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PostSubject: Liffey Descent September 28th   Wed 24 Jul 2013, 4:15 pm

Hi Guys,
Liffey is fast approaching hopefully,
this year we can get a big crowd going,
the more the merrier as they say.
http://canoe.ie/Portals/0/1Docs4Dload/Descent%202013/Liffey%20Descent%20Entry%20form%202013.pdf ----- Entry form

Its a long old race so a bit of training might be required.
a good run is from the slip on the other side of the river from the pontoon
up to the little section of rapids which are usually impassable from the
downstream side and back to the slip again.Its around 5.2 k
it has been posted by Lawrence already

post up times here when ye do it

Classes are:                                                   fastest times:
GP (dancer/river boat)                                            --------
Open Singles(gola sprint/deceptor/wavehopper)          Kevin C wavehopper- 33:30
K1                                                                      Kevin C marathon K1- 31
Canadien Canoe                                                    ---------
K2                                                                    Sean and kevin C red club K2
                                                                       31 mins full dam release
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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Thu 25 Jul 2013, 2:35 pm


Alan and Dónal Canoe - we will have to work on time for sure!
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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Thu 25 Jul 2013, 11:59 pm

I'll be there, not sure what boat to use yet..... Question 

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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Fri 26 Jul 2013, 12:16 am

Make sure you car pool with Gavin again this year Paul
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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Fri 26 Jul 2013, 9:52 am

DarraghB wrote:
Make sure you car pool with Gavin again this year Paul
lol!  drunken lol!  Sleep lol!  drunken lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Fri 26 Jul 2013, 5:04 pm

I'm in may leave the drinking till after this year that's may
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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Sat 27 Jul 2013, 9:24 pm

I am aiming to the Liffey Descent but I heard under 18s have to qualify on the lower liffey to let them race. If anyone has any info on this please reply. Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Sun 28 Jul 2013, 1:37 pm

Jamie, the entry form states that parental consent is required for sixteen year olds, no mention of completing races. If your ensure ring the ICU to clarify.

Last year when I talked to him, the ICU's CEO Karl Dunne agreed to let under sixteen's compete if they placed strongly in the Junior/Lower Liffey races. Mention my name and conversation with Karl if you need to, I met him at last September's Canoeing Ireland Strategy Meeting.

Give me a ring if you need anything else.

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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Mon 29 Jul 2013, 10:03 pm

Thanks paul and sean c for your help. much appreciated.
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PostSubject: Subject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th    Tue 30 Jul 2013, 2:02 pm

Count me in for this, looking forward to it already,,,,,
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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Tue 30 Jul 2013, 5:44 pm

Adrian Kelleher wrote:
Count me in for this, looking forward to it already,,,,,
cheers  Is it too early to ask if you'll be joining us at the post-race party? Shocked 

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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Wed 07 Aug 2013, 2:02 am

FYI

A booking form for Liffey Descent boats has been started, there is a lot of demand for boats this yearYou will find it in the white folder on the burco boiler bench.

Download Entry Form at this link

Click here for Finbarr O'Hanlon's photo's of Liffey Descent 2012

Click on the link's for videos of what to expect, plenty more of carnage on YouTube.

Fergus McCarthy's excellent video from 2010

The Official Video of the 2011 Liffey Descent

Liffey Descent 2012 Video

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PostSubject: Re: Liffey Descent September 28th   Wed 07 Aug 2013, 2:15 am

Liffey Descent Guide:

Click here to download a visual guide of the features to negotiate - Chart One.

Click here to download a visual guide of the features to negotiate - Chart Two.

Click here to download a visual guide of the features to negotiate - Chart Three.


Click here for the 2013 Liffey Descent entry form.


Click for Paul Heff's Liffey Descent race guide with features (Click the blue dots for info).

Click for Canoeing Ireland's official race course guide


Race registration, pre & post-race camping, post-race party is all based at the race finish, The Garda Rowing Club (see my guide above for location GPS Co-ords - 53.346177,-6.321967).

Free food is avail for competitors at the Garda rowing club on Friday evening.


Before the Race - What to Expect:

Your race pack (bib, race number stickers, food ticket etc.) will include your boat number and bib can be collected from the Finish on Friday evening or the start on Sat morning. Check the race numbers/bib are correct as per your name on the list! Hopefully someone will be in Dublin and volunteer to collect them, as it save a lot of agro on Sat morning when things are hectic at the start.

Attach your race numbers to the left of your (dry!) boat b4 the race. Your race pack will include a voucher for food at the finish, either make sure it is in your car at the finish or place in a ziploc bag and stuff it in your pocket.

The get-off car-park is not large and will be mad busy on the morn, give yourself plenty of time during the shuttle, a 90 min shuttle to/from Straffan is realistic.....

Once shuttles are done, there is a lot of waiting around at the start. Bring your own pre-race food/drink with you, there usually is some freebies of sports drinks & bars being handed out but there is no shop at the start.

There is usually long queues for the portaloo's, a lot of anxious people... affraid Smile Consider carrying baby-wipes and anti-bacterial gel in a ziploc bag. Straffan belly, won't just hamper your race performance, it'll ruin the post-race party... No  

Once all the nerves have been disposed of (in the loo's...Shocked) the race will be called, don't be too energetic running around the car park to warm up. You will have a circa 1 km paddle upstream against the flood to get to the start, that'll warm you up, but do have a good stretch, you'll be in the boat a long time.


Clothing: Unless it is freezing on the day, a short sleeve rash-vest and shorts is enough, otherwise you'll roast - you'd be amazed how hot you'll get.


The starter call's each class in turn K2, K1, Racing Kayaks, General Purpose (GP's), Canadians. GP will have 100's of people so give your self space and don't be afraid to charge to the top at the start, it is a race after all. If you're being blocked by someone slower at any stage (especially in the jungle) shout "RACER COMING THROUGH" and barge through them, nicely though, you may need them for rescue later....  


Celbridge Lake is a long plod, be careful not to enter the mudflats on the right, if everyone seems to be taking the long curving route by the left bank there's a reason for it! The portage at the end of the lake will take about 10 minutes mostly on tarmac, then down a grassy/muddy path to the river. Eat your Mars bar while waiting to get-on as there could be a 10 min wait or nothing at all.


At the end, get out and allow yourself a well deserved pat on the back. There is normally loads of drinks, chocolate etc available free for the competitors. Showers are available in the rowing club and you'll find food available in the marquee, don't forget that voucher and be aware the queues build really fast after the race.



Logistics for the race:

If travelling Saturday morning, it is a straight forward journey but you should aim to be there by 09:30, ideally 09:00. Yes, really!! There are 800+ paddlers and traffic movement is very slow due to paddlers dropping off boats.

Cork Northbound to Straffan boat drop-off. (Turn off at Junction-7 M7 Northbound (53.252043,-6.580598) and follow National Road to Straffan (53.304268,-6.617076)


After dropping off all your gear, you need to shuttle to the finish & back. This will take at least 90 mins so give yourself plenty time. There is a bus back from the car park, but it leaves really early, something like 10am - best to rely on shuttles, organised well in advance of the day....

Directions from Straffan get-on (53.304268,-6.617076) to Garda Rowing Club Finish (53.346177,-6.321967)

Use the above co-ordinates to return to Straffan. Simples.  Arrow

Have a snack/breakfast whilst waiting for the start.

Best of Luck, only 7 weeks left  bounce  bounce  bounce

Paul Heff

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