Competition. Community. History.
Established in 1904, the Washington Canoe Club is a community of volunteers passionately dedicated to preserving, promoting and engaging in paddlesports on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. WCC’s boathouse, over a century old, is an iconic historic landmark serving as a base for its members to train for competition, paddle for recreation, and host community, educational and charitable groups.
Thanks to Bonnie and Dan Havens for the sneak preview of the 2023 award.
Race Sign-up at 9:30 am
Mandatory Racers Meeting at 10:15 am
Mass start at 11:00 am
$25. per person
The Washington Canoe Club is once again proud to host the Frank Havens Memorial 10K race, honoring the WCC’s Gold & Silver Medalist Frank Havens. The 10K racecourse on the Potomac is in honor of Frank’s Gold Medal World Record win in the C-1 10,000m distance at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.
There are many classes to choose from, including Short Boat (up to, but not longer than, 16’ long) and Long Boat (16.5’ and up). All canoes must be fat, slow, non-racing, open canoes made from non-racing materials (i.e., no Kevlar, carbon boats) and must be paddled with 2 people each using a single blade paddle. Dressing in Halloween finery is strongly encouraged.
No canoe? No problem! Just show up on Saturday morning and check in to be assigned a canoe. There are usually folks looking to race in search of partners. This is one of the best days at the club, you won't want to miss it.
$25 per person will get you a great race, a delicious post-race lunch, and, if you’re fast enough, the best award in all of sport! This year's award paddle design is a nod to the roots and legacy of the Havens paddling at WCC. The story will be told at the awards ceremony.
WCC merch will be available for purchase and there will be a raffle. $15 for lunch for non-racers.
Post-race, stay and enjoy a nice lunch, awards ceremony, and a chance to linger and enjoy the company of WCC members and friends from near and far.
Not able to race this year? WE WILL NEED VOLUNTEERS. ISO folks to help as race officials, food prep and serving, and as always… clean-up. Email Jim Ross to volunteer.
Below is the video recording from DC Department of Energy & Environment wildlife biologist Dan Rauch's, engaging presentation from Feb. 7 on the abundant birds, fish, and wildlife that we are likely to encounter while paddling the Potomac. Thanks to "Dan the Bird Man" and WCC member Tom Reiter for setting up this event.
Thank You to everyone who participated, donated and volunteered!
This year's dinner brought the authentic flavors, music, and performance of the Middle East to the docks of the Washington Canoe Club. Thanks to our event sponsors!
Images of America: Washington Canoe Club
By Chris Brown
Head over to our history page and watch Chris Brown's Virtual Book Talk that was given via Zoom on December 3, 2020.
December 12, 2019, is now a milestone day in the history of our 115-year-old club. Never before has the WCC had a tenure agreement for more than 5 years. Today our home is secure until 2080!
Show off your club spirit and look good doing it!
In an effort to increase the variety of WCC branded "merch" for members of all ages (including infants and toddlers), the WCC shopkeepers have added new hats, shirts, leggings, bags, bibs, and more into two seasonal Squad Locker stores. Items will be periodically updated and changed, so keep checking back!