After a five year hiatus, Vancouver Ocean Sports’ Chasedown Outrigger Canoe Race is back!!! Chasedown 2019 is happening on July 20, 2019 at Vancouver Ocean Sports’ Club located in Vancouver, BC. Chasedown is a two lap outrigger canoe race with a fun twist. Each team will stop at the beach after completing their first lap, but the last team to come in will not stop and immediately start their second lap. The remaining canoes will start their second lap in reverse order and with a staggered start between canoes.

This twist will have teams chasing down each other to the finish line. Teams will need to strategize throughout the race, and best of all, we can look forward to a really tight finish, with all boats dog-fighting to the end! No one will know who the winner is until the lap times are tallied after all the teams have crossed the finish line.

UPDATE July 1, 2019

Schedule conflicts has resulted in low registration numbers for Chasedown 2019. VOS will make all efforts to run an enjoyable race. All race categories will now be placed into a single mass start 2x 7km lap race. VOS greatly appreciates all racers who participate. To show our appreciation, race fees will now be reduced to $180 CAD / Adult crew.

If cancellation becomes inevitable, all registered teams will be contacted 2 weeks before the race and all fees will be refunded.

Race Course: 2-laps of 7.0 km for a total of 14 km (course map to be determined)
Race Fees: $180 CAD/USD per Adult team ($30/paddler).

Junior paddler registration fees are being fully sponsored by Paddling for Change*. Junior paddlers do not have to pay a registration fee. If the junior team requires an adult steers person in order to race, the adult steers person's fees will also be waived when steering the junior team. The registration fees for any junior paddler racing on an adult team will also be sponsored by Paddling for Change. A discount of $20/junior paddler will be deducted from the total adult team fee.

Use the following link to access Registration Page:

To our US paddlers, USD cash payment accepted at par. Sorry, no US cheques will be accepted.

*Paddling for Change is a non-profit organization dedicated to minimizing barriers for young people to participate in team paddle sports.

Option 1: Send Bank Email Money Transfer to . Option 1 is encouraged because it will reduce fee payments on race day.

Option 2: Pay on Race-Day with cash/cheque payable to Vancouver Ocean Sports

Option 3: Mail cheque payable to Vancouver Ocean Sports: 289 - 1917 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7

You must download, complete and return the waiver documents on race day. Each junior paddler must complete an individual junior waiver form. For junior paddlers racing on adult teams, please also complete and attach the junior waiver with the adult waiver.

Download Adult Waiver:
Download Junior Waiver:

All paddlers must be CORA members - either Annual ($30) or Single Event ($15) members.

For junior members who are not CORA members, Paddling for Change will sponsor a CORA $5 day membership. If you wish to purchase an annual membership, you are responsible for the balance of the membership fees. Please do not join/renew CORA membership via CORA website, and the processing will be completed at the Chasedown registration desk on race day.

Adults can pay 2019 CORA membership fees (either Annual or Single Event) at:

Vancouver Ocean Sports strives to ensure the safety of all paddlers at Vancouver races. Race officials will abide by guidelines of CORA, the Vancouver Harbour Police, the Canadian Coast Guard, & Transport Canada. Racers will follow the instructions of the race officials.

All paddlers must have a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) worn or placed in the canoe while on the water. Vaikobi and inflatable PFDs will also be permitted.

Please review CORA Race Rules:

Please bring your own canoe and all required equipment (6x PFDs, paddles, spray skirts (optional), 2x bailing buckets and safety gear). All teams are responsible for securing their own canoes, and it is not the responsibility of Vancouver Ocean Sports.

If you need to borrow a canoe, we suggest that you post a message on the CORA Discussion Board:

The CORA website also has a list of Member Clubs that you may contact clubs directly:

If you need to borrow a canoe, please review CORA's race etiquette documents:

7:30 am Race Check-in and Registration Opens
9:00 am Short Course Race Starts
11:00 am Long Course Race #1 Starts - Women's/Mixed Masters Long Race
1:30 pm Long Course #2 Race Starts - Men's/Mixed Open Long Race

*Steers meeting occurs 30 minutes prior to race start.

Lunch will be provided after your race heat. During registration, please indicate the number of vegetarian/vegan meals required for your team. Additional lunches can be purchased for guests at $15/guest. Please indicate the number of guest meals required during registration. Beverages will be available for purchase during lunch.
In the ohana spirit, a donation on behalf of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams in a race category will be made to a selected number of charities these teams can choose from.
Vancouver Ocean Sports is located at 1696 Whyte Ave, Vancouver, BC within the Burrard Civic Marina just below the southwest end of Burrard Street Bridge. The VOS compound is across from Vanier Park, on the right hand side as you come down Whyte Ave. towards the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.

There are three pay parking lots located in Vanier Park/Burrard Civic Marina. The closest parking lot is at the end of Whyte Ave. and to the west and east of the coast guard station. The second gravel parking lot is located 100 meters south of the VOS compound. The third parking lot is located in front of the Museum of Vancouver/H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

If you are bringing your canoe by trailer, there is a pay boat trailer parking lot located at the foot of Whyte Avenue and to the west of the coast guard station.

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