Canada Cup West 2023
WHAT IS A REGATTA?
WHAT IS A REGATTA? A regatta is a full day of competitive races held rain or shine. Races usually begin around 8:00 a.m. and finish about 6:00 p.m. or possibly later if there are delays due to thunderstorms or other unforeseen events. Most paddlers will compete in anywhere from 5 – 8 races over the course of the day, usually against others their own age, with lots of other races to watch in-between! Races can be singles (K-1 or C-1), team boats (K-2 or K-4, C-2 or C-4), or even war canoe (also known as C-15).
WHY PARTICIPATE IN A REGATTA?
Although regattas are a full-day commitment (typically 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.), they are a fun and social time for paddlers and their families. It gives the paddlers a chance to measure themselves against other paddlers and gives daily training a real purpose.
COMPETITION AGE CATEGORIES
Canoe-Kayak Canada age categories for a paddler are based on their actual age as of January 1st of the year of competition. The “U” means under (or less than) that age. U12, U14, U16, U18, U23 (Junior), Senior: 18+ depending on points, Masters: age 35+
The Greater Edmonton Racing Canoe Club has been attending the Canada Cup West /Canada Day Regatta since 1990 so we are very excited to take part in this western popular canoe-kayak competition.
This particular regatta is a great team-building experience for our newest paddlers.
Address of the competition venue: Wascana Canoe Club: 3000 Wascana Dr, Regina, SK S4S 1N5
Please arrive in Regina on Friday, July 7th
Competition dates: July 8th (from 8am to 6pm) & July 9th (from 8am to around 3 pm)
Please arrive at the competition venue at 7h15 am on July 9th to help to unload all boats and equipment and to get ready for your races. Parents, please arrive with your athletes to help to unload boats and set up our tents and other equipment.
HOTEL GROUP BOOKING
Please call this Hotel to confirm your booking. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Regina-South, an IHG Hotel
306-789-5888 ~ ~ Address: 4255 Albert Street, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 3R6, Canada
The group code Group ID: Canoe Kayak 2023 / 427454 and the cut-off date June 16th , 2023
All rooms have 2 queen-size beds and all are non-smoking. The group rate is $119.00 + taxes. And Breakfast is included.
For those who want to make their own booking, please note the Club address: Wascana Racing Canoe Club, 3000 Wascana Dr - Regina, SK S4S 1N5
BOAT & EQUIPMENT TRANSPORTATION
Zak will park the trailer at the club for athletes and coaches to load the boats on the trailer. All athletes are expected to assist in boat loading. Once the trailer is back at the club, all athletes are expected to help unload the trailer
Trailer loading: Boats will be loaded on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of July @ Cardiff Pond.
Each participant is responsible to pack his/her boat, canoe paddle, kayak paddle, keen pad, and other equipment designated by Zak and your respective coach.
Private boats: to all athletes loading their private boats on GERCKC Trailer please be aware that the club assumes no liability for any hazard or occurrence, including but not limited to property damage, theft, incidental and consequential damages, etc.
Please make sure you buy your own insurance to cover your boat if you decide to pack your boat in the trailer
The overall cost is $300 will include: boat transportation fee, coaching expenses, registration for the races, CKC registration fee and Lunch (provided by the org committee on Saturday) during the Regatta.
Please make your online payment prior to departure to Regina.
We will go for Team Dinner on Saturday night; the invitation is extended for the Parents as well. The address of the restaurant will be communicated on Saturday afternoon when the group reservation is made.
If any of the parents coming have a good Camera we would love it if you can take photo/video action of our team.
NEW & RETURNING ATHLETES AND PARENTS
For new parents who are going for the first time to the competition, please make sure you bring your own folding chairs and cooler to store your food, drinks for your kids.
Around our hotel, there are lots of stores to buy food at. We are staying at the venue for the whole day during the races so please make sure you bring enough drinks, fluids and maintaining good hydration in competition is extremely important.
Don’t forget your water bottles. Sports drinks may be useful as they not only provide fluid but also have the additional benefit of carbohydrates for improved fuel or mental drive.
A good way to check hydration levels is to monitor urine color and aim for a pale “straw” color most of the day.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE REGATTA
Club Jersey (if you don't have, you need to purchase one from Zak )
rain jacket just in case
Water shoes or sandals
Bring 1 or 2 changes of clothing in case of tipping or inclement weather
PFD AND CKC REGULATION
Athletes 16 and under must wear a PFD at all competitions, bring your PFD if you have one, if not the club will provide one for you. Athletes who do not wear a PFD in a race will be disqualified
ATHLETES IN ACTION
Our Club tent has limited space. It is strictly for the ATHLETES and COACHES to be in the tent, NO PARENTS will be allowed to join, please respect the space of the athletes. There will be a cheering place for parents on the south side of the lake. So please bring folding chairs for your kid and yourself.
The racing schedule & results will be posted online; we will send you the link when it is provided by the organizing committee.
For many, this is the first trip to the Canoe Kayak Regatta, and possibly your first experience at a Canoe-Kayak Regatta. I trust you will have a great time and are excited about the trip and the experience you will gain.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Regina !!!