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The Ultimate Guide to Day of the Longboat

One of UBC Recreation’s biggest events of the year and a staple of the UBC experience is coming up and we couldn’t be more excited! This document will give you all the ins, outs, and know-hows of the Day of the Longboat. This year we are overjoyed to be celebrating the event’s 30th anniversary. 30 years…can you believe it?!?

Quick Facts:

Who: YOU! Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the community!

What: Teams of 8-10 racing canoes at Jericho beach

When: September 30th and October 1st 2017 (8am-5pm both days)

Where: Jericho Sailing Centre

Why: The 3 F’s…Fun, Fitness, and Friendship!

Pre-Race Information

Student, Staff, and Faculty Team Clinics: Saturday and Sunday September 23-24, 2017 @ the Jericho Sailing Centre

Roster Submission Deadline: Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 5:00PM

Community and Alumni Team Clinics: Friday September 29, 2017 @ the Jericho Sailing Centre

What are clinics?

UBC Recreation Intramurals hosts clinics for all of our major events to make sure every team has the information to tackle the day smartly and safely. In order to participate in Day of the Longboat, at least one member from each team must attend the clinic that corresponds to their category (student, staff & faculty or alumni & community).

We highly recommend that as many members of your team as possible come to the clinic. They are super helpful to see the location, learnthe logistics of the day, and get a handle on the equipment (pun intended). The clinics include a safety presentation, a breakdown of the event, and a practice paddle if 8+ members of your team are present. If you really want to ace the event, the practice paddle is highly suggested!

Race Day Information

What to bring:

  • Student, staff, or government issued ID (you will not be able to race without ID)
  • Comfortable and weather appropriate clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes are mandatory if you are going to be leaving the boat at any point during the race (starting and finishing runners), but are suggested for all participants
  • A towel
  • Team costume pieces (not necessary, but encouraged!)
  • An extra set of clothes
  • Water (and snackies if you want)

What we will supply for you:

  • Paddles
  • Boats
  • Personal Floatation Devices #PFD
  • Changing facilities
  • $2 per-bag bag check (max. 2 bags per team)


What will go down: a step-by-step guide

  1. Arrive at Jericho Sailing Centre 1 hour prior to your race start time
  2. Check-in with the Registration Tent staff – your team will be moved into the holding area prior to your race beginning
  3. At race time, your starting runner will start seated on the beach while the rest of your team will be in the boat
  4. When the horn sounds, the runner will run to their boat and the team will begin to paddle
  5. Your team will paddle North for approximately 50 metres and pass around the yellow buoy
  6. You will then paddle East to Baton Beach, passing the orange buoy
  7. Once you reach Baton Beach, a runner will leave the boat to retrieve their baton, which will be sticking out of the sand. The runner must move through two clearly marked gates on their way back to the canoe. If it is necessary to maintain the stability of the canoe, a second person may exit the boat to aid the runner.
  8. You will then paddle West around the North side of the two Northern yellow buoys. At the farthest of these two buoys, the team will turn 90 degrees South and head to the finish line.
  9. At the beach, the runner who is wearing the team number will run up the beach to strike the gong with their baton.
  10. Once the gong is struck, the timer stops. Our staff will then assist the rest of the team exit the canoe safely.

Post-Race Information

All teams should make sure to take more than just great memories home from Day of the Longboat. We will have a super fun photo booth for team shots as well as limited edition tank tops for sale to remember the day!

Make sure to follow @UBCRec on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter for pre-race, race day, and post-race posts and photos!

Just for Fun Teams

After finishing your race, you are have completed your participation in Day of the Longboat. Join us at the Finish and Awards tent to celebrate your success! We’ll have awesome giveaways, sponsor booths, music and more!

Competitive Teams

After finishing your race, there is a chance you will advance to the finals and have to race again. This information will be posted as soon as it is available. We suggest that you have extra people on your roster in case one of your teammates is unable to make the finals. Whether you advance or not, hang out with us at the Finish and Awards tent to have fun and cheer on the other teams.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

At UBC Rec we always try our very best to incorporate all individuals into our programs and events. We will make adaptations and modifications to the best of our abilities in order to include all individuals. Please contact us at im.longboat@ubc.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

History of Day of the LongBoat

30 years ago, the staff of UBC Recreation Intramurals (then called UBC Intramural Sports) had a vision of an incredible new event that transformed into actuality of one of the most historic events to take place at UBC. The vision was this: teams of individuals wearing their faculty shirts and game faces, would stand before eight logs of of Douglas Fir in Pacific Spirit Park. Stroke by stroke, they would carve and carve away at the logs, to reveal their majestic masterpieces – 8 beautiful voyageur canoes.

