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Nissan Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race
Nissan Ocean to Ocean Race Course
Nissan Ocean to Ocean Race Course
General Information
Length: ~40-50 miles
Duration: 3 days.
Date: March/April, weekend before good Friday.
Place: Panama Canal, (Atlantic to Pacific).
Prizes: Trophies for 1st-4th place for each category (more)
Other information
Oficial Race Records
  • aka. Ocean to Ocean, Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race, Ocean to Ocean Race
  • sp. Regata de Cayucos de Océano a Océano, Competencia de Cayucos de Océano a Océano, Carrera de Cayucos

Being the closing event of the Cayuco Season, the Nissan Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race takes place across the Panama Canal starting in the Atlantic Ocean and finishing in the Pacific Ocean in three days of intense competition.

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[edit] History

The Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race is a traditional community event that began in 1954 involving participants from the Republic of Panama, as well as participants from the United States. Frank Townsend of the Panama Canal Company had the great idea to take a group of explorers from the Boy Scouts of America to meet an indigenous group community on the Chagres River. The youths learned about the culture and traditions of these native Indians, along with learning how to use a cayuco, which is the main method of transportation in this region. In time, the competition among these young men grew and intensified and they choose to have a formal race amongst themselves. This was the beginning of a tradition that has lasted for 50 years. Traditionally, cayucos were built from rough dug out logs from national trees by the Indian natives of Panama. Nowadays they are crafted by experts of the sport. The making of a cayuco is an art that transcends generations. The race, organized by the volunteer race committee of the Balboa Paddle Club, offers the unique opportunity for these participants to paddle in cayucos from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean through the Panama Canal.

This exciting Atlantic to Pacific race tests the endurance and character of the participants. Just completing the 50 grueling miles is truly an accomplishment for these young men and women. The race is also open to those hardy adults willing to participate. Although the competitive spirit is most evident throughout the three day event, the satisfaction of completing the race is equally rewarding and memorable.

[edit] Prizes & Race Times

Trophies are given to each member of the crews finishing in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in each category (best 4 overall times for each category). Patches are given individually to all competitors who finish the race. Master Paddler Beads are given to each member of the crews with the fastest time of each stretch in the juvenile male and female categories.

For each cayuco team, race times are computed summing up the times made by the team thoughout each stretch. For each stretch, all cayucos in the Juvenile Category depart simultaneously, and ten minutes later, all the cayuco from the Open Category depart at once as well.

[edit] Race Course

Nissan Ocean to Ocean Race course

This 50 miles race takes place accross the [[wp:Panama Canal|Panama Canal], and it is divided in five stretches as it follows:
Day 1:

  • First Stretch (Cristobal - Gatun)

Day 2:

  • Second Stretch (Gatun - Gamboa. aka Gatun Lake)

Day 3:

  • Third Stretch (Gamboa - Pedro Miguel, aka Gaillard Cut, Corte Culebra)
  • Fourth Stretch (Pedro Miguel - Miraflores, aka Miraflores Lake)
  • Fifth Stretch (Miraflores - Diablo, aka Diablo).


[edit] First Stretch (Cristobal - Gatun)

First Stretch: Cristobal-Gatun

[edit] General Information

Aproximate Length: 11,3 km (7 miles).
Record Times: Official CREBA Records.
Description: The first day of the competition takes place on Friday with Leg One, at the Atlantic entrance of the Canal in Cristobal , ending at Gatun Locks, and is approximately 7 miles.

[edit] Stretch Conditions and currents

Waves on the right side of the boat for the first half of the stretch, then waves hitting on the stern of the boat all along the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal. Wind increases as the afternoon approaches and waves can reach from 1 to 2 feet.

[edit] Race Logistics

First Race Day, Friday (Weekend before Good Friday)

  • 1:00 pm All crews report at Cristobal Yacht Club
  • 2:00 pm Cayuco captain's meeting
  • 3:00 pm Begin Launching cayucos
  • 3:30 pm Race starts
  • 4:15 pm First cayucos arrive at north end of Gatun Locks

Once all cayucos arrive at the Gatun locks, they are taken and driven to the ACP's Gatun Lake ramp facility, where all cayucos must stay over the first night of the event. Team members will spend the night in Colon City or the Gatun Area. No lockage takes place during the first day.

[edit] Practice

Practice for this stretch is only allowed during the Regular Cayuco Season, and it can only be accessed through SeaBoard Marine Facilities at the Cristobal Port in Colon City. Usually, a car with a trailer drops the cayucos at the begining of the stretch and picks them up at the end of the stretch (Atlantic entrance of the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal).

