Sprint Racing is one of 2 Olympic Canoeing disciplines, the other being Slalom, and is fun and may be enjoyed by people of all ages in any type of canoe. During the last few seasons, paddlers from 6 years to over 70 years of age took part.
Sprint boats are designed to travel fast in a straight line and are therefore are narrower and less stable than many other types of canoe. They come in single (K1), double K2) and quadruple types (K4). There are also equivalent classes for canoes, paddled with single blades in a high kneeling position C1, C2 & C4). For under 12 year old paddlers clubs have Lightning Kayaks that are smaller and more stable which allows these young paddlers to develope their skills on an equal footing.
Sprint racing takes place over relatively short distances, usually 200, 500 and 1000 metres with some regattas having races of 5,000 and 10,000 metres. In Scotland, regattas are held during the summer months at Kinghorn Loch, Linlithgow Loch and at Strathclyde Park. Competitors from Scotland also travel to Nottingham to take part in British National regattas. Scottish Junior & U23 paddlers have achieved considerable success in sprint racing representing GB in recent years.
Most races are open to all paddlers, however organisers may restrict entries at races where there are potentially hazardous conditions.
SCA Performance, through investment from sportscotland, operates programmes in Sprint and Slalom to support athletes with the potential and commitment to achieve Olympic medals. The Sprint Performance programme is based at the EICA, Ratho, west of Edinburgh and makes full use of the Union Canal and the indoor training facilities.
Sprint & Marathon Equipment
The Sprint & Marathon Committee have a full range of boats & paddles which are loaned out – full details of the equipment and the loan arrangements can be found in the following link http://canoescotland.org/resources scroll down to the SCA Boats & Equipment tab at the bottom of the page
1 All boats used in sprint racing must be fitted with sufficient buoyancy to support the boat and crew in the event of a capsize. Inherent buoyancy in composite boats is not sufficient to meet this requirement. Additional foam buoyancy or air bags must be fitted.
2 All paddlers who are ranked in division D or are U14 must wear an approved buoyancy aid (compliant with EN 393, EN 395, ISO 12402-5 or ISO 12402-6) for all races in K1 or K2. Organisers may require other competitors to also wear approved buoyancy aids if they feel that the conditions require it, so all competitors should come prepared to comply with this requirement.
3 Paddlers should also check individual race information sheets for any event specific safety requirements.