Balmy Beach Regatta
Volunteer Opportunities - without you regattas don't happen
Balmy Beach athletes compete at numerous regattas throughout the season. All of the people who work so hard at these events are volunteers - parents like you. If these good people did not step forward to offer to drive safety boats, keep score, monitor the start and finish lines and cook the burgers, these events could not take place. Since you are already at the course, it makes sense to give a couple of hours of your time. The families of our athletes will be contacted from time to time throughout the year and opportunities to sign up for various events will be offered at registration days.
Accommodation for out-of-town regattas Book early to avoid disappointment
Residence Inn & Conference Centre
toll free: (1-855-782-9722)
Address: 555 First Ave, Welland, ON L3C 7L4
Phone: 905 732-9700
Address: 201 Main St, Ottawa, ON K1S 5T8
Phone: 613 236-3131
From mid-June on, paddlers are involved in regattas held on most Saturdays, sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays, culminating with the CKC National Championships in late August. Races are 200m; 500m; 1000m in length. They are organized by age groups, with men competing against men and ladies competing against ladies in kayaks or canoes in K-1s; K-2s; K-4s; C-1s; C-2s; C-4s; and war canoes.
* On 1st of January of the year of the competition
Paddlers should discuss with their coach which regattas they will be able to attend. With this information, the coach can confirm which age groups will attend which regattas and plan crew entries. Paddlers should strive to make sure they attend all regattas for which they indicated they were available. Absences can disrupt crews with which a paddler has been training and may even mean a full crew is not available and the entry must be scratched. Such a situation is disappointing and frustrating for fellow paddlers and coaches. Please let one of the coaches know as soon as possible if any new plans interfere with regatta attendance.
Wherever possible, parents are expected to attend out of town regattas to supervise their paddler(s) (under age 19). Where this is not possible, prior arrangements must be made so that a guardian is appointed and held responsible for a paddler and the coach(s) is informed of the arrangements. We encourage the families of our paddlers to join the Club contingent at as many regattas as possible. The events and locales make for an enjoyable family vacation or a day’s outing and our paddlers need all the supporters possible to cheer them on. It is also an excellent way to meet other paddlers and their families.
The Regatta Circuit
Regional Inter-Club Regattas
Mixed C4Paddlers compete locally against other clubs in the WOD Division at regional inter-club regattas held on most Saturdays from mid-June to mid-August. The other clubs include Burloak, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, West Rouge, Toronto Island, Collingwood, South Niagara and London. Please see the regatta schedule for details. Clubs attending these regattas compete for points to determine the winner of the particular regatta (for the "burgee"), but there is no ongoing accumulation of club standings or performance requirements to qualify for subsequent competitions.
WOD Qualifying Trials
WOD qualifying trials serve as qualifying races for Provincial and National Championship regattas. Only paddlers and crews that have shown competitive potential would be entered at this level. Trials are held locally. Please refer to the regatta schedule for details as to where and when each age category's trials will be held.
For PeeWees and Bantams competing at WOD trials, the first three winning boats in each final race qualify to compete at the Trillium Championships and the first four winning boats in the Bantam category qualify to compete at the Ontario Championships.
For Midgets to Juniors competing at WOD trials, the first four winning boats in each final race qualify to compete at the National Championships and, again, the first four winning boats in each of these age categories qualify to compete at the Ontario Championships.
The first four winning boats in a final race at the WOD trials (Bantam to Junior) will compete at the Ontario Championships. This regatta is held at a venue in Ontario and this year will be held in Ottawa.
Ontario Cup Racing Series
This is a series of three races for Ontario Development Athletes. The racing series will include one long distance race at the beginning of the season, followed by two sprint events during the season. Athletes will be awarded medals at all the Ontario cup events for finishing top 3 in their category and accumulate Cup points throught all three events that go towards the overall Ontario Cup category winners at the end of the season. In addition, the club that has accumulated the most Ontario Cup points over the season will be awarded the overall trophy. Racing categories will not be based on the CKC age categories, but rather by speed.
Ontario Team and National Team Trials
The Club’s High Performance athletes will attend regattas (team trials) that will earn them points that in turn may put them on the Ontario and National Teams.
Boys K2The first three winning boats in a final race at the WOD trials (Midget to Junior) will compete at the National Championships. Clubs attend from all over the country. In the past the Nationals have been held in Dartmouth; Montreal; Regina; Welland; and this year will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan. There are no PeeWee or Bantam events at the Nationals; but a Bantam age paddler will often race “up” in an older category and qualify to race in that category, i.e. a Midget war canoe crew would often include a few Bantam age paddlers.
C2Masters events are scheduled in some of the WOD club regattas but they are “exhibition” races and may not be counted in the accumulation of points for the regatta “burgee”. There are regattas that are specific to masters, for example –
CANMAS (Canadian Masters Championships) is scheduled for the Sunday following the Nationals, and is a regatta open to anyone who is a member of CKC or the American Canoe Association. Masters competing at the Nationals can also take part in CANMAS providing they meet certain requirements.