The Stretch between Buoy 69 and Buoy 93 can be practiced all the time during the season and it can be accessed from ACP's Dredging Division Facilities in Gamboa (with a special CREBA permission), or through the Gamboa Public Ramp.


[edit] Second Stretch (Gatun - Gamboa. aka Gatun Lake)

2nd Stretch, The Gatun Lake: Gatun-Gamboa

[edit] General Information

Aproximate Length: 33,8 km (21 miles).
Record Times: Official CREBA Records.
Description: The second day of race takes participants across Gatun Lake and ends in Gamboa, and is approximately 21 miles. This stretch is also known among paddlers as "El lago", "The Lake" and is perhaps the most challenging stretch for cayuco paddlers.

[edit] Stretch Conditions and currents

Banana channel: Waves hit on the left side of the cayuco for the first half, for the later half of the Banana Channel. Rough conditions if paddled late in the morning or in the afternoon.
Tabernilla: waves hit on the stern of the boat most of the time and it can get rough some times.
69: Last part of the stretch with slight breeze and considerably calm, compared to the previous parts of the lake.

[edit] Race Logistics

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Second Race Day, Saturday (Weekend before Good Friday)

  • 6:00 am All crews report to boat ramp at south end of Gatun Locks
  • 6:30 am Cayuco captains meeting
  • 6:45 am Begin launching cayucos
  • 7:30 am Race starts
  • 10:30 am First cayucos arrive at Gamboa(ACP's Dredging Division)

As cayucos arrive, they will be taken out of the water and will be left at ACP's Dredging divisions facilities (reference needed). Team members will spend the rest of the day and night most likely in Gamboa or in Panama City. No lockage takes place during the second day.

[edit] Practice

This stretch can be accessed through the Gatun Locks ACP Ramp and can only be paddled with the aid of an Escort Boat, accordintg to CREBA's Book of Rules, disobediance of this rule can result in the expulsion of the crew from the club and the suspension form participating for any of the events of the season. Usually crews practice the First Stretch, spend the night at Colón or Gatún, and "do the Lake" the next day.


[edit] Third Stretch (Gamboa - Pedro Miguel, aka Gaillard Cut, Corte Culebra)

2nd Stretch, The Gatun Lake: Gatun-Gamboa

[edit] General Information

Aproximate Length: 13,7 km (8.5 miles).
Record Times: Official CREBA Records.
Description: Beginning again at Beacon 93 in front of Dredging Division,Gamboa, paddlers are taken through Gaillard Cut, all the way through las Cuces Landing (ACP facilities at the Pedro Miguel Locks).

[edit] Stretch Conditions and currents

This stretch is characterized for having no breeze at all, which makes it extemely hot. It can also have bouncing waves from launches and ships transiting the Canal and the shores of the canal, and makes it a real challenge for the crew to maitain a good balance in the boat.

[edit] Race Logistics

Third Race Day, Sunday (Weekend before Good Friday)

  • 8:30 am Race starts-3rd leg con't
  • 9:45 am First cayucos arrive at Las Cruces Landing

[edit] Practice

Except for the third day of the Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race, the access to this stretch is prohibited for all cayucos at all times in the year.


[edit] Fourth Stretch (Pedro Miguel - Miraflores, aka Miraflores Lake)

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4th Stretch, The Miraflores Lake: Pedro Miguel-Miraflores

[edit] General Information

Aproximate Length: 2.18 km (1.36 miles).
Record Times: Official CREBA Records.
Description: If the Panama Canal Authority grants te permission for lockage, after finishing the Third Stretch, Paddlers wait at the Las Cruces Landing until they are allowed to go through the Pedro Miguel Locks to access the Miraflores Lake. The short stretch finishes right at northern entrance of the Miraflores Locks.

[edit] Stretch Conditions and currents

Strong currents flow out of the Pedro Miguel Locks after lockage. This stretch is very short and barely needs steering.

[edit] Race Logistics

Day 3 of race (Sunday before Good Friday)

  • 11:15 A.M. Cayucos enter the Pedro Miguel Locks for lockage.
  • 11:45 A.M. Lockage through the Pedro Miguel finishes, fourth stretch race starts.
  • 11:55 A.M. First cayucos arrive at the Northern entrance of the Miraflores Locks.
  • 12:30 P.M. All Cayucos enter the Miraflores Locks for lockage.

[edit] Practice

Except for the third day of the Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race, the access to this stretch is prohibited for all cayucos at all times in the year.


[edit] Fifth Stretch (Miraflores - Diablo, aka Diablo)

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5th Stretch, Diablo: Miraflores-Diablo

[edit] General Information

Aproximate Length: 3.5 km ( 2.2 miles).
Record Times: Official CREBA Records.
Description: If the Panama Canal Authority grants te permission for lockage, after finishing the Third Stretch, Paddlers wait at the Las Cruces Landing until they are allowed to go through the Pedro Miguel Locks to access the Miraflores Lake. The short stretch finishes right at northern entrance of the Miraflores Locks.

