An Expert’s Guide to Day of the LongBoat


With the 32nd annual Day of the LongBoat event quickly approaching, we want to make sure that you are optimally prepared for what we have in store – rain or shine! As a result, we have compiled everything you need to know (including several tips, tricks and hacks from the most seasoned Day of the LongBoat voyageurs) to produce the Holy Grail of guides for you (yes, you!). Keep reading to find out how to succeed and have as much fun as humanly possible before, after and throughout the fateful event that is Day of the LongBoat.


First things first:

What is Day of the LongBoat? For those of you who signed up out of pure excitement after every single one of your peers reiterated that this is a can’t-miss event, Day of the LongBoat, is North America’s largest voyageur canoe race, attracting over 3,500 UBC student and staff participants.

Where do I go? Located at Jericho Sailing Club (1300 Discovery St), Day of the LongBoat is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons beyond University Boulevard to all that the Greater Vancouver area has to offer! Merely hop on the 4 bus to Wallace street and head North toward the mountains until your feet reach those oh-so-sandy beaches. Alternatively, catch the shuttle bus from the UBC Bookstore on campus and be chauffeured directly to the location. There will be two buses running on Sunday, September 29th from 7:30 am to 10:00 am for your transportation convenience!

When is it? The event itself takes place from September 28th to the 29th – but wait, there’s more! Clinics are taking place on September 21st and 22nd at Jericho Sailing Club where it is mandatory for at least one member from your team to attend. What’s in it for you? One of the major advantages to attending clinics is that you get the opportunity to take the longboats for a rip – practice makes perfect! The most important part is that you share any and all information with your teammates after you leave. 



And now for the juicier stuff:

What is there to do at the event as a spectator? 



Even if you didn’t sign up as a competitor/volunteer, absolutely everyone is encouraged to come and cheer on their classmates! The event itself will have both a lively MC and a DJ booth, playing a hype lineup of all your favourite songs – not to mention some rad crowd giveaways.  In addition, there will be plenty of bleacher seating available with a perfect view of the mountains and your peers capsizing (haha… just kidding… unless?), so come on out and show your support for this legendary event! 




How competitive does the event have to be?

The level of competition that takes place depends on which type of heat your team signed up for. This year, we have two types of races taking place; Just For Fun (JFF) and Competitive. JFF teams complete a single race at their allotted race time and compete entirely against other JFF teams. As a JFF team, you are competing for pride and glory! Competitive teams compete against one another at their allotted race time, advancing with each win and ultimately competing for the coveted UBC Recreation Intramurals championship t-shirts. Win or lose, this event will be one for the books!




When should my team arrive for our race time? 

Your WHOLE team must arrive at least 30 minutes before your race time with student cards in hand to ensure sufficient time to sign in and get organized before you are off to the races (literally!). There is limited space available for each team to safely stow their personal belongings. Each bag costs $2, and there is a maximum of 2 bags allotted to each team, so keep the ‘necessities’ that you bring with you to a minimum!




What should I wear? 

Vancouver weather is unpredictable at best. That is, while we can guarantee a good time, we, unfortunately, can not guarantee a sunny day. Thankfully, a little precipitation never hurt nobody, so come rain or shine, Day of the LongBoat will still take place! To be best prepared in the event of rain, we highly recommend bringing the following items with you: 

  • Raincoat
  • Hat 
  • Sunscreen (stay optimistic for that sunshine!) 
  • Closed-toe shoes (this is a must)
  • Bathing suit (if you anticipate being “that one friend that will fall into the water”)
  • Spare change of clothes
  • Towel



What do UBC Recreation Intramurals and the Jericho Beach Sailing club provide?

  • Paddles (disclaimer: super official race rules state that must use the paddles provided to you – you cannot bring your own!)
  • PFD. What’s a PFD? A personal floatation device (similar to a lifejacket) to keep you nice and safe in the event that you rock the boat a little too hard. 
  • $2 per-bag storage shelves to store your team’s belongings. 




What is this theme you speak of? 

Every year, the Day of the LongBoat theme is kept top secret until closer to the event. For this year’s theme, we will be using positive vibes and sunny optimism to summon sunshine and warmth. What does that entail…?





Whip out your vacation shirts, sunscreen, fanny packs, and sunglasses and get ready for a day full of enthusiastic vacationers! There will be a costume contest taking place amongst the teams, so if you want a fighting chance at winning you’ll have to bring your A-game.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!



The grand finale of this grandeur guide is a few tips and tricks that some past participants have for newcomers and returners: 

  • Be certain before you leave the house that you have your student ID with you, and make sure to only bring the essentials!
  • Make sure you paddle close enough to the shore unless you’re keen on going for a dip
  • Do NOT leave your steerer behind and don’t take off too early!
  • You can’t sign in until your whole team has arrived, so make sure to rally your troops
  • If you want to drive your own car, there’s plenty of free parking near the beach. These spaces tend to fill up quick so give yourself plenty of time.

And there you have it folks, your all-encompassing Expert’s Guide to Day of the LongBoat that will hopefully have answered any and all questions you might have built up as we approach the event. If you have any further questions regarding Day of the LongBoat, feel free to contact us via email or through one of our social media channels. We hope you’re just as pumped as we are to kick off another fantastic event. 




Can’t wait to see you there!

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