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2022 World Sprints Championship - London

So you've done your Time Trial for V1 Elite or V6 Elite consideration, What's next?

If you participated in one of the Association trials, your Association will be loading your results to USAORCA unless they have communicated to you otherwise. For those who are documenting their own trial, the instructions and links below will help you complete the task!

Time Trial Submission - Procedure for Submitting Information

from Individual Time Trial Events

USAORCA will accept personal time trial submissions from paddlers who are unable to attend their member Association’s time trial coordinated events or whose member Association will not be running a coordinated time trial event.

All submissions should adhere as closely as possible to the process in this document and the guidelines set forth by USAORCA. We hope to provide you with enough information to make this process as straightforward as possible to all involved.

Have fun and good luck! 

1. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM PDT on December 1, 2021. A submission includes the form, a video (a MUST if you're submitting a V1 trial) and a description of your time trial according to the following instructions sheet.

2. Use the following as the subject line for your email: yourLastName_yourFirstName_Craft_Date. Example: Smith_Jane_V1_Nov302021.

3. Complete the followingformdescribing your time trial conditions.

4. Email this information to: timetrial@usaorca.org

  • This mailbox is only to receive time trial submissions.
  • For additional information please send us an email at info@usaorca.org.

USAORCA has announced its 2022 Elite Team Coaches

Paolo Ameglio,

Diane Kadolph-Ray,
Assistant Coach

Paolo Ameglio is a lifetime waterman who currently paddles and coaches in South Florida. With a strong background in watercraft and a love for the water, Paolo has coached and paddled both dragon boats and outrigger canoes for many years, working observantly with paddlers to find the best stroke strategy for their skills and body. 

Watch his intro video!

he has been paddling dragon boat and outrigger for over 30 years. Along with all the distance races she has attended 5 IVF World Sprints as a competitor, coach and area coordinator. She has competed and coached national and international dragon boat races. Over the years she has been instrumental in starting/establishing or helping new dragon boat and outrigger clubs. She has put on paddling clinics for paddlers and separate clinics to help people learn how to coach. She is always learning about the sport of paddling and has worked and learned from some of the best coaches in the world.


Diane has a degree in Exercise Science and Education specializing in biomechanics and coaching. She is a Physical Education teacher and has coached Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball, high school and University level soccer. Diane has been married 36 years to Tom who is also a teacher and coach. They have two sons and 5 grandchildren and live in a small community outside of Portland, Oregon.


PNW-ORCA and NCOCA each hosted time trials for V1 and V6 (USA Elite) paddlers and Club Crew paddlers from their region. Additionally, two ECORA paddlers share their time trial story. Read on to find out more!

PNW-ORCA Time Trial, November 13, 2021

NCOCA's Time Trials, November 14 2021

PNW-ORCA's time trials were held at Vancouver Lake Regional Park on Saturday, November 13. It was a perfect no wind, no rain day, sandwiched in between the worst windy/rainy days they've had for a bit.

Mahalo to Kate Kauffman and her team from the Wasabi Paddling Club for taking the lead there.


NCOCA's time trials were held at O Kalani's club site in Alameda, CA on San Francisco Bay on Sunday, Nov 14. They had perfect conditions with an outgoing tide through the morning, very light breeze allowed for consistent race times, sunshine and temps in the high 60's! Paddlers shared their canoes with a fleet of V1's (2008 World Sprint Tevanui, 1992 Kevlar Montgomery, 2020 Fai 3x) and a variety of OC1 canoes. It was great to bring our paddlers together to get on the water together.

These time trials were held for any and all V1 and V6 Elite hopefuls as well as Club Crew paddlers wishing to race at the 2022 IVF
World Sprints Championship.

Mahalo to NCOCA's Executive Board, London 2022 Sprints Committee, and to O Kalani for their hard work on making this event a success.

Two ECORA Paddlers, their Time Trial & Coooold Weather!

November 14, 2021

Sometimes a time trial is a well-coordinated event of many people racing down a controlled course with well-marked lanes. And sometimes a time trial is a race of two boats, pitted against one another and the wind, racing against a Walmart stopwatch held by a frozen rowing coach piloting a john-boat with a bad gas line and a dog.

Time trials for selection for the 2022 IVF World Sprints is going to be another lonely affair for paddlers on the East Coast. Without a regular sprint series, with few V1 crafts overall and fewer still outside of Florida, the East Coast time trials are going to look like the lonely affairs of years passed.

This past Sunday morning, two women from the Washington DC area, met up with a rowing coach who had been duly bribed with promises of bundt cake.
Our gracious host agreed to our use of the Sandy Run rowing facility, to run a few time trials to submit in advance of the December 1 deadline and the regularly scheduled closure of the course. Although there have been nice days up here in DC, many of those days have occurred during the work week. This left us to run a trial during the frigid weekend weather.

We met up at the Sandy Run training facility and put together our boats under the curious and watchful eyes of rowers and Boy Scouts. We kicked a few goose droppings off the docks and launched ourselves out into the balmy 50 something degree water. Fortunately, the wind was a reasonable 6-8 miles an hour which only made the temperature feel like 26 or 27F as the temperature was in the low 30s.

Our gracious host and his dog, both suffering mightily, led us to the calmest part of the course and we were able to get two runs of 500 M done before cold set and no one felt like a 3rd run was as good an idea as it seemed in the car. The Sandy Run course is on a reservoir of the Occoquan River. With steep-ish sides and plenty of curves we were pleased to have found a straight-ish course that was out of the wind for at least 2/3 of the way. The hull side crosswind at the end felt like being slapped by an ice cube.

While our trials were solitary, we're hopeful that there might be a greater uptake of world sprints and V1 racing here on the East Coast for the 2022 cycle. We'd love to race more paddlers in warmer water and to get an ECORA women's and men's V6 crew or two. Certainly there are more frozen East Coasters who want to paddle together? Where are you? Would you like to paddle together? And do you have warmer water? We'd love to hear from you - send us an email at info@usaorca.org.

>> View October's Newsletter HERE! <<

Club Crew Selection
Para Va'a

USAORCA will be sending a maximum of 6 Club Crews per
division (both men and women) to compete at the 2022 World Club Sprints Championship. 

Member Associations will be working with USAORCA to assure a fair selection process for these crews. For more details regarding the Club Crew selection process, please contact your member Association and Download the Document now.

For additional information for the Club Crew Division contact us at info@usaorca.org with the subject line "Club Crew Division" or
sign-up to your area's
Regular Crew mailing list: NCOCA, SCORA, ECORA, PNW-ORCA.

USAORCA would be proud to have our para va’a paddlers participate in the London World Sprints Championship.

Races include V1 500 meter and 250 meter, V6 500 meter coed, V6 1000 meter coed turn event, and V12 500 meter coed event. Para Va’a athletes must be classified by the ICF/IVF classification program and are then provided a ‘point’ status for V6 and V12 crews (total crew points are used to approve the entry), note that IVF includes extended classifications beyond ICF’s.

All Para Va’a events will take place during the 2 Elite days of racing.

If your association or club has paddlers interested in participating in this division, please email us at info@usaorca.org with the subject line "Para Va’a Athlete" or Sign Up Here.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Intent to participate - Elite paddler submission
September 30, 2021

Intent to Participate - Regular Crew
Interested paddlers need to reach out to their area coordinators as each individual member association is coordinating their own specific process for time trials. All member associations are bound by the December 1, 2021 deadline below.

Intent to Participate - Club - by Association
December 1, 2021

Opening Ceremony, Dorney Lake, Windsor
August 7 or 8, 2022

Elite Racing (estimated)
August 9 – 10, 2022

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