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by Nick Penfold
Sat May 18, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Vets' Points
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: Vets' Points

I'm afraid I don't like the Steve/Donna suggestion because it implies that you get 500/1000 points just for getting in your boat and drifting down the course. Surely some sort of performance has to be required and rewarded. A compromise: factor at Prems and Div 1s, leave it as a straight comparison ...
by Nick Penfold
Wed May 15, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Vets' Points
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: Vets' Points

It might be worth looking at the effect of the tentative factors I suggested above. Here are the points for two races well attended by Vets, as they are and as they would be if times were factored: one Div 1 event, and one Div 2. I'd say they move the points in the right direction. http://www.canoes...
by Nick Penfold
Wed May 15, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Canoe Slalom photo
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: Canoe Slalom photo

More pictures from Div 2, 3 and 4 races please!

I get hundreds of photos of top Prems, quite a lot across Prem and Div 1, but not nearly enough from Div 2, 3 and 4 races. And I like pictures from Div 2, 3 and 4 races, so as long as they're good I tend to publish them.
by Nick Penfold
Wed May 15, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Sshhh – it’s a secret! The Pan Celtic
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Sshhh – it’s a secret! The Pan Celtic

The Pan Celtic series ought to be a great event and a brilliant springboard to international competition. But we seem to treat it as an embarrassment. No-one seems to think it’s worth running in its own right, so it piggy-backs on divisional races, with age categories separated to Prem and Div 1 eve...
by Nick Penfold
Wed May 15, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Vets' Points
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Vets' Points

There are a lot of Vets who can readily get the maximum 250 points by going to a Div 3 race, and even 500 at a Div 2. The same paddlers get only 100 – 200 points at a Div 1 or Prem race. Vets have to choose – have fun on big water, or chase points at Div 2s and 3s. So the rankings bear little relati...
by Nick Penfold
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Map references
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Map references

The online calendar has never shown the codes, and hasn't shown OS grid references for about 10 years, partly because entries need to be compact for the window display and partly because I have an opinion about their usefulness. I had to check the Wayback machine to find out that I once included the...
by Nick Penfold
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: How Much is too much for Div 1s
Replies: 30
Views: 1740

Re: How Much is too much for Div 1s

Actually. Rafting is killing these venues for slalom. Actually, without rafting and playboating the artificial courses couldn't survive. It costs millions to build a Lee Valley or a Cardiff, tens of thousands to run and maintain it, and thousands to pump it for a day. We need to be grateful that th...
by Nick Penfold
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Dulverton Cancelled
Replies: 0
Views: 265

Dulverton Cancelled

The organisers regret that due to low water levels and lack of rain on Exmoor, Dulverton has had to be cancelled.

Charging of entry fees was postponed until the Thursday before the event, so if you entered online you will not have been charged for this competition.
by Nick Penfold
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Manchester CC HPP Slalom July
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Manchester CC HPP Slalom July

Regarding HPP July 6th and 7th: Before the events open for entries can we get clarification on the planned event for 6th/7th July. Now showing as Prem/Div 1 on Saturday and Div 2/Pan Celtic on Sunday It was an error that started with the draft (grid) calendar and got carried into the online calendar...
by Nick Penfold
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Fins on boats
Replies: 20
Views: 1761

Re: Fins on boats

The rule was clearly intended to eliminate clip in, bolt in or glue in/on fins that can be re-configured between runs When you require and check for radiused ends on the boat for safety reasons it makes no sense to let people put blades on the bottom. Between people feeling that a rule change is re...
by Nick Penfold
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: ACM Motion 6.4 Course Erection
Replies: 13
Views: 1372

Re: ACM Motion 6.4 Course Erection

I'm just not sure what this motion is trying to achieve. There are clubs that put up the course several days ahead to give their own members lots of practice time. This can bite them in the bum if the water changes, but usually it increases existing home advantage. I think that for Div 1 "the cours...
by Nick Penfold
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: ACM Motion 6.11British Team Ranking
Replies: 12
Views: 1361

Re: ACM Motion 6.11British Team Ranking

Bear in mind also that: The Prem calendar is early- and late-season loaded almost to the point of the ridiculous - there is no racing for Prem paddlers through the summer - and one of the reasons for this, though it might have been forgotten, is to avoid, as far as possible, clashing with World Cups...
by Nick Penfold
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: ACM Motion 6.11British Team Ranking
Replies: 12
Views: 1361

Re: ACM Motion 6.11British Team Ranking

It is my club's view that having the GB team run last undermines the status of Bib #1 and the effort put in to achieve it, which reflects a real commitment to racing in the GB programme. GB team members can and do achieve #1 position in the GB rankings by their own efforts.
by Nick Penfold
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Timing
Replies: 22
Views: 2229

Re: Timing

I don't know but as Steve estimated: A time difference of 1 second between competitors therefore equates to a difference between finishers of about 3m, or nearly a boat length. A time difference of 0.1 secs equates to a distance difference of about 30cm or 1 foot. Pretty clear to say who should win....
by Nick Penfold
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: ACM Motion 6.7 Voting
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Re: ACM Motion 6.7 Voting

I like this, but I think it would be better written: Each voting club may have up to five votes, allocated as follows: 6.1 Each Voting Club will have one vote and will be allocated an additional vote if it has 21 Ranked Members or more. 6.2 Subject to the limit of five votes in all, each Voting Club...