Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by British Canoeing

World Championships Coaches Blog 1

Coaches Blog – GB Team World Championships (Tuesday)

The Great Britain Team safety converged on the city of Banja Luka and claimed the cozy accommodation as their own.

With sunshine, warm weather and steady water levels the team set about learning the lines through the tricky boil laden gorge section. A number of hard sessions over the weekend into Monday have now led to an easier day (Tuesday) with boat control pending and accreditation.

Night time training this evening under spot lights will allow the athletes to acclimatise for the evening sprint racing this Saturday.

The team are in excellent spirits and have gelled well, with entertainment being supplied in heaps by Masters Cresser and McDiarmed.

Coaches Blog -World Championships – Tuesday

This morning was a planned rest session giving our athlete’s much needed recovery time from the volume of the previous day’s efforts. There was however boat control to navigate, with the Brits managing to be first in the que and through with no issues.

It was then back for a period of rest and Paul trying the hair salon as the Guinea pig before others dare to venture……..

The river in its nature has been very kind to the boats with minimal need to spend time making repairs. The river Verbas is a wonderful course of clear water and wave chains. The main event is in a gorge section of the river giving good bouncy water and some challenging boils making it difficult to achieve the ‘perfect run’.

At 8pm the team assembled at the classic start to warm up down to the sprint course for the designated evening session under flood lights. All team members performed in this session with some really outstanding performances.

Tomorrow has planned another phase of the pre-race taper with the last chance for athletes to make some last minute adjustments, along with the Masters Athletes who are first off in the following days events.

Wednesday – World Champs Coach Blog

The final day of taper before the start of the event giving the team the chance to prepare for what lay ahead. A few took the opportunity for some final line refinement, with the bulk opting to take the full rest option.

The evening was the Opening Ceremony with the team dressed to impress in the new design GB attire. To the amazement of all not only did it start on time, the ceremony was concluded in 20 minutes. The team was joined after by ICF President Albert Woods passing some words of encouragement and congratulations for selections.

A final ice-cream and a prompt bed time finalised the day.

Manor Farm Race Report 8th May


Manor Farm Wild Water sprint canoe race was held on the certainly the hottest day of 2016 so far.

Timeless Summer Day

Through the lovely woods of Manor Farm (home of the War Time Farm seen on TV), to the River Hamble upstream of the M27 Motorway Bridge, by courtesy of the Manor Farm Park Managers, a gruelling 8 to 11 minute sprint was raced twice by paddlers aged from 13 to 77.  The main obstacles were the pleasure boaters, fun paddlers, shallows covered by the spring tide and the crabbing lines off the jetty. The race seemed to be appreciated by the large group of onlookers probably thinking why on earth are they expending so much effort on such a hot day!!!

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

The Hamble Sea scouts yet again showed their mettle by paddling to the start from their base, over 1.5 miles downstream, with a practice rescue on route, the hapless scout who fell in shall remain nameless, "don't panic Mr Wilkins!!!"  They then entertained the rest of the paddlers and the non-paying public with rolling, swimming and generally having a good time whilst those with less energy sat back in the faint hope they would tire themselves out for the race to give us a fighting chance!!!  After the race they paddled back off into the distance hopefully to be seen again some time.

Just Messing About in the river!!!

Paddy Wilkins from the Hamble Sea Scouts at the start.

In the Wild Water class Dr Selwyn Richards yet again beat off his rival Richard Davis, with Selwyn's son 15 year old Tom coming in a creditable third. The Hamble Sea Scouts made a clean sweep of the Open class with 17 year old Conor Buckman taking the honours, Special mention should go to Hamble Sea Scout Michael Preston who despite being quite new to the formula one racing K1 he was paddling put in two times within a second of each other.

Michael Preston

Prize Giving

Susan Templeton the organiser said "I was so impressed yet again everyone rallied round to make the race a success by helping with timings, getting paddlers in and out of the water and encouraging each other.  All ages respectful and supportive of each other."

Everyone said they had, had a great time on a lovely day.

There are a number of WWR and open races as part of a series taking place in the South with the next one the Hamble River Raid http://www.hambleriverraid.com/  (including a ranking WWR race) on 21 May 2016, see http://www.wildwater.org.uk . For details of visiting the lovely Manor Farm and Wartime Farm as seen on TV go to http://www3.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm

Susan Templeton

8 May 2016

New British Canoeing Event Safety Website

Message from John Hatton, Development Network Support Manager: The web page has now gone live on the British canoeing web site, the link is attached below as a resource for members and event organisers. 

