This is the Olympic arm of flatwater racing, with paddlers competing over distances of 200, 500 and 1000m.
There are 5 national regattas each year at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham where races are run on the regatta lake with 9 lanes. Paddlers need a minimum qualifying time to race at Nottingham and we arrange regular time trials throughout the year to identify those who are ready for the sprints. The entry is done centrally through the club, and if you want to race in crew boats (K2/K4) we will help to find you a partner, either from BDCC or possibly another club. It’s a great way for junior paddlers to make friends around the country.
If you are not ready for the National Regattas, there are regional ones that we send teams to that are a great introduction to sprinting. The two main ones we currently go to are Warwick in the autumn, and Marlow in early summer.
To help develop our junior paddlers, BDCC takes a small development team to compete at Sobeka, Belgium in September. The team is selected by the coaches, based on their ability and commitment to training and sprint racing. Many of these paddlers have gone on to race for the GB team.
The 2022 Flatwater Racing Handbook – with full details of all rules and regulations relating to flatwater racing in the UK, useful national contacts and information about the national ranking system – can be found here