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    2018 IJSBA Nationals Watkins Glen NY Aug 25-26

    IJSBA And East Coast Watercross Announce 2018 US National Championships

    IJSBA is excited to announce that East Coast Watercross will host the 2018 US National Championships, on August 25-26, at Clute Memorial Park Watkins Glen, NY.

    The United States National Championships will consist of some of the very best Personal Watercraft athletes competing in Closed Course and Freestyle events to try and earn the right to wear the coveted Number 1 plate at the 2018 Blowsion World Finals and the 2019 season.

    Champions will be crowned in the following categories:

    Novice Runabout Stock

    Novice Runabout N/A Stock

    Amateur Runabout Limited

    Pro/Am Runabout Limited

    Pro/Am Runabout Superstock

    Novice X2 Open

    Pro/Am X2 Open

    Novice Sport Spec

    Pro/Am Sport Spec

    Amateur Ski Lite

    Pro/Am Ski Lite

    Novice Ski Stock

    Pro/Am Ski Stock

    Pro/Am Ski GP

    Pro/Am Sport GP

    Pro/Am Runabout Stock

    Pro/Am Runabout N/A Stock

    Amateur Runabout Rec Lite

    Amateur Freestyle

    Pro Freestyle

    Amateur Runabout 1100 Stock

    Pro Am Runabout 1100 Stock

    Amateur Runabout 1100 Superstock

    Pro/Am Runabout 1100 Superstock

    Pro/Am Runnabout 800 Limited

    Superchicken (First time recognized as a National Championship by IJSBA)

    Vintage Ski Open

    Spectators can expect to watch racing and freetsyle 10am-5pm each day from the shores of Clute Park!

    For more information please contact East Coast Watercross by emailing
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    Pre Reg and event info is live.

    Watkins Event Info

    Watkins Site Info:
    Camping Specifics:
    • The event is held at Clute Memorial State Park, which is across the street from a campground. The village manages both properties and allows us to camp at Clute( primitive/no services) with a 2 night maximum due to fire codes.
    • Earliest arrival 10am Friday morning
    • Campsites will be marked by paint in the grass, with mandatory fire lanes between each space. The lanes must be kept free of ANYTHING per the Fire Marshall.
    • Campsites are first come first serve (no holding spaces for others).
    • Do not park trailers not intended for camping in a spot marked “C”
    • The park does not allow alcohol or drugs to be used or consumed. Any racer found to be under the influence or using drugs or alcohol will immediately be DQ’d.
    • Generators should not be run after 11pm.
    • There are bathrooms on site, plus porta potties.
    • The campground allows paid campers to use their public showers across the street.
    Spectators left last year because there was no area for them to sit. Due to this, 2018’s site layout will be different and violators will be asked to move. Please park in designated areas only!

    Beach/Waterfront Specifics:
    • The waterfront is a shallow, sand bottom with a 2ft natural rock wall. Skis can be left on stands in water and overnight at the risk of the owner. Many racers run a cable lock through skis bow eye. However in a normal event the shore line fills and we would suggest larger watercraft bring a shallow anchor(block with 1-2ft of rope and a flotation marker)
    • There is a paved boat launch across the street at the campground
    Pit Vehicle Specifics:
    • There is a beach area where the village will mark an ATV/UTV launching zone. NO Trucks! ATV/UTVs should not be deeper than 6inches of water. Beach carts may need to be disconnected to back further into the water. This is a D.E.C. requirement.
    • ATV/UTV Must be insured with proper paperwork available for local law enforcement.
    • No operators under the age of 16 will be permitted.
    • No free riding
    • No speeds above 5mph
    • No operation of pit vehicles before or after dark
    • No Pitbikes

    This is a state park and these rules are dictated and enforced by the Police.
    Local hotels are few and far between, online travel sites will be your best bet. House/Vacation rentals are available in town as well, again online websites are your best option.

