Ultimate Guide to Longboat: Participant Edition

 

Whether it’s your first time, your last or somewhere in between, this guide will help you navigate one of the most memorable weekends you have at university.

 

What to Bring

Before you leave, make sure you have your UBC student ID and closed toed shoes. Also, it’s highly recommended to bring a change of clothes and rain gear depending on the weather. Make sure to leave those valuables at home though.

 

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Getting There

Day of the Longboat is held at Jericho Sailing Centre (1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, BC) near beautiful Jericho Beach. If you’re getting there by bus on Saturday, take the #84; the first one leaves UBC at 7:30 AM. On Sunday, a shuttle will provide transportation from the SRC and will leave every 15 minutes from 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM. If you plan on driving, Jericho Sailing Centre has limited free parking so arrive early! Extra parking space can be found on Discovery St.

 

When You Arrive

Upon arrival, walk through the gates and proceed to registration. Check in at registration where you’ll be asked for your UBC Student ID, given a waiver to fill out, and given a wristband and race number.  

 

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Pre-Race

Before the race, if you’d like to store your stuff there will be an optional bag check for $2 and two bags per team will be allowed. Please remember to keep your valuables at home, we are not liable for any stolen or lost items at this event.

 

Proceed to the holding area where you will be given a go-ahead to go to the equipment area and pick up your PFD and paddle. You’ll be assigned a number which corresponds to your lane, chair, and boat team. One person from your team will be sitting in a chair on the bench while the rest of your team gets ready in the boat.

 

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During the Race

When the starting siren has been sounded, the person from your team sitting in the chair on the bench will spring to the boat and your team is off! Start paddling, turning around the first buoy and arcing to Baton Beach.

 

Once you arrive there, your team’s runner (the one with the race number) will jump out of the boat, sprint to grab the baton and run back to the boat. Your team will then paddle back to Finish Beach, where your runner will get out of the boat, sprint up the beach, and hit the gong with the baton!

 

Once your whole team gets out of the boat, you’ll cross the finish line together and drop your equipment before heading to snap some victory shots at the photobooth!

 

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After you and your team cross the finish line, you can take a team photo at our photobooth for free! The photos will be posted on our Facebook page at the end of your race day. If you tag yourself in your team’s photo, you will be entered to win an amazing night out for your team with Celebrate your Paddle presented by Blueprint.

 

Festivities

Worried that the fun will be over after your race? Have no fear, there is still lots of excitement to come. You can show off your moves on the beach, our DJ will be playing music all day long. Or play lots of fun games like Peer Pong, How Many, Ulti-Bee and more… all of which you can play to win some awesome prizes! Also, don’t forget to check out the exciting booths from EVO, Run Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb, UBC Sustainability, Campus & Community Planning, and our event sponsor, Muscle Milk.

 

Overall, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy an amazing weekend by the ocean with friends new and old.