What Whitewater Club do you race for?
Since 1988, the traveling "Club" Trophy is awarded to the top placing whitewater racing club
at the Whitewater Slalom National Championships. “Club Trophy” points are earned in each class:
1st place = 3 points, 2nd place = 2 points, and 3rd place = 1 point.
3 boats needed to make a class. The club with the most points wins.
1988 Canoe Cruisers Association, CCA
1989 Canoe Cruisers Association
1990 Canoe Cruisers Association
1991 Canoe Cruisers Association
1992 CCA-Bethesda Center of Excellence, BCE
1997 Nantahala Racing Club, NRC Rhinos
1998 NRC Rhinos
1999 NRC Rhinos
2000 NRC Rhinos
2001 NRC Rhinos
2003 NRC Rhinos
2004 Kern River Alliance
Red River Racing 2nd place with an impressive showing in the women's classes: C1W, K1W, C2M
2009 Club not awarded. Race organizers and athletes did not identifying which club boats compete for ...
2010 BCE - Club Trophy is M.I.A... Do you have the club trophy?
If your whitewater club competes in the Slalom Nationals please send us your website link!
The Wildest Club in Whitewater by Mike McCormick, 1989
The most unusual award in whitewater racing was born because Washington, DC area paddler Ron Lugbill
wanted to get people psyched up. He envisioned a trophy so outrageous that athletes would do anything to
win it for their club. When he pitched his idea to fellow Housatonic Area Canoe and Kayak Squad (H.A.C.K.S.)
members in the summer of 1988, Sean McCarthy, of South Egremont, Massachusetts, became inspired.
"Ron talked about it as the 'King of Clubs Trophy,' like in a deck of cards," recalled Sean, " but I thought of
Sean went to work. He found an uprooted pine and cut a chunk of the gnarly part of the root line.
"I roughed it out with a hatchet and went crazy with a grinder to get the basic shape. I had some oak strips
which I shaped with a chisel and stuck in the end to resemble bones or thorns." Next he wound a leather
thong around the handle and carved a base for it.
The finished piece is a fierce wooden club which would draw a grunt of approval from any caveman. It is called
- what else - The Club Trophy.
Each year at the National Whitewater Slalom Championships, The Club Trophy is the focus of heated inter-club competition. Despite strong challenges from the Nantahala Racing Club and H.A.C.K.S., the Canoe Cruisers
Association has claimed the unique award two years in a row. The trophy is awarded by a system which
gives points to each club's top placing boats in C1, C1W, C2, C2M, K1 and K1W classes. In each class the top
finisher wins three points, second place is worth two points and third is one point. The club with the highest
point total wins.
On behalf of the whitewater slalom community, I'd like to commend Sean for recognizing that there's a little
barbarian in all of us.
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