Welcome to the Day of the LongBoat

The 2017 Day of the LongBoat has passed.

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.

CoRec Ratios

Teams of ten must have no more than 5 self-identified men. Teams of eight and nine can have a maximum of 4 self-identified men. If these requirements are not met your team will be allowed to participate, but will NOT be eligible to advance to the next round.

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.

When you are registering a team for UBC Recreation Intramurals Leagues or Events, there are a number of different participation options for your team based on the composition of your team in terms of skill level, gender identity and expression, and your campus community affiliations. If you are unsure of what to register for, follow these three steps prior to registering your team.


Competitive vs. Just For Fun

The first decision that you’ll have to make is whether your team wants to be a competitive team or a just for fun team.

Competitive Teams

Competitive teams are eligible for advancements, finals, and ultimately the winning of a championship shirt! In Intramural Leagues, there are also multiple tiers within each team structure which are outlined below in the Leagues Tier Explanation step.

If your team wants to compete as a competitive team, continue down this page to decide on the different team structure options for you to compete in.

Just For Fun Teams

If you’re here to try something new, or you just want to have fun outside of a competitive atmosphere, the Just For Fun category could be right for you! Please note that these teams do not qualify for advancements or championships, and in leagues they are not officiated.

If your team wants to participate as a Just For Fun Team then you can skip over the Team Structure and Tier Explanations, and jump to UBC Community Affiliations. In the Just For Fun category, team gender requirements are not applicable.


Competitive Team Categories

UBC strives to build a respectful and welcoming environment for all participants to enhance well-being, participation and a sense of community on campus through opportunities in Athletics and Recreation. We, acknowledge gender identity and gender expression as a spectrum. If you have further questions about our competitive team categories, please visit our Building a Respectful and Welcoming Environment in Recreation page.

If your team wants to compete on a competitive team you have three different team categories to choose from: Open/Men’s; Women’s, Two-Spirit, Trans, & Gender Non-Conforming; and CoRec. We encourage individuals to self-select where they feel they belong within the participation structure. UBC Recreation welcomes all our participants and we want to encourage participation for all.

Open/Mens Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender.

Women’s (W2STGN) Category

Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes participation by those who self-identify as women, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming.

CoRec Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender; however, teams must adhere to a maximum number of self-identified men. Please refer to specific programs under the “Event Overview” or “League Overview” tab for additional information.

Once you have selected your team category

If you are registering for an Intramural League, move on to Leagues Tier Explanations to choose the Tier that best suits your team’s skill level in the respective sport.
If you are registering for an Intramural Event, please skip Leagues Tier Explanations and jump to UBC Community Affiliations to decide if your team will compete for a specific UBC Community or in the Campus Wide Division.


UBC Community Affiliations

Regardless of whether you’re competing in a competitive or just for fun team you have the ability to compete as a Campus Wide team or a Divisional team and represent your affiliated UBC Community Unit.

Divisional Teams

What is a Divisional Team?

If your team is made up of individuals from a single UBC Community Unit – faculty, residence, sorority, or fraternity (or CoRec teams with all men from one fraternity and women 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.

For Divisional Teams, each team is allowed one “import”, an individual on your roster who is not from your declared unit. However, teams competing in the CoRec Hindmarch Division are not allowed any imports.

Why compete as a Divisional Team?

Throughout the year we keep track of the participation and performance of teams that qualify in Divisional Units. Typically, teams are comprised of members entirely from a single faculty, department, greek chapter, or residence. At the end of the year at the Hall of Fame event, awards are handed out for each Division based on their unit’s participation.

In addition, competitive teams who qualify as a Divisional Team compete separately form Campus Wide Teams in Day of the Longboat, Storm The Wall, and in all Intramural Leagues. There are entirely separate championship awards for Divisional teams. For more information, visit the Earl Awards and Unit Points page.

