Report on 3rd London Canoe Sprint Regional Regatta

London Regatta 16th July 2017
Royal Albert Dock London Watersports Centre

The third regatta held at the dock in modern times saw yet again how welcoming the venue is to its visitors. With a £2m extension recently added the facilities provided the paddlers coaches and helpers with a solid base for the event held on Sunday last, 16th July 2017.

Using the SRC mobile timing equipment, recently acquired and updated, the paddlers from a small number of clubs enjoyed warm weather with a very light wind directly against them as they paddlers down the course. The fact that some regard the course as prone to wind again seems to be highly overblown! Seems its no more of a problem than anywhere else. Back wash? What backwash? The myth that the course there has problems with backwash hopefully has been dispelled. With all 9 lanes going there was no trace a problem.

The three events held over the last three years have experienced just the same conditions and produced good enjoyable racing for all the paddlers.
500m and 200m events were held and these finished with the flourish of a 4 x 200m relay.

Many thanks to all the paddlers from the following clubs: Wey, Reading, Maidstone, Longridge, Lee Valley, Chelmsford, Leighton Buzzard, Ealing, Holme Pierrepont and Addlestone, not forgetting Owen Sheppard [Regional Coach] who was there with his regional group to add to the fun.

The relatively small entry was a disappointment for the SRC whose plans for expanding the number of regional regattas seem to be a bit more difficult than originally thought. What was clear was that the SRC and Regatta Committee members who did the lions share of the organisation cannot organise all the regional regattas over the country as well as the National regattas at HPP. There needs to be some local club involvement and this point will be taken into the 2018 season planning.

There were delights though in the way all the helpers rallied round and produced a highly technical set of events and the reception from the Centre staff. Kassi, Simon and Julius the boat man at the centre pulled put all the stops to make is welcome and do that was necessary for a successful event. John Mac for his involvement as well as Mike Chandler and Russell Smith who went out of their way to make things go smoothly.

It’s inevitable that if all helpers were named some would be missed so thanks to everyone and especially the paddlers and we hope they all had fun.

Alan Laws
SRC Chairman

  Teams Announced for Canoe Sprint European and World Championships

British Canoeing is delighted to announce the senior Canoe Sprint team that will be competing in this year’s European and World Championships. The primary selection regatta, which was held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham last weekend, saw a number of athletes in competition for a place on the squad heading to the European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on 14-16 July and the World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic taking place 23-27 August.

A number of athletes have also been added to the team for the 2017 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Piesti, Romania on 27-30 July 2017, following the selection regatta at the weekend, joining Ieuan James and Charlie Smith who had previously been announced.

The full article is on the British Canoeing website: Team Announced for Canoe Sprint European and World Championships  and the links to the team lists are here too:

  July 2017 National Sprint Regatta – Girls C K2 500m

Unfortunately, the Girls C K2 500m FINAL was missed out of the Timetable and Start List for this coming regatta. The race will be run as race 242 on Sunday at 13:57 between races 220 and 221 as follows:

Sunday 13:57
Race 242  Girls C K2 500m FINAL

2 S Gadd/M Kilvington ADS
3 K Brooks/L Guest WOR/LIN
4 S Groves/A Roghi NOR
5 F Boonham/M Ede RDG/NOR
6 A Barker/K Walker NOR
7 A Avery/B Clark ROY
8 G Anderson/L Walker NOR

  Two GB golds in Belgrade

Congratulations to Rebi Simon and Ieuan James at the 2017 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Rebi, on Saturday, struck gold in the U23 Women K1 1000m to produce the first medal for GB and Ieuan, on Sunday, made it a double by winning the Junior Boys K1 200m sprint canoe event.

Not forgetting the outstanding performances from the whole team, you will find the full results for Saturday at the bottom of Rebi’s article and for Sunday at the bottom of Ieuan’s article:

  Future canoeing stars selected for Győr 2017

The British Olympic Association has announced the six, 14-17 year old, canoe sprint athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Győr 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival. The festival will see around 3,000 athletes from 50 European nations come together to compete across 10 Olympic sports from 23rd-29th July 2017.

Congratulations to Alex Greaves (15), Ed Nightingale (15), Thomas Lambert (15), Alix Aitchison (16), Enya Dale (16) and Zoe Clark (16).

There are two published articles available to read: