We run flatwater racing training throughout the year.
There are three main training groups covering Div 1-3 paddlers, Div 4-7 and Div 8-9 paddlers. If numbers allow, these can be broken down further or combined.
Saturday 27 April, 10am – B3C Elimination Race. We’ve all seen the cyclists do it, where the final racer at the end of each lap is eliminated! The B3C race will have a shorter course for GP/Tourer and a longer course for racers, but all on the water at the same time in the same event. This event is free, with tea and toast in the clubhouse after. More details to follow. Again book online at Eventbrite. Contact: Pina Napolitano
The event is on the River Wey. This is generally very suitable for all classes. The river has lots of bends and depending on the flow, which can be fast, good tactics are very important. The courses are A, B, C, A. Portages are not difficult. Some classes are split into 2 starts. It is necessary to follow instruction re parking
A circuit race on the River Thames, normal Hasler distances. A natural beach as well as a pontoon false portage will be used. River traffic to be expected. Hot food and showers are available in club house. Ample free parking in field.
The Southampton canoe race takes place on the River Itchen where it runs through Southampton City. The section of river used for the race is where the fresh water meets the estuary at Woodmill Activity Centre, down stream to St Mary’s football stadium. The course travels through contrasting sentry from green tree line areas, parks, marinas and some industrial landscapes. The race starts at Riverside Park with all divisions covering two laps of varying distances to achieve they required divisional race distance. Due to the nature of the river banks in this area there are no portages at this event. The spectating areas are limited but we do have very good view of the start and finish area, with competitor going passed a few times. Good facilities from Bitterne Park Social Club with good parking.
The Oxford Hasler is usually held on the Sunday closest to Midsummers day. It is a regional divisional Hasler race which includes races for Divisions 1 to 9 plus Lightning races for under 10 and under 12 year old paddlers. It is a flat water race on the River Thames passing through the centre of the historic City of Oxford with the backdrop of Oxford’s dreaming spires. The race distances are different for the various divisions with the longer races including portages around the lock at Iffley for Divisons 1-6 as well as around Sandford lock for divisions 1-3. ‘The Midsummer’ has been an Oxford event for over 20 years and has grown in popularity in that time. There is plenty of room to picnic and some nice riverside pubs so make a day of it
The race is a circuit, based on the river Thames alongside Thames Valley Country Park, Reading Race course Div 1–3: 2 loops (varying in length), 19.5 km, 3 portages Div 4–6: 1 loop, 13.0 km, 2 portages Div 7–9: 1 loop, 6.5 km, 0 portages Lightnings/Hody
The race will be part of the 2018/2019 racing season. It is run on the River Thames near Marlow and depending on river conditions, is suitable for paddlers of all abilities. It is a ‘standard’ Hasler race with laps of approximately 6 kms. Divisions 1-3 will do 3 laps and 3 beach portages, Divisions 4-6 will do 2 laps and 2 portages and Divisions 7-9 will do 1 lap and no portages. Lightnings and Hody races will consist of a partial lap and no portages.
A circuit race on the River Thames between Whitchurch and Mapledurham Locks. Portage is a beach and bank run Suitable for all levels .
Race for Divisions 1-10 and Lightning on the River Thames. For Div 1-6 the portage is at Hambleden Lock. The race is suitable for all competitors, advise using spray decks in windy conditions, the Henley reach can become choppy.
The regular training sessions take place on Tuesday, Thursday and on Saturday. On the water times for these training sessions are:
- Tuesdays 6 PM
- Thursdays 6 PM
- Saturdays 9:30 AM
In addition, there are other less formal sessions for those who just want to enjoy a paddle on the Basingstoke Canal. One takes place at the Canal Centre on Tuesdays from 9.30am in touring kayaks and open canoes; the other takes place on Thursdays at 9.30am at Crookham Wharf.
Training Schedule. There is a detailed daily training schedule for the formal training sessions where the programme for each session can be found covering the winter or the summer months. The schedule covers the three main training groups with the highest volume for the Div 1-3 group, less volume for the Div 4-7 group and the least volume for the Div 8-9 group. Our detailed training schedule for 2018 can be found here.
Introduction to Flat Water Racing Courses
We welcome new members with an interest in flat water racing. Three courses are held each year in May, June and July, each comprising of two hour sessions over four consecutive Saturday mornings. Sessions start after training at 11 AM at the Canal Centre, Mytchett. These courses are designed to teach you the skills and techniques applicable to flat water and to develop your confidence in a flat water racing kayak. We currently have no further courses scheduled for 2018.
They are open to both members and non-members. These courses are suited to those with no previous canoeing experience and to those who have experienced a Paddlepower Passport course and who would like to move on to flat water racing. (NB. Please pre-book for these courses as numbers are limited and they may be cancelled if there are no bookings.)
These courses are free to club members and £30 to non-members. The £30 includes the use of the club facilities, boats, paddles and buoyancy aids and Canoe England Third Party insurance. If non-members subsequently join the Club, the course fee is deducted from the initial membership fee.
What to wear
You will be too hot wearing a wet suit and arm movement could be restricted. For the majority of summer conditions, layers of light, fitted clothing that will dry quickly when wet are most suitable. Thermals or man-made fibres or running/cycling clothes are ideal. Clothing that gets heavy when wet, such as jeans and woollens, are unsuitable. No hoodies. Wear light aqua shoes (not heavy trainers or crocs) or neoprene socks/booties and wear a windproof cagoule and a hat if it is cool, wet or windy. You will need a change of clothes and footwear (you will get wet) and a towel. Do not bring valuables – there are no lockers available. Any cuts/wounds should be covered with a waterproof plaster whenever possible
Details for the four sessions on each course can be found here. There will be less talking and more paddling on the first session of each course if the Course Handout is read before the course starts.
You should be able to swim at least 50 metres in light clothing should you capsize (and most people do at some time). You will be required to demonstrate this ability in the canal during the course. We provide buoyancy aids, which we require you to wear when on the water during the course. Additionally, all club boats have enough buoyancy to support you.
A shower is available in the adjacent Canal Centre. We advise you to shower as soon as possible after each session and before you take any food or drink. Although generally “clean”, the canal has a muddy bottom and, especially after rain, the banks are often muddy. Although extremely rare there are waterborne bacteria (E.g. Leptospirosis) which again make showering after contact with the water or the muddy banks sensible – particularly before eating.
We accept children from age 10 on these courses but ideally those under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or an older sibling.
After the Course
You can apply to become a full member (if not already a member) and join a Saturday morning training session with paddlers of similar ability to improve your paddling skills.
For more information contact our training coaches. Alternatively, come to the Club on Saturday mornings between 10.30 and 11am and speak to them to discuss any queries you may have.
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