Clipper Canoes - Racing Canoes
Most canoe races in the Northwest will fall
into one of three main classifications:
3/27 or Pro Boats:
This class continues to increase in popularity as a result of the Canadian
Marathon Association's recognition of the 3/27 as the standard for their
races. The 3/27 rule states that canoes must be 18'6" in length,
27" in width at the 3" waterline and 33" wide at the gunnel
(measured within one foot of the center of the canoe). Bow height must
be 14" to 15" and the stern height must be 8". These canoes
are considered to be the fastest of the racing canoes. The
Jensen V-1 and Jensen
P3 offered by Clipper Canoes meet the 3/27
4/32 or Amateur Racing Class:
Often referred to as the amateur racing class, 4/32 class canoes
can be shorter than 18'6" in length. These canoes must have a minimum
width at the 4" waterline of 14.375% of the canoe's length.
Citizen's or Amateur Class:
In this class of canoe racing, organizers may specify a certain
type of canoe to be used for a given race. The Clipper
Tripper has been designated in many races as a standard amateur
canoe. In Manitoba the 17'
Jensen is the standard while the 18'
Jensen Stock is the designated canoe of
choice for the Yukon River Quest.