Upon completion, each team would hoist their voyageur canoes onto their shoulders and made the gruelling journey to Jericho beach. They would take their boats out onto the chilly waters and paddle a strenuous course with their game faces on, sweat on their brows, and pride in their hearts.

Thus, Day of the LongBoat was born.

Now this was a vision, and is not the real story of how Day of the LongBoat started, but nonetheless, pretty epic huh? And it was from this vision, that Day of the LongBoat, as it is known today, was born. Its inaugural year was 1987, being the 3rd major event put on by UBC Recreation Intramurals after the Great Trek and Storm the Wall. In 1999, it made the airwaves of sports network giant ESPN, and is one of the largest voyageur canoe races in North America. This event is now celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary, and is one of the few that has stood the test of time – it is still structurally the same event it’s always been with very minor changes (the route from 15+ years ago is the reverse of the route you’ll be doing race weekend for example), it has always been held at the same location, and is hands down the first major UBC event of the year.


This year’s LongBoat will be the biggest EVER- it’s the 30th anniversary!! This classic event will feature over 3000 people that will take part in the event!

We hope you’re as stoked as we are! There will be boats. There will be waves. There will be sweat. There will be tears. There will be lots of shouting. There will be lots of beautiful people. There will be fun times. There will be lots of memories. But whether you’re a competitive racer, a just-for-fun’er, or an entertained observer you will be guaranteed to have fun. Because you’re a part of something bigger.  A long-standing tradition of AWESOME.

So heave ho, heave ho UBC, let’s go!  Get ready to paddle your hearts out and kick start the new school year.


Happily Ever After: A Free Agent Friendship

Picture this: you’re starting a brand new chapter of your life in your first year of university at UBC, living in residence, and all you can think about is going home. Sound familiar? UBC can be a very lonely place if you don’t know anyone or don’t have a community on campus that you’re a part of. Enter Madison and Jasmere. In 2013, they began their university careers in the Faculty of Science, living in Ritz and Totem respectively, going to class, and sitting alone in their dorms: individually, because for a whole year they thought that the other person was “too popular” and too busy to hangout, but one day, Jasmere suggested they get chicken nuggets and watch a shark documentary. These two strangers turned best friends had much more in common than they could have imagined. And the thing that brought them together was UBC Intramural Leagues and chicken nuggets.

Madison (left), Jasmere (right)

Eager to join a competitive volleyball team, Madison and Jasmere, yet to meet, attended one of our Free Agent meetings separately in Term 1 of first year. It was there that they met and formed a team with a couple of other girls who attended, whom they still remain friends with today. They weren’t best friends from the very beginning, but their chemistry was evident in how successful their team was. Their team, Red Hot, went undefeated in both terms and ended the year by winning what is formerly known as Tier 1 (presently Tier 2). Both girls struggled to find their communities and friend groups in first year. They weren’t meeting a lot of people and didn’t have much to do most days. In their free time, both of them hung out by themselves in their dorms for most of first year. Madison and Jasmere grew closer throughout the year and by the end of first year, they considered each other friends. Madison, unhappy with her life at UBC, successfully applied to transfer to the University of Alberta for the following year. Jasmere and their other teammates found out and convinced Madison to stay. At the end of Term 2, the team went to Hall of Fame together to celebrate their success throughout the year.

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In the fall of 2014, Red Hot banded together again and decided to register their team for a higher level of competition: Elite, presently known as Tier 1. The team continued to compete together until the end of their 4th year, when a few of their members graduated. For two of out of their four years together, Red Hot remained undefeated at the highest level of women’s intramural volleyball. Madison and Jasmere grew closer in their second year and remain best friends. Today, they have both served as volunteer staff giving back to UBC Recreation Intramurals. 

Whether or not you believe in fate, we hope this story of friendship and sport born from a chance meeting at one of our Free Agent meetings inspires you to get out, get involved, and make yourself available to opportunities. You never know who you’ll meet!

Looking to form a team for one (or more!) of our intramural leagues? Click here for all the resources you’ll need.

