Welcome to the Day of the Longboat

September 30 – October 1, 2017

This signature UBC event takes place on the shores of Jericho Beach with over 3,000 people paddling in the largest voyageur canoe race in the world. Your team races in either just-for-fun or competitive heats to the finish line. You can also enjoy games at the Day of the Longboat festival, and the facilities at the Jericho Sailing Centre.


Important Dates

Free Agent Meeting: Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 5:00PM @ Totem Park & Place Vanier Commons Blocks
Registration Deadline: Monday September 18, 2017 at 5:00PM
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
Race Weekend: Saturday and Sunday September 30 - October 1, 2017 @ the Jericho Sailing Centre

Event Structure:

Clinics

The clinic involves a safety presentation and overview of the event experience at Jericho Sailing Centre, followed by a practice paddle in the voyageur canoes. All teams must have at least one team representative attend the mandatory pre-race clinic in order to be eligible to race. If the team wants to participate in the practice paddle (highly recommended) it must have at least 8 members of the team present for the clinic.

Event Day

Teams of 8 to 10 race in voyageur canoes at Jericho Beach to the finish line. Teams can compete in just-for-fun or competitive heats. Just-for-fun teams compete in one race. Competitive teams race against other boats in an initial heat, fighting for a place in the finals. Teams in the finals compete for a coveted Day of the Longboat trophy and UBC Intramurals championship shirt.
The event also includes a festival of games, a DJ, and prize giveaways at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

Team Format:

There are four different categories that you can select when you are registering as a team: Men's, Women's, CoRec, or Just For Fun.

Just For Fun

If you're here to try your hand at the UBC tradition and have a great time with your friends, the Just For Fun category could be right for you! There are no gender ratio requirements for Just For Fun teams, and the race course is shorter. These teams race only once and do not qualify for advancements and championships.

Competitive Categories

These races are eligible for advancements, finals, and ultimately the winning of a championship shirt and a coveted Day of the Longboat trophy.
Mens*: Teams in the "Mens" category consist of only males on the roster.
Womens*: Teams in the "Womens" category consist of only females on the roster.
CoRec: CoRec teams of ten must have 5 men and 5 women. Teams of eight and nine must have a minimum of 4 men and 4 women (the ninth member can be of either gender). If your team has any other combination you will be allowed to participate, but you will not be eligible for advancements.

*self-identified

Have Questions?

At UBC Recreation we aspire to include everyone in our programs and facilities. But you may have questions or concerns about if this event is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our event team at im.longboat@ubc.ca or call 604-822-6000.

Race Route:

  • All team members will begin in their boat, except for a runner, who will start in a chair on the beach. Once the starting horn/timer is sounded, the runner will move and enter their boat, at which point teams will begin to paddle.
  • The canoe must paddled directly north for approximately 50m and pass to the west/left hand side of the first yellow buoy, then paddle eastwards to the baton beach passing the orange buoy on the north/right side.
  • At the baton beach a runner will exit the boat and retrieve the baton and proceed to get back into the canoe. This individual must move through two clearly marked gates to avoid disqualification. A second person is allowed to get out of the boat at this point if needed to aid canoe stability only.
  • Once everyone is back in the boat, teams paddle westerly, ensuring they paddle to the north side of the two most northerly yellow buoys. At the furthest buoy, the canoe turns 90 degrees south and paddles to the finish line.
  • Arriving at the finish beach, the runner wearing the team number will exit the boat and run up the beach to strike the gong hanging from the inflatable finish arch. Once the gong is struck, the timing is stopped.
  • After the gong has been struck, UBC Recreation staff will help the rest of the team exit the boat safely.

In the Event of a Capsize:

All participants will be provided with a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) prior to entering their voyageur canoe. If a canoe capsizes by the beach/launch, the Jericho Sailing Centre Safety Boat will deem whether this is a safe distance from the shore for individuals to swim back. A capsize at sea will result in a Jericho Sailing Centre Safety Boat rescue for all the paddlers - all participants will be instructed to remain with the upturned vessel and team captains must account for all of their team verbally.

