Racing at Exeter Canoe Club concentrates primarily on Marathon and Sprint racing, which are flat water based. It attracts paddlers of all abilities and takes place throughout the year. We have an active racing section and you will be welcome if you want to join in racing, whatever your age or previous kayaking or canoeing experience.
The club organises two of the seven SW Region Hasler Marathon races each year. Club members frequently take part in the Devizes to Westminster, National Marathon Championships, the Hasler Finals, National Sprint Regattas and national and international surfski races. For an overview of Racing with our club, see Racing at Exeter CC – info.
There is a regular coaching session at the Club on Saturday mornings from 9.30 – 11.00 and anyone interested is very welcome to call at the clubhouse and meet us. This is the best time to see a BCU coach and also the best time to bring new juniors. We have a very wide age range of participants, from juniors to Veterans. Our Club President is Dave Green, international champion and Vice president of the BCU. The Racing manager and race coordinator is TBA. The senior racing coach is TBA .
On the first Saturday of each month the club holds a time trial, so that paddlers can check their progress. All welcome to give it a go (in any sort of boat!).
Race training also takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6.15 pm –7.45pm). Paddlers have access to club boats at any time and informal groups also train at times to suit them. If you are experienced, a competitive group of K1s train together on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The club has a wide range of racing boats, from the more stable introductory Kirton Tempest to the faster Kirton Tiger. The club members paddle K1, K2 and K4 kayaks and C1 canoes over a variety of distances. Equipment, such as left and right handed paddles, buoyancy aids where needed etc, is provided. The club wants all paddlers to enjoy and participate in their sports safely, and has appropriate racing policies and procedures in place.
Details and rules for marathon racing can be found in the Racing Handbook.
The national Hasler series dates can be found on the Marathon Racing Committee calendar. Racing results and info on the following races are below:
Footage from the 2014 Lower Exe Hasler: