Have you planned your family holidays yet?

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

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Explanatory Notes

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Linlithgow Kayak Racing at Low Port Centre, Linlithgow on Tuesday, 25 February at 18:45 for 19:00 start for the following purposes:

  • Receive the Chairman’s report for the 2019 season.
  • Receive statement of accounts
  • Election or re-election of Office Bearers
  • To approve the Revised Fee Structure & Fees for 2020
  • To Approve the Revised Constitution for Linlithgow Kayak Racing
  • Update on the options for LKR Club Premises
  • Date of next AGM
  • AOCB

Please note: 

  • Voting at the club AGM is for members only.
  • There will be no proxy voting, members who wish to vote on club business need to attend the AGM.
  • For Junior members, a parent or guardian can exercise their vote.
  • Voting cards will be distributed on the way in the door on the night.
  • Parents, guardians or other non member family members are off course welcome, but will not be able to vote on AGM business.

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Explanatory Notes to the 2020 Notice of Annual General Meeting

3              Election or re-election of Office Bearers

  • Chairman – currently Derek Marshall, stepping down – Gilbert Speirs has been nominated
  • Secretary – currently Patrick Armstrong, stepping down – Neil Fraser has been nominated
  • Treasurer / Membership Secretary – currently Dave Fisher, willing to continue
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection Officer – currently Jacqui Brockway, willing to continue
  • Head Coach / Coach Co-ordinator – currently John Lewis, stepping down – Vacant
  • Website Editor – currently Derek Marshall, looking to pass this on.
  • Committee Member without portfolio #1 – Derek Marshall
  • Committee Member without portfolio #2
  • Further nominations will be taken in the run up to the AGM and at the meeting if required.

4              Revised Fee Structure & Fees for 2020

  • Your committee is aware that the existing fee structure has evolved over many years in an attempt, to maintain fairness, but as a result it has become very labour intensive to operate for both the club and the members.
  • See attached document for further details of the proposed Fee Structure and the Fees for 2020.

5              Revised Constitution for Linlithgow Kayak Racing

  • The existing constitution has remained the same for over 10 years and needs to be updated to bring it in line with current practice and to widen the remit of Club’s Objectives.
  • See attached documents, Existing & Proposed for further details.

Attachment Links:

On behalf of the Secretary

Derek Marshall
Chairman
Linlithgow Kayak Racing

2020 Season

Those of you interested in racing, we now have a draft 2020 racing calendar.  Time to plan family holidays!  Basically, there are 40 races, across the disciplines of Sprint, flat water Marathon, descent Marathon and sea Marathon.  You are capable to doing each and all of these disciplines.
We know about the Linlithgow Time Trials Dec 15th, Jan 12th, Feb 9th and March 8th.  Here’s a quick description of what else is in the 2020 draft Scottish Kayak Racing calendar.
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 -Other than the UK National Marathon Championships in Reading on July 11th/12th in Reading (based on age groups), Kayak Marathon races are all based on a gender neutral divisional system of 9 adult divisions. We all start in Division 9 (U12s in Div 10) and are given promotion to higher divisions by a UK national body based on our recent divisional race results.  Divisions 10 to 7 race a ‘mini’ course, 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.
Next, you know about the LKR Summer Series 10,000m races on Linlithgow Loch. The first of those is May 7th and there are 5 of them stretching until September 10th.
SEA – There are also a humber 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.
A highlight of each season is Sottish Racing Week, with 5 races in one week starting August 9th in places including Glasgow, Linlithgow and Perth.
One particular highlight is also the World Masters Marathon Championships (entries based on age bands) and 2020 is in Norway.  Several LKR paddlers will be going.  Will you be ready for that?
TIME TO PREPARE – In the 2020 draft Scottish Racing Calendar there are 40 opportunities to enter races. Some Scottish paddlers will enter them all, and more in Europe and elsewhere.
Look out for links to the published Scottish Racing Calendar – Coming Soon.