Events > 2015 > June > Nantahala Olympiad & GCA Southeasterns

About this event:

Created by Todd McGinnis

The NOC Canoe Club Challenge is now a two day event that takes place on June 27th and 28th.  The winning club will walk away with a Dagger Kayak.  This event will offer a Slalom Race on Saturday Morning and then a Fun Freestyle Event Saturday Afternoon.  On Sunday the 28th will be the GCA Southeasterns DownRiver Race.  The down River race counts to the winning of the NOC Olympiad.

Nantahala Games

Southeastern U. S. Wildwater Championships!
Calling all racers of all skills and boat types and a few good volunteers!
When: Slalom & Freestyle – Saturday June 27th; Downriver- Sunday a.m. June 28th, 2015
Where: Nantahala River, Bryson City NC
It’s awesome to see the NOC reinvent the Canoe Club Challenge as the Nantahala Games and see the Southeastern U. S. Wildwater Championships, the oldest whitewater race in the Southeast, live on as part of it!!!!  This will be our 47th year for the classic top to bottom downriver race.
We can use a few volunteers to help with registration 3-4 volunteers to help with timing at the finish line. No experience is necessary, we will teach you. See Schedule can Contacts below and let Todd and John know.  
RACERS (of all levels and boat types):
Don’t miss the opportunity to compete at the Nantahala games on Saturday June 27th in slalom and the amazingly cool ducky rescue race.  
The Downriver Championships will be on Sunday. As in years past, we will compete over the entire 8 miles of the Nanty from the Forest Service’s private boater put-in just above Patton’s Run to the Founders Bridge at the NOC. The race is geared towards all paddlers and will likely include a few USA Team members who will be participating in the “championship” classes. To keep it interesting, the Georgia Canoeing Association will continue the tradition of paying you $100 if you break any of these course records:
  • K-1 – Terry White, 42:04.85, 1981
  • K-1W – Kathy Bolyn, 45:20, 1989
  • C-1 – John Pinyerd, 46:43, 1997
  • OC-2 – Bill Baxter and Les Bechdel, 50:06 1983
  • C-2 – David Jones and Mike Hipsher, 45:11, 1989
  • OC-1 – Angus Morrison, 50:12, 1983.
In the tradition of the Southeastern’s, recognition will also be given for the fastest downriver winners in these classes:
  • Charlie Patton Award – fastest solo canoe (C-1 or OC-1)
  • Julie Wilson Award – fastest female
  • Ramone Eaton – OC-2.
These winners’ names and the fastest boater overall, usually a K-1, also are engraved on the old Southeastern’s trophies.
Saturday June 27th 
       Onsite Registration Only:   9:30 – 10:30 @ Big Wesser BBQ + Brew
       Events start at 11: 00
       Stay tuned to:
Sunday, June 28
Volunteer Meeting
9 am
Wayah USFS Put-in
Downriver Registration
9:15 – 10:30 am
Wayah USFS Put-in
Competitor’s Meeting
10:30 am
Wayah USFS Put-in
Downriver START
11 am
Wayah USFS Put-in
Awards Ceremony
1 pm
Takeout Beach
Come and race, volunteer to help with the race, or just watch and share the good times.  For further information and updates about the Southeasterns see or  To volunteer or for more information contact:
·         John Pinyerd:  
·         Todd McGinnis:
See you there!!!