2016-08-30T22:30:00

National League Update - Full Steam ahead for 2017

This season we have run an open round robin format with a shadow mixed league, and introduced a Super 12 Ladies format. We did this to provide fair and equitable racing, and ensure that all teams get the same number of races before a final. It also enabled us time to fit more races in and lunch breaks for officials and paddlers too.

 

To date compared to last year results have been very positive, and looking at the provisional entries at Worcester this year we have had an additional 14 adult crews taking part, and an additional 50 ladies crews, plus junior teams racing at five events. It should be noted that this would not have been possible if we had stuck with the old racing format.

 

2016 League

 

 

 

 

2015 League

 

 

Difference 2016 to 2015

Venue

Teams

Ladies

Juniors

 

Venue

Teams

Ladies

 

Bristol

19

9

2

 

Exeter

16

3

+3,+6,+2

Crosby

23

9

3

 

Liverpool

18

3

+5,+6,+2

Stockton

13

6

0

 

Stockton

15

3

 -2, +3

Wraysbury

24

12

2

 

Wraysbury

22

4

+2,+8,+2

St. Neots

23

11

0

 

Milton Keynes

18

4

+5,+7

London

23

14

1

 

London

21

6

+2,+8,+1

Nottingham

20

9

0

 

Nottingham

20

3

  0,+6

Worcester

17

9

1

 

Worcester

18

3

 -1,+6,+1

 

We have also looked to run cup, plate and bowl finals when possible to ensure that all teams have a chance to take something home from the day.  Overall our league financially is in the black too, which means we can invest funds back into our sport.

 

Some of this season's highlights have included: sponsorship at Bristol, three race distances at Stockton, the paddler village at St. Neots, big smiles on the juniors from Appleton Academy receiving medals, Purple Warriors at league races and Dublin Vikings (International team) at London.  We have had some very closely contested races and finals often with less than a dragon's head between boats, and seeing more teams being able to compete for the top place has been fantastic.

 

The Ladies league has proved really popular too, and I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing six boat racing at Nationals.

 

Nationals is just a few weeks away, and we would like to get expressions of interest (EOI) in for 2017 league events by then. We do need to focus on safe, accessible, multi - lane venues, with good spectator and paddler amenities. We are again looking at running the same two stage process, with expressions of interest due by National Finals in September. With the aim of taking a provisional programme to Congress in November.

 

So if you want to host an event, please send your EOI to me, if you need any help please feel free to contact me.  

 

Please note that due to the need to book key strategic locations we have pre - allocated both Stockton and Milton Keynes as they are great multi-lane venues, they have been allocated dates in May and June. We have also been in contact with the Irish DBA to ensure we can avoid a fixture clash with their popular Dublin Regatta. We are also aware of Vogolonga and Cork, and are awaiting details of next years World's.

 

Next season we will look to continue and build on this seasons growth; mixed boat racing will move to 50/50 men and ladies to bring us into alignment internationally,  and ladies league teams must have female helms/drummers too. There have also been requests for small boat racing for new clubs in development or those rebuilding who cannot field a full boat, so this would be worth discussing at Congress. 

 

See you on the water

 

Ed