HELLO STUDENT KAYAKERS!
In its second year of life this annual event is emerging as a something not to be missed for student kayakers! With the global explosion of extreme racing as a kayaking discipline we thought it would be a great idea to have a race organised by students for students, because student events are FUN! So the event is about having a great time but is also an attempt to keep inter-university competitions representative of the interests of many University Canoe Clubs: whitewater! The race will take place on the spectacular and challenging rivers of Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands with lots of prizes from all our amazing sponsors, prizes will be awarded to fastest guy, fastest girl and overall best University!
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The HQ for this event is the Glencoe Ski Centre, we will all meet there for registration and briefing, before being shuttled to the river for racing to commence. PLEASE ARRIVE BEFORE 08.00 on the 05/04/14. Those who miss registration will not be allowed to race!
WHO CAN RACE?
The BUCR is open to all student kayakers and we hope as many of you come as possible! However the race will be taking place on class 3 and 4 whitewater and as such there is a minimum standard of paddling ability required. The race will take place on natural rivers which are not always designed with our safety in mind and as. The safety of competitors is paramount to all other concerns and as such competitors should be able to safely, confidently and competently paddle class 3/4 whitewater in a racing environment, as a benchmark standard we expect racers to be comfortable on the Middle Etive at a medium flow.
Vetting by race officials will be carried out on the first representatively challenging feature and those deemed not to possess the necessary skills to continue will be disqualified (If you are swimming like a fishy on Triple Step you will not be allowed to continue).
For those clinging onto the student dream but no longer at University there is an Alumni Boater X event which was brilliant fun last year and promises to be a blast again!
RACE SECTION AND FORMAT
One of the core concepts behind the BUCR is finding the best quality whitewater available to race on and luckily the Glen Etive/Glen Coe area has a wealth of quality whitewater rivers with options in every water level. As such we plan on adopting a very flexible approach to the race format and section to allow for variable water levels so that the race is as good as possible! There will be a class 3/4 qualification run and a class 4/4+ final. The exact sections and numbers admitted to the final depend on water levels on the day and will be announced at the race briefing. In an ideal world we would have a sunny snowmelt day and perfect medium water levels, with everyone racing a qualification round on the River Etive between Triple and Right Angle before a final on the Allt a Chaoirainn.
REGULATIONS / WHAT TO BRING?
- Your kayak and kayaking equipment! Kayaks are restricted to 9 feet/274 cm in length for the student race. There is no length limit for the Alumni boater X. All kayaks must be equipped with a minimum of 2 grab handles and airbags/equivalent buoyancy. All competitors must wear a BA, appropriate clothing and a helmet.
- Your student card (if you have entered the student race this must be shown upon registration!)
- Your BCU/SCA/WCA membership card if a member.
ACCESS AND ENVIRONMENT
Here at the BUCR we have the utmost respect for our natural surroundings and view outdoor sports events as a great avenue to access and enjoy the Scottish Highlands. However with access comes responsibility and we do not want the BUCR to have a detrimental effect on the environment. We work closely with the Scottish National Trust to organise this event without whose cooperation it would not be possible. In order to support continued good relations and enjoy responsible access in the future we ask all those associated with the BUCR to observe the following:
- Do not litter! Please help us to keep Glen Etive and Glen Coe free of rubbish, if you see any litter help clean it up!
- No fires allowed! If you were there last year you know why.
- We ask that those involved with the race do not wild camp in Glen Etive before or after the race.
- In order to avoid congestion on the single track Glen Etive road a transport/shuttle system will be organised from the Ski Centre to the race course, DO NOT DRIVE DOWN GLEN ETIVE ON RACE DAY UNLESS INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. We will operate a shuttle system with a limited number of vehicles dropping their competitors/boats in Glen Etive then heading back to the Ski Centre, drivers will then be shuttled down in BUCR transport.
- Otherwise adherence to the SOAC is expected of all competitors.
- Toilets will be available at The Glencoe Ski Centre, please make use of them before heading down to Glen Etive!
Anyone not following these rules will be subject to instant and future disqualification from the race.
Will I be able to inspect the course?
There will be an opportunity for competitors to fully scout any section we race prior to competition with the exception of the Middle Etive of which prior knowledge will be an advantage. During any race run you are welcome to stop and inspect/portage any feature, any time taken will be included in your final time.
I am no longer at University, can I still race?
Without a valid student card you cannot race in the time-trial event, but don't worry! There is an Alumni boater X event which was amazing fun last year and is open to anyone no longer a student!
Any further questions please do not hesitate to ask!