Kirkcaldy Canoe Club paddler, Rachel Syme, has been selected for the British team for the European Under 23 Sprint Regatta from 23-25 June 2017 in  Belgrade, Serbia where she will paddle as a member of the K4 500m crew.

Her selection follows a series of crew boat trials and training camps at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham over the past 2 months culminating in their boat winning the Under 23 British National Championship at the beginning of June.

She is joined in the K4 with Emma Ricketts of Anker Valley CC, Tanisha Clayton of Holme Pierrepont CC and Lucy Lee-Smith of Norwich CC.

Our best wishes go to all of the GB team at the event.


The club’s first Sprint Regatta of the year takes place on Sunday 25 June 2017. Further details can be found on the following links:


Entries may be made online via the following web link by Tuesday 20 June giving NAME, SCA NUMBER, DATE OF BIRTH AND K2 PARTNER (where appropriate) or on the day from 9.30 am – 10.15 am.:



Forth & Clyde Marathon I
Sunday 14th May 2017

Race Control: Auchinstarry Marina by Kilsyth OS Grid Ref: 64 / 721768, G65 9SG

Start Times : Long & Short Courses 12:00 (divisions at 2 min intervals)
Mini & Lightning Course 12:20 (divisions at 2 min intervals)

Entries: In advance by Wednesday 11th May. Please send name and SCA No. Clubs, please use HRM entry tab and send entry file.
Paddlers must be members of the SCA/BCU or take out SCA day membership (£5) on the day

Entry Fees : Seniors £5
Juniors £4
Lightning £3

Briefing: 11:40am for all courses

Course Details
Long Course: From Auchinstarry east to Wyndford, turn and return west to turn at Craigmarloch Bridge, east again to Wyndford and return to finish at Auchinstarry. 12 Miles
Short Course: From Auchinstarry east to turn at Wyndford, return to finish at Auchinstarry. 7 Miles
Mini Course: From Auchinstarry east for c.2km under Craigmarloch Bridge then continue 250m further east, turn and return to finish at Auchinstarry 3 Miles

Lightning Course: From Auchinstarry east for c.750m, turn and return to Auchinstarry. 2 circuits c.3km

Car Parking Please ensure you use the designated car parking areas and do not park on the approach road.

Launching Boats must be only launched from the area around the launching ramp, canoeists must stay clear of boat moorings.

Ranking: Paddlers ranked in BCU Divisions 1-3 must paddle Long Course, 4 – 6 Short Course, 7 – 9 Mini Course.
K2 crews must race the correct age group if racing for the Scottish Championship, otherwise the division calculated as the average of the 2 paddlers rankings (halves rounded down)

Safety : Buoyancy aids are compulsory for all lightning and mini course paddlers, Divs 7, 8 & 9. They are discretionary for other paddlers although all paddlers are advised to wear them. In adverse weather conditions the race organiser may require all paddlers to wear them.
All boats used in marathon racing must be fitted with sufficient buoyancy to support the boat and crew in the event of capsize. Inherent buoyancy in composite boats is not sufficient to meet this requirement. Additional foam buoyancy or air bags must be fitted.
The canal is open to traffic. Paddlers must take care particularly when negotiating bends and bridges. Paddlers must not obstruct the passage of other boats along the canal and should abide by the waterways code.
SCA membership: Paddlers must be members of the SCA/BCU or take out SCA day membership (£5) on the day.
For more information please contact: Neil Chalmers neil@kinghorn.org.uk