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to Colusa County!
6-28-04: I will post
the final results as soon as I can get my hands on them.
spreadsheet format) Some
Championships, June 19, 2004 – June 25, 2004
Racing begins in Marysville and then comes to Colusa,
IMPORTANT: ALL SPECTATORS
MUST STAY AT LEAST 50' FROM THE RIVER AT ALL TIMES OR
RACING WILL BE HALTED.
6-21-04 (Rk) This is always subject to change, and
has changed continuously since January!
Racing in Colusa begins Tuesday, June 22, 2004.
Many of the race teams will be about town all week.
We've seen several teams here already. Please
feel free to introduce yourself and talk with them,
some are from as far away as Canada, Mexico and New
Zealand. After the completion of racing each
day, many have been rumored to appear in local
eateries and watering holes and have T-shirts and
hats and things available. Sometimes you have
to buy them, sometimes they just hand them out.
It's all a matter of timing so to speak. Be
careful though, they sometimes wind up driving on
the wrong side of the road too!
Tuesday, at approximately 10:00AM,
around 50 boats will be launched at the state park
boat ramp prior to the beginning of racing. No
race events or exhibits will be held in the state
park. The city of Colusa will have Main Street
closed between 8th and 9th, on Friday the 25th ONLY, through 4PM for any vendors or
exhibitors that may wish to set up. There should
be several booths and vendors, anyone is welcome,
Rotary will be selling hot dogs, I've even been told
Riverbank Pizza will be making fresh pizza there!
Mark (Riverbank owner) told me, "One way or another,
I'm going to wing it!" That's on Main between
8th and 9th but again, that's on Friday only.
Racing is on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
At approximately 10:00AM on Tuesday the boats
will be started and given the green flag, one boat
at a time, a few minutes apart, heading
downstream. They will race all the way to Knights
Landing, and back. Anywhere along that route, once the first
boat passes, there will be a boat going by
every few minutes, at high speed, for around an hour until the last
boat goes by. At Knights Landing they will refuel, eat lunch, then again
be started in a similar fashion back upstream to Colusa
arriving here later that afternoon for an approximate
distance of 100 miles.
Thursday and Friday get better as we
launch them from Wards Landing. All the boats
will be staged on the docks at Wards. The
green flag will be waved and one at a time, every
few minutes, they will race upstream, past Colusa
(at high speed),
all the way to Princeton. Once all the boats have
reached the mid-point in Princeton they will be
similarly restarted and raced back down stream, again right
through Colusa and on to Wards or Lovey's (still in the
works). This will repeat a second time for two
round trips each day and a
daily total of approximately 100 miles. A
total of 4 complete round trips to Princeton in two
days, with over 40 race boats some of which run in
excess of 130MHP. By the end of racing on
Friday, the boats will have run over 500 miles in 6
days, an International Marathon class event indeed.
Anyone familiar with the river would
be the person to ask as far as the best place to
watch. Anywhere in Colusa, or the bridge area,
or Burt's Steelhead Marina area would be prime.
If you plan on coming down toward Wards or Lovey's,
be advised it will be very hectic during the morning
(before racing) and evening (end of racing) when we
have to launch and retrieve all those boats,
probably around 50 or 60 when you include the
officials and spotters. On Thursday and
Friday, assuming it goes as planned, there will be
nearly continuous action in front of Colusa or
anywhere between Colusa and Princeton, for much of
No matter where you are along the
course, once the first boat reaches you, there will
be a boat going by every few minutes until the last
boat has gone by. The last racing boat will be
followed by the "sweep boat", a boat with race
officials who will do a safety run of the course.
Once the sweep boat reaches the far end, the first
race boat will be green flagged heading back the
other way and the pattern will repeat. A boat
will go by in the other direction every few minutes,
and so on.
Plan to come down and watch as an
international field of racing boats take on the
Sacramento river in style. Enjoy a full day of
racing, with the best action in the area. Thursday and Friday
will be the best days to watch,
all day. See you there!
YOU MUST REMAIN AT LEAST 50'
FROM THE SHORE, SOME OF THESE BOATS WILL TAKE
CORNERS RIGHT AT THE WATERS EDGE AND IT IS
INHERENTLY DANGEROUS. STAY CLEAR OF THE WATER.
Cocktail Party at the home of Jim Vantress,
race committee chairman and race contestant.
Reception & Boat Show
from Boyd’s Pump to Daguerre Point and back
to Riverfront Park in Marysville, CA (6
race course as Saturday, repeated a second
time. (6 legs)
from Marysville Riverfront Park or Boyd’s
Pump (yet to be determined) to Verona (beach
Race from Colusa CA to
Knights Landing, and back to Colusa.
No Racing. Events to
from Wards Landing to Princeton Ferry, and
back to Wards Landing, two times, total
length 100 miles. (4 legs) MAP
race course as Thursday, repeated a second
time. (4 legs) Entire week of racing
to end in Colusa Friday afternoon.
Main Street closure between 8th and 9th,
boat show to follow race.
Awards banquet at Lovey's Landing following
the completion of racing on Friday.
Open to the public. Come and celebrate
with us and meet the racers and crews and
enjoy a 12oz New York Steak dinner with
chili, salad and bread for $13. Live
entertainment at Sportsman Club Thursday and
Friday after racing, 5th St. Colusa.