Geoff Sanders/U14 Racing Format for 2021/22

During the summer the new Geoff Sanders  format for U14 development racing was run successfully at a number of events. As we move into the 21/22 season the new format is now live. The first point scoring races will be Pangbourne and Shropshire this weekend.

We felt now was a good time to clarify a couple of points:

  1. The rules on the website are the most up to date. You can find them here from page 22:  http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Marathon-Rules-SECTION-F1-July-21-v10.pdf
  2. In line with discussions at the ACM, Division C is open to all mini K1s (including lightnings).
  3. In Division B & A any boat that would be considered acceptable to race at a Hasler can be used, including lightnings, mini K1s, Standard K1s, C1s and Surfskis.
  4. There is the occasional race (for example at Oxford this year) where the timetable allows for a GS paddlers to race GS K1 and the Hasler in K2. We would like to highlight there is no rule that prevents this. While rule 25b prevents a paddler racing at 2 Hasler qualifying events this does not apply to Geoff Sanders races so Geoff Sanders paddlers are able to race GSK1 and a K2 at the same event, (this may include 2 GSA paddlers racing together in Div 9).  It should be noted that while this is not prevented in the rules, there is no expectation that organisers should adjust timings to accommodate it.

Our overall aim is to get young people racing. We want to remove red tape and make it accessible whist also having a fair and fun competition. It is not just about points and prizes, it is about developing our future athletes and giving a load of kids some great racing along the way.

If you have any questions, feedback or ideas about the Geoff Sanders Series, please get in touch.

Evan, Julia & Kat

Changes to Geoff Sanders Trophy and U14 racing

The MRC has finalised plans to replace the current U12 lightning series (for the Geoff Sanders Trophy) with an U14 racing series.

This new structure will give beginner U14 athletes of all ages and capabilities an opportunity to have an introduction to flat water racing. Progression through the new divisions is based on speed and ability with athletes having the opportunity to race K1s and Mini K1s prior to being promoted into the Hasler divisions.

Please email Kat Burbeck with any questions

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Race Safety

Some worrying incidents at recent Hasler races have highlighted the need for the whole marathon racing community to put safety first. A collective approach is the best possible way to maintain this focus and avoid mistakes escalating into serious incidents. Please read on… Continue reading “Race Safety”

The Geoff Sanders Trophy

The Geoff Sanders Trophy

(Please click here for the latest season standings)

The Geoff Sanders Trophy is a series of races (“the Series”) in single and double junior racing kayaks for paddlers aged from 8 to 12 years. The boat used for singles races must be a Lightning- a stable, single, racing kayak. The boat used for doubles races must be a mini K2. Both the Lightning and the mini K2 are excellent, stable boats in which children can develop basic paddling and racing skills before moving into full sized racing boats. Both boats are also used in competitions at sprint regattas.

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