British Universities Creek Race 2013

Announcing the arrival of the first ever British Universities Creek Race! An SCA sub-committee is being formed to run this event, the organisers hope to hold a fun and successful event in 2013 which will serve as a possible platform for a 2014 BUCS Creek Race… Stay tuned.

The event will take place on Saturday 6th April 2013 in Glen Etive/Glen Coe.

This is a date for the diary folks, dont miss out!Please watch this space as plans are finalised.RACE DETAILS:

The section raced will depend on waterlevels on the day, with Scotland’s fickle weather we dont want to have the section set in stone only to find too much/little water.

The race will feature qualifying runs on a class 3/4 section with a final on a 4/4+/5 section of whitewater.

With ideal medium waterlevels the qualifying round will be held on the Middle Etive, with the option of the Allt a’ Chaoruinn or Dalness section of the Etive for final runs. With high or low levels we will have to get a bit more inventive…

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

- Entrants must present a valid student card upon registration.
- By entering the event entrants acknowledge that they have sufficient skill and experience to paddle class 3/4 whitewater in a competent and safe manner. Entrants deemed not to possess sufficient skill and experience will not be allowed to race, vetting by race organisers will be conducted though observation of contestants performance on the first feature of the course that represents significant challenge (e.g If we catch you swimming like a fishy on Triple Step you will not be allowed to continue).

RULES:

- Kayaks must be made of plastic and have minimum of 2 grab handle style attachement points.
- Maximum boat length of 9 foot or 274cm.
- All boats must have, where possible, air bags (2) or equivalent floatation in the boat.
- All paddlers must wear a buoyancy aid.
- All paddlers must wear a helmet.
- Competitors who swim during the race will not be allowed to register a time, they will be recorded as “DNF”. Competitors who swim must not continue to paddle unless no other option is practical. They must remove themselves from the river at soonest convenience.

If you aren’t a student then you dont have to miss out!
Get keen for the “OLD SCHOOL OLD BOYS BOATER X” !!!

In addition to the primary event we are excited to announce an event for all those moany oldies still clinging to uni life that want in on the action.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Could you throw down a pretty badass “Burning Man” back in the day? Well this event is for you.

-Entrants must not be competitors in the student event.
-By entering the event entrants acknowledge that they have sufficient skill and experience to paddle class 3/4 whitewater in a competent and safe manner. Entrants deemed not to possess sufficient skill and experience will not be allowed to race, vetting by race organisers will be conducted though observation of contestants performance on the first feature of the course that represents significant challenge (e.g If we catch you swimming like a fishy on Triple Step you will not be allowed to continue, quite probable if you are all paddling dancers… :P ).

The rules:
-”Le Mans” style mass start.
-Boats must no longer be in production and “Old Skool” in style eg. Dancer, Topo, Gliss etc.
-Boats must be equipped with adequate flotation (airbags).
-All competitors must wear a buoyancy aid and a helmet*
-By entering competitors automaically volunteer themselves to conduct safety during the student race.

The course:
-The same course that the qualification runs are held on, class 3/4 whitewater.

*As a safety requirement helmets and buoyancy aids must actually be fit for whitewater use, this unfortunately must be prioritised over style and fashion.

See you all there.

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