Want to register for a league? Click here to register online or visit the Student Recreation Centre before September 18th at 5pm.

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Women (W2STGN) in Sport

I have a hunch that you know who most, if not all, of these athletes are…

But can you name any of these athletes?

Sprinter Elaine Thompson won the 100m dash at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Soccer player Carli Lloyd was named FIFA “Player of the Year” in 2015 and 2016

Hockey player Brianna Decker scored the winning goal in the USA vs. Canada game in 2015

Basketball player Diana Lorena Taurasi has won numerous WNBA Awards


What about these athletes?

Caster Semenya, an intersex athlete, won the 800m dash at the 2009 world championships

Jaiyah Saelua, who identifies as “Fa’afafine,” the third gender in Samoan culture, competed in a men’s FIFA World Cup qualifier for American Samoa in 2011

Harrison Browne, a Transgender man, scored two goals at the 2nd NWHL All-Star Game in 2017

Lauren Lubin, a non-binary athlete, is a former UC basketball player and current marathoner


I can honestly say that I couldn’t before writing this post.


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It is an unfortunate reality that sports are often seen as activities meant for cis-men1. By age 14, the rate of girls dropping sports reaches twice the rate of boys2.Trans people frequently struggle to participate in sports due to debates over which of the two league options (men’s or women’s) they should be allowed to compete in or if they should be allowed to compete at all. Sports often seem to exist within the gender binary. Men’s and women’s sports are separated and have little to no crossover. UBC Rec really wants to see this change!



This year, we have changed our intramural team structure to reflect the welcoming and inclusive vision of UBC Recreation. Our Open/Men’s Category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender, our Women’s (W2STGN) Category welcomes women, Two-Spirit, Trans, and gender non-conforming individuals, and our CoRec Category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender; however, teams must adhere to a maximum number of self-identified men.


Team sports are for everyone. They allow us to stay fit, create long lasting connections, and to take a break from our day-to-day anxieties. Supporting marginalized people in sports is especially important because women, Two-Spirit, Trans, and gender non-conforming folks are less likely to participate. Our Women’s (W2STGN) league is made to be a safe and welcoming space for these people. Creating a team in this category is a great way to create companionship and foster fun competition within a group of people who have might have similar physical capabilities and/or similar life experiences!



As Trans basketball player Kye Allums says, “Strength is not a measure of hormones or testosterone. A lot of the strength comes from your heart and what you work for. Sports is about winning. It’s about competing. It’s about respect. It’s about heart. It’s about teamwork. And it’s about playing the game. It’s not about what’s underneath your jersey.”3

So gather a group, get excited, and register for our Women’s (W2STGN) Leagues by September 18th! If you are a free agent, we have a lot of resources available for finding a team.

1. “Cis” referring to “cisgender” which is defined as “people whose sex assignment at birth corresponds to the societal normative gender identity and expression.” Terminology credit to UBC’s Positive Space website.

2. Sabo, D. and Veliz, P. “Girls drop-out at different rates depending on where they live.” Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America. East Meadow, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation. 2008.

3. Steinmetz, Katy. “Transgender Athletes Seek to Play Youth Sports.” Time, Time, 16 July 2015.

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As mentioned above, we have revisited our Intramurals Participation Structure policies in an effort to improve the inclusivity of our programs. There are different team structures that depend on the gender expression and identity compositions of a team. We have updated the names and descriptions of these different structures to better describe the competition environments in each. For more information on gender identity and gender expression please visit our Inclusive Recreation: Gender Identity and Expression page.

Captain’s Meeting Location and Times

Hello Captains and Team Representatives,

Below you will find the dates, times and locations for this semester’s League’s Captain’s Meetings.  Please note that each team must send a representative (preferably the captain) to 1 meeting.   Even if you went to a meeting in a previous semester you are still required to attend a full duration meeting.  Teams only need to attend one meeting per semester.  Please note that teams that fail to send a representative to a captain’s meeting will forfeit every single game they play until they attend a meeting, with all attendant penalties in place.

Thursday September 21st – 6:30pm – Woodward 2

Friday September 22nd – 6:30pm – Woodward 2

Monday September 25th – 6:30pm – Hebb 100

Tuesday September 26th – 6:30pm – Hebb 100


If you have any questions please email your respective league (im.basketball@ubc.ca, im.ballhockey@ubc.ca, etc)