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Sep 21, 2009

SF '09 Logistics

Last Updated: 9/23/09 8:00 AM

Any questions - contact Wade ().

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (subject to minor changes):

Check Sat shuttle schedule in Marriott lobby
5pm ... Meet in Marriott Lobby for Paddlers Mixer

Give $10 to Wade.
B's Restaurant: 720 Howard St (between 3rd and 4th street)


Early AM .... Paddlers taking shuttle: Meet in Lobby 15 min before SD RED shuttle
6:45 AM ...... Call-time for drivers/paddlers not taking shuttle to be @ TI.
7 AM: ......... Captain's Mtg (Pearl, Joe, Brian, Marty, Wade)
8:48 AM ...... RED 1st heat
9:48 AM ...... WHITE 1st heat
10 AM ......... BLUE 1st heat
11 -1 PM ...... RED, WHITE, BLUE 2nd heat
2:24 PM ...... WOMEN's 1st heat
3:00 PM ...... MEN's 1st heat
4:36 PM ...... MASTER's 1st heat
Nighttime ... Check Sun Hotel Shuttle schedule. Get lots of rest for FINALS on Sunday

Early AM ...... Paddlers taking shuttle: Meet in Lobby 15 min before very 1st SD Shuttle
TBA Sat PM ... Call-time for drivers/paddlers not taking shuttle to be @ TI.
7:30 AM ....... Captain's Mtg (Pearl, Joe, Brian, Marty, Wade)
8 AM ............ WOMEN's Final (if qualified)
8:12 AM ....... MEN's Final (if qualified)
9:12 AM ....... MASTER's Final (if qualified)
9:24 AM ....... Visiting Team Consolation (if qualified)
10:24 AM ..... Visiting Team Championship (if qualified)
1o:36-12:36 .. RED, WHITE, BLUE 3rd heat
1:12-4PM ...... RED, WHITE, BLUE Finals
5pm .............. Closing Ceremonies
Nighttime ..... Celebrate AWESOME performance!

Party night away w/ Ripple + maybe other teams @ O'Neill's Irish Pub
747 3rd street at King

1 mile away from Marriott, walking directions:

Transportation to the Team Hotel: SF Marriott Marquis - Yerba Buena
Options from SF or Oakland Airports:
  • BART - exit Powell Street Station (30 min from SFO @ $8.10, 25 min from Oakland @ $3.80)
  • SuperShuttle (~$17 pp from SFO, ~$27 pp from Oakland, contact hotel to schedule)
  • Taxi (~$40 from SFO, ~$51 from Oakland)
  • Limo (surprisingly comparable rate to Taxi)

Hotel Address:
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Map - BART Powell Street Station to Marriott (the Red M):

For those driving, parking is ~$56 a day onsite (not a typo), ~$32 offsite.

Food @ the Tournament Site
Ripple Effect is very generously hosting us and will providing us food, including Pasta for lunch Sat & a Ripple Deli for Sun lunch!

Of course, feel free to bring along some of your favorite snacks or bring along some cash for food vendors: like Sammi says, "try the saimin!"

Things to bring (recommendations)
  • $
  • The usual competition paddling gear + uniform (jersey + dark bottoms)
  • Running shoes & socks for race site warm-ups
  • Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
  • Casual warm clothing for out-and-about SF
  • Water bottle
  • Cameras / Camcorders
  • TP
  • Sunblock
  • Towel
  • Extra Jersey to trade
  • No need for beach chairs/tents - Ripple Fx is kindly providing.

Paddle Transport for people flying:

At this point, your paddle should be w/ someone driving up.
If you still don't know how to transport your paddle, contact us: captains @
Any issues or questions during race weekend?Contact Wade, Pearl, Joe, Em, Tran, or any vets
Wade -

Race Day Requests
  • Eat light & eat for fuel
  • Stay hydrated - even if its cold out
  • Be on time for warm-ups, stretches, marshaling
  • Stay off your feet & rest up between races - it's a long weekend
  • If you wander off, let folks know where you're headed. Playing hide-and-go-seek during Marshalling is NOT fun
  • Make sure everyone wears a PFD

  • As always - be sure to thank the race organizers & volunteers. Loads of effort go into organizing these events, and they've always done a good job putting on a race 'for paddlers by paddlers'.
  • Also be sure to give a bunch of love to our host/sister team Ripple Effect!
  • Remember that you reppin' the entire team when you up there.
  • Above all else, have a good (& safe) time!

Event Website -
Schedule, Team Bios, race rules, course information, vendors, entertainment, etc are all posted.
Take a look.

12 Vets share recommendations for the race (~6 minute video from 2008):