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Canadian Rowing Beach Sprints
Description of Event:
Beach sprints are a relatively new form of competitive rowing, having been first raced in this format in 2015. Beach sprint rowing consists of a running component (approximately 50 metres) followed by a row in a coastal boat of 500m (250 m out into the sea or lake through a slalom course and then return to the beach), and finished with an approximately 50m through the finish enclosure. Only one member of a crew has to run – the other members wait by the boat sitting in the water while the one member is running and all then jump into the boat and start rowing the course. Only one member runs back through the finish line once the boat has reached the beach on the return leg.
Beach sprints is knock-out match style racing, whereby two crews race against each other with the winner advancing and the loser knocked out of the competition. The competition starts with a time trial whereby the fastest crews advance to the next round while the remainder are out of the competition.
Beach sprint rowers have to know how to handle rough water conditions and be adept at turning the boat as the crew has to manouever through a slalom course with buoys and a 1800 turn at the half way mark.
All events are run using coastal boats, provided by the Organizing Committee. The OC will also provide oars for this event. Register now!
Date and Location:
The inaugural Canadian Rowing Beach Sprints (CRBS) will be held at Lakeside Park Beach in St. Catharines ON, Canada on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Entries can be done through Regatta Central. Entry deadline is August 8, 2019.
Events and Entry numbers:
The following events will be contested at the inaugural CRBS:
CM1x (men’s solo) – maximum number of entries: 12
CW1x: (women’s solo) - maximum number of entries: 12
CMixed2x : (mixed doubles) – maximum number of entries: 16
CMixed4x+: (mixed coastal quads with coxswain – 2 female and 2 male rowers; coxswain of any gender) - maximum number of entries – 12
All boats and oars are provided for this event. You just need to register for the events you want to enter and bring yourself!
Age and Weight Categories:
All events are open – there are no age or weight categories for this event.
Coaches and Participants Meetings:
A preliminary coaches and participants meeting will be held on Friday, August 16 at 19h00 at Lakeside Park Beach.
The mandatory coach/participant meeting will be held at 07h00 on Saturday, August 17.
All equipment is supplied for this event, so training will be limited. There will be a training session on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 16h00 to 19h00 for competitors to come and try the boats.
There will also be a short training session on Saturday, August 17 from 07h15 to 0815am. Competitors must register by email to email@example.com if they would like to train during this period. Indicate if you would like to use a C1x, C2x or C4x+. Since there are a limited number of boats, we will allocate short training periods to accommodate as many crews as possible.
Parking for the Event:
There is major construction work on the Port Dalhousie pier which is taking up much of the parking area at Lakeside park, so parking will be limited. Participants are encouraged to ride share to the event and/or cycle or take public transportation. There is parking on the surrounding streets. If ride share is not possible, we are asking participants to park and gather at the St. Catharines Rowing Club and then carpool in one vehicle to Lakeside Park.
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