The National Sprint Regattas are held at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham over a weekend during April, May, June, July and September. Over 300 races are held over the two days and competitors can race in a variety of categories in either a racing kayak; K1, K2 and K4, or a racing canoe; C1 and C2, over distances of 200m, 500m and 1000m.
Canoes must be propelled solely by means of a single-bladed paddle. Kayaks must be propelled solely by means of double-bladed paddles.
Competitors are split into ability groups; A, B, C and D, depending on races times and there are categories for boys, girls, men, women and masters. Example categories are: Women Kayak A and Boys Canoe B.
In order to enter into the regattas a competitor must be able to paddle 500m in less than 2 minutes 38 seconds. As and when they achieve faster times they are promoted; see the ‘Racing times standards’ on the National Sprint Regulations page. Paddlers that can’t yet achieve 2 minutes 38 seconds over 500m are encouraged to race in the local regattas.