Disqualifications and Forbidden Play:

For safety reasons, the following will result in an automatic disqualification for all teams:

  • Registering without correct identification (we require Government recognized ID).
  • Having an incorrect gender ratio on a men's, women's, or co-rec team.
  • Grabbing onto another participant’s equipment (paddle, PFD (Personal Flotation Device), or boat).
  • Using the paddle for something other than moving the boat through the water.
  • Intentionally colliding with another canoe and/or intentionally inhibiting another team’s ability to race.
  • Paddling through a team that has capsized.
  • Drinking alcohol or suspected of being intoxicated.
  • The runner who will be picking up the baton must wear footwear when running to the baton tent. Depending on the tide, the beach can be very rocky so barefeet/flip flops are prohibited.
  • Missing a buoy/mark.
  • Leaving the boat other than at the baton pick-up tent and the end of the race. The following people maximum may be out of the boat during the race: Runner at start, Baton runner, Baton beach stability (if needed), Finish gong runner.

There are four different categories that you can select when you are registering as a team: Men's, Women's, CoRec, or Just For Fun.

Just For Fun

If you're here to try your hand at the UBC tradition and have a great time with your friends, the Just For Fun category could be right for you! There are no gender ratio requirements for Just For Fun teams, and the race course is shorter. These teams race only once and do not qualify for advancements and championships.

Competitive Categories

These races are eligible for advancements, finals, and ultimately the winning of a championship shirt and a coveted Day of the Longboat trophy.
Mens*: Teams in the "Mens" category consist of only males on the roster.
Womens*: Teams in the "Womens" category consist of only females on the roster.
CoRec: CoRec teams of ten must have 5 men and 5 women. Teams of eight and nine must have a minimum of 4 men and 4 women (the ninth member can be of either gender). If your team has any other combination you will be allowed to participate, but you will not be eligible for advancements.

*self-identified


Campus Wide versus Divisional

If you are registering for a competitive race category, when you are in the registration portal you will be prompted for your Division.

Divisional

If your team is made up of individuals from a single unit - faculty, residence, sorority, or fraternity (or CoRec teams with all males from one fraternity and females from one sorority) - you qualify to compete as a Divisional team. For a list of all Divisions and Units, visit the Unit Rankings by Division page.

Each team is allowed one "import" (one individual on your roster who is not from your declared unit). Teams competing in the corec Hindmarch Division are not allowed any imports.

Campus Wide

The Campus Wide division does not have any restrictions on units.

Registration is available online (by following the steps below) or in-person at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until 5:00PM on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Do you qualify as a student team? Only current UBC students are eligible for the rates below and your entire team must be made up of UBC Students. If you want to race with individuals who are not current UBC Students, register for a Community Team.

Have Questions? At UBC Recreation we aspire to include everyone in our programs and facilities. But you may have questions or concerns about if this event is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our event team at im.longboat@ubc.ca or call 604-822-6000.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Student
Just-For-Fun Individual (we put you on a Free-Agent team) Sat/Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $14.00
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Just-For-Fun Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $120.00
65726
Competitive Co-Ed Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $120.00
65722
Competitive Women's Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $120.00
65724
Competitive Men's Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $120.00
65723

Registration is available online (by following the steps below) or in-person at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until 5:00PM on Monday, September 19, 2017.

Do you qualify as a staff & faculty team? Only current UBC Staff & Faculty are eligible for the rates below and your entire team must be made up of UBC Staff & Faculty. If you want to race with individuals who are not current UBC Staff or Faculty, register for a Community Team.

Have Questions? At UBC Recreation we aspire to include everyone in our programs and facilities. But you may have questions or concerns about if this event is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our event team at im.longboat@ubc.ca or call 604-822-6000.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Staff & Faculty
Co-Ed Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $225.00
65719
Women's Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $225.00
65721
Men's Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $225.00
65720

Registration is available online (by following the steps below) or in-person at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until 5:00PM on Monday, September 19, 2017.

