Saturday, August 12, 2023
Dana Point, CA
6am to 5pm



  • 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 & Parking

34500 Puerto Place, Dana Point, CA 92629

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). Turn left onto Puerto Place.

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). Turn left onto Puerto Place.

There are several options available for parking, the most convenient being Doheny State Park. Once on Dana Point Harbor Drive, take your first left into Doheny State Park. The park opens at 6am ($15 per vehicle per day). Other options include street parking along the southbound side of Dana Point Harbor Drive (where permitted by posted signage) and a metered lot at the westerly end of Puerto Place (this a different lot from the one being used for canoe trailer parking). Please do not park in the Embarcadero launch ramp lot unless you are towing a boat and trailer. Parking at the launch ramp is limited and too many unnecessary impacts may deny us use of the launch ramp in future years.

Parking—Canoe Trailers

Note that trailer parking and canoe rigging will be in the same location as last year and not in the Embarcadero launch ramp parking lot as in past years. See map on last page. 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.

Rigging & Race Activities

Rigging and all race related activities (registration, steersperson meeting, awards, raffle and lunch sales), will take place this year in the Puerto Place parking lot. Although anyone wishing to park at Doheny State Park may do so as individuals, we were denied the permits necessary to have the activities for our event in the park, which is why we will be conducting all race activities out of the Puerto Place 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 to the Puerto Place lot 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.

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.

Race Schedule

5:30am   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
1:30pm    First Race Award Ceremony
3:30pm   Men’s Race Award Ceremony

Visiting Crew Information

All paddlers, visitors, guest of clubs or support staff must complete a 2023 SCORA Liability Waiver. No exceptions. Sign waiver here

Registration Steps/Login

We have a new site and with that come some changes.

If anyone from your club has participated in a SCORA race in the past, please use your club’s account login and do not create another one and login here.

If new to racing with SCORA register here

Once in your account:

  1. Enter a coach if not already in there. Must enter them as “New”
  2. IF using your own canoes – check borrowed
  3. When it says “select the canoe you will be borrowing”, scroll down to “canoe not listed”, check the box of type, then type the canoe number. No need for color or name.
  4. If borrowing from SCORA – same as #3 but put “unknown” in the canoe number space
  5. Paddler input screen comes up – enter all of your paddlers under “Guest”.
  6. Select  a coach
  7. Hit next and you will be sent to the payment screen. Pay in person or online.
All Pau
Any issues please email


Complete all registration online before midnight on Friday, August 11. 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.

Escort Boats

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 link 2023 Skipper Waiver. Please have all crews watch SCORA’s video on escort boat best practices at Chase Boat Best Practices

Please respect your escort boat owner’s requests and always let common courtesy prevail. Offer to help clean and rinse their vessel, they are doing us all a great favor and without them 9-man season would not be possible.

Race Course & Race Site

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’ve got some great raffle and silent auction items available this year. Raffle tickets are available online or can be purchased on race day. Buy them online before midnight on August 10, and we’ll keep a record of your ticket numbers! Ticket sales close at 1:30pm on race day. New this year: Tickets must include your cell phone number so we can inform the winners on race day.

$10 for 12 tickets
$20 for 25 tickets
$40 for 50 tickets
$75 for 100 tickets
$100 for 150 tickets


Check out our online store to purchase ahead of time, or take your chances and buy the day of race at Doheny Beach. Early morning sales at the canoe rigging lot.

Online store open for purchases the week of the race.


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.

There are a variety of excellent restaurants within walking distance of our race site.

Zero Waste Initiatives

● 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.
● Water source available to fill bottles.


Susan Compton

Escort Boats:
Allen Schade

Greg Sayegh