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

2016 ACM NOVEMBER 26th

The Wild Water Canoeing ACM will be at Hexham Green on November 26th during the Tour of the North.

The ACM will take place immediately after racing and everyone is very welcome. We'll have some refreshments and cake to warm everyone up!

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THE BURRS RACE WILL BE EARLIER THAN USUAL 16th OCT 2016. PLEASE ADD TO YOUR RACE CALENDAR.

Please add the Irwell Race at the Burrs Activity Centre, Bury to your race calendar for this Autumn & Winter WWR Series.

This will be a 2016/17 NW Regional and Wavehopper Race as well as the 2015/16 Wavehopper Championships Finals on Sunday 16th October, 2016 - so we're aiming for maximum participation and competition.

This is always a popular venue and so we've brought forward the race for what will hopefully be slightly warmer weather, to help fit in with any universities wanting to practice for BUCS and also stop any conflict with clubs wanting to race in the Tay Descent and Dart - which are weekends we have customarily used in the past.

The racing will be a the standard time trial Format

First runs start at 11.30. Second runs at 1230pm.

This will be directly followed by the Club Team race

Late entries accepted until the race briefing at 10.30 am. River Irwell, Burrs Activity Centre, Woodhill Road, Bury, BL8 1DA. All Classes will be catered for, including U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, Seniors, & Veterans. K1, C1, C2, Open Canoe.

Entries to:

Peter Schofield GB Wild Water Canoeing, 6 Browgate, Sawley , Lancashire, BB7 4NB.

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Entry fees £6.00 for Seniors, £4.00 for Juniors.

All levels of paddlers very welcome, all types of boats welcome.

Course open for practice from 9.30am.

Wild Water Junior Europeans and Under23 Pre-World Championships 2016

Murau, Austria played the beautiful host to the biggest Wild Water competition of 2016 for all junior and under 23 athletes. Over the 20th - 24th July, Great Britain was proudly represented by one of the largest teams selected for many years, a total of 21 athletes competed in an outstanding fashion across all the competitive classes, showing the current depth of domestic Wild Water canoeing in Britain. A fantastic three medals where picked up by the under 23’s and many personal best results obtained by our young junior athletes. All round an excellent trip for athletes, staff and parents!

With a cultural opening ceremony on the Wednesday evening the event was officially opened by Albert Woods. Racing kicked off Thursday afternoon with the individual Classic race, this year’s course was an excellent test of skill and fitness with a 20-25 minute race course held over constant, fast flowing, choppy, bouncy water, with a couple of sizable rapids to really test out the competitors handiness on the wild stuff. Outstanding results came from Louise Revell who picked up a fantastic bronze medal in the under 23 K1 woman category and junior Calum Gingell finishing 13th just 6 seconds off the top 10. With one more year to go in his junior career this is a very promising result from the young man. Friday saw the team classic races take place over the same stretch of river, team racing combines the skilful element of getting three paddlers down the river in formation, with a young team full of new faces this year there where many lessons learnt, but again small margins make for exciting prospects for years to come.

Over the weekend the Sprint races where held up in Murau, with the stretch of river running through the town centre making it a perfect spectator spot. The British stepped up and showed their sprinting ability, with many juniors just missing out of finals by small margins. The under 23’s showed how their time on the road competing at the senior world cup races has developed their skills by 8 athletes qualifying for Sundays finals. Top junior result was the C2 pairing of Aaron Kirk and Jack Perchard winning the second qualification run and finishing a credible 8th overall.

Our under 23 womans C1 paddler Rachel Houston showed great resilience in this up and coming class winning both the classic and sprint in style, unfortunately this event was under attended for her results to be recognised with medals but alongside junior C1 paddler Morna Campbell the British future in this event looks strong.

The competition was rounded up with sprint team events, the close proximity of team racing and short nature of the course made any errors costly. The under 23 boys of Mike Rees-Clarke, Rob Jefferies and Ricky Millar stormed the field and clinched a well-deserved bronze medal with 0.6 of second separately 2nd-4th place. The under 23 C1 boys’ team of Andrew Houston, Ryan Hunt and impressive racing up from junior Will Fotheringham also claimed a Bronze.

