WHEN : 24th August 2013 ( a week away)
WHERE : Eton Dorney- 2012 Olympic Rowing Venue
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? : On Saturday, 24th August the BSUPA National Clubs Championships will take place at the Olympic Rowing Venue at Dorney Lake, as part of the Royal Berkshire Games. There will be over 1000 participants taking part in a variety of adult and junior Triathlon and Swimming events. This is a great opportunity for paddleboarders to show case their sport and meet other SUP club paddlers. With some fantastic club activity exploding all over the UK (no doubt helped by the recent good weather) this nationwide event is a great way of bringing all those clubs and club paddlers together, to represent their club at this iconic venue. Come and join other SUP club paddlers on the water, and be in with the chance to walk away with some silverware and become the first ever UK SUP Club Champions!
BSUPA have helped support the event so that we can not only acknowledge the high performance end of our sport but also the breadth of people taking up SUP from all across the country.
FORMAT : Something for everybody!
Paddlers will be split into a host of categories to allow everyone to be as competitive or uncompetitive as they want to be. It will be about showing the depth and breadth of your club rather than just it’s peak performers.
THE CATEGORIES :
Junior Under 16 (any board 12″6′ or under)
Men’sYouth Under 21 (any board 12″6′ or under)
Women’s Youth Under 21 (any board 12″6′ or under)
Open Men’s allround (any board under 12″6′ surf style)
Open Men’s 12″6 (any board 12″6 or under)
Open Men’s 14″ (any board 14″ or under)
Open Women’s allround (any board under 12″6′ surf style)
Open Women’s 12″6 (any board 12″6 or under)
Open Women’s 14″ (any board 14″ or under)
Masters Men’s 12″6 (as above but 40+)*
Masters Women’s 12″6 (as above but 40+)*
Masters Men’s 14″ (as above but 40+)*
Masters Women’s 14″ ( as above but 40+)*
Veteran Men’s 12″6 (as above but 50+)*
Veteran Women’s 12″6 (as above but 50+)*
Veteran Men’s 14″ (as above but 50+)*
Veteran Women’s 14″ ( as above but 50+)*
The race will be a 6km race bar the junior class which will be 1km and the Allround classes which will be 4km.
* in the event of very low entries into some categories they may well be combined. However there will be equipment available to allow everyone to compete on an even platform.
All the racing will take place at the same time bar the junior race which will happen earlier allowing parents to paddle with their children if they so wish.
There will be prizes in each category but they also all count to the overall result.
A clubs position will be decided on their best 6 results across all the event categories with the lowest score winning. There will be a weighting on these results towards the larger classes rather than the fastest.
The club with the best 6 results will be crowned the 2013 champions!
APPROXIMATE START TIMES :10am Junior race / 10:30am 4km crossover class / 11:30am 6km race classes
THE TEAM RACE : Is separate to the main event taking place in the afternoon. Teams of 4, will compete in a relay format using the same board.*
There must be competitors in a team from at least three different categories from the above entries. Clubs can enter as many teams as they like as long as it falls into the above stipulation.
There will be two team races, one on boards of 12’6 and under, and the other on allround boards. Clubs can only enter the allround team race if they have at least one team in the 12’6 team race. Small clubs may combine to form extra teams as long as every effort has been exhausted to form teams of a single club.
*boards may be one design and provided for the team race.
INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES : If you are not part of a club you are more than welcome to enter as a solo competitor in any of the individual events, but why not try and find a club before you come or if not when you get here.
To enter follow the link: www.windsorsupclub.co.uk
For more informnation check out the facebook page: www.facebook.com/events
There are already been over 50 entries from 10 clubs, and have over 100 people interested in attending to compete. So what are you waiting for?… get involved.
Here are some shots of afew of the clubs expected to do well… but who will win?!!