Starting Times

Rowers and Paddlers will start separately (on-site registration,
7:30 a.m.)


ROWERS- 8 AM Start



The Start

The following air horn signals will alert paddlers of the countdown to start:


15 minutes prior to start, one (1) 5-second airhorn blast

5 minutes—five (5) short blasts

3 minutes—three (3) short blasts

2 minutes— two (2) short blasts

1 minute— one (1) five-second blast followed by three (3) short blasts.


Note: The start will be videotaped.

Excessive leading (more than 1/4 boat length) at the start
will result with lead advantage (in

seconds) being added to finish time.


Registration Check-in

Rowers and paddlers must pick up their race packets at the registration desk prior to their races. Each packet has bow numbers, raffle ticket and waiver/release for signature. The waiver/release must be signed, dated and returned to the Event Registrar prior to start of race.


The Course

Racers start at #4 buoy (Starr Rock buoy) and head directly to the west side of #2 buoy (Post Point buoy), then SE toward Chuckanut Island traveling west to east around the south end of the island. They’ll return to the west side of #2 buoy then sprint to the finish at #4 buoy (8.5 nm miles).


Pre-race Snacks/

Post-race BBQ and Awards

Bottled water, sports-supplements
and snacks will be available in the morning for registered contestants.
Post-race BBQ ($5 donation) is for all contestants and volunteers. Tickets for door prizes will be drawn during the BBQ, immediately following the finish of racing (about 12 p.m.). Awards presentations will occur at 12:15 p.m.






First, second and third place finishers in each racing category will receive certificates via US mail. Winners of each rowing/paddling category will be engraved on the Dan Harris Challenge Trophy.



Every participant must have a Coast Guard-approved flotation device, with all gear and craft in good working order. Safety boats will be located along the race route. The Race Director will give a briefing just prior to the race as to what to do when you need help on the race route. Participants must lend a hand to any other participant that requests help. A time award will be given to any contestant that helps another contestant during the race.


Launching your boat

Boats may be launched at either the Fairhaven launch ramp or the north end of Boulevard Park. Boats launched at Fairhaven launch ramp must row/paddle approximately one mile to the start at #4 buoy (Starr Rock buoy). Water is available at Boulevard Park for washing down your boat after the race. See map.



Ample parking is available at the north end of Boulevard Park, and in the boat trailer parking lot next to the Fairhaven launch ramp. A $5.00 fee is required to park at the Fairhaven location. See map

3rd Annual Dan Harris Challenge

and Forward Stroke Clinic

Sunday, April 29, 2007


Contact New Whatcom Rowing: P.O Box 4453,  Bellingham, WA 98227,
or email

Start of 2006 DHC by David Scherrer