Saturday, August 13, 2022

Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA

6am – 5pm

General: Susan Compton
Escort Boats: Allen Schade
Launching/Parking: Greg Sayegh



  • Women/Coed
    • Women - 19 & Under
    • Women - Spec
    • Women - Masters
    • Women - Masters UL
    • Women - Senior Masters
    • Women - Senior Masters UL
    • Women - Golden Masters
    • Women - Golden Masters UL
    • Women - Unlimited
    • Co-Ed - Open
    • Co-Ed - Open UL
    • Co-Ed - Masters
    • Co-Ed - Masters UL
    • Co-Ed - Sr Masters
    • Co-Ed - Sr Masters UL
    • Co-Ed - Golden Masters UL
    • Co-Ed - Juniors (Long)
  • Men
    • Men - 19 & Under
    • Men - Spec
    • Men - Masters
    • Men - Masters UL
    • Men - Senior Masters
    • Men - Senior Masters UL
    • Men - Golden Masters
    • Men - Golden Masters UL
    • Men - Unlimited


Directions to Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA
Take I-5 South to the Pacific Coast Hwy/Camino Las Ramblas exit just past San Juan Capistrano (approximately 15 miles south of the 405/5 interchange). After exiting, bear right at the fork and merge onto Pacific Coast Hwy North. Drive 1 mile and turn left onto Dana Point Harbor Drive (just past the pedestrian bridge).

Take I-5 North to the Beach Cities/Camino Las Ramblas off-ramp, which veers left back under the freeway and then merges onto Pacific Coast Hwy. Drive 1 mile and turn left on Dana Point Harbor Drive (just past the pedestrian bridge).

Once on Dana Point Harbor Drive, take your first left into Doheny State Park. The park opens at 6am ($15 per vehicle per day). Metered parking is also available.

Note that trailer parking and canoe rigging is in a slightly different location than in past years. See map

Continue past Doheny State Park and turn left at the next signal, Puerto Place. The parking lot for trailer parking and canoe rigging, 34500 Puerto Place, Dana Point, CA, is a short distance on your left and is the only left turn that can be made from Puerto Place. This parking lot opens at 5:30am.


Each tow vehicle is required to pay for parking at a rate of $1 per hour from pay stations located within the Puerto Place lot. Pay station receipts must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard. Please purchase enough hours for your anticipated stay and/or add extra hours as needed. Trailers must be removed from the parking lot by 6pm. The Puerto Place lot will not be open for trailer parking on Friday. If you decide to bring your trailer down on Friday, you must pay for and park in the Embarcadero public launch ramp parking area, but you will be required to move into the Puerto Place lot Saturday morning. No rigging is allowed in the launch ramp parking lot.




The Puerto Place lot is adjacent to Doheny State Park and can be accessed by foot from the State Park via a trail at the north end of the beach near the jetty. Paddlers must walk from the State Beach to rig and launch as there is no personal vehicle parking allowed. For rigging, please bring cradles or padding to protect your canoe hulls and amas. The surface is concrete and asphalt. Canoes must be staged here until given permission to launch.


Registration and the steersperson’s meeting will take place in the Puerto Place lot where the SCORA RV is parked. When released to launch by SCORA officials, paddlers will carry or dolly-wheel canoes across Puerto Place street, through a back gate at the Embarcadero and down to the launch ramp. Please coordinate with your escort boat driver prior to moving to the launch ramp to minimize delays at the ramp. Crew exchange between races will also occur at the launch ramp. After the race, the men’s crews will paddle their canoes back to the launch ramp and transport the canoes back to the Puerto Place lot. Please be courteous and expeditious at the launch ramp when making your changes and transporting canoes. PLEASE NOTE: No launching or landing of canoes is permitted at Doheny State Beach. Should this occur, permits for future races could be jeopardized.


6:00am        Unload and Rig Canoes
7:00am        Team Check-In & Pay Race Fees
8:00am        Steersperson Meeting
8:30am        Start of Women/Coed Race
11:30am        Lunch Available for Purchase
12:30pm       Start of Men’s Race
3:30pm        Awards Ceremony


Complete all registration online before midnight on Friday, August 12. A late fee of $50 per crew applies to race-day registration. Check-in and registration closes at 8am. Even if you only have a men’s team racing in the afternoon, you still must register and pay your race fees in the morning before 8am. If you don’t pay your race fees before 8am, a late fee will be applied.

Visiting Crews
Contact before registering

Visitor Waivers
Click Here


The Whitey Harrison Classic is a 20-mile 9-man race. Depending on conditions, the course typically runs from just outside the mouth of Dana Point Harbor to Main Beach in Laguna and back. The race usually finishes close to the Dana Point Harbor mouth, just off Doheny Beach


We will once again attempt to secure escort boats for outlying clubs who wish to compete in our race. The deadline for escort boats is July 31st. All escort boat requests should be sent to Outlying clubs will be given priority. Newport Beach clubs will be required to obtain their own escort boats.

Escort boats fee this year will be $700 for the day. If you request two boats, you will be required to pay both operators the full amount ($700) for their service regardless if you use them for only one race. If you wish to share an escort boat, it is up to the primary club to pay in full the escort boat driver and to collect payment from the secondary club. DOCC will ensure each escort boat has the proper insurance paperwork before submitting any names to requesting clubs.

After receiving contact information for your escort boat, it is recommended that you contact them as soon as possible. Exchange contact information and arrange to meet up at the launch ramp on race day. Each club will be responsible for communicating with their assigned escort boat/captains prior to race day. Additionally, each club will be responsible for payments and race arrangements with their associated captains. If you fail to make payment to your escort boat operator, your escort boat privilege will be denied the following year.

Dana Point launch ramp is public. DOCC has no authorization to regulate who enters and uses the facility. Please allow adequate time for unexpected delays for both your canoe club and escort boat driver. Consider arriving a day early and paying for your driver to use the guest dock.

Please note that ALL escort boats (even the ones you supply yourself) must sign a SCORA escort/safety boat waiver and release, and must supply the required proof of insurance with a minimum of $300,000 per occurrence. The waiver can be found at CLICK HERE Please have all crews watch SCORA’s video on escort boat best practices at CLICK HERE


Best Western Plus Marina Shores Hotel
34280 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point

Dana Point Marina Inn
24800 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach—Dana Point
34402 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point


● Take home what you brought in; leave nothing behind.
● Bring your own water bottle and fill it up at our water stations.
● There will be recycling stations all over. Please use them.
● After the race, leave your team area trash-free.


LUNCH PLATE: “Local style” with Hawaiian pork, teriyaki chicken, macaroni salad, rice and fruit. Limited vegetarian items available upon request. Food tickets can be purchased at the event


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