Rusty Iron Race

Rusty Iron Outrigger Canoe Race, Portland, Oregon

 Rusty Iron Race





is back!





Saturday, April 27, 2019





Details to come in 2019



Frenchman’s Bar Park, Washington

9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660

Anticipated Schedule

To be updated in 2019

8:00 a.m. – Registration opens
9:30  – Steer meeting
10:00 – Mixed OC6
10:02 – Women OC6

11:00-2:00 – Enjoy a grilled hamburger lunch for $7.  Includes trimmings and salad.

Noon – Men OC6

1:30 – Short course, all  divisions and canoe types


3:00 – Awards and Raffle drawings



We are responsible for removing the trash we generate – please help with recycling.


 Points to Note

  • $ fee per paddler includes insurance, all-day racing and a gift while supplies last.  Pacific Northwest Outrigger Racing Association (PNWORCA) receives $5 of the fee and Paddlesport Risk Management, LLC (PRM) receives $3.20.
  • Juniors (age 19 and under) pay $ to race .
  • NEW: Clark County has reinstated parking fees in their parks, including Frenchman’s Bar Park.  The charge is $3 per vehicle and $6 per vehicle with a trailer.  When fee booths are not staffed, park users will need to use self-pay stations.  Only cash will be accepted at self-pay stations.  Under Clark County Code, failure to pay parking fees could result in a $40 fine.
  • The Rusty Iron is sanctioned by Pacific Northwest Outrigger Racing Association (PNWORCA) and insured by Paddlesport Risk Management, LLC (PRM).  Race rules, regulations and safety procedures are in accordance with PRM and PNWORCA. PNWORCA Official Rules
  • Pacific Outrigger must certify to PRM, that all canoes have working and accessible PFD’s for every person on board.  The PFD’s must be US Coast Guard Class I, II, III or V approved.  Each canoe must have at least one working bailer and a whistle.  There will be a pre-race inspection of every canoe.
  • All canoes must have PNWORCA assigned numbers applied prior to racing.
  • Vehicles with trailers use caution when entering and exiting the park – tight turn into the park and be aware of the large park sign that narrows the entrance and exit road.

 Race Paperwork 

  • Team contact completes one Rusty Entry Form for each race entering and submits with waivers and payment to registration.
  • Waivers: 
    • All paddlers must sign a  PRM Rusty Iron Waiver
    • PNWORCA Waiver  is needed:
      • if paddler has not submitted one in a prior year
      • if paddler’s information has changed since submitting in a prior year

Race Description & Cautions

The races are on the Columbia River and start from the rigging area at Frenchman’s Bar Park.  The long course (yellow line in photo along east side of river) will start upstream (south) and turn at about 2 miles, go downstream about 4 miles, turn and finish at the starting line.  The short course will start downstream (north), turn at 2 miles and finish at the start line.  The long course is approximately 8 miles and the short course is approximately 4 miles.

Long Course Mixed Division will start at 10:00 a.m.  Long Course Women’s Division will start 2 minutes after the Mixed Division.  Long Course Men’s Division will start about 30 minutes after the Mixed and Women’s are finished.  Teams may choose to race Unlimited Open class in the Long Course races.  The Short Course race for all divisions and canoe types will start about 30 minutes after the Men’s Division is finished.

Though the beach area is shallow, be aware of sudden drop-offs and strong currents.   The beach is unguarded.  The Columbia River is an open commercial waterway.  Ships, tugs, barges and possibly fishing boats will be present on the river.  Stay out of their way–please use caution and common sense.   Coast Guard approved PFD’s for each paddler, a whistle and bailers are required in every canoe for every race.

We recommend that you bring shelter and an adequate supply of clothing to keep warm and dry in predictable rain and cool spring weather.

Frenchman’s Bar is a lush 120-acre regional park located  in Clark County on the Columbia River about two miles west of Vancouver Lake Park. It features a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities and nicely fits our needs for competitive racing.  The expansive beach and play area provides ample room for rigging and play.

Frenchman’s Bar Park gives the following advisories:

Unguarded beach and river
Fast currents
Water depth varies
Sudden river bed drop-offs
Swim at your own risk

Prohibited in the park:

Alcohol/drug possession
Tobacco products
Fires, Camping
Glass containers on beach

Directions to Frenchman’s Bar Park

9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660:

From Portland on I-5 –

  1. Take the WA-501/Mill Plain Blvd exit, EXIT 1C, toward Port of Vancouver (.3 mi.).
  2. Turn left onto WA-501/E Mill Plain Blvd. Continue to follow WA-501 W (6.9 mi.)
  3. Frenchman’s Bar Park is on the left (2 miles west of Vancouver Lake Park).

From North on I-5 –

  1. Take the East-4th Plain Blvd-West exit, EXIT1D.
  2. Keep right at the fork in the ramp and Turn slight right onto E Fourth Plain Blvd (1.5 mi.).
  3. Turn right onto NW Lower River Rd/WA-501 (5.1 mi.).
  4. Frenchman’s Bar Park is on the left (2 miles west of Vancouver Lake Park).

Race Venue Map

Rusty Contacts

 Race Information  Kirk Sharrer, Race Director,

Race Registration   Charlene Dickinson,

The information regarding this race is intended to be as accurate as possible.  Conditions of the day may determine that changes could happen.

2013 Logo Credit:  John Swanson, Manvil