In Flatwater Racing sprint events, paddlers race on a straight course, each boat in a separate lane, over three different distances : 200 m, 500 m and 1000 m. In a kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a two-blade paddle, while in a canoe, the paddler is kneeling on one knee, and uses a single blade paddle. There are kayak events, for men and women, in single (K1), double (K2) and four boats (K4), and canoe events for men in single (C1), double (C2) and four boats (C4) and recently also for women in single boats.
This form of racing became an Olympic discipline in 1936 and its programme includes events over 200 m and 1000 m for men and 200 m and 500 m for women.
Except of sprint categories canoeists race also in long distances. At World Championships and European Championships these are 5000 m, only single boats are used. Long distances are also very popular for mass competitions, e.g. Sella Descent in Spain.
ECA Canoe Wildwater ChampionshipsMay 11 - 14, 2017Skopje, MKDwww.eca2017-ww.canoe.mk
ECA Canoe Slalom ChampionshipsMay 31 - June 4, 2017Tacen, SLOwww.slalomtacen.com
ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint ChampionshipsJune 22 - 25, 2017Belgrade, SRBwww.ec2017.kayakserbia.com
ECA Canoe Marathon ChampionshipsJune 30 - July 2, 2017Ponte de Lima, PORwww.canoemarathonportugal.com
ECA Dragonboat & Club ChampionshipsJuly 6 - 9, 2017Szeged, HUNhttp://www.szeged2017.com/dragonboat.html
ECA Canoe Sprint ChampionshipsJuly 14 - 16, 2017Plovdiv, BULwww.plovdiv.canoe-bg.com
ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Slalom ChampionshipsAugust 16 - 20, 2017Hohenlimburg, GERwww.em2017.holibu.de/en/
ECA Canoe Polo ChampionshipsAugust 23 - 27, 2017Saint Omer, FRA
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