Scottish WWR Champs River Tay 7 & 8 March 2020

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Scottish WWR Champs River Tay 7 & 8 March 2020

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Exact timings to be confirmed but general programme as follows:

7 March - Scottish WWR Sprint Champs on the rapid above Grandtully, approx 300m length.
The start will be river right upstream of the small rapid where the hydro intake (river left) is situated, and the finish will be mid-way down the straight before the lead in rapid above the main Grandtully rapid.
This rapid has been chosen to make the champs more accessible to a wider range of paddler abilities since it is recognised that negotiating the main rapid at winter levers at speed is too daunting for some people.
There are usually several options of lines down this easy rapid, which one is fastest may depend on the level on the day.
You will be allowed 2 timed runs, with the fastest time used for the results. Practise is allowed before the start of the event.

8 March - Scottish WWR Classic Champs, Stanley to Thistlebrig, approx 3km
The start is at Burnmouth, the gate will be opened for competitors to park. Likely to be a held start at or just above the get in eddy wherever the water level makes it feasible.
The finish is normally level with the takeout steps at Thistlebrig, again right across the river.
The course includes Stanley weir, Hell hole and the rapid at Thistlebrig, given current river levels expect big waves and boily run outs.
Classic race is single run only, there should be time for a practice run before the race.

All whitewater boats welcome, if sufficient boats of a type enter they may be classified as a separate group. I have entered in open canoe (with float bags) in the past, although I will be in WWR K1 this year.

The race will not have exclusive use of the river, it may be necessary to avoid recreational paddlers and rafts passing through the section.

No formal safety cover will be provided, racers will be on their own down each course (start at 1 minute intervals) so make your own judgement about whether or not to enter based on levels on the day.

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