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White water racing - Canoe Scotland

Wild Water Racing

White Water Racing - Canoe Scotland
White water racing - Canoe Scotland

Wild Water Racing

White Water Racing - Canoe Scotland
White water racing - Canoe Scotland

Wild Water Racing

White Water Racing - Canoe Scotland
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Aim

The aim of Wild Water Racing is to race your kayak/canoe as fast as you can down a stretch of white water rapids.  Wild Water Racing is an exciting and challenging discipline, combining the speed and endurance of flatwater racing with the technical aspects of slalom racing.  You race against the clock and normally competitors start at minute intervals to avoid having to overtake people on the way down the river.  This is a thrilling challenge - it's up to you to find the optimum racing line down the river and to pace yourself so that you finish in the shortest possible time.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the Aim?

The aim is to move your kayak/canoe as fast as you can down a stretch of white water.  You race against the clock and normally competitors start at minute intervals to avoid having to overtake people on the way down the river.  This is a thrilling challenge - it's up to you to find the optimum line down the river and to pace yourself so that get there in the shortest possible time.  Two Types of WWR Race - Classic & Sprint.

What type of races are there?

Classic Wild Water Race - Classic Races are normally 3 miles or so in length and take 10-20 minutes depending on the course, river level... and yes.. your paddling speed and skill level.

Sprint Wild Water Race - Sprint Races involve two runs down a shorter course of usually 500-1000 metres in length with the times added together in order to calculate the final results.

What boat can I use?

Just as in other disciplines such as Sprint, Marathon and Slalom you can race in either Kayak or Canoe.  In kayaks you sit in the boat and use a double ended paddle and in canoes you kneel and use a single ended blade.  Wild water racing craft are designed to travel fast through the water while having enough volume to stay on top of the waves on rapids.  Whereas people race individually in the kayak (K1) class you have a choice or racing alone (C1) or in pairs (C2) in the canoe class.

Can I borrow a boat to start with?

Yes. The Committee have a number of plastic wild water racing boats called Wavehoppers which you can use to get you started. You get a time allowance against composite boats.

Can I use other types of boat if I want to?

Yes.  We welcome people in slalom boats or other general purpose boats at all events and, depending on numbers, you may find there is even a separate class.

 

WWR Committee

The committee for 2017 comprises: 

  • Paul Anderson
  • Cynthia Berry
  • Fraser Gormal
  • Calum Urquhart

To contact the committee, email sca.wwr@canoescotland.org

2017 Series

Dates for the 2017 Scotty Series are:

15th January - River Forth, Stirling. Sprint & Classic 
18th/19th February - Grandtully/Thistlebrig, Scottish Classic Championships. Sprint & Classic
22nd/23rd April - Grandtully. GB Selection. Sprint & Classic 
11th June - Alva, Stirling. Sprint only. 
9th July - Pinkston, Glasgow/ Sprint 
23rd September - Alva, Stirling. Sprint Only. 
12th November - Callander Rr Teith. Mass Start Classic.

GB Training Camps - Spring 2017

16/17th February: Grandtully

There will be national coach supported training at Grandtully Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2017. The event is set to coincide with school half term holiday's and run into the national races at the weekend set to be held on Grandtully Rapid (Sprint) and Thistlebrig (Classic).

The venue of the event is set so to prepare athletes for the April selection event at the same location. The camp will include moving water technical sessions and group training. There will be a charge of £5 for those participating and access to changing and toilet facilities are included.

Junior athletes need to accompanied by a responsible adult. Meet 10am at the SCA Car Park on Thursday 16th February.
The Coaching Team will consist of Paul Anderson, Carl Foody, Nicky Cresser.
To register for this event please contact GB Head Coach Paul Anderson - paulanderson2310@gmail.com

8-10th March: Pau, France

The GB WWR Executive Committee have secured water release time on the World Championships Course, at Pau, France for athletes seeking an opportunity to train at this venue. The dates are 8th, 9th & 10th March 2017, with further dates being sought for September. This will be un-supported and full arrangements remain with the athlete.

Athletes wishing to attend need to register with Head Coach Paul Anderson - paulanderson2310@gmail.com
Athletes are reminded this is a challenging section of water and the competence rating for selection is set at HIGH.