[edit] Stretch Conditions and currents

Since strong currents flow from the locks towards the Pacific Ocean entrance of the Canal (due to the lockage through the Miraflores Locks) , breeze hits on the stern of the cayucos and the fifth stretch has salt water, paddlers can experience "unusual" high speeds throughout this stretch.

[edit] Race Logistics

Day 3 (Sunday before Good Friday)

  • 1:45 P.M. Cayucos finish lockage through the Miraflores Locks and Fifth Stretch Starts.
  • 2:00 P.M. First cayucos arrive at the finish line (Diablo Public Ramp)

[edit] Practice

This stretch can be accessed at all times in the season through the Diablo Public Ramp and can only be paddled with the permission of the Panama Canal Authority.


[edit] Race Records

The record times for this race can be found in CREBA's official list of records


[edit] Winner Teams per Category and Year - Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race

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Winner Teams and overall times for the Ocean To Ocean Cayuco Race Event. The dates displayted correspond to the first day (Friday) of the three days competition.


Date JUVENILE CATEGORY OPEN CATEGORY
Male Female Coed Male Female Coed Fiber
2000.04.14 Nic
(Gamboa)
05:33:22
Deception
(Gamboa)
06:07:30
Delfin
(Balboa)
06:29:44
Expreso Comando
(Balboa)
06:01:55
2001.04.06 Rapid Transit
(Balboa)
05:23:48
Command Performance
(Balboa)
06:17:55
Jungle Crews
(Balboa)
05:50:55
High Anxiety
(Balboa)
05:39:39
2002.03.22 Anacardium
(Gamboa)
05:17:03
Jungle Crew
(Balboa)
05:54:01
Río Señales
(Gamboa)
06:06:00
Sudden Impact
(Gamboa)
05:21:21
2003.04.11 Chava
(Balboa)
05:14:04
Rio Teta
(Gamboa)
05:54:10
Deception
(Gamboa)
05:39:58
Sudden Impact
(Gamboa)
05:14:03
2004.04.02 Chava
(Balboa)
05:09:06
Rio Teta
(Gamboa)
06:00:44
Gibtion
(Gamboa)
05:49:25
Sudden Impact
(Gamboa)
05:15:52
2005.03.18 Chava
(Balboa)
05:16:32
Catalina
(Balboa)
05:44:11
Rapid Transit
(Balboa)
05:45:13
SNAFU
(Tampa, FL)
05:13:10
High Anxiety
(Balboa)
05:52:07
Sudden Impact
(Gamboa)
05:17:21
2006.04.07 Chava
(Balboa)
05:29:09
Catalina
(Balboa)
05:59:06
Aptus
(Balboa)
05:42:27
SNAFU
(Tampa, FL)
05:15:17
Misbehavin
(Gamboa)
05:32:14
Pro Performance
(Balboa)
05:48:23
2007.03.31 Anacardium
(Gamboa)
05:18:14
Catalina
(Balboa)
06:07:28
Rapid Transit
(Balboa)
05:36:41
SNAFU
(Tampa, FL)
05:13:34
HudTaRoCo
(Balboa)
06:07:58
Expreso Comando
(Balboa)
05:40:12
2008.03.14 Anacardium
(Gamboa)
05:14:55
Mischief
(Gamboa)
05:56:45
Almost
(Balboa)
05:37:53
SNAFU
(Tampa, FL)
05:13:00
MisBehavin
(Gamboa)
05:43:19
Expreso Comando
(Balboa)
05:37:10
2009.04.02 Chava
(Balboa)
05:07:45
Mischief
(Gamboa)
06:07:27
Almost
(Balboa)
05:53:32
Misconception
(Gamboa)
05:07:10
Diablo
(Balboa)
05:43:54
Bugaba
(Balboa)
05:33:10
2010.03.26 Chava
(Balboa)
05:07:45
Rio Teta
(Gamboa)
06:01:39
Almost
(Balboa)
05:50:09
Foremost
(International)
04:58:20
Misbehavin
(Gamboa)
05:48:08
Misconception
(Gamboa)
05:10:52
2012.03.30 Chava
(Balboa)
05:06:15
Rio Teta
(Gamboa)
05:55:45
Fas 2 Rass
([[]])
05:44:19
J-Rock
([[]])
04:58:20
Misbehavin
(Gamboa)
05:34:42
Catalina
(Canada)
05:09:10
Expreso Comando I
(Balboa)
05:45:49



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