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

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/

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 learnings 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, under 23 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)

Under 23 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)

Under 23 C1

  • Ryan Hunt (Classic 7th, Sprint 7th, team sprint 3rd)
  • Andrew Houston (Classic 8th, Sprint 5th, team sprint 3rd)

Under 23 WK1

  • Louise Revell (Classic 3rd, Sprint 5th)
  • Rachel Slade (Classic 6th, Sprint 6th)

Under 23 WC1

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

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

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

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

www. Empaddlers.org

2016 World Cup Team Managers Report Now on Website

The World Cup Team Manager's report is now posted on the  website in the International Race Reports section.

 

Many thanks to Ross Pearton for acting as team manager and all who helped in any way

World Championships Blog

World Champs – Coaches Blog Friday.

The GB team assembled at the Classic race start to contemplate the team event race. To open the days proceedings, the Canadian Singles team of Hamilton/Hunt/Houston set off. With the 3 men very close on the individual race the experienced pair set to maximise the speed of slalom specialist Andrew Houston. Mr Hamilton led the charge setting the pace with a tight formation leading to a faster time than the previous day’s best.

The Ladies team of Brown/Campbell/Oxtoby rattled off the start in most credible performance coming in as 5th team.

Next off was Cresser/Miller/Anderson working hard in a highly competitive and close run field. The final placing of 6th was an excellent result from 15 teams.

Following the mornings racing was some well-earned rest and food before last chance practice on the stunning gorge sprint course, ahead of the Worlds Sprint on Saturday.

Evening was the classic medal ceremony and time to get rest ahead of the sprint event.

Saturday 4th – WWR Sprint Worlds

The speed specialists assembled in what promised to be a tantalising day of fast and furious racing, with 30 second gaps giving good spectator value for the assembled masses. The team converged at the classic start for a group warm up to the sprint course and then some last minute refinement of lines.

The day lived up to expectations with some great GB results for this largely young team.

The Men’s K1 hunted the 15 final qualification spots with Grant Anderson setting a highly competitive opening run. The boys narrowly missed the cut off.

Canadian singles continued to be solid performers with Andy Hamilton continuing his recent form to hold as top GB Sprinter. The ladies C1 race produced a nail biting performance by new athletes Rachel Houston missing the final by a single spot and narrow margins.

Ed and Jamie in the C2 thumped down the course in an impressive time for such a new pairing, and in Women’s C1 Rachel Houston also a novice racer having transitioned from slalom, proved that the new squad have massive potential with another class run missing the final qualification by so little and being the cut off……A wonderful first outing.

So that leaves the Ladies K1……… Great runs by Morna Campbell and Lydia Oxtoby secured the team event placings closely run by Louise Revell. However the blue ribbon went to Hannah who after the first run was needing another 2 seconds to be in the mix…..was this possible….well yes !!! The gas was upped for an electric performance posting the 2nd fastest time of the day in the ladies and into the final.

The Final Ladies K1

 

With the entire GB team assembled in support, the eyes of the team were firmly on Hannah Brown and a single run in the final. The race was held at 9pm in a flood lit gorge. With a medal a very real possibility the expectations were palpable….. Hannah’s run was near perfect off the start and explosive through the entire first half.

Towards the end of the final rapid a small mistake provided a costly correction, with Hannah crossing the line in first place with now the result determined by the final 5. The next 3 crossed the line all slower and with a guaranteed medal the eyes were on the screen for the final two with the margins into the 100s….. The next was quarter a second behind and now with one to go the clock froze for a moment as the team held their breath…… by 002 of a second Hannah was WORLD CHAMPION.  

 

Final Day…..Sprint Teams and Coaches Reflections.

 

The World Championships 2016 ended for Great Britain with the Sprint Team Race.

The C1s led the way in 7th Place and the Ladies followed with a 5th just missing the medals hunt. The Men pushed hard, also being pushed just out of contention.

