The Liffey Descent Canoe Race canoe race is an annual down river canoe and kayak race, 18 miles in length, which has been held on the River Liffey in Ireland since 1960. It starts by the K Club above Straffan weir in County Kildare, and finishes in Dublin. There are 9 weirs to shoot – making this an extreme race to tackle in a fragile and unstable racing kayak! The weirs range from straight forward to complex – with plenty of people swimming and breaking boats… Just finishing is an achievement!
In the seniors doubles category, Ben Oakley & Zyggy Chmiel partnered up to take on the weirs and white water in a racing kayak. Nicky Cresser stuck to familiar ground, racing in his wild water kayak. This paid off as he finished second overall in the singles race and first in the wild water racer category. Nicky also set a new course record for the wild water racer category! Fellow club paddler Ricky Millar, also in the wild water racer category, was second.
If you want to have a go at kayaking or canoeing, a come and try it session is held every Sunday from 11am – 1pm, at the club on Trentside North. For more information, please see https://sites.google.com/site/nottinghamkayakclub/ or firstname.lastname@example.org