Campus Wide Teams

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
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Competitive CoRec Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $120.00
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Competitive Womens (W2STGN) Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $120.00
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Competitive Open/Mens Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $120.00
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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
CoRec Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $225.00
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Womens (W2STGN) Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $225.00
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Open/Mens Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $225.00
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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 Team Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Oct 1 Oct 1 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $250.00
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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. Please register for the Community Clinic (featured on the last page of the clinics registration page) followed by registration for a race.

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
CoRec Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Sep 30 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $300.00
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Womens (W2STGN) Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Sep 30 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $300.00
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Open/Mens Team Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sep 30 Sep 30 Jericho Sailing Centre Sep 18 $300.00
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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: Wednesday September 27, 2017 @ 5pm

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).

How do I find or create a team?

The most traditional way to find a team for all UBC Intramurals Leagues, Tournaments, Races, and Events is to talk to people in your classes, faculties, clubs, residences, and among your friends to find people who are also interested in participating in one of our dozens of programs.

Once you’ve got at least the minimum # of players of players to sign up, you can register online at the UBC Intramurals Online Registration Page , or in person at the Operations Desk of the Student Recreation Centre

Please be aware of the registration deadlines for the individual programs, and note that many of our programs do fill up, so it is better to register before the registration deadline.

What if I still can’t find a team?

1. Free Agent Facebook Page

UBC Intramurals hosts a Facebook page where players who are looking for a team, and teams that are looking for more players can be connected.  Please use the program specific threads for the League or Event(s) you are interested in participating in. For a more detailed listing of possible play times for all League Sports, please check out the UBC Intramurals Days of Play Schedule

2. Free Agent Meetings

Your second option is to attend the Free-Agent Meeting. At this meeting, we will try and match you up with other like-minded people and hopefully get you into position to register a team. Here are the currently scheduled Free Agent Meetings:

  • Free Agent Meeting for Fall Intramural Leagues & Events – Tuesday, Sep 12 2017 – 5:00pm – NOTE: There are three separate meetings. One is at the Totem Park Residence Commonsblock, one at the Place Vanier Residence Commonsblock, and one at the Orchard Commons Commonsblock
  • Free Agent Meeting for Fall Leagues – Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 – 5:00pm – Student Recreation Centre
  • Free Agent Meeting for Winter Leagues – Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 – 5:00pm – Student Recreation Centre

I’ve never played before, or I haven’t played in a long time. What can I do?

This year, we’ve added a Learn to Play night for each league.  During this free, hour-long session, you will be taught the basic skills and rules of the sport or activity you are interested in so that you are confident going into the Intramural Season.  Learn to Play night is Wednesday, September 13th for all League sports.  Specific time and location can be found on each League Page under Important Dates.

I’m looking for something a little more casual

UBC Intramurals offers a lot of casual or informal programs for those who are looking to play their favourite sports, but without a long commitment or a competition structure to follow.

Drop-In Programs

Most facilities under UBC Recreation have drop-in opportunities to play various sports associated with that venue including ice hockey, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and futsal. There are also opportunities to try less traditional sports such as Wheelchair Basketball and Cricket. Check out the Drop-In Schedule

Staff and Faculty Volleyball League

Each Wednesday at 12:00pm at the Student Recreation Centre UBC Staff and Faculty come come drop in and play volleyball for free.  To sign up, please check out the Staff and Faculty Volleyball League sign up. All skill levels are present and welcome!

LongBoat 2017 Crew Neck Sweater: Available by Pre-Order Crew necks are available for purchase for only $25 and can be pre-ordered online or at the SRC Front Desk. Orders will be available for pick-up clinics weekend of Day of the LongBoat. Order by September 13th!

LongBoat 2017 Tank Top: Will be LIMITED numbers, grab yourself one of these beauties for only $15 at the SRC Front Desk or at Jericho Sailing Centre on race weekend. When it's gone, it's....!  Available in S, M, L and XL.

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