Have you planned your family holidays yet? This racing season there are 40 races, across the
paddling disciplines of Sprint, flat water Marathon, descent Marathon and sea Marathon.
The winter series of time trials has one left – March 8th. That means we are nearly in Spring
Time. The Linlithgow Kayak Racing Summer Series 10,000m races on Linlithgow Loch will be
starting soon The first of those is May 7th and there are 5 of them stretching until September
10th. Here’s a quick description of what else is in the 2020 Scottish Kayak Racing calendar.
As well as organised competitions there are lessons organised for adults and for juniors in how
to paddle a racing kayak boat, and there are groups of paddlers having real fun and adventure
in racing kayaks.
SPRINT – The UK National Sprint Regattas are held in Nottingham and have a minimum entry
standard, and there will be 5 of them in 2020, the first being March 28th/29th. The first Scottish
Sprint Regatta is the LKR Regatta on Linlithgow Loch May 16th, and there are 3 more Sprint
Regattas in Scotland culminating in the Scottish Championships on August 29th.
MARATHON – Kayak Marathon races are all based on a gender neutral divisional system of 9
adult divisions, other than the UK National Marathon Championships in Reading on July
11th/12th in Reading which is based on age groups. We all start in Division 9 (U12s in Div 10)
and are given promotion to higher divisions by a UK national body. Promotion is based on our
recent divisional race results. Divisions 10 to 7 race a ‘mini’ course, divisions 6 to 4 race a
‘short’ course, and divisions 3 to 1 race a longer course.
Most Marathon races are listed as “Hasler Qualifiers”
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasler_Series) leading to one UK “Hasler” Final which in 2020 is
October 4th in Richmond, London. The first “HQ” race in Scotland is May 10th and is the
Linlithgow Marathon from Ratho to The Basin for the ‘long’ course with out & back courses
based at Linlithgow for the other divisions.
DESCENT – There are also Scottish “descent” marathon races; literally racing down a
moderately flowing river usually in racing boats. The first of these is the Spey on May 3rd, and
descent races are not always Hasler Qualifiers.
SEA – There are also a number of marathon races on the sea, raced in suitable boats (such as
ocean ski). Other than multiple international races the first Scottish instance of these is July
25th in Nairn.
Scottish Racing week is a highlight of each season with a combination of Sprint Racing and
Marathon racing events; 5 races in one week starting August 9th, in places including Glasgow,
Linlithgow and Perth.
It’s time to get on the water!
The Scottish Canoe Association’s website has are links to the racing calendars.
The Sprint Racing calendar is https://www.canoescotland.org/competition/sprint
The Marathon Racing calendar is https://www.canoescotland.org/competition/marathon