Junior Liffey Descent 2017
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Junior Liffey Descent Entries are open!
The Junior Liffey Descent will be held on Saturday, 20th May 2017 starting at Salmon Leap Canoe Club racing to the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre.
Bib collection will be at Salmon Leap Canoe Club from 10:30am to 11:30am.
Race briefing will be at Salmon Leap Canoe Club at 11:30pm.
The race will start at 12pm from Salmon Leap Canoe Club, Leixlip Lake(Here).
The race will finish at the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre, Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod (Here).
How to Enter
Please ensure you read these notes prior to completing the entry form:
- You must be a registered member of Canoeing Ireland to enter the Junior Liffey Descent.
- Entries will be done through the Canoeing Ireland Membership Database.
- Please ensure your membership details on the database are correct including your date of birth before completing the entry form.
- Entries will close at Midday on Thursday, 18th May
- No amendments or late entries will be accepted after Thursday, 18th May.
- There will be no entries accepted on the day
- Entry fee @ €15.00 p/competitor.
- Non return of race bibs at the finish will incur a €30 penalty.
Entering your class
U15 – Anyone who is under 15 years of age on the 1st January 2017
U18 – Anyone who is over 15 years of age and under 18 years of age on the 1st January 2017
U23 – Anyone who is over 18 years of age and under 23 years of age on the 1st January 2017
Open K2/T2 – This class is for racing K2 and Touring Kayak Doubles only. This will be raced as one class open to any combination of crews; male, female or mixed.
K1 – This class is for racing K1’s only. This will be raced as a male and female class.
Open Singles – This class includes Gola Sprints, Deceptors and Plastic Wild Water Boats. This will be raced as a male and female class.
Wild Water Racer – This class is for composite Wild Water Racing Boats. This will be raced as a male and female class.
General Purpose – This class is for all general purpose plastic kayaks. This will be raced as a male and female class.
Open Canadian – This class is for Canadian Doubles only. This will be raced as one class open to any combination of crews; male, female or mixed.
Junior Liffey Descent race rules, additional notes and route
Please ensure you read these notes prior to commencing the race:
Briefing & Rules
- A race briefing will take place at 11:30AM.
- Race notice and rules will be on display at the start (i.e. Salmon Leap Canoe Club) on the day of the race.
- Canoeing Ireland rules will apply.
- The Junior Liffey Descent is restricted to participants over the age of 12 and under the age of 23 as on the 1st January 2017.
- It is the responsibility of clubs to ensure that all participants have adequate experience for the race and that their equipment is in proper condition.
- All competitors must wear approved buoyancy aids.
- All craft must have securely fitted and adequate buoyancy. There should be foot bars or adequate padding fitted, where necessary.
- All competitors under the age of 18 years in all classes (including k1, k2, general purpose, open singles, down river racers, touring doubles and Canadian doubles) must wear approved helmets. Competitors in other classes are strongly recommended to wear helmets.
- Adequate footwear should be worn, as the terrain at the portage is very uneven.
- It is also important to consider, because of the possibility of changeable weather conditions, that adequate thermal gear / wet suit is worn.
- If any participant’s equipment is considered inadequate or insecure by scrutineers, approval to participate in the Junior Liffey Descent will be withheld.
- Spot checks will be carried out along the race route to ensure that participants are wearing helmets and buoyancy aids.
- The Junior Liffey Descent will finish approximately three hours after the start. Competitors taking longer than this should leave the water.
- All previous race numbers must be removed from your boats.
Salmon Leap Canoe Club, Leixlip Lake (start): Long 53.34.876; Lat -06.51.073
- Paddling advice: Paddle 10 mins to cross lake. In high water conditions it is possible to paddle the shorter route across the right hand side of the lake but in low water conditions it is necessary to follow the original river course around the left hand side of the lake, mud banks to the right of the island visible from the bridge indicates which route to take (left route across the lake if the mud banks are showing).
- Notes: Collection point for bibs and boat inspection from 11am to 12pm
Portage (start): Long 53.36.013; Lat -06.48.996
- Road directions: Take N4 West until junction 5. Follow signs for Leixlip via R148. Park in Salmon Leap Pub car park on LHS. Walk to road bridge or start of portage (allow 10mins)
- Paddling advice: End of paddle across lake. 5 min run to get in point (750m)
- Notes: Wear some form of foot protection. Portage is predominantly a good tarmac road, but reentry is a steep, possibly mucky descent back to river bed. Brace yourself using paddles, etc
Portage (end) – Leixlip road bridge: Long 53.36.262; Lat -06.48.657
- Paddling advice: Paddle very hard when getting back on the river after the portage to the centre of river to avoid right hand bridge arch and risk of pinning. You must paddle aggressively to avoid the arch
Sluice weir: Long 53.35.754; Lat -06.46.533
- Parking: Access and parking for Sluice at car park at Long 53.35.55 and Lat -06.46.052
- Paddling advice: 10 – 15 min paddle from portage. The Sluice is on the far left hand side of river taking eddy line down (this is slightly right of centre) and expect to be pushed very close to left hand sluice wall (this is normal, remain calm and prepare to brace. Shoot over weir on far right of river (right against bank), a plunge pool is about 3m from right hand bank.Viability of shooting here in “K” boats will depend on water levels on the day.
- Safety: Keep legs raised if you swim shooting actual sluice
Lucan weir: Long 53.35.926; Lat -.06.44.85
- Vantage point: River bank at chicken shoot or Lucan road bridge
- Paddling advice: 10 – 15 min paddle from Sluice weir. Difficulty of shoot varies. The first part of Lucan weir that appears on your right as you paddle down river is called the chicken shoot. It is about 30m long before you encounter the fish boxes. After this there is the high drop about 50m long – a steeper portion of the weir. Due to work in recent years the water level below the weir (especially the chicken shoot is quite low. It is best to shoot the chicken shoot from about the halfway point to the fish boxes. Racing boats (long ones) should shoot completely side ways to avoid damage to boats
Anna Liffey / Shackelton’s weir: Long 53.36.774; Lat -06.40.619
- Vantage point: Not easily viewed as a spectator
- Paddling advice: 5 min paddle from Lucan weir. Easy to shoot. Shoot weir straight down fish shoot – approach slowly and easily found.
Wren’s nest weir: Long 53.36.187; Lat -06.40.619
- Vantage point: Park in Wren’s Nest Pub car park on LHS or Strawberry Hall Pub and car park at Long 53.36.092; Lat -06.38739. Easy access to river, good parking
- Paddling advice: 15 min paddle from Anna Liffey / Shackelton’s weir. Moderate to difficult shoot depending on where weir is shot. Wren’s is a V weir and is normally shot down the V.
- One method is to shoot from right hand side of the tongue of water paddling hard over the tongue away from the danger of swimming in the large right hand stopper.
- Another method is to deliberately steer immediately to the left of the tongue bracing for support on the tongue of water to your right (Do not paddle too fast on this line for fear of paddling through the tongue of water and into the stopper.
- A third shoot is to aim to balance right on the tongue of water, a good strategy in low water but in high water you run the risk of dropping into the big right hand stopper.
- Short boats and tough boats can shoot straight over the left hand portion of the weir (the chicken shoot)
Canoeing Ireland training centre (finish): Long; Lat
- Road directions: From Lucan, go over Lucan Bridge and turn right. Proceed along this road until you pass the Strawberry Hall pub and then under the Westlink Bridge. About 500m the Centre is on your right
- Parking: In the Canoeing Ireland training centre car park or Strawberry Hall Pub and car park at Long 53.36.092; Lat -06.38739