The regatta due to take place at Chelmsford on Sunday 25 June 2017 has had to be POSTPONED due to a heavy weed growth in their river.
The organisers hope to reschedule for a later date this season - the new date will appear on the Summer Series page and will be be circulated to those on the FRA mailing list (sign up for mailing list) as soon as it is decided.
The AGM of the Flatwater Racing Association will take place at Bishops Stortford CC Clubhouse on Wednesday 14 June 2017 at 8pm. Each of the six member clubs should send their designated representatives. If anyone else wishes to come along, please let the Secretary know.
A good turn-out for the opening event of the FRA Summer Series, with 34 paddlers from Chelmsford CC, Leaside CC, Lee Valley Paddlesports, Bishops Stortford CC, and hosts HYM-COPS.
Early morning rain had given way to glorious sunshine by the time the 500m races started on the river. The paddlers transferred to the lake for the 200m races, in K1s, K2s and K4s.
Race Organiser Alan and an enthusiastic team of volunteers made a splendid job of staging the event, which as usual culminated in the presentation of the series trophies, and also the engraved glasses for those achieving a 1st, 2nd or 3rd class position.
Some photos of the event can be seen on Flickr.
Despite a day of continuous cold rain, 108 determined paddlers turned out for the fourth race of the Winter Series - and there was not one single retirement.
The results of this race can be found on the Winter Series Results page. There you will also find the cumulated series results from all the four races to date, both for individuals and for clubs. Please remember that each competitor/crew has to have paddled in at least three races this season to be eligible for a series prize, and also that we only count your best 5 results - you may be doing better than you think.
Many thanks to Chris & Maria Sze for the pics!
141 paddlers took part in the third race of the series at Cambridge. The weather was sunny and mild.
The full results of the day's race can be seen on the WS results page, where series results to date can also be found. The next race will take place at Cheshunt from Herts Young Mariners Base.
There were 156 competitors for the opening race of the 2016-17 Winter Series, in 126 boats. The senior K2 race on the long course proved especially popular, with a massive 23 entries.
It was lovely to see most of the usual faces, and we were particular pleased to welcome a small team from Norwich CC for the first time.
The Chelmsford team supplied two new course records on the long course. Dan Johnson & James Walkinton completed the 7 miles and 6 portages in 52:42, beating the previous best time of 54:19 set in 2014 by Mark & Peter Wilkes. The Mixed K2 record of 57:28 (2015, Leanne Brown and Aaron Jordan) fell to Mark Wilkes and Kat Wilson, who finished in 53:08. On the middle-distance course, Melissa Johnson came very close to equalling Vicky Surrage's record of 44:44 for Ladies K1 which has stood since 2007, by completing the 5 miles and 3 portages in 44:50.
The 2016-17 Winter Series of canoe marathon races will be kicking off again in November. The dates will be:
Race 1: Bishops Stortford - 6 November 2016
Race 2: Barking - 27 November 2016
Race 3: Cambridge - 11 December 2016
Race 4: Cheshunt (HYMB) - 15 January 2017
Race 5: Chelmsford - 29 January 2017
Race 6: Leaside - 12 February 2017
Full details, rules, classes etc can be found on the Winter Series page.
There is a list of races here that you can download and print out for your club or fridge door!
Paddlers racing as part of a club team should be initially registered by their designated Team Leaders. If you are the Team Leader for your club, please register with the FRA Secretary now by filling in the Team Leader Registration form (see the link on the Winter Series page) - you should be able to complete it electronically, but if there are problems please print it out and email back a photo of the completed form. You only need to do this once for the series.
Independent paddlers should each register as leader of their own "team" (or their parent where the paddler is under 18) - the paddler in this case will need to hold British Canoeing membership.
Hope to see lots of you at the first race at Bishops Stortford!