The wild water derby 


The Down River Race is scheduled for 11:00 mass launch on Sunday April 30.  Launch will be near Canandaigua Lake, just behind the Post Office next to Wegman's. This is a no charge event except for the required ACA insurance fee, compliments of  the Farmington McDonalds, Manchester McDonalds, and Bliss Surefine in Shortsville.  

Shuttle/Taxi service is currently being negotiated.

A map is here.

The New England Slalom Series races are also scheduled for Sunday April 30 at the main rapids area in Shortsville's Budd Park . For spectators, the event will run most of the afternoon.

The slaloms are a points-based event where the paddler has to navigate thru a series of "gates" (hanging pipes attached to lines) without touching the pipes. Green gates are the down-water gates. Red gates are gates that must be paddled thru while going against the current. Like NASCAR, points earned on this course count towards a series of races nationally.

For paddlers participating in both, arrangements will be made at the slalom event to coordinate with your schedule.

Concessions for Sunday are provided by the Chamber of Commerce. As with Saturday, picnics are encouraged, and the crowds are considerably lighter. A great relaxing time with the family.

A map of Budd Park/Rapids is here.

It takes a community to make it happen.  See some of the sponsors of the Derby.

Big Dog Radio
McDonald's of Manchester
Buffalo Bill's
Bliss Shurfine
New Energy Works
Canandaigua National Bank

The 2017 Wild Water Derby is here!

The Chamber Twitter account is up and running. We will post updates throughout the day here.

April 29th is the day!  Mark your calendars for a day of fun and excitement.  April 30th is the Down River Race as well as the North East Slalom Series.  What a fun weekend!

Also Saturday morning is a 5k race to benefit the Red Jacket high school track & field and cross country programs.  You can view their site, here.

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Matt Schaertl, Coordinator