On the weekend of the 18th/19th August, 14 rafters from across the country descended on the National Watersports Centre, Nottingham for a weekend of individual development and training. With a wide range of experience from everyone taking part, from 4+ years of international racing experience to only being in a raft for 3 months, it was lovely to see everyone bouncing ideas around and I think that everyone involved felt that they learnt something new over the course of the weekend.
The weekend started off bright and early on Saturday morning with a technical session on the flat water, looking at raft control and playing with new ideas on how best to control the corners whilst turning. After lunch, it was time to take the new skills learnt onto the white water with a session on how to take the dry line. This consisted on working on raft control to keep the boat tracking in the right direction as well as how to boof over the bigger features. The final session of the day was spent looking at how best to take eddies, working on taking them high and working out how to avoid sliding down the eddie.
After a well-deserved night’s sleep, everyone was up and ready to start again on the Sunday morning. The day started off with a session looking into how best to tacklemultiple downstream gates and working on setting your angle early. The weekend ended with a few fun head-to-head battles and an opportunity to work out how to surf across some of the more difficult waves on the course.
Overall it was an excellent weekend and I hope that was amazing to watch everyone learning something new and coming away with new techniques and ideas to go away and practice ready for the next set of races.
Beth Kirby, Development Weekend Director
The 2018 British Rafting National Selection Policy consultation is open now (until Sunday 17th December). The draft version of the British Rafting 2018 National Selection Policy is now available here.
Thank you to all who attended the British Rafting Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 17th September 2017 at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.
During the meeting, the membership unanimously agreed to adopt the proposed Constitution as previously published and consulted on. The final version of the British Rafting Constitution is now published here and forms the governing rules to which British Rafting shall be managed by.
The 2017 British Rafting National Selection Policy has now been published, consulted on, reviewed, ratified and now published in final:
View and download the document here.
The British Rafting National Team Selection 2017 Policy is now released for consultation. The policy will remain in consultation until 17:00 on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017.
Questions or proposed amendments should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline.
Full event details including the policy and purchasing tickets can be done on our website:
At the British Rafting Committee meeting of 07 January 2017, the Committee agreed to adopt and adhere to all British Canoeing rules, regulations and policies.
This includes all policies pertaining to safeguarding, anti-bullying and whistleblowing.
Links to all of our policies and guidance can be found on our dedicated Resources page.
The teams to represent Great Britain at the International Rafting Federation European and World Championships 2017 will be selected at the selections event to be held over the weekend of 11 and 12 March 2017. The event will be run in an IRF standard format and is open to all teams across the UK.
The event will be held at Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.
Full details and tickets will be released by the end of January.
Once again the guys and gals at Team Oarsome have created a great video of their adventures at our Llandysul Raft Race event (December 2016).
Check out their video below or head on over to our Video Gallery to check out more rafting videos.