Posts Tagged ‘Canoe’

Spring’s Wild Water Derby

April 28, 2011

It’s true.

Wild Water Derby pirates

It’s happening.

Spring is coming to the Finger Lakes. The buds are popping, the grass is now really, really green and growing and we have had our fair share of April Showers*.  Looking for one more sure sign of spring? That would have to be the Shortsville/Manchester Wild Water Derby – one of the largest paddling events in the northeast.

The Wild Water Derby is a local tradition in the spring. It all takes place along the Canandaigua Outlet  which flows north from the outlet of Canandaigua Lake all of the way to the Erie Canal. [get directions to the event]

The Wild Water Derby includes two days of (cold) water, racing, food, music, paddling, kayaks, rafts, some pirates and having a ton of fun. Teams can put in hours planning and constructing their rafts, because many ‘water vehicles’ at this race are home-made.  The homemade raft portion of the weekend is where the teams get “extra” points for creativity and humor, and it is a spectator favorite. Although it is considered a “racing” event, the number one priority is having a good time.

* SPECIAL NOTE: The Wild Water Derby is RESCHEDULED for MAY 21 & 22, 2011 – in the interest of participant and spectator safety.

Click here to see a short video created two years ago at the Wild Water Derby. “AJ checks out Manchester and interviews some of the teams before and some after ‘the Run’.”

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Battle of the Paddle-Wild Water Derby

March 23, 2009
Rafters Race--Who will stay afloat?

Rafters Race--Who will stay afloat?

April showers bring May flowers in the Finger Lakes, but even more important April showers bring lots of water for the Annual Wild Water Derby on April 25 & 26.  Bring your canoe, kayak and raft or even build your own for a weekend of family fun and competitions on the Canandaigua Lake Outlet.  The spring waters are flowing off the hills and the “wild water” provides some challenging races for all–from beginners to the experienced–test your skills. 

Pick a theme, build your own.

Pick a theme, build your own.

There are races for all ages and perhaps the most popular is the battle for the “Most Entertaining” Raft award, all are handmade by racing teams and they come in all themes, sizes and shapes. 

The event takes places in Shortsville on the Canandaigua Outlet.  Bring the whole family out for the weekend for one of the first Finger Lakes Festivals of the year. Proceeds from the event benefit area non-profit organizations.  2008 Race Photo Gallery