Overall an excellent trip, with many paddlers looking forward to returning to the same venue next year for the Junior and under 23 World Championships after having gained valuable experience and learning from this year’s trip, the British will be ones to watch!  

Many thanks to all the support team/coaches and parents!

 

Results summary

Junior MK1

  • Calum Gingell (Classic 13th, Sprint 21st, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)

  • Freddie Brown (Classic 30th, Sprint 29th, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)

  • Eddie McDiarmid (Classic 32th, Sprint 28th, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)

  • Connor Turner (Classic 36th, Sprint 33rd)

Junior MC1

  • Will Fotheringham (Classic 21st, Sprint 20th, un23 team sprint 3rd)

  • Raoul Chappell (Classic 23rd , Sprint 22nd)

Junior WK1

  • Mona Campbell (Classic 18th, Sprint 17th , team classic 6th, team sprint 6th)

  • Laura Milne (Classic 21st, Sprint 23rd , team classic 6th, team sprint 6th)

  • Lucy Brown (Classic 28th, Sprint 22nd, team sprint 6th)

  • Jodie Ball (Classic 24th, Sprint 25th , team classic 6th)

Junior C2

  • Aaron Kirk & Jack Perchard (Classic 11th, Sprint 8th )

Junior WC1

  • Mona Campbell (Classic 11th, Sprint 12th)

Un23 MK1

  • Ricky Millar (Classic 10th, Sprint 10th , team classic 5th, team sprint 3rd)

  • Mike Rees-Clarke (Classic 14th, Sprint 8th , team classic 5th, team sprint 3rd)

  • Robert Jefferies (Classic 18th, Sprint 13th , team sprint 3rd)

  • Alexander Fotheringham (Classic 17th, Sprint 14th , team classic 5th)

Un23 C1

  • Ryan Hunt (Classic 7th, Sprint 7th, team sprint 3rd)

  • Andrew Houston (Classic 8th, Sprint 5th, team sprint 3rd)

Un23 WK1

  • Louise Revell (Classic 3rd, Sprint 5th)

  • Rachel Slade (Classic 6th, Sprint 6th)

Un23 WC1

  • Rachel Houston (Classic 1st, Sprint 1st)

Coaches/support staff – Nicky Cresser/Sandra Hyslop/Mags Nixon/Hannah Brown

GILLY MARA ROWS THE ATLANTIC

Great news -  Former GB wwr team paddler Gilly Mara has just stepped ashore having rowed the North Atlantic from New York to Falmouth.
https://www.facebook.com/Rannoch-Womens-Challenge-20698578…/

A fantastic achievement but I think that is taking an aerobic training session a bit far.

BBC TV News covered the crew's return yesterday. A rib and a launch with friends and family went out at 5.00am to meet and greet The Liberty of Essex just beyond Falmouth Harbour.

The crew were in high spirits. They sung. Lots of cheers, flags, happy calls and banter. One of the welcoming party was Guin's sister Miriam (another Olympic silver medallist rower) said 'Their timing is out - shall I coach them in!' Also escorting the crew into harbour were the Falmouth Stand Up Paddle Boarders club, which was very much appreciated.

Skipper Guin radioed to Coastguard: "This is Liberty of Essex, just arriving from New York. Can we have permission to light a flare as we enter the harbour." Coastguard: "Congratulations to you all. You can light a white flare only, no red flare is allowed unless in distress. Well done." And hence the opening shot of the TV news story of the boat rounding into the harbour, flare shining through the gloomy dawn. A beacon for this astounding test of endurance and endeavour.

JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS MURAU 2016 CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR ATHLETES

Great individual and team performances over the last few days by Team GB. An excellent performance from the whole team finishing with U23 Team Bronze for Mike Rees Clarke, Ricky Millar and Rob Jefferies.

