The Hasler Series
Many Club members take part in marathon racing and hopefully you will find yourself signing up for a race. If you are under 12, please look here.
The main focus for Devizes Canoe Club as a club is the inter-club Hasler series which is the national team “league championships” for marathon canoeing. Clubs compete within their region throughout the year to qualify for the Hasler Final. DCC is in the south west region, which covers an area from Gloucestershire all the way down to Cornwall. Races in our region take part on a mix of canals, rivers and tidal estuaries. The top 5 clubs in the region will qualify for the finals each year.
Paddlers are ranked according to ability rather than age groups, with the slower racers starting in Division 9. As you improve and go faster you will get promoted up the Divisions with the ultimate ranking being Division 1.
Divisions 7 – 9 race over 4 miles, Divisions 4 – 6 race 8 miles and Divisions 1 – 3 race 12 miles. Paddlers compete in single kayaks (K1) or doubles (K2) or in sit and switch canoes – again either single (C1) or double (C2). Paddlers win points for the club depending on their position in their own divisional race which means that a Division 9 paddler can win as many points as a Division 1 paddler.
Once you are ready to start racing, coaches will encourage you to sign up at the club.
The racing calendar can be found here
The National Marathon Championships
This is an annual event, where individuals compete for open titles as well as age group titles in single and double kayaks and canoes. There is also a competition for the overall top club. The distances raced vary from 4 to 23 miles, depending on the paddler’s age.
Racing for Under 12 years
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 Lightnings available, but juniors have the choice of moving up into Division 10, which is for U12s but racing over 4 miles, and where they can race their own choice of boat. You should discuss this with your coach. If you stay in Lightnings until you are 12, then you will go straight into Division 9.
Geoff Sanders Memorial Trophy & 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.
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. Lightning races at the National Championships are not part of the Geoff Sanders Series.
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.