Junior Summer Kayak Camp 2014

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 Adult introductory kayaking courses 2014 **Special offer of 3 for the price of 2**

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Upcoming Events, Races & Courses

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General News

Paddlefest 2014 - 20th/21st September
Countdown to Junior Paddlefest begins
Junior Paddlefest 2014 takes place on the 20th and 21st September in Hidden Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Rathdrum, Wicklow.
Please check out the latest Magazine from the hardworking lads at Paddlefest. If you haven't signed up your juniors, do so before it is too late!

Junior Liffey Descent 2014
Junior Liffey Descent 2014

Saturday 6th September 2014 starting at 12 pm at Salmon Leap Canoe Club, Leixlip Lake and finishing
at the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre, Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod

Please click here for further information.

Notes: Please ensure you read these notes prior to completing the entry form
• Use BLOCK CAPITALS when completing the entry form
Completing the entry form
• Ensure all questions are answered
• Use your own home address, telephone number and email address
• Entry forms must be signed by both a parent and a club / school official. Unsigned entry forms will not be accepted
• No confirmation is returned to an entrant when an entry form is received. If you wish to confirm that your entry has been received, contact Canoeing Ireland on 01 6251105 or office@canoe.ie

Pre entry – Pre entry is required
• All participants must collect their race number and bib at the Salmon Leap Canoe Club clubhouse on Saturday, 6th September from 10:45 to 11:30 AM
Your race number and bib
• No participants will be allowed to enter the event without a race bib and number

Non return of race bibs at the finish will incur a €20 penalty
Junior Liffey Descent t-shirts – Junior Liffey Descent t-shirts will be given out at the finish on return of your bib to a race official
• Changes to entries and late entries will be accepted up to 5pm on Wednesday, 3rd September. Late entry fee applies
• No amendments or late entries will be accepted after Wednesday, 3rd September.

See main page for more details: Junior Liffey Descent 2014

Canoe Sprint Ireland and CANI All Ireland Sprint Championships 2014

Date:    Saturday 30th August 2014.

Venue:  Lough Rinn Canoeing/Rowing Regatta Centre, Mohill, Co.Leitrim

(Salmon Leap Canoe Club will run ranking race on Sunday 31st August at the venue)

Events: K1/C1 1000m&200m    K2/C2 200m&500m   K4 1000m     


Full Race Notice can be found here

Sluice Works Update

Works are still underway at the Sluice and are now nearing completion.  Following a successful couple of weeks of in river works at the end of July several elements of the Sluice river works are now complete. 

The walls at Sluice have been repointed and re-instated using original stone from the walls and the original lime based mortar techniques used nearly 300 years ago!  This will help ensure the permanency of the facility for generations to come and meets our planning permission requirements.

The upright poles which will support the future slalom gate system have also been installed with casings drilled up to 5 metres into the ground and 150mm diameter steel poles inserts which will support a training and competition set of gates.  One set which will hang over the new Sluice course with the other set hanging over the flat return channel for warm up and novice training.  Slalom gates to be installed in October.

The central rock armour extension and groin placement has been completed creating a 150 metre long slalom course which will be useable and attractive to Slalom, WWR, White Water and recreational paddlers at water levels from minimum statutory flow of 1.5 metres cubed per second all the way up to Liffey Descent flood levels close to 40 cumecs.  This great range of accessible flows is achieved through a deepening of the river bed and the careful design and placement of the groins and central rock armour.  This is a great achievement as it makes the site attractive for novice/junior events and training during the dry summer months when the Liffey is often at statutory low flow while maintaining a quality course at medium and high flows for more expert paddlers and competitions during the spring, autumn and winter, or summer releases.

Unfortunately sometimes in the early days of natural river bed projects a movement in placed rock can occur. If a key stone rock settles into the river bed a rock lying on top of it can become destabilised and fall into the flow, changing the hydraulics of the course. Regrettably in the first floods following the works a rock moved on the last river left groin and partially blocked the last constriction.  This has for effect to increase water levels the whole way up the course and flatten all of the features throughout the course including the Sluice freestyle feature.  It has not been possible to have this damage to the course rectified yet however the project team is currently in correspondence with the contractor to have the damage repaired as soon as possible and have the last groin consolidated so that it doesn’t happen again.  It is important for the damage to be rectified for the following reasons:


1.    Safety: The placed rock is carefully placed and positioned to minimise gaps and holes. Gaps may have occurred in the disturbed and now partially submerged groin which increases pin potential in the case of a swim.  We request that anyone using the sluice prior to the completion of the repairs be particularly careful in this part of the course.

2.    Erosion: The damage has resulted in the energy of the course being dissipated at the end of the course rather than throughout the course within the rock armour.  This is sending a strong flow to the river right bank of the Liffey downstream of the course which over time may undermine the bank.

3.    Freestyle: The damage has negated all the efforts to reduce water levels and retention in the freestyle hole at sluice, one of the primary focuses of the project.  The repair of this damage will return the freestyle feature to its pre-works performance levels.

4.      Slalom: The flow, waves and eddies in the course are less defined due to the increased water level within the course and displacement of the energy dissipation to below the course.  

Countdown to Junior Paddlefest begins

The new Canoeing Ireland Ezine dedicated to Paddlesfest 2014 is now available. To download follow the link

Junior Paddlefest - 19/21st September 2014
This years Paddlefest has so much to offer for Junior Paddlers.

For more information on Paddlefest 2014 check out the website through the link below


Irish hopeful, Robert Hendrick, heads off to Youth Olympics
The best of Luck from all at Canoeing Ireland to Robert Hendrick and Eoin Rheinisch who are heading out to the Youth Olympics in Nangjing, China. We know you will do us proud Robert! It as excellent to see the whole Youth team out to support him at Dublin Airport.


Wild Water Kayak Club host Sprint Event - 9th August
Check out www.wwkc.net for their upcoming race this Saturday 9th August.

see below for details.

Ballyhoura Outdoor Rec Course

Sluice works begin in Lucan
Phase one of works well underway at the sluice in Lucan. Temporary dam works almost complete to allow for repair of the 300 year old undermined sluice wall. Watch this space for more updates over the next two weeks as the sluice gets a make over.