The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010
The faint of heart need not apply!!!
Since 1999 the Amazon Rafting Club, based in Iquitos, Peru has invited rafters, canoeists, rowers, paddlers and adventurers from all over the world to compete in The Great River Amazon Raft Race. The 2010 race is hoping to attract more teams than ever before and you are invited. Although it is tough, lots of rafters have completed the course; even some older people. In 2006 the “Over the hill Gang” finished the race and their average age was 68. In 2007 David Petroski, the Captain of the Canada One team, celebrated his 7lst birthday on the second day of the race.
Safety boats will be watching over you so if your tired, sick, or just plain fed up, you will be whisked off your raft and into the support boat before you could say Sarah Palin.
The 3 day race will start in the town of Nauta on Friday, 24th September 2010, and finish at the Fishing club in the City of Iquitos on Sunday, 26th September 2010 mid to late afternoon. Each 4 person crew will paddle a raft they built themselves the day before the race (23rd September). Each raft will be constructed of lightweight balsa wood logs which will be provided. Then the teams will raft down the mighty Amazon River for 112 miles. The winning crews will show excellence in raft construction, teamwork, stamina and knowledge of currents and rivers.
The History of The Great River Amazon Raft Race
In June 1998 Mike Collis moved to Iquitos from Birmingham, England, for what he thought would be a quiet life. In 1999 Mike was asked by the Director of Tourism in Iquitos if he had any ideas to promote tourism in the Amazon region. Mike told him that for more than 25 years he had organized raft races in England.
The first Amazon Raft Race took place on the 29th July 1999, on the Nanay River. Forty three crews competed in the 12 mile, one day race from Santa Clara to Bella Vista Nanay. The winning team completed the course in just over 2 hours and 30 minutes. The second race, one year later, was on the same course with over 60 teams from 14 different countries competing. In 2003 the course was extended to 26 miles over 2 days, from the village of Nina Rumi to Bella Vista Nanay. The winning team completed the course in 4 hours and 20 minutes.
This race format continued into 2004 and 2005 when it was decided to go for the “Big One” in 2006. This race, the first over such a distance, attracted rafters from 11 countries. The fastest foreign team led by Dale Baskin represented the South American Explorers Club in Quito, Ecuador. The 2007 Great River Amazon Raft Race attracted rafters from Australia, USA, England, Scotland, Peru, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Holland, Germany, and Mexico. The fastest foreign team represented the False Creek Canoe Club from Vancouver, Canada.
The 2008 Great River Amazon Raft Race was the first to be won by a foreign crew. David Kelly and his illustrious “Easy Living” team completed the course in a record time of only 12 hours and 19 minutes. Things went back to normal in 2009 when the first 7 places were occupied by local teams but Easy Living’s record still stands.
Race Information 2010
Itinerary/Arrival And Departure Info
All foreign teams must be in Iquitos by Tuesday 21st September for the “Rafters Get Together” and reception at the Amazon Café in the Iron House on the Plaza de Armas at 8:00p.m.
Thursday 23rd September
7:30 a.m. All teams leave by bus for the 2 hour drive to Nauta where there will be a civic reception at 11.00 a.m. in the Plaza de Armas.
12:00 noon . Lunch (provided)
1:30 p.m. All competitors cross the river by boat to Isla de Pescadores (Fisherman’s Island)
2:00 p.m Each team constructs their own raft with local help if required.
6:00p.m. Dinner for competitors (provided)
7:00 p.m Fiesta with music and dancing on the beach.
Sleep overnight on the beach in tents provided by the Nauta City Council.
Friday 24th September
7:00 a.m. Breakfast (provided)
8:30 a.m. Mass start from the beach to the isolated village of Porvenir a distance of 36 miles (average time 6.00 hours).
6:00 p.m. Dinner (provided).
All participants sleep in tents. (provided).
Saturday 25th September
6:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided)
Mass start at 7:30 a.m. .
This 2nd leg is to the town of Tamshiyacu, a distance of 41 miles ( average time of 6.30 hours).
6:00 p.m. Dinner (provided).
8:00 p.m. Grand Fiesta .
All participants will sleep in the school on mattresses (provided).
Sunday 26th September
6:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided).
Mass start at 7:30 a.m.
This final leg is from Tamshiyacu to the Fishing Club at Bella Vista Nanay, just outside the City of Iquitos, at a distance of 41 miles (average time 5.30 hours).
Party and Prize ceremony will follow the finish at the Fishing Club.
8:30 p.m. Rafters Party at the Amazon Café .
1. Each team must consist of 4 persons.
2. Substitution is allowed, but with a time penalty of 2 hours per substitution.
3. Rafts will be constructed by each team* with a minimum of 8 balsawood logs no less than 5 meters in length.
4. Only the first and last meter of the logs can be carved into points.
5. Only paddles (no double bladed paddles); no oars, no motors, no sails, no towing. (Paddles will be provided but professional paddles can be used).
6. Life jackets MUST be worn at all times while on the water.
7. Teams must not interfere or impede the progress of other teams.
8. No alcohol or drugs allowed on board rafts.
9. Each team will be allocated a raft number which must be displayed on the raft at all times.
10. The Judges’ decision will be final.
*Foreign teams will be allowed local help if necessary*
Items needed on Raft
Foam rubber for seats
Broad brimmed hat*
Gloves, gardening or similar
First aid kit
Snacks/small food items
The above items can be purchased in Iquitos. Items marked with an * can be rented in Iquitos. Lifejackets are provided but you can use your own.
We encourage foreign teams to find sponsors and raise money for a good cause of their own choice.
In 2009 the Belgium One team raised over 5000 euros to help sick children here in Iquitos.
Inscription/Entry Fee for Foreign Teams
The Entry Fee is $400US per team of 4.
Included is ; transport by bus to Nauta, 8 balsawood logs and other construction materials, lifejackets, paddles , treated drinking water and all meals
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The Amazon Rafting Club
The Amazon Rafting Club was informally formed after the 2006 Great River Amazon Raft Race. Membership Fee = *FREE*
President 2009 – 2010 is Linda Flynn who was the Captain of the fastest foreign team in 2009.
Membership Qualifications – Open to anyone who competes in “The Great River Amazon Raft Race.”
Club Benefits – Certificate of Membership; Bragging rights to being one of the elite few who have competed in this unique race.
2006-2007 Dale Baskin USA
2007-2008 Robyn Tkatch Canada
2008-2009 David Kelly
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