Originally Posted by wasatchbill
Is this the most dangerous downriver race yet?
Level dependent for sure.
A few years ago we did a mass start with ~20 people from Otters to Banks at about 3,500. That felt pretty dangerous, as the only people who didn't have a stern in their face and a bow at their back were the guys in first and last. No safety besides the racers and some spectators either. The Whitewater Grand Prix had a pretty dangerous-looking race this year (
). The Green Race seems to have more and more carnage every year.
My point is that racing class V at any water level is, by definition, dangerous. The competitors know that and accept it. Plus, only the cream of the crop will be eligible to race the hardest stuff. That's the direction downriver racing needs to go if we want to progress the sport. If folks are concerned about safety and have the skills, then by all means volunteer to help line the banks.