SCHEDULE

SLALOM COACHING SESSIONS

Slalom practice is a great tool for improving our open boating. But it is a lot more fun to practice in a group, with some coaching.

These pre-national slalom championships coaching sessions will show you how to be fast and clean through the slalom gates. There are some opportunities for coaching: two evening sessions, or a half day and full day combination. You may register for as many sessions as you like. All sessions are for intermediate or higher paddlers. If you are able to paddle down the Valleyfield course catching a few eddies this is for you!
With Paul Mason:
Monday, June 12 evening session, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm – $50 + tax
Tuesday June 20 evening session  6pm – 8pm – $50 + tax
Monday, June 12 half day session, 1pm – 4 pm – Fees $95 + tax/person
Tuesday June 20 full day session 10am – 5pm – Fees $180 + tax/person
Email Paul at pmp@magma.ca for more info. and to register for one or more coaching sessions.


With Andy Convery:
One weekend on July 1 and 2, full days

In the evening, Wednesday evening July 5th.

Send an email to Andy Convery at aconvery@echopaddles.com or call 819-919-2363.

 

Wednesday evening July 5th, 2017

There will be informal coaching with seasoned paddlers. Free practice.

Friday, July 7th 2017
Combined downriver/slalom

OC1 CM Open RACE
OC1 CM Open REC
OC1 CM Women RACE
OC1 CM Women REC
OC2 CM Open RACE
OC2 CM Open REC
OC2 CM Mixed RACE
OC2 CM Mixed REC
OC1 Women Master RACE
OC1 Open RACE
OC2 Mixed RACE
OC2 Master REC
OC1 Open REC
OC1 Women Master REC

Saturday, July 8th 2017
Slalom

OC1 Women REC
OC1 Open 15 RACE
OC1 Master REC
OC2 Open RACE
OC1 Women 13 RACE
OC2 Open 15 RACE
OC2 Junior RACE
OC2 Youth/Senior RACE
OC1 Master 13 RACE
OC2 Mixed REC
OC1 Open Citizen
OC1 Women Citizen
OC2 Open Citizen
OC2 Mixed Citizen

Sunday, July 9th, 2017
Slalom

OC2 Women REC
OC2 Master RACE
OC1 Open 13 RACE
OC1 Open X
OC1 Junior RACE
OC1 Women RACE
OC2 Mixed 15 RACE
OC1 Master 15 RACE
OC2 Women RACE
OC2 Open REC
OC1 Master RACE
OC1 CM Open RACE
OC1 CM Open REC
OC1 CM Women RACE
OC1 CM Women REC
OC2 CM Open RACE
OC2 CM Open REC
OC2 CM Mixed RACE
OC2 CM Mixed REC

YOUR STRATEGIC CHOICES

This is your first participation in the Nationals? Here are some strategies to win a medal!

  • If you have a light canoe like a Spark, an Echoee or a Shacho, the RACE category is for you. If you want to participate in the races with the big names, go for it!
  • In the REC class, you can paddle with all canoes. You can also use these same canoes in the RACE category. But, if you want to have a chance to win, choose your boat and your class wisely.
  • Open / Open Classes are primarily for men.
  • If it is your first time in a Nationals event, register for the CITIZEN class. The big names do not compete in this class … unless they have never participated in the Nationals.
  • If you participate in the Combined classes, you can only choose one class. So you have the choice to go solo or in tandem; in a REC or RACE canoe.

For each day you can choose only three (3) categories. On Friday, you can choose a race in the Combined (which involves a river descent and 2 slalom races), as well as two (2) other races in the slalom. On Saturdays and Sundays, there are only slalom classes. Finally, you can not take part in more than seven (7) classes for the duration of the event.

SOME DEFINITIONS

As you have noticed, there are several classes that will take place during our event. Here are some definitions to divide the different classes. All these categories are defined in the ACA regulations.

1. CATEGORIES

There are the categories RACE, REC, CITIZEN, X and COMBINED.

RACE: RACE canoes are built and used with the primary intent to compete, while recreational canoes are built and used mainly for recreation. No minimum weight is required for RACE canoes. A recreational canoe can be used as a racing canoe.


REC: recreational classes have been included so that a large number of whitewater canoeists can compete without the investment of special equipment. In REC categories, canoes are sold for recreational purposes only. To qualify in REC classes, a recreational boat must be or have been commercially available. Recreational canoes are defined by their weight: they must weigh at least 3 pounds per foot in length plus 6 pounds.

CITIZEN: a citizen is defined as a person who has never competed in an annual national slalom competition before or has never qualified 1st, 2nd or 3rd in that category in the two previous national slalom competitions. This class is therefore open to most of us.

X: these are experimental canoes. Rodeo canoes meeting the open-canoe rodeo competition specifications are allowed in Class X. However, canoes meeting the recreational or racing class (REC or RAC) specifications are not permitted in Class X.

COMBINED: this class combines the results of a river descent and the best result of 2 slalom runs. This category will be presented on Friday for the slalom, and on Sunday for the Downriver part. Each paddler can not participate in more than one Combined class.

2. OC1 or OC2

In tandem races (OC 2), here are the following choices:

Mixed: a male and female paddler


Open: a competitor of any gender and any age. Generally, this is a category for men. But if she wants, the female athlete can participate in this category.

Women: just for women.

Youth / Senior: This is often a parent and child tandem.

Junior: a competitor aged 18 years or less from the first day of competition.

3. Age

Some categories are age related.

Youth / Senior: Youth is a competitor aged 16 years or less from the first day of competition; the Senior is a competitor aged 25 or over from the first day of competition.

Junior: a competitor aged 18 years or less from the first day of competition.

Master: a competitor aged 40 years or more from the first day of competition.

 

4. Boat Regulations

Some categories are specifically designed for special boats.

X: Canoes of category X are experimental canoes. Rodeo canoes meeting the open-canoe rodeo competition specifications are allowed in Class X. However, canoes meeting the recreational or racing class (REC or RAC) specifications are not permitted in Class X.

13 ‘and 15’: in the OC1 RACE categories, it will be possible to participate in a race with a canoe without specific length and with a canoe of at least 13 ‘. Similarly, in OC2, one can participate with a canoe without specific length and with a canoe of at least 15 ‘.