At Vyrnwy this year, we’re gonna have a RACE!!!
Put Saturday 26th June in your diary.
New to this year though, there will be a race. Nothing serious (although I guess some will take it so), just so those who have never experienced a SUP race can do so away from the competitive environment of a full on race. There will be four classes, Women and men, race boards and all-round boards.
To encourage as many to race as possible, all those who do will be automatically entered in to the post race raffle draw where there will be a number of prizes up for grabs for anyone to win (Kindly donated from Hatha paddle boards, Fanatic and Aquapac). So if you’re going, you might as well race.
There is a maximum number of 40 people allowed at this paddle due to Severn Trent restrictions. As a result this is a ticketed event only.
For everyone who attends, there is a £5.00 launch fee paid directly to Bethania adventure on the day. For those who are racing there is the £5.00 launch fee, plus a £6.00 race entry fee to pay for the required insurance as requested by Bethania.
Race tickets will be available a few days before social tickets.
Fingers crossed for amazing weather.
(p.s. non racers may be roped in to marshal duties for an hour ?)
Time: We’re planning to be on the water for 10am, but arrive early as there is limited parking. The lake “closes” around 5pm
Beginner Race: This race will start at 12:00 and is a 1km, over to the far side of the Dam and back. Only all-round type boards will be allowed in this.
Competitive Race: This one will start at 13:00 or earlier depending on when the beginner race finishes. It is a small triangular circuit which is just under 2km in length.. So get your sprint paddle technique ready.
Prizes: While there won’t be any prizes or medals for positions (apart from the sheer kudos) there will be a raffle for everyone who entered. (Idea “borrowed” from SUP North)
Facilities: There is a public toilet near the water centre. There is limited parking but there should be enough space. Double parking may be necessary. There is a cafe near the centre too but it is unknown yet whether it will be open so bring food and drink with you.
Safety: Buoyancy aids and rescue whistles are mandatory
What about COVID? As Wales is at level 2 restrictions, we can take part in an organised outdoor activity of up to 50 people. However Bethany Adventure have limited the numbers to 40. Social distancing rules still apply. However once we’re on the water, keeping 2 metres apart should be relatively easy. Do bring a mask in case maintaining that distance is not possible. Arriving early will also enable everyone to space out and get ready and on the water in plenty of time and avoid crowding at the waters edge.