What is a regatta?
A regatta is a one or two day paddling competition held on summer weekends. Expect to race multiple times in the day. Races include single, crew boats (2 or 4 person) and war canoe (15 person). Usually athletes compete against others their age, but often race up an age group to fill a spot in a crew boat or war canoe.
When are the regattas?
The regatta schedule comes out April / May. The first regatta of the summer is held at the Mississauga Canoe Club in early June. There are 1 or 2 more regattas before the Western Ontario Division (WOD) Trials towards the end of July. This regatta is the qualifier for the provincial championships, which is held about mid-August. The National Championships are held at the end of August. Atom paddlers (ages 8-10) have their own local Championships, held mid-week, by the middle of August.
Why participate in a regatta?
It’s fun and social for paddlers and their families. It gives the athlete a chance to measure themselves against other paddlers. It gives daily training a purpose.
The boats and paddles have to be transported to the regatta. This involves loading the boats onto the trailer at the Club the day before the regatta, unloading the boats the morning of the regatta, loading the boats at the conclusion of the regatta and then unloading the boats at the Club the day after the regatta. All athletes are expected to load and unload the boats.
What time are the regattas and how long do they last?
Regattas require a full day commitment. The boats need to be unloaded about 7:30 – 8 a.m. Races continue all day and then the boats need to be loaded late afternoon. Races can be postponed due to weather. Often races lag behind their scheduled start times. The race card and schedule are available on-line the day before, or a limited number are available for purchase at the regatta. Check-in with the coaches at least 45 minutes before your first race of the day to get yourself and your boat organized.
What to bring:
- Every competitor must wear a Burloak racing singlet. It can be purchased at the beginning of the season.
- Athletes 14 and under must wear their lifejacket.
- Bring 1 or 2 changes of clothing in case of tipping.
- Bring other clothing appropriate for the weather – rain jacket, hoodie, sweats, blanket, hat.
- Also, bring a folding / camp chair for each attendee, food, healthy snacks, lots of water, sunscreen, and shade. Often there is a concession stand to purchase food and snacks.
The Burloak Canoe Club is expected to supply volunteers in half-day shifts to help run every regatta. Parents are asked to assist with motorboat driving (operator’s license required), spotting from a motorboat, as well as a variety of positions on land. Safety volunteers rescue athletes and boats that have tipped.
Be prepared and have fun!