Sunday, May 15, 2022

West Cornwall, CT – Housatonic River – Class II+

Regional Team Qualifier #5

Latest News Update for Covered Bridge Slalom:

    Race Organizer:

    If registering by mail, make entry checks payable to: HACKS
    Mail completed entry forms and fee to:
    Clarke Outdoors – CBS Registrar
    163 Route #7
    West Cornwall, CT 06796
    Phone: 860-672-6365
    Registrar: Jenifer Clarke (clarkeoutdoors@gmail.com)
    Race Chair: Bob Connolly (rconnolly60@aol.com)

    General Information:

    River Gauge: Check Level

    One Day Race Format:

    • At least part of Saturday will available for full course practice runs.
    • The racers meeting will be at 8:30 AM, unless otherwise noted, on Sunday followed by the two runs in both session A then B.

    Additional Classes: C-1 Junior Women & Beginner Classes.

    Course Set-Up: Help is needed, starting exactly at 9 AM, on Friday. Please help if you can.


    From Rt. 7 in West Cornwall, CT turn East onto Rt. 128 and cross the covered bridge. Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge and park on grassy field on right

    Map of all the NESS Race Locations

    GPS coordinates for the race site are: 41.870192, -73.362649

    Race Site Description:

    Camping is available at the race site in the grassy field between the road and the river, (portable toilets provided). Also at:
    Housatonic Meadows State Park – Campsite and Cabins, Sharon CT (alcohol is not allowed), 860-672-6772
    Valley in the Pines Campground – 36 Lucas Road, Goshen, CT, 860-491-2032

    Lodging is available at:
    Cornwall Inn & Restaurant ($$$) Cornwall Bridge, CT 860-672-6884
    Hitching Post Country Motel ($$) Cornwall Bridge, CT 860-672-6219
    Sharon Country Inn ($$$) Sharon, CT 860-364-0036

    • Restaurants:
    Mountainside Cafe (5 miles north on Rt 7)
    NEW: Suzie’s Bakery, At the intersection of Route 7 and Route 4, about 3 miles south of the covered bridge. Brand new bakery! She has sandwiches on homemade bread, pastries, coffee and more. Open Thurs and Friday 7:30 – 4:30 and Saturday 8:30 – 3:00. There is also a new flower nursery on site.
    • Grocery/Deli:
    Cornwall Country Market (Rt 4/7) grocery and nice deli. 860-619-8199
    • Farmers Markets:
    Cornwall boasts 2 Farmers Markets. Both on Saturday. The one in West Cornwall is open from 9 -12:30 on the lawn of the Wish House. The other one is on the town green at Pine Street in the Village of Cornwall 10:00 – 1:00.

    Parking is available in the grassy field along the road. Please park on the grass, perpendicular to the road to maximize the number of cars we can accomodate. Overflow parking is available in the small parking lot near the bottom of the course. Please do NOT block the river access.

    Spectator access is available to the top of the course near the covered bridge, in the center of the course via a path from the grassy field/camping area and at the bottom of the course from a small parking lot which is part of a river access point. Portable toilets are located in this small parking lot.

    Race Course Video:

    Video by Bob Putnam: Covered Bridge Canoe/Kayak Slalom, 2016