Winchester Slalom

Sunday 15th May 2016

Division 4 & Open

Plus Sprint and Wavehopper WWR Race event run by The Sharks Canoe Club

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What is Canoe Slalom?

Canoe Slalom is a short race against the clock over a twisting course marked by poles called “gates”.

How difficult is the course at Winchester?

The Winchester race is ideal for anyone who is new to Canoe Slalom, or is still developing their slalom skills.  The water is flat (no rapids) and very gently flowing.  Basic paddling and boat control skills are required.  The average time to complete the course is around 2 minutes.

Who can enter?

Anyone.  Competitors need to be a member of British Canoeing (used to be called the BCU), or be a junior member of a Canoe Club affiliated to British Canoeing.  If you are not a member, you can still enter, but will need to pay a small additional fee to cover insurance.

How much does it cost?

Div 4 (Junior & Senior) = £5

Open = £ 6

What Does Division 4 & Open mean?

Newcomers to slalom compete in Division 4.  The open event is for those who have reached higher divisions.  There is also a race for those who volunteer to help.

Do I need a slalom canoe?

No.  You can use any type of canoe or kayak that is safe and manoeuvrable enough to get around the course.  Boats with rudders are not allowed.  There are separate classes for kayaks and canoes and double canoes.

Are there prizes?

Yes.  Prizes will be awarded in each boat and age category dependent on the number of entries in that group.  If you do well you may also get promoted to Division 3.


The race will take place at the Winchester & District Canoe Club site, on the River Itchen in

Winchester, Hampshire. OS Map 185 Ref SU485299 Sat Nav postcode SO23 8DL

The water conditions are flat and very gently flowing, regardless of how much rain we’ve had.

The site is adjacent to the North Walls Recreation Ground, Winnall Moors Wildlife Reserve and River

Park Leisure Centre. Also, Winchester City centre is within walking distance, so lots to do for non-