's Cup Tune Up Races.


Wind and weather conditions can quickly change. Its location offers multiple launch points, both on the lake and the bay,
allowing course adjustments for any forecast. When the weather is too extreme to be on the lake, we have a contingency plan to paddle on the bay. To add to the excellent racing, we will have food, music and COLD beer, plus many regular beverages for before and after the race. This is a racers' and fitness-oriented event. We will have a shorter race of approximately 3 miles for novice and intermediate paddlers to supplement the 10 mile out and back main race event. Last year in its inception, the race was super competitive and exciting for spectators and participants alike.

Everyone who attends is important to us. There will be prizes and drawings in addition to the fine racing and festive atmosphere, so come enjoy our event and get a taste of Rochester!

Dan (Murn)


Rochester Open Water Challenge Race and Course Update
On a cool 60 degrees day (water 46F) Jim Mallory and I launched from the race site's Sea Breeze beach into small 1 foot waves.  A solid 15-20 west wind was in our face. As we left the beach the waves grew to about 3' curling in from the right at about a 20 degrees angle with nice bouncy rollers. As we passed Durand beach they started to smooth out all the way to the Charlotte pier. Meanwhile the practice for the air show was going on so we got a great taste of fast flying planes.
In the lee of the 600 meter pier, the waves smoothed out nicely. As we turned downwind it got crazy with waves from every direction.Water boiling every where. After about 600 meters or so it changed again with the waves and, yes, swells on Lake Ontario. Perfect surfing all the way back. Linking waves together, we had many runs over 10.5 mph.  Back at Sea Breeze, my gps read 8 miles. If winds favor this course for the ROWC, then the length will be about 9+ miles, including the hot spot segment of the course. This will afford a solid race length and great conditions.
Lake Ontario's winds are almost always westerly. We have so many options to run the ROWC here in
any winds.

We extend an invitation all of you people who like clean deep water and a great party - lots of prizes food, beer and beverages. Please come to our race on June 27.   We even have lodging for those early birds who enter early.



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