Keep your fitness up this Winter and improve your rough water
skills by participating in the wild-water racing series. You can
participate in any type of boat (the more adventurous may like
to try the Wicklow races in a sprint K1), including plastics.
There are classes for men, women and juniors and two divisions
are run for downriver boats. Recreational grades (open singles)
will be available for all classes.
This year, we have a good variety of races. Some are based on
weir-type rivers, such as the Liffey and Boyne and some with more
continuous rapids, such as the Wicklow rivers. In addition, the
races are spread over a broad geographical area, so there should
be one somewhere near you. This year, a special feature will be
the Wavehopper Series. These are short races, run in conjunction
with slalom events and boats will be provided at a nominal charge.
Wavehoppers are plastic downriver boats and we are planning to
run the races off on a mass-start (of four boats) in a heat/final
basis. The emphasis is on fun and participation in these events,
so come along and have a laugh.
The National Championship
The National Championship is run over the full set of ranking
races, with each person's best six results counting towards their
total championship result. Points are awarded in each class as
follows: winner 100, 2nd 99,.... etc, with the person having the
highest score over six races winning the championship overall.
Attendence at a good number of events and consistancy are the
keys to a good championship result. Perpetual championship trophies
are awarded at the annual wild-water racing AGM/Social. Separate
championship results are kept for all classes, including recreational
We would like to extend a warm welcome to all foreign competitors competing in the Liffey Descent and would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you to participate in any (or all) of the wild-water racing series. The Liffey Series, which is run in March, may be of particular interest, since three races take place on different stretches of the Liffey over the same weekend, with cheap ferry prices at that time of year.