Racing for U12s
Age group racing is based on your age on the 1st of January. U12s race in specific junior kayaks – the K1 (single) is a Lightning and the K2 (double) a Hody. The club has a number of these boats available, but we recommend that, once they are ready, juniors move up into Division 10, which is for U12s but racing over 4 miles, and where they can race their own choice of boat, as we believe this is better for the development of their technique. If you stay in Lightnings until you are 12, then you will go straight into Division 9.
Marathon – Geoff Sanders Memorial Trophy and National Championships
The Geoff Sanders Series is run alongside the Hasler races. Races are split between U10 and U12 boys and girls. They race over two miles, and can often race both Lightnings and Hodys on the same day. Points are accrued over the year, with the final taking place at the Hasler Finals – where there are double points on offer. BDCC has a great record in this competition, having won it 4 out of the last 6 years.
Juniors can also compete in Lightning races at the Marathon National Championships held each year. There are separate races for the groups mentioned above and points are awarded to each competitor. The club that scores the most points is awarded the Spanish Galleon Trophy. Again, BDCC has won this a number of times.
Lightning races at the National Championships are not part of the Geoff Sanders Series. Whilst there are no official mini K2 races at the National Championships the race organisers may include a crew boat race outside the formal programme.
There are also National Under 12 Championships at the Marathon Nationals – both K1 and K2. These are over 4 miles, and any boats can be used.
Under 12 paddlers can race at four of the National Sprint Regattas (not April) – either in the Lightning classes, or in the U12 where they can race their choice of boat. Racing is on the regatta lake, using the start buckets, over a distance of 500m. There is the chance to race K1, K2 and K4 (with the K4 boats being provided at the event). There is a minimum qualifying time to race at Nottingham, but there are also regional regattas where Lightnings can take part.