    National Championship/2018 Tour set up:
    • Round 7 is Saturday. We use the moto system. Each racer will race 2 times in a day. Round 8 is Sunday. Racers will race 2 motos again on Sunday.
    • National Titles are assigned based on the average of Rd 7&8
    • Regular Tour trophies will be awarded Saturday at the conclusion of racing and Sunday at the conclusion of racing. Championship awards will follow regular awards Sunday
    • Round 7&8 points count toward our 2018 Tour Standings.
    Race Course:
    • The entire race course area is strictly off limits, except during Course Marshall led course orientation and racing.
    • No one is to be on or in the course area without Course Marshalls on water. Violators will be DQd from the event. This is mandated by the terms of our Regatta Permit with the State.
    Race Rules:
    • Racers meeting will be held at 9am both Saturday and Sunday and is Mandatory for all racers
    • Pre Registration will close Wednesday 22nd at 9pm. Pre Registration is non refundable with the exception of hospitalization or death in the immediate family.
    • Pre Registration is the only way sponsors will be announced at the event, and ensure classes will be structured to not be back to back.
    • Racer position for Moto 1 is based on random computer generation. Finish order for Moto 1 will be starting position for Moto 2
    • Top 5 Racers must bring watercraft immediately to the designated tech inspection or risk being DQ’d. Racers are responsible for dissembling/reassembling any parts required
    • All racers/holders must sign waivers during sign in. Participants must have PWC go through safety tech prior to racer’s meeting
    • Racers are invited to bring family on to podium for awards, please dress appropriately due to photography.
    • There will be a “fast lane” for racers who have pre registered. Please print waiver included with confirmation email to speed the process. Please do not sign until witnessed by East Coast Watercross staff
    • Concession or selling of merchandise is not permitted on site.
    • Commercial photography must be approved with signed release.
    • Drones are not permitted.

    We have a racers BBQ Saturday after awards. Please bring a dish to share.
    Tour/National Apparel:
    • Event shirts and apparel will be available on site.
    • Championship shirts will be limited and first come first serve.

    Friday early sign in/site registration : 2-4pm
    Saturday reg/sign in 730-830am
    Racers meeting 9:00am
    Course orientation : 930am
    Racing Begins: 10am

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    How wants some $$$$$
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    We have been in contact with our venue daily since hearing of Tuesday’s flash flooding, local optimism was high and we were proceeding as planned. Around lunchtime today we received a call from the director of the venue and we were told we would not be able to have our event there due to localized flooding, and current lake conditions.
    The venue is grass which is now mostly covered in pooling water. Equipment from another event is already stuck in the areas we would have been using. Seneca Lake itself is under a Maritime Warning with a 5mph speed limit due to floating debris such as propane tanks, trees and worse. Recreational boating is discouraged. There is a possibility of more rain in the forecast and there is concern things could get worse. The canal and boat launch are already washed out or full of logs and debris. The area is seeking assistance from FEMA.
    To further solidify the information, we have spoken with NYS Canal Corporation who regulates the waterway and confirmed the details, which would have prevented our regatta permit from moving forward.
    In coordination with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, the City of Plattsburgh, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and other’s, we have secured the Plattsburgh City Beach (site of our last rounds) as a back up location for the same dates ( 8.25-8.26).
    A lot of work was done very quickly to make this happen(3 hours) and more information will follow. We requested a change in the venue to allow camping. The request went up the chain of command, and was ultimately denied. Camping has never been permitted for any event at this location, and due to liability is was not able to be approved. The Adirondack Coast Visitors bureau did however verify there is availability at the Cumberland Head State Park which borders the venue for as low as $19/night. These two properties have an adjoining beach.
    Adirondack Coast VCB is working with local hotels as we speak to make this happen, they already have a room block of 40 rooms at the La Quinta in Plattsburgh, NY and are reaching out to others. Please stay tuned as these details evolve........ -#regrann

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