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                                                                                                                                            So get out there and enjoy yourself while you can!
  
 
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Cold weather paddling: WEAR YOUR PFD!!!!!!
Please wear your PFD during cold weather paddling. Not only is it the law, most importantly it saves lives! Below are the links to Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio regulations.
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission rule: http://www.fish.state.pa.us/boatcrs/pfd/faq-pfd-cold.htm
Ohio DNR Division of Watercraft rule: http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/lifejackets

Following these three guidelines will greatly enhance your safety in case 
of an 

unfortunate out 
of boat experience. 
Wear a wetsuit or drysuit (strongly 
recommended),

paddling with 
a friend, and 
stay close to shore. Have fun, but please be safe!
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BREAKING NEWS:
The USCA Nationals will return to the Allegheny river in Warren County, Pennsylvania in 2015!!! Starting at the Kinzua spillway, ending in Irvine. Home field advantage baby!
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We are people who enjoy making our canoes and kayaks go fast!
Simply put, the Allegheny River Competitive Paddlers club is for canoeists and kayakers wishing to improve their paddling technique, speed, and endurance. The Allegheny River from the Kinzua Dam to Betts Park, has been home of the 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012 United States Canoe Association (USCA) National Championships as well as many Pennsylvania Association of Canoe and Kayak (PACK) State Championship races. Competitors from all across the nation insist, this is one of the best courses and that is why they repeatedly come back here to race. Sadly, very few local Warren Pa and surrounding area paddlers have competed in these events. We at ARCP would like to see this change. Our goal is to help interested paddlers find others to paddle with, while developing their skills. We realize racing is not for everyone, maybe you just want to paddle for fitness while perfecting your stroke, this is okay. The Allegheny River in Irvine, Pa. is our base training area, also the Clarion River in Ridgway, and the Conewango Creek in Akeley. When we need to replicate a big open water race environment, we venture to the Kinzua Dam (Allegheny Reservoir). New friends learning to how to paddle competitively is what it's all about. Other than our Annual Pat Shine Memorial Canoe & Kayak Race, there are not many races in this area. If you are willing to travel and really want to compete, there are races every weekend somewhere in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. No disrespect towards our friends who enjoy float trips, our club activities are intended as athletic training, we keep quite an active pace. We DO NOT condone drinking parties on the water, so please don't bring along a cooler full of beer and your smokes.

Mark your calendars for July 19th 2014
Warren Pennsylvania.
Now run by the Warren County YMCA! We have much nicer winner's Metals than our first two years of the race and we will not run short of them when you are at the podium.
The 4th Annual Pat Shine Memorial Canoe & Kayak Race 
The race course is from Kinzua Big Bend Access Area to Betts Park on the Allegheny River. It is approximately 10 miles. This year all classes will paddle straight through with no up stream loops. We are NOT asking for any increase or decrease water releases from the Army Corps this year, we will take what we get for the river level. PFDs are required at the start of the race while with in the Army Corps waterway. Just past the head of the first island this restriction ends. We have lowered the entrance fee this year to help offset everything else going up. You don't have to be an elite paddler to participate in the Pat Shine Memorial races, there are recreational classes and a business class too. Come on local paddlers, challenge your friends and have a great time on the beautiful Allegheny River. Get your employer to sponsor a team and try to win the "Business Class" Pat Shine plaque for a year. The Allegheny River Competitive Paddlers can assist in showing you tips for paddling faster and building your endurance.  Tango paddlers wanting head to head competition, sign up for the "Tango Class", paddle any tandem canoe using canoe or kayak paddles. 
New class this year, the "Veteran Class". Open to any US Military Veteran team paddling a recreational canoe.
Hosted by the Warren County YMCA with consultation from the Allegheny River Competitive Paddlers.
For a copy of the registration form, more details, & results please go to the "Pat Shine Memorial Canoe & Kayak Race" page: https://sites.google.com/site/alleghenyrivercomppaddlers/pat-shine-memorial-canoe-kayak-race


                 
                              Teresa Stout & Steve Martin                                   Paul Gruber & Steve Martin        
                  2011 USCA Nationals Champs C-2 Standard Mixed        2011 USCA Nationals Champs C-2 Standard Men Masters   

                   Photo order: Randy Bailey, Steve Martin, Paul Gruber, Teresa Stout, Joe Schlimmer, Laura Martin, Dana Leet, Pat Anderson, John Koenig
                   Leg one: Paul Gruber (bow), Teresa Stout (seat 2), John Koenig (seat 3), Steve Martin (stern)
                   Leg two: Pat Anderson (bow), Laura Martin (seat 2), Dana Leet (seat 3), Randy Bailey (stern)
                   Leg three: Paul Gruber (bow), Teresa Stout (seat 2) Joe Schlimmer (seat 3), Steve Martin (stern)

Bow: Paul Gruber, Seat 2: Mark Kopta, Seat 3: Fran Kopta, Stern: Steve Martin
2013 T-Elm First Place Canoe C-4 Open Class, boat built by Mark Kopta 
 

2013 Yukon River Quest 444 Mile Canoe & Kayak Race
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
to: Kerry Newell, Teresa Stout, Paul Repak, Holly Crouch, Lorraine Tuturro, Jon Vermilyea, and Ashley (Carey) Vermilyea
Team "Passing Through" earns the 5th place overall finish at the 2013 Yukon River Quest 444 Mile Canoe & Kayak Race!
This is an incredible accomplishment in a race that had 67 total boats entered. They were the 2nd voyageur canoe out of 12, to cross the finish line.
These seven impressive paddlers gave an extraordinary effort for 46 hours, 25 minutes and 10 seconds. A job well done!!!
Click the link below to see the results of the Yukon River Quest 444 Mile Canoe & Kayak Race.