Do you qualify as an alumni team? Only UBC alumni are eligible for the rates below and your entire team must be made up of UBC Alumni. If you want to race with individuals who are not UBC Alumni, register for a Community Team.

Have Questions? At UBC Recreation we aspire to include everyone in our programs and facilities. But you may have questions or concerns about if this event is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our event team at im.longboat@ubc.ca or call 604-822-6000.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Alumni
UBC Alumni Individual Sat/Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $25.00
65682

Registration is available online (by following the steps below) or in-person at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until 5:00PM on Monday, September 19, 2017.

Have Questions? At UBC Recreation we aspire to include everyone in our programs and facilities. But you may have questions or concerns about if this event is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our event team at im.longboat@ubc.ca or call 604-822-6000.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by Community
Co-Ed Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $310.00
65714
Women's Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $310.00
65717
=Men's Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $310.00
65716

After you register, you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours. If you do not receive this email please contact us at im.longboat@ubc.ca.

Roster Submission

Roster Submission Deadline: Thursday September 28, 2017

Student, Staff & Faculty Teams

Rosters are submitted and managed online. After the registration deadline, you will recieve an email notification indicating that a team roster can now be submitted. Please note that this is not the original registration confirmation email, this is sent later, after the registration deadline passes.
All teams for which you are a captain of, will be listed in the web roster portal and you will be prompted to enter their student or staff number, and the indivduals last name.

Alumni and Community Teams

Rosters are submitted by email. After the registration deadline, you will recieve an email notification indicating that a team roster can now be submitted and instructions on how to do so. Please note that this is not the original registration confirmation email, this is sent later, after the registration deadline passes.

Roster Specifics

You are required to have a minimum of 8 participants on your roster (you need a minimum of 8 in the boat on the day-of to race!). Boats also have a maximum of 10 participants for a race; however, teams are encouraged to register 12 members on your roster (2 alternates) in case a registered racer is unable to compete.
If you add individuals to your roster after the Roster Submission Deadline, you will not be able to advance to semi-finals or final races.

Substitution Rules

Just for fun team rosters are fluid. You can add and drop people from your team at any time, provided that they are current UBC Students and that they have signed a waiver at the Registration desk at the event. Competitive teams must follow substitution rules in order to advance.
During Initial Heats: If a team has less than 8 members for a scheduled heat, that team may fill the additional spaces with racers from another team, provided they have completed a waiver. Teams requiring this type of substitution however, will be unable to advance.
During Semi-Finals and Finals: If a team has less than 8 members for a semi-final or final, the team may fill the additional spaces with racers of the same unit that have participated in the Heats, but are not advancing to the Semi's or Finals. This person cannot be a designated import. All other substitutions will not be allowed to race.

Parking

There is a paid parking lot right outside of Jericho Sailing Centre. Free parking is also widely available around the Jericho Beach area within a 5-10 minute walking distance.

When to Arrive

You should arrive 30 minutes prior to your race time. Check in at the Registration tent upon arrival and the staff will walk you through the rest of the event.

What to Bring

  • Your Student, Staff, or Government issued ID. You need ID to get your wristband, which you will need to race.
  • There are changing facilities and washrooms located upstairs in Jericho Sailing Centre.
  • There is a bag check available at a cost of $2/bag. Please leave your valuables at home and note that there is a maximum of 2 bags allowed to be checked per team.
  • Shortly before you go to the canoes, your team will be called forward to pick up paddles and PFD’s (Personal Flotation Device).
  • If you are one of the runners on your team (for either baton beach or the finish line beach) you will need to wear close-toed shoes in the boat

Equipment and Clothing

UBC Recreation will supply all equipment, including PFD’s and paddles. Participants are allowed to bring their own PFD if so desired, but UBC Recreation paddles must be used. Make sure you bring clothes appropriate for the weather, also spare set/towel in case you get wet and no open toed footwear if you are leaving the boat at any point during the race (baton and finish runners).

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