Hasler Final – Entries now open

We are using the online system trialled at the National Championships to take entries for the Hasler Final, and entries are now open. Please enter by going to https://entries.gbcanoemarathon.co.uk/entries. Please note that all entries must be made using this online portal.
Entries must be submitted by 12th September to allow time for Regional Marathon Advisers to check eligibility to race.
Club Team Leaders will be required to make payment directly to Southampton when entries are finalised. Team leaders will be able to see all entries for their club, you just need to let Tom Sharpe know if you are a team leader so he can give you relevant access.
Please email Tom with any questions about this (commodore@richmondcanoe.club)

Hasler Finals Saturday 28 September 2019

Southampton Canoe Club is kindly hosting this year’s Finals, and details for  can be found here on their website.

Please note that this year it is being run on a Saturday; it is not at Southampton’s usual race venue; and there will be no portages.

National Marathon Championships – Update

Please note this message from Norwich Canoe Club – the organisers of the National Marathon Championships this weekend.

“All Paddlers participating in the National Marathon Championships are reminded to bring with them their Buoyancy Aid or Personal Flotation Device. They should also check that their boats have sufficient buoyancy.
There is a scenario where the Race Organisers will require all participants (regardless of Marathon Division) to wear their Buoyancy Aid or Personal Flotation Device in order to be able to race. Therefore to avoid disappointment please make sure your bring your Buoyancy Aid or Personal Flotation Device with you.
The Race Organisers are reviewing the situation regarding high-winds this evening at 6pm Thursday and 11 am Friday.
Any updates will be posted on the Nationals Website www.nationals.norwichcanoeclub.co.uk, via the NMC2019 Newsletter and via social media.”

ACM Agenda and Papers

Please find below the Agenda and papers for the 2019 ACM which will be held at Norwich Canoe Club on Saturday evening at 6pm for 1 hour.

There will be some copies of the papers at the meeting but, in the interests of the environment, please try and access these electronically.

MRC 2019 ACM Agenda

Appendix A – 2018 ACM Draft Minutes

Appendix B – 2019 MRC Candidate Profiles

Appendix C – Treasurer’s Report

Appendix D – Copy of 2017-18 Final Accounts

Appendix E – Coaching Update

Appendix F – U12 Racing Feedback and Update

Appendix G – Changes to Selection Policy


Regatta London – a new event on 29th September 2019

A message from the organisers of Regatta London:

Regatta London a new event on 29th September 2019 – an event to celebrate and race on the Thames through central London!  Regatta London is taking over the river on 29th September to put paddle sport on the big stage; with a fully closed river, during a barrier closure.  Join them to take over the Thames and bring the spirit of paddle racing to this most iconic stretch of water.

What does paddle sport miss that running and cycling have had for decades?  A central London mass participation event.  An event that brings together the whole range of people from elite racers to weekend warriors, junior (16+) to master/veteran.   Regatta London is being built to sit alongside the major London sports events, and bring paddle sports to the country and inspire like never before.

This hugely iconic stretch of water will be taken over to host Regatta London, with a full river closure on the day the Thames Barrier is closed, the conditions will be unique, and the experience should be remarkable.  With the sense of occasion that will come with the finish village at Greenwich Naval College, we’ll be able to shout about, and celebrate, the great communities within paddle sport.

There will be two 12 mile courses, the London Crossing (Putney to Greenwich), and the Big Ben (a looped course from Putney to Westminster and back). The Big Ben is aimed at the touring boats, while the London Crossing is the race event.  There is only one inaugural Regatta London, and they can’t wait to see who’ll be sitting on the top spot ( kayaks, rowing or paddleboard ) after the 19 bridges of Central London.  With chip timing, end to end safety cover, and a welcome home for champions and challengers, this event aspires to new levels.

Imagine what paddle sports can achieve with this platform.  Imagine if we had a major Central London paddlesport event!  This is Regatta London.

For full details see https://regatta.london/

DW Statement

We take part in sport for the personal challenge; with that come great highs and great lows.  Tragically, last weekend the Devizes to Westminster race amplified that.  Whilst the race, as ever, created heroes and heroines of all who took part; this year the very worst happened when a paddler lost their life in the last few miles.

Stan Missen, Chair of the MRC said “ Our paddling community is a small world, and this is a devastating loss.  All our thoughts are with their family, friends and fellow paddlers.”

Junior Development Squad – C1 paddlers

For clarification, C1 paddlers are also invited to join the JDS if/when they meet the qualifying standards.  The eligibility criteria are one division below those required for K1, therefore for C1 paddlers that would be:

U18 boys – Div 4

U16 boys – Div 5

U18 girls – Div 5

U16 girls – Div 6