March Madness 2019

It's the 11th annual March Madness. This two day event will be taking place, rain or shine or both, on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, 2019!

Race Description

If you've raced with us last year, you'll be familiar with our course. If this is your first time, we know you'll have a fun race. This 5 km OC6 race takes place in beautiful English Bay and involves four ama side buoy turns. We've chosen to keep this course so spectators can watch as much of the race as possible from the shore. Course: See course map.

Open and Masters (40+) age categories will race on Saturday. Novices, Juniors, Senior Masters (50+) and up will race on Sunday. Men's and Women's teams can combine to race in the mixed heats (separate registration required for each race).


FCRCC Outrigger Compound, Burrard Marina, Vanier Park, Vancouver (see site map). 1655 Whyte Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1A9.

Parking is available by the dock or in lots along Whyte Avenue (all pay parking). Lot 70 - Vanier Park (Gravel) or Lot 71 - Vanier Park (Water). These parking lots accept, coins, credit card, and PayByPhone (Android / iPhone)

Race Registration and Payment

Teams will be registered on a first come, first served basis. If registration fills before the midnight deadline, Monday March 18, your crew will be wait-listed.

Each crew must submit a separate registration form (e,g, if you are registering 6 teams, you must fill out the registration form 6 times). Payments for one or more teams can be made online via PayPal (preferred) or at the race site by cheque or cash (e.g. if you are paying for 6 teams, you can pay for them all together). If paying by cheque, please make the cheque payable to the False Creek Racing Canoe Club (FCRCC).

Registration Fee: $120 Adult team (PayPal for Adult teams) / $60 Junior team (PayPal for Junior teams)

*Please note your crew may race either a men or women’s division AND combine with other crews to race in a mixed division.*

All paddlers are required to complete an FCRCC waiver (Adult or Junior) and must be brought the day of the race and turned in at registration.

All paddlers must be covered by the Canadian Outrigger Racing Association (CORA) to race. An annual membership ($30 for adults and $10 for juniors) is valid for all races in 2019. You can register and pay for your CORA Annual membership or Single event membership online before race day:

Please remember that these one-day passes are only valid for one specific event, which you much choose when you purchase the pass.

Schedule *times are subject to change*

Saturday March 30

Race divisions: Men, Women, and Mixed in the Open and Masters (40+) classes.

8:00 am Registration desk opens

9:00 am First heat starts

1:00 pm Men’s and Women’s awards

3:00 pm Last heat starts

4:00 pm Mixed awards

Sunday March 31

Race divisions: Men, Women, and Mixed in the Novice, Junior (up to 19), Senior Masters (50+), Golden Masters (60+), and Kupunas (70+) classes.

8:00 am Registration desk opens

9:30 am First heat starts

12:30 pm Last heat starts

1:30 pm Awards


OC6 canoes will be provided by FCRCC. Life jackets (PFDs) must be worn during the race. We will have a limited number of PFDs and outrigger paddles available, but please bring yours if you own either item.

Steers Meeting / Marshalling

The steers meeting will be held 30 minutes prior to the start of each heat in the vicinity of the dock (see map). The steers meeting must be attended by the steerer of each crew. If your crew is using a volunteer steerer, please ensure another member from your crew also attends the meeting. We will be discussing the start and finishes since air horns or mega phones will not be used. See below regarding the eagle’s nests.

Following the steers meeting, crews will immediately marshal by the boat launch where they will be directed to the appropriate canoes as the racers from the previous heat arrive back at the dock.

Eagles Nesting

Eagles have established a new nest in the vicinity of the boat compound as well as in the tree by the boat launch. To avoid disturbing the eagles as much as possible during the nesting season, we will limit our use of airhorns or megaphones during the event, and we ask all participants to keep noise and activity to a minimum in the vicinity of the nests.

A blurb from Dr. Michael Seear and his wife Diana.:

"I am one of the Directors of the Hancock Wildlife foundation. Our mandate is to improve knowledge about our Province’s wildlife through education and research. I’m writing to enlist your kind support for the bald eagles that have shared space with you in Vanier Park for at least 20 years. The park has become more and more popular with humans and this has made it difficult for the birds to hunt in the area. They used to bath and hunt around the ponds but off-leash dogs and human activity from morning till dusk have prevented them from doing this. Over the last 2 or 3 decades, bald eagles have slowly adapted to human activity and nests can now be found in the most unexpected areas. Vancouver is one of the only cities in North America where breeding pairs can be found nesting near the downtown area. It is not reasonable to expect perfect peace for this pair but some consideration would improve their chances of raising healthy chicks this year. With this in mind, I would please ask that the noise and activity near the nest during the critical period of late Feb.-late June be at a minimum. It is an extraordinary privilege to be so close to these birds so I hope you can join us in doing our best to give them a calm place to live during the breeding season."

March Madness Bake Sale

Please support our Women’s and men’s Distance Student Bursary Program by purchasing baked goods. Dependent on weather, the bake sale table will be located in the vicinity of the boat launch / marshalling area or by the registration desk.

Important Information

Please pass this along to all participants.

  • Top three times in each official category win prizes. Three crews are required in a division and class to form an official category. See schedule above for awards times.
  • Reduce congestion at the registration table by paying for your CORA membership in advance. We will have limited extra copies on hand. There will be a CORA representative on hand if you need to purchase a membership. Cash payment on day of event.
  • All paddlers must wear PFDs approved by Transport Canada. Limited amount of PFDs and paddles to loan. We will have limited sizes available; please inquire at the registration desk. We encourage all paddlers to bring their own or make arrangements to borrow from fellow paddlers.
  • We may run ahead of schedule, so please ensure all your paddlers arrive at least one hour before your scheduled heat.
  • If you have requested a steers person for your crew, please confirm at the registration desk.
  • Paid parking is available.
  • As always please dress for cold, damp conditions. Bring an extra change of clothes and warm beverages.
  • Washroom facilities, Vanier Park Public Washroom, is a two minute walk from the Burrard Compound.
  • Draw prize for every heat - list of predetermined winners will be posted in the registration area.
  • Results and awards in the registration areas as per the schedule.

Any Questions? E-mail us at

See you out on the water!

FCRCC Women's and Men's Distance Outrigger Program

Registered Teams

Below is the list of registered teams. If you have filled out the online registration form and your team does not appear below, please contact us at the email address listed above.

Saturday (Open and Masters)

Sunday (Other age categories and novice teams)