WILD WATER RACING

PINKSTONPANTHERS…….are opening up sessions to develop Sprint & WWR (Wild Water Racing) disciplines. Currently, some of the best racing canoeists in the UK are training in our club, including many Scottish and British champions and GB team members under the supervision of expert coaches performing at GB team level.

For more information about sessions times please contact pinkstonpanthers@gmail.com 

WHAT IS WILD WATER RACING

This is the perfect discipline for those that like to run rivers fast! Races are either Sprints, taking around a minute, or Classic races, taking around 10-20 minutes. Entry level races can be on grade 1 e.g. Alva, up to national and international races on grade 3/4 e.g. the River Tay at Grandtully. Races are run in a time trial format normally starting a minute apart, fastest time wins. WWR develops your whole range of canoeing skills including river craft, speed and fitness. Any boat without a rudder can be used, the specialised WWR boats are designed to be fast and have a degree of manoeuvrability. There are classes for K1, C1 and C2

Venues in Scotland include: River Tay Grandtully / River Awe / River Teith At Callander / Alva / Pinkston AWWC

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SPRINT RACING

This is an Olympic discipline with racing over 200m, 500m and 1,000m. Paddlers race on flat water in lanes in a straight line to the finish, fastest wins! The 200m is a genuine sprint with 500 and 1,000m being middle distance in nature. There can also be 5 and 10k mass start races for a bit more endurance involving race tactics. For younger paddlers there is often a 100m race as well. For under 10s and 12s there is a special class of more stable boats called Lightnings. This enables kids to practice and enjoy their racing without any worries about stability. Sprint is a true test of speed and fitness.  Racing over standard distances also allows paddlers to challenge themselves against their own times as well as racing their peers.

Venues in Scotland include: Strathclyde Park / Kinghorn Loch / Linlithgow Loch

Once our members are paddling regularly then those who are interested will be supported in taking part in competitions to improve their paddling skills. As paddlers improve, they move through the Divisions and race on more challenging water. There is a full calendar of events available at www.wildwater.org.uk .