A lot more excellent results - pllease see all the results here http://www.canoeicf.com/results

Thanks to everyone who helped out and safe journeys home for all our athletes, Nicky Cresser and his management team and all our helpers and parents

More photographs on Facebook at Wild Water Racing for Fun https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/

JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS MURAU 2016 LATEST UPDATE

A great few days racing and some excellent individual results in the classic and sprint races against the very best athletes in the world. The latest European Canoe Association News is here https://www.facebook.com/notes/european-canoe-association/czech-republic-france-and-germany-top-the-individual-sprint-heats-in-austria/1919595204933952

Latest sprint results are here http://www.timing-mojstrana.com/wp-content/uploads/sprint_ind_results_Qual1.pdf

For the latest updates please have a look on Wildwater Racing for Fun here https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/

Best wishes to all racing today

JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS MURAU 2016

GOOD LUCK TO TEAM GB at the Europeans

Big day Today the classic races kick off at 1.30 British time and we are told the live results should be here http://www.timing-mojstrana.com

Start List is available here http://canoeworlds.com/images/stories/pdf/Murau/Logo-Murau2016-STL-ClassicIndi.pdf

GOOD LUCK to the U23 and Junior Wildwater team competing in the European Championships in Murau, Austria!!

The team consists of;

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

U23's
C1M Ryan hunt, Andrew Houston
C1w Rachel Houston
K1m Ricky millar, Rob Jefferies, Mike Rees Clark, Sandy Fotheringham
K1w Louise Revell, Rachel Slade

Very best wishes to all our athletes. Many thanks to our team management,  helpers and families who have made this all happen.

Latest news will be on the British Canoeing and Wildwater Racinng for Fun Facebook sites

Reminder Fairthorne Manor Classic WWR on the river Hamble

FAIRTHORNE MANOR CLASSIC WWR AND OPEN CANOE RACE ON SUNDAY 17 JULY 2016

THE LAST LISTED GB WWR COMPETITION BEFORE THE RIO OLYMPICS SO GET YOURSELF WARMED UP

Dear All,

This race series is being held in the British Canoeing Southern Region and by kind consideration of YMCA Fairthorne Manor:

 

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JOIN THE CARNIVAL
AIM TO MAKE THIS A CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE SO BRING YOUR RIO OLYMPIC COSTUMES OR HAWAIIN SHIRTS ETC AND HEADDRESSES ETC TO WEAR AT THE PRIZE GIVING OR RACING IF YOU DARE!!!!!!!

A reminder of the above race key details below:

RACE DETAILS

 

Date

SUNDAY 17 JULY 2016

Start Time

1100 BOOK IN BY 1000 LATEST

BRIEFING 1130 BE IN CANOE GEAR AND READY TO SET OFF FOR START IMMEDIATELY 1 MILE UPSTREAM

EXPERIENCED PADDLERS PLEASE ASSIST THE YOUNGER AND/OR LESS EXPERIENCED PADDLERS ON THE WAY UP TO START

Race Type (sprint and/or classic with approximate distances)

CLASSIC 1 MILE

WWR CLASS AND OPEN CLASS ANY CANOE/KAYAK/SUP ETC

Organiser

The Sharks Canoe Club

Race venue (Area and county)

FAIRTHORNE MANOR, BOTLEY ON THE RIVER HAMBLE, HAMPSHIRE BETWEEN PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHAMPTON Start

If required course changes or race cancellation will be considered and implemented.  If Gale Force 5/6 consideration to change course will be considered.  If over Gale Force 6, two options will be considered depending on weather severity and paddler safety: Option 1: The course will be changed to run closer to the start in loops. Option 2: The race will be cancelled.

Emergency only do not call them regarding race.

