The Ultimate Guide to Day of the Longboat

One of UBC Recreation’s biggest events of the year and a staple of the UBC experience is coming up and we couldn’t be more excited! This document will give you all the ins, outs, and know-hows of the Day of the Longboat. This year we are overjoyed to be celebrating the event’s 30th anniversary. 30 years…can you believe it?!?

Quick Facts:

Who: YOU! Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the community!

What: Teams of 8-10 racing canoes at Jericho beach

When: September 30th and October 1st 2017 (8am-5pm both days)

Where: Jericho Sailing Centre

Why: The 3 F’s…Fun, Fitness, and Friendship!

Pre-Race Information

Student, Staff, and Faculty Team Clinics: Saturday and Sunday September 23-24, 2017 @ the Jericho Sailing Centre

Roster Submission Deadline: Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 5:00PM

Community and Alumni Team Clinics: Friday September 29, 2017 @ the Jericho Sailing Centre

What are clinics?

UBC Recreation Intramurals hosts clinics for all of our major events to make sure every team has the information to tackle the day smartly and safely. In order to participate in Day of the Longboat, at least one member from each team must attend the clinic that corresponds to their category (student, staff & faculty or alumni & community).

We highly recommend that as many members of your team as possible come to the clinic. They are super helpful to see the location, learnthe logistics of the day, and get a handle on the equipment (pun intended). The clinics include a safety presentation, a breakdown of the event, and a practice paddle if 8+ members of your team are present. If you really want to ace the event, the practice paddle is highly suggested!

Race Day Information

What to bring:

  • Student, staff, or government issued ID (you will not be able to race without ID)
  • Comfortable and weather appropriate clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes are mandatory if you are going to be leaving the boat at any point during the race (starting and finishing runners), but are suggested for all participants
  • A towel
  • Team costume pieces (not necessary, but encouraged!)
  • An extra set of clothes
  • Water (and snackies if you want)

What we will supply for you:

  • Paddles
  • Boats
  • Personal Floatation Devices #PFD
  • Changing facilities
  • $2 per-bag bag check (max. 2 bags per team)


What will go down: a step-by-step guide

  1. Arrive at Jericho Sailing Centre 1 hour prior to your race start time
  2. Check-in with the Registration Tent staff – your team will be moved into the holding area prior to your race beginning
  3. At race time, your starting runner will start seated on the beach while the rest of your team will be in the boat
  4. When the horn sounds, the runner will run to their boat and the team will begin to paddle
  5. Your team will paddle North for approximately 50 metres and pass around the yellow buoy
  6. You will then paddle East to Baton Beach, passing the orange buoy
  7. Once you reach Baton Beach, a runner will leave the boat to retrieve their baton, which will be sticking out of the sand. The runner must move through two clearly marked gates on their way back to the canoe. If it is necessary to maintain the stability of the canoe, a second person may exit the boat to aid the runner.
  8. You will then paddle West around the North side of the two Northern yellow buoys. At the farthest of these two buoys, the team will turn 90 degrees South and head to the finish line.
  9. At the beach, the runner who is wearing the team number will run up the beach to strike the gong with their baton.
  10. Once the gong is struck, the timer stops. Our staff will then assist the rest of the team exit the canoe safely.

Post-Race Information

All teams should make sure to take more than just great memories home from Day of the Longboat. We will have a super fun photo booth for team shots as well as limited edition tank tops for sale to remember the day!

Make sure to follow @UBCRec on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter for pre-race, race day, and post-race posts and photos!

Just for Fun Teams

After finishing your race, you are have completed your participation in Day of the Longboat. Join us at the Finish and Awards tent to celebrate your success! We’ll have awesome giveaways, sponsor booths, music and more!

Competitive Teams

After finishing your race, there is a chance you will advance to the finals and have to race again. This information will be posted as soon as it is available. We suggest that you have extra people on your roster in case one of your teammates is unable to make the finals. Whether you advance or not, hang out with us at the Finish and Awards tent to have fun and cheer on the other teams.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

At UBC Rec we always try our very best to incorporate all individuals into our programs and events. We will make adaptations and modifications to the best of our abilities in order to include all individuals. Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.