Axe Vale Canoe Club

Contact us at: info@axevalecc.co.uk

Affiliated to the British Canoeing & Quality Mark Accredited


New: (26 Mar)
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River Axe Race - Sunday 24th March 2019

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Following two years of weather that forced us to cancel the Axe Race, we are trying again to predict a good weather day! We have considered alternate dates and formats and concluded the best approach this year will be to have a reserve date for re-running it in the event of a cancellation. We will also cancel early if the forecast is suitably bad so we can switch to the reserve date. So...

The annual River Axe Race will be held on Sunday 24th March 2019 and is suitable for all paddlers of all ages to have a go (11-70). Organised by the Axe Vale Canoe Club, we typically have 100 boats on the river in about 12 classes depending on the type of boat being used (both kayak and canoe).
We would particularly like to encourage you all to have a go in whatever boat you feel like (from canoe to K1/K2 to sea kayak to slalom kayak to Sit-on & SUP).
The reserve date will be Sunday 7th April.

This popular race is an excellent introduction to canoe racing and also provides a challenge for the more experienced paddler. All classes are open to paddlers with disabilities.

The race starts 5 miles south of Axminster at Whitford Bridge M/R 263953 (nr EX13 7NN). The river Axe twists and winds its way through the Axe Valley for 4 miles before opening out onto the estuary, with a further 1 mile of racing to the finish at Axmouth Harbour (AVCC club within the Axe Yacht Club marina) (nr EX12 4AA)

Separate classes and age categories allow for fair competitive racing and there are medals for all classes.
Treat it as a race or just a fun paddle. Sit-ons and SUPs are welcome.

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Axe Race Entry Information

See the information sheet on the right, then:
Go to the WebCollect AVCC home page
and you should see River Axe Race listed as an Event on 11th March. Select ‘Book places >’.
(You may have to Register with WebCollect first if you have not used it before.)

Free refreshments are available to all competitors.
To encourage youngsters, U12s (in any class) gain half-price entry.

There is limited parking at Whitford, so it would be ideal if you could arrive in time to drop off equipment at Whitford, then drive down to the end (10 minutes at most) and park in the Axe Yacht Club (where there is ample parking) and then get a shuttle back to the start

Race Details:

Booking in:      9.30 a.m.  to 10.30 a.m. Whitford Bridge
Briefing:          10.30 a.m.
Race Start:     11.00 a.m.
Finish:            Axe Yacht Club, Axmouth Harbour Seaton

Race Rules:

  1. Competitors must render their canoes/ kayaks sufficiently buoyant to remain afloat and to support the craft if capsized.
  2. Competitors are advised to wear approved lifejackets/ buoyancy aids and should be able to swim 50m. For entrants under 18 years old, this condition will be compulsory.
  3. Crash helmets are strongly recommended and are compulsory for under 18 year olds.
  4. Competitors take part on their own risk. The race organisers cannot be held responsible in anyway for loss, accident or damage to persons or property during the event.
  5. Any competitor retiring from the race must notify race officials at the finish as soon as possible.
  6. All competitors are obliged to render assistance to any other competitor who may be in difficulty.
  7. Entry fee is 8 in advance and 10 on the day.
    (Under 12s gain half-price entry (any class) - 4 in advance, 5 on the day).

Class Guide:

Classes A to P are available.



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Entry Information


Axe Race 2019 Information (PDF)

We would like all application via
WebCollect AVCC home page


Alternatively, if you need a paper application form contact:

AVCC c/o Colin Schofield
37 The Beeches
Mobile: 07889 842104
e-Mail: treasurer@axevalecc.co.uk


Class A - K1 Racing Single

Class B - K2 Racing Double

Class C - K1 Touring/
Sea Kayak

Class D - K2 Touring, etc. - Double

Class E - C1 Touring Canadian Single

Class F - C2 Touring Canadian Double

Class G-J - Slalom (e.g Fusion, G3 GTS)

Class G-J - Slalom

Class K - Wild Water Racer
(e.g. Wavehopper)

Class L - SUP (single or double)

Class M - Sit-on (single or double)

Class N - Surf Ski

Class P - Katakanus
(Trial run - treat as Adult Doubles Team when entering naming two primary paddlers)


- Boats with fins need to be aware that in low water conditions there may be shallow gravel banks to be avoided or to hop off & walk across.


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