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The Louisville 50: Westpoint to West Port
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When: 10/4/2014
Where: Ohio River
Louisville, Kentucky 
United States
Contact: David Wicks

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The Louisville 50: Westport to West Point Human and Sail Powered boats on the Ohio Saturday October 4, 2013 Saturday October 3, 2015 Float/Race begins: 6 am: Westport Boat Ramp and Park Float/Race ends: 10 pm: West Point Boat Dock Purpose: To promote safe boating on the Ohio River from Westport to West Point. KY; To showcase appropriate gear and strategies necessary to travel 50 miles on the Ohio; To promote instruction and physical endurance of area boats To promote boat ramps, restaurants and organizations that enable access and support for Ohio River Recreation enthusiasts while increasing connectivity between river communities; To reconnect citizens to the Ohio River. The Louisville 50 adventure race/float covers the Ohio River through Kentuckiana. Participants should be ready for any weather, wind and waves of the Ohio and have experience with currents and self-supported adventures on the River You can do the entire 50 miles or any segment you choose. Participants are responsible for having a shore team that will support you and be available for pickup during the day. Westport to West Point - Ohio River Mile 580 to 630 – 50 miles Volunteer staff will be available for check in at the following locations. The times are approximate and will be set before the race, the times will depend on the current and wind conditions. The Louisville 50 is open to all human and sail powered vessels, • Canoes • Kayaks • Stand Up Paddle Boards • Rowing shells • Sail boats 1. Boat registration and inspection: All Participants must register and pass an inspection to ensure that each participant has the proper gear: i. Sea worthy craft ii. PFD’s for each person iii. Signal device iv. Communication v. Lights if traveling after sunset vi. Clothing appropriate for the weather vii. Shore support Passing the equipment inspection does not mean you are safe because your safety ultimately depends on your skill and judgment. Passing the inspection means that you are carrying the minimum equipment as required by law. 2. All participants must sign a waiver and agree to The Louisville 50 rules and procedures. The waiver will include an individual float plan. 3. The course schedule – Participants are expected to register at each of six course stations, to continue on, you have to be able to leave the station before that station closes. If you drop out of the float before one of the stations, you must call the station chief to let them know. Any registered participants to don’t arrive or report in at the check in point by the cut off time will be reported to the River Patrol and or Coast Guard as off you float plan. 4. We will lock through the Portland Canal and McApline Lock and as a group. Groups will depart the Community Boat house at 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. Through paddlers can portage their boats if they so choose on the Indiana side taking out above the 2nd street bridge and putting in at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. 5. Avoid the Commercial Channeling- sailing line 6. All boaters are responsible for their own shore support – You must make your own arrangements for personal and gear shuttles. Your shore support must be available during the day to take out if you decide to cut your trip short. Call event officials if you are taking off early. Choose your segment wisely. Endurance paddling/rowing sailing requires practice and physical training. You must be comfortable in your boat for long hours. If you are not ready this year for the entire 50 miles, consider doing one or two segments this year and build up your Ohio River experience for years to come. The Louisville 50 will be run for three years on the first Saturday of October. In 2015, the Louisville 50 will be the Statewide Adventure Tourism month sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism. All participants who complete the Louisville 50 will be recognized as will the top three finishers in each of the categories – canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board, rowing shell and sail boat.   Your Safety Is Your Responsibility: You are responsible for your own safety. You are captain or crew of your own boat. You make the decisions. You must sign a waiver and agree to hold any person or entity involved with The Louisville 50 event harmless and further agree not to sue for any reason what so ever. You must sign one or more waivers before each event. If the waivers are not signed, you are not part of the event. Event Cancellation: The Louisville 50 reserves the right to cancel any event at any time for any reason or for no reason. If Louisville 50 decides an event must be canceled, all entrance fees will be refunded. The Louisville 50 usually is not cancelled due to weather, but it is your decision whether it is safe enough to launch. Coast Guard and Regulation Compliance: Each boat shall be required to comply with all Coast Guard and local regulations. A lifejacket or PFD must be worn at all times when on the water. However, enforcement will be up to regular law enforcement agents — not race officials. Danger: These are dangerous races across open or moving water and you may encounter winds, bad weather, waves, polluted water, flotsam, jetsam floating debris/logs as well as critters that bite or sting or suck your blood. Currents and weather will be a factor as well as numerous power boats, both pleasure and commercial. Read the entire WARNING. Be prepared for adventure!

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