The page is intended to provide practical information and resources to clubs and event organisers as well as setting out the Event Safety Management system. It is a designed to cover all events whether recreational or competitive run by any organisation affiliated to or part of British Canoeing. 


 Safety, as we all know, is a dynamic issue and subject to review and improvement. As such suggestions and contributions on improving the site and resources for event organisers are welcome.

 Thanks, John



John Hatton
Development Network Support Manager

Mobile: 07891 051270.
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GB WWR Team selected 2016

It is my pleasure to announce the GB Wildwater Racing team for 2016.

Senior World Championships

  • MC1 Ryan Hunt, Andrew Hamilton, Andy Houston
  • LC1 Morna Campbell, Rachel Houston
  • MK1 Nicky Cresser, Grant Anderson, Phil Dean, Ricky Millar.
  • WK1 Hannah Brown, Louise Revell, Lydia Oxtoby, Morna Campbell
  • MC2 Jamie Christie/Eddie McDiarmiad, Andy Houston/Mike Brown 

Senior World Cups

  • MC1 Ryan Hunt, Andy Houston
  • LC1 Morna Campbell, Rachel Houston
  • MK1 Nicky Cresser, Phil Dean, Ricky Millar, Rob Jefferies, Jiri Tykal, Sandy Fothringham
  • LK1 Hannah Brown, Louise Revell, Lydia Oxtoby, Morna Campbell, Rachel Houston, Lorna Mine
  • MC2 Ryan Hunt/William Fotheringham

U23 Pre- World Championships

  • MC1 Ryan Hunt, Michael Houston
  • LC1 Rachel Houston
  • MK1 Ricky Millar, Rob Jefferies, Sandy Fotheringham, Mike Rees-Clarke
  • LK1 Louise Revell, Rachel Houston, Rachel Slade 

Junior European Championships

  • LC1 Morna Campbell
  • MC1 Will Fotheringham, Raoul Chappell
  • MC2 Jack Perchard/ Aaron Kirk
  • LK1 Morna Campbell, Jodie Ball, Lucy Brown, Laura Milne
  • MK1 Callum Gingell, Connor Turner, Freddie Brown, Ed McDiarmiad

The teams posted will contest 4 major competition sets this summer including the World Championships and Junior Europeans.

The athletes are a blend of experience and new raw talent which makes for some exciting prospects.

Details of the individual tours will be provided shortly when athletes have confirmed places and responded to the initial information requests.

The coaching support for the teams is as follows -

World Championships

  • Paul Anderson
  • Ross Pearton
  • Carl Foody 
  • Fraser Gormal

World Cup

  • Ross Pearton 


  • Nicky Cresser 
  • Sandra Hyslop 

The national coaches will support athletes in preparation with advice and help by arrangement.

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Woodmill Race Report 9th April


9 APRIL 2016

The race was based at Woodmill Activity Centre by kind permission of Neil Adcock the Operations Manager. A number of the paddlers that had never been to the centre before variously said “It is like H.G. Wells lost world but with canoes and other exciting kit rather than dinosaurs!” whilst others compared it to “A mini paradise”. It was great to see so many activities, e.g. kayaking and canoeing on the lake, river sluice pool and River Itchen and on the grounds, climbing, jenga but with crates and a person trying to stay on top (with a harness on) wild life talks etc., going on for people of all ages and abilities alongside the WWR race and everyone having fun.

The Wild Water race started from just above Mansbridge


Chris Blacker C1WWR

and raced down to Woodmill Bridge on the River Itchen and provided a good spectacle for the many members of the public walking along the path alongside the River.


Ready to Go Again Wavehoppers

The race was held over two runs of 0.5miles. Hamble Sea Scout leader John Dyke gasped after he finished his second run “It is a long way to sprint!”


Paddling Hard K1

20 paddlers with an age range of 9 to 77 raced, a tribute to the sport where all ages can participate. Dr Selwyn Richards took the Men’s WWR class, with Richard Davis aged 77, 14 seconds behind in second place; Susan Templeton taking the honours in the Ladies WWR class


Dr Selwyn Richards WWR

In the Open class raced by K1’s (with rudders to steer) Richard Johns won the Men’s and daughter Poppy aged 11 the Ladies. Hamble Sea Scouts raced in force and produced some good results in both classes.