In terms of team event reflections, the C1s have more progress to bridge the gap with the top performers. The threesome worked well as a team and were most competent on the water. With new blood in the discipline I look with interest to next year. The stand out performer was Andy Hamilton who really had a fantastic all round trip and looked as good as most top paddlers on the rough. Mr Houston so new to the discipline is one to watch so close so soon…..

The Ladies were a group so full of promise and delivered with both a World Champion and rise in standard over the past year moving into the mid pack.

Rachel Houston in ladies C1 in many ways was the find of the trip. Having made the transition only months ago from slalom her classic result was near to the brits C1 times and as a percentage better. An excellent achievement.

It was a shame to only sport the single C2 with one pulling out, however the new crew were impressive on the water.

Men’s K1 is now starting to see a progression in pushing the sprint finals and the top 10 positions. With Ricky and Phil young and a fast developing under 23 group I suspect we will see good things to come.

As a team we do need to continue to close the percentage gap and also need consideration to more team event practice.

To finish I would say the team as a collective were focused and very much a functioning unit, in the true team sense of the word. They behaved and performed to a level where their nation can be proud.

A big thank you to the coaches, drivers and helpers who both assisted me in this event and the 2 years leading to this.

Paul Anderson – Head Coach GB WWR

ICF Board Nominations

Notice from British Canoeing:

"We are looking for any volunteers to be nominated by the WWR committee for British Canoeing representation on the ICF WWR Committee and as International Technical Officials (ITO - including Judges and Referees) . We’re also looking for any event’s organisers want to propose an ICF event  be nominated.

Please contact the Chairman or Hon Secretary if you would like to be considered and would like more details."

Timescales are:

 

Nominations for      British Canoeing Dates   ICF/ECA Deadline Dates
 ICF Committee Nominations     1st August 2016  24th August 2016 
 ECA Technical Delegate Nominations  1st December 2016  1st/15th January 2017 TBC
 ICF ITO nominations   1st December 2016   1st January 2017
ECA ITO Nominations  - All Disciplines 1st December 2016  1st/15th January 2017 TBC
2018 ICF Level 3 Events   1st February 2017 1st March 2017                              

                       

                                                  

Hannah Brown - Double Sprint World Champion

hannah podiumHannah Brown pulled out a great performance at the World Wildwater Racing Championships in Banja Luka, Bosnia to take the world sprint title. In a closely fought sequence of races Hannah topped the results for the last of the qualifying heats and went on to take the title by only 2 hundredths of a second in the spectcular floodlit finals.

This is the second individual title for Hannah, having taken the title previously on the Soca river, Slovenia in 2013. Her result topped a great championships for Great Britain, with strong performances from Nicky Cresser in the classic race taking 11th and encouraging strength and depth returning across all the classes.hannah paddling

World Championships Coaches Blog Thursday

Thursday – World Championships Classic Race

The day that 2 years’ hard work came together in a single point in time. A quiet expectation with the odd burst of “Cresser” comedy filled house, as the logistics plan kicked into life with a series of class shuttles and support movements.

The battle rhythm to ensue was C1 Men, K1 Ladies, K1 Men, C1 Ladies, C2 Men. The Masters Athletes  led the charge ahead of the main races to follow.

The C1s led the British battle charge with Ryan Hunt coming in at 19th, very closely followed by Andy Hamilton and Andy Houston, making for a good team event to come.

In the ladies K1 Hannah Brown smashed back onto the scene with a 12th place in 16.57. Lydia Oxtoby put in a good performance coming 18th, followed 2 seconds behind by junior Morna Campbell.

The Mens K1 provided Nicky Cresser with a superb 11th placing in 13.57, which is not bad for a guy that broke his arm in December (roller skating !!!).

Ladies C1 was an all Scottish affair with Morna Campbell doing the double, and new girl Rachel Houston. Rachel put in a highly impressive time of 17.20 coming in 11th which as a percentage behind the winner was a fantastic result and seemingly putting some pressure on her brother……….

Ed McDermid and Jamie Christie closed the day for the Brits with 16.00 and 14th place, which with Ed the new front man at only 17 and still a junior is a wonderful foundation.

A team meal followed, with thought ahead to the following day and the Classic Team Event.