SPRINT REGATTAS AND LONG DISTANCE EVENTS
There are many state and national sprint regattas and long distance races held throughout the year and membership of West Lakes Canoe Club entitles all members to enter these events.
- Event information is regularly posted and updated on the WLCC website (What’s On?) and Facebook page.
- Specific emails and monthly emailed newsletters are sent to subscribed club members with event information.
The sprint season is held between October and March and includes the following events:
West Lakes Canoe Club Time Trials – held once per month from the clubrooms at dates to be advised.
State Regattas – 5 x inter-club state regattas held in October to January at the Arthur Ramsey Regatta Centre West Lakes on Saturdays on dates to be advised.
State Sprint Titles – Inter-club state championships held in late January at the Arthur Ramsey Regatta Centre West Lakes across a weekend.
National Grand Prix Regattas – National competitions held as GP1 in December and GP2 in February. Typically GP1 is held in Adelaide and GP2 in Sydney.
National Championships – The main national competition held in March at various locations, but generally in Adelaide, Perth or Sydney.
LONG DISTANCE SEASON
The long distance (LD) season is held between April and September and includes the following events:
National Marathon Championships – The main national long distance competition held over the Easter Long Weekend at various locations around the country. The 2017 event will most likely be held in Adelaide.
Back to Back – 2 day weekend event held in Murray Bridge in early May. Each day has a long course of 21km and a short course of 8km-11km.
West Lakes Classic – Held at West Lakes Canoe Club on a Sunday in mid-May. Racing is held over 6km, 12km and 18km distances.
Riverland Paddling Marathon (RPM) – Held in the Riverland over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in June. It has 6 events run concurrently over the 3 day weekend, including the following:
- The Murray 200 – a 208 km continuous paddle over 3 days from Berri to Morgan;
- The 200 Relay – the same 208 km course from Berri to Morgan but paddled in relay with baton exchanges;
- The Murray 100 – a 93km course over 3 days covering sections of the longer Berri to Morgan course;
- The Murray 50 – a 49km course over 3 days, sharing day 1 and 3 with the Mini and day 2 with the M100;
- Single day paddle – on Sunday of the event weekend, 26km from Devlins Pound to Waikerie;
- Mini-marathon – an opportunity to try the event by paddling 11 or 12km on any single day or on multiple days.
West Lakes Canoe Club make a social weekend of this event and camp together in a local caravan park in the Riverland.
Local LD Events – Other local long distance events held over the LD season include:
- Encounter Long Distance – Held at Encounter Lakes at Victor Harbor in late June;
- Onkaparinga Long Distance – Held on the Onkaparinga River at Noarlunga in July;
- Trevor Gallard Memorial Race – Held at Encounter Lakes in August and incorporates the State Singles Marathon Titles;
- CBC Long Distance – Held at West Lakes Canoe Club in August and incorporates the State Doubles Marathon Titles;
- Holdfast Long Distance – Held on the Patawalonga in September;
- Encounter Paddling Handicap race – Held at Encounter Lakes on the 1st Sunday of every month except the RPM weekend;
- Holdfast White Knuckle race – Held on the Patawalonga on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
GENERAL RACING INFORMATION
Types of Races
- C1, C2, C4 boats
- K1, K2, K4 boats
- Sprint distances of 200m, 500m, 1000m, 2500m, 5000m
- Long distances from 6km to 200km
- Check the club website and Facebook page for event information;
- Consult with your coaches and also discuss team boats options;
- Notify the event coordinator by the required date (often online registration is required using your Australian Canoeing Registration Number).
- Will generally be published online at least 2 days prior to the event.
- Event photos are posted on the WLCC Facebook page (tagged with permission) and on the WLCC website.
Competitors and junior parent/carers are requested to assist with:
- Tent set up and disassembly
- Loading and unloading of boat trailers
**Race Day Requirements**
- Uniform – WLCC racing top must be worn during races;
- Be sun smart and weather smart (have warm clothing too);
- Consult the schedule and know the times of races;
- Listen to the event PA for races and times;
- Follow directions of officials and Australian canoeing rules;
- Collect a boat (lane) number well in advance of your race – know your event number/lane/name;
- Get to the start line prior to start time;
- Race to beyond the finish line and then paddle further on to not cross in front of other finishers;
- Compete with respect for fellow competitors, officials and spectators;
- Listen for your boat number for weighing at Boat control;
- Enter weighing area only as required;
- Return your number;
- Hydrate and eat well;
- Seek First Aid if required.
COMPETING AT INTERSTATE EVENTS
The Canoe Sprint Season includes the following non-compulsory interstate regattas:
- GP1, GP2 and possibly GP3 in some sprint seasons;
- National Championships.
One or more of these may be held on West Lakes and will not require interstate travel.
Entry for races opens several weeks prior and coaches will advise readiness and suitability for members to compete at the regattas.
West Lakes Canoe Club takes a co-ordinating role in arranging members to travel to and compete at interstate events, including the following:
- Recommending flights to be booked;
- Recommending clothing and items to take to the event;
- Arranging transport of boats to/from the event;
- Arranging team accommodation while away;
- Arranging a team bus for transportation to/from the event;
- Ensuring that all junior members are supervised by senior club members who have National Police Checks while travelling to/from the event and at all times while away;
- Providing all meals while away.
Parents/carer are welcome to travel and stay with the team and it is crucial they that volunteer their time while away to assist with team supervision, meal preparation, shopping, etc. You may be required to undertake an NPC (National Police Check), which the club will assist you with and fund.
Planning information relating to specific interstate events is normally circulated by the club to members at the start of a new sprint season, in order to allow maximum time to book flights and make other necessary arrangements.
Other documentation, such as medical history forms, is required from members prior to the departure of the team.