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

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 

Juniors 

  • Nicky Cresser 
  • Sandra Hyslop 

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

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the national coaching team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul 

Woodmill Race Report 9th April

WOODMILL ON THE RIVER ITCHEN WILD WATER RACE

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. 

Feel free to contact me - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Paul.

Winchester ranking sprint and Wavehopper WWR race 15th May

Winchester ranking sprint and Wavehopper WWR race will be run by the Sharks Canoe Club alongside Winchester and District Canoe Club Slalom on 15 MAY 2016

For more details please contact  Neal Underwood C/O 11 Larwood Close, Greenford, Middlesex. UB6 OTA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 07951770241 and Race Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Start Time           1300 Race venue (Area and county)      WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE In North Walls Recreation Ground Behind Winchester Leisure Centre (but accessed via University School of Art Road NOT Leisure Centre ) Sat Nav postcode: SO23 8DL, Map 185 Ref SU485299 http://winchestercanoeclub.org.uk/ Parking Sat Nav SO23 7DD (University school of art get label from Control for car)

ENTRY FEES        Adult      & Junior £5. Ideal for novices with Division 4, judges and Open slalom on same day

All paddlers/clubs bringing wavehoppers will be asked if these can be used by other paddlers as required.   This is not mandatory but it is hoped paddlers/clubs will oblige to help promote use of this type of racing boat                 

Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club Regional Race Series

Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club will be running their Regional Race Series on Saturday 2nd April, Saturday 14th May and Saturday 11th June.

Briefing at 11:30am with Classic Start at 12:30pm.Sprint race 1st ru at 2:00pm, 2nd run soon after. Suitable for all skill level  racers (aimed at beginners) Entry Fee £5

Race organiser Lucy Brown, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location: Melksham, SN12 7ED

South Lakes WWR summer series 2016

South Lakes WWR summer series 2016. A series of 4 races run over the summer months aimed at introducing new comers to wild water racing. The races will be held on the lower part of the River Crake (at low tide). The river here has a slight flow for most of its length finishing with a shoot over an old weir.

 The races may be run in any type of canoe /kayak suitable for the water conditions but paddlers are encouraged to take this opportunity to try out wavehoppers or DCC K1, C1 C2 boats. The races will be part of the national Wavehopper series so those in composite WWR K1 will be entered into an open class.  The races will be held on Tuesday evenings starting at 6.30pm – practice time beforehand if you can make it.

 Dates :- May 3rd , June7th , July 5th , Aug 2nd Entry Fee £1 per race.

 There will be certificates for age group winners for each race and prizes/ medals for the series winners.

For more information or to register an interest contact John Sherwen, regional WWR rep.+ coaching organizer, Duddon Canoe Club 01229 462905 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.