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

WWR DEE at Llangollen 2017 GB WWR Welsh Open Championship Classic & Team Race: Provisional Timetable 28-29th October 2017

The British Canoeing Wild Water Racing (WWR) National Series Classic race and Welsh Championships, will take place on the River Dee in Llangollen, Denbighshire on Saturday and Sunday 28 & 29th October 2017. There will also be a regional classic race and a team race. A number of groups will be training and practicing over the weekend catering from all levels from development through to elite. There will be a shuttle service available on both days for anyone needing it.

 The Prize Giving will be in the Chain Bridge Hotel at 1700 where the Llangollen Cup is planned to be awarded by the Deputy Mayor, Bob Lube. This will be followed by an informal social dinner and ACM – all welcome.

 Entry Fees £15.00 adults £10 juniors. £2.50 late entry fee. Dinner £12.50 per head.


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There is to be no canoeing above the Horseshoe Falls or above the point between the two pump houses below the falls. This is to prevent disturbance to migrating fish.

 The WWR National Classic course will run from below Horseshoe Falls, The Race Start will be from the Pump house on the canal side just below the Horseshoe falls through the Serpents Tail to just above Town Falls River Right and will be clearly marked. The course is grade II -III in normal conditions but rising to grade III -IV in spate. 

 The regional classic race will start just below the Serpents Tail with the same finish as the National series race. The regional race will start straight after the National Series race

 There will be no paddling over Town Falls as safety cover is not provided and the riverbed has been assessed as unsafe.


 There is limited parking at the race start and competitors should park at the picnic site. Under no circumstances should competitors park at the Chain Bridge Hotel unless they are accommodated at the hotel.  Alternatively, competitors can park in any of the public car-parks in town and paddle up the canal to the race start.


The race will be ran according to WWR rules. All competitors must wear buoyancy aids, helmet etc. No safety cover will be provided so all competitors are responsible for their own safety.


2017 GB WWR Welsh Open and Regional race

  Saturday 28th October 2017

0900-1030                                         Late entries and registration at race start Top Car Park.

1100                                                   Race brief (top car park).  All WWR competitors.

1200                                                   Welsh Open Championships WWR Classic Race

                                                         Regional Race (straight after National race)

1400                                                   Free Practice

1600                                                   Tea & Coffee available at the Chain Bridge Hotel

1700                                                   WWR National Prize Giving

1800                                                   ACM

1900                                                   Social Dinner Chain Bridge Hotel

Sunday 29th October 2017

0900                                                   Practice Briefing and Shuttle available Top Car Park

1030                                                   Team Race Briefing Top Car Park

1130                                                   WWR National Team Race

1400                                                   Shuttle Service Finish