Enquiries: 01489 785228

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YMCA Fairthorne Manor Curdridge Southampton SO30 2GH

Web: www.ymca-fg.org

Location: (Nearest sat nav/post code/OS Map Reference)

BOTLEY, BETWEEN SOUTHAMPTON AND PORTSMOUTH HAMPSHIRE

YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge Southampton SO30 2GH

Picturesquely situated in 111 acres of parkland and woodland on the banks of the river Hamble, Fairthorne Manor is eight miles east of Southampton and is within two hours travel from London. Directions: From M27 J7 take the A334 signposted Botley, keeping Sainsbury’s on your left as you leave the junction roundabout. Continue on the A334 over 4 roundabouts. Continue on the road through Botley village, and past Botley Mills, still on the A334. At the top of the rise take the right turn, signposted YMCA National Centre. Continue along this road and you will see the exit drive first. At this point slow as the entrance drive is just after a blind corner on the right. The nearest train station is Botley.  You need to go through a barrier controlled gate.

NO PARKING AT BOAT SHED, PARK IN MAIN CAR PARKS AND WALK DOWN OR OFFLOAD CANOES QUICKLY AT BOAT SHED THEN GO AND PARK

  • start and Finish

Boat Shed, Fairthorne Manor Location and Race Control Fairthorne Manor

PADDLERS WILLL START AT THE BOAT HOUSE IN FAIRTHORNE MANOR PADDLE UP TO THE START THE POOL NEAR THE ROAD IN BOTLEY TOWN CENTRE AND THEN RACE DOWN TO FINISH (WHERE THEY GOT IN)

River type, grade and hazards

TIDAL RIVER BUT HELD AT TOP OF TIDE FOR ACCESS AND TO MINIMISE TIDAL CURRENTS SUITABLE FOR NOVICES

NARROW, TWISTY WITH SOME PARTS OVERHANGING TREES AND BRANCHES

Is safety cover provided?  If so what type of cover please list

NO: PADDLERS WILL BE ON THEIR OWN AND WILL NEED TO SELF RESCUE OR CALL FOR HELP FROM THE NEXT PADDLERS:

Safety cover may be needed by paddlers racing and you must ask for help or any paddler seeing another who is or may be in difficulty should render assistance if they do not they face a potential life ban from the sport.

Race paddlers must wait on until the next two paddlers have finished there must always be two paddlers at the bottom of the race acting as safety.

Regional, wavehopper, or national race

RANKING REGIONAL AND OPEN RACE

Derwent Dash - Mark your Calendar 13th May 2017

Advance notice that Nigel Stevenson and Lincoln Canoe Club will be running the Derwent Dash on 13th May 2017.

Details will be posted in the calendar over the next few days.

Always a great event so please come and join us

 

 

2016-17 Barrow Classic Series

Advance Notice of this autumn's Barrow Classic winter race series - with the Feburary Race a Midlands regional championship event

Many tha nks to Soar Valley CC for running the series

 

Details Below:

 

2016 Barrow Classic SIX Winter Race Series including Wavehopperranking race.

We welcome and encourage everyone to take part, any age, any type of boat, any combination of paddler. It is a great event suitable, for novice and expert paddlers alike.

The course is a time trial around the Barrow Loop, near Loughborough, comprising of a gentle warm up along the canal, followed by a short portage, the 3km (1.8 mile) race itself is along the course of the river Soar, starting below Barrow New Weir and finishing at the Boat House Public House, where race check in will also take place.

Times and Entries

Breakfast & check in from 9.00am.

Briefing 10.15am. First Start 11am.

Adult single race £5 per paddler

Non BCU member £7 per race

(membership available on race days)

Adult series entry

(six races) £20 per paddler

Junior (U18) single race £3 per

paddler. Junior series entry £12

per paddler (BCU membership

not required).

Dates

Saturday 15th October 2016

Saturday 19th November 2016

Saturday 17th December 2016

Saturday 7th January 2017

Saturday 11th February 2017

Saturday 11th March 2017

The Boat House at Barrow, 14 Bridge Street, Barrow-Upon-Soar, Leicestershire LE12 8PN Tel: 01509 412260

Contactrichard649@btinternet.comor visit Soar Valley Facebook page

Sponsored by British Canoeing East Midlands

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