Proud Young Winners

There are a number of WWR and open races as part of a series taking place in the South with the next one being at Manor Farm Country park on 8 May 2016, followed by a WWR race run with the Winchester ranking Division 4 slalom on 15 May 2016 and then the Hamble River Raid http://www.hambleriverraid.com/ (including a ranking WWR race) on 21 May 2016, see http://www.wildwater.org.uk for details. For K1 racing see www.southamptoncc.co.uk/ based from Woodmill Activity Centre http://www.woodmill.co.uk/

By Susan Templeton 12 April 2016


GB Selection Race Update

Selection 2016.

Can I please pass formal thanks to the army of over 20 helpers who assisted in running the GB team selection race at Grandtully this past weekend.

Racing was close and highly competitive in all classes and Is a fantastic reflection on the hard work and commitment of the 50 plus athletes that contested the event.

As communicated at prize giving due to the clock alignment all results were shown as 1 minute slower. This was subsequently amended.

The selection meeting will take place Wednesday evening and I will inform paddlers from Thursday.

 A massive well done to all that raced.

Paul Anderson Natinal Coach

Advance notice of the Hamble Classic WWR Race on 19 November 2016

Advance notice of the Hamble Classic WWR Race on 19 November 2016

Southern Region being run by Neal Underwood and the Sharks Canoe Club. Classic 2 mile race please contact Neal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Susan Templeton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

The start will be at 1400 due to tide. The Start will be at Lands’ end below the Jolly Sailor Public House following right hand side of river bank downstream to finish at RAF Yacht Club (Approx. two miles). Open water, not suitable for novices. More details on the WWR Race Calendar

Manor Farm Sprint, Wavehopper & Open Race 8th May Hampshire

Manor Farm Sprint, Wavehopper & Open Race 8th May 2016 being run by the Sharks - all welcome

Please contact Neal Underwood or Susan Templeton C/O 11 Larwood Close, Greenford, Middlesex.  UB6 OTA, n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  07951770241 and  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check in by1200 for the race briefing . Race venue Bursledon, Between Southampton and Portsmouth, Hampshire on the River Hamble, Grid reference SU496111, Post Code: SO31 1BH. A mile from Junction 8 of the M27 motorway, which links to the M3, and A27 and A3, enabling easy access from London, the Midlands and North. More details on the race calendar

Open water on the River Hamble the section can be quite exposed to wind and weather and tide. Race held at top of two tides so minimal tide expected but flood water and weather can alter this. It can be choppy due to weather and boat traffic (although boats are more restricted in this area of the River Hamble).

GB Team Selection Event 16th & 17th April, Grandtully - Message from Paul Anderson WWR Head Coach.

GB Team Selection Event 16th & 17th April, Grandtully - Message from Paul Anderson WWR Head Coach.

With GB Selection now 2 weeks away, can I please bring the below information to the attention of Athletes and Coaches.

 This information is intended to be helpful/informative for newer atheletes to our sport. I recognise that selection can be a nervous time for paddlers and just want to ensure that you are well prepared. 

  • Athletes are required to register for selection ahead of the race. Please note this is a separate process from entering the race. Registration and race entry details are on the WWR web site. 

  • Race Registration on Saturday 16th April will open at 09.00 Hours and close at 10.30 Hours. Bib numbers will then be generated and timings will be strictly adhered to. The race briefing is compulsory for those racing. 

  • You will require proof of BCU/WCA/SCA Membership in order to compete. 

  • There will be boat scrutineering at the event for ALL entrants. Rules are on the WWR web site. Boats must pass in order to compete in the event. 

  • Buoyancy Aid  will be checked against markings standard - EN ISO 12402-5 

  • Canoe Helmets must be marked - EN 1385 

  • Athletes who still require competence assessment must notify Paul Anderson ahead of the event, at 10.30am latest on 16th April. A medium competence is required to qualify for 2016 International competitions. The latest assessments are published on the WWR Web Site.

    The timing of the sprint event will be electronic push button coordinated by a designated timing team. Albeit this system provides times to the 100th, our rules state this must be rounded to 0.5 of a second. The use of this is due to the river width range of the beam timing. Should this be resolved and 100% test reliable we will revert to use of this system. The classic race will be timed by stop watch timing. 

  • A request for discretionary selection has been received for Hannah Brown. Objections to this must be submitted by mid-night on the day of selection (Sunday 17th April). 

Water levels at Grandtully are currently good with rain forecast for the week ahead. I trust your preparations are going well and look forward to seeing you at what is looking to be an excellent top level weekend of racing. 

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