Welcome to the Day of the LongBoat

September 26, 2021 | Register by September 20

This signature UBC event takes place on the shores of Jericho Beach, for the largest voyageur canoe race in the world. Your team races in either just-for-fun or competitive heats to the finish line.

Important Dates

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 20, 2021 at 5:00PM

On Campus Safety Clinics: Wednesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM (Mandatory). A clinic will last 30 minutes, please choose a time which works for you on either day. Please come 15 minutes early to check in to the clinic.

In-Person Practice Session: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ the Jericho Sailing Centre

Race Weekend: Sunday, September 26, 2021 @ the Jericho Sailing Centre

Event Structure:

On Campus Safety Clinic

The clinic involves a safety presentation and overview of the event experience at Jericho Sailing Centre. All teams must have at least one team representative attend the mandatory pre-race clinic in order to be eligible to race, if a team does not show they will be in eligible to practice or race.

In-Person Practice Session

If the team wants to participate in the practice paddle (highly recommended) it must have at least 8 members of the team present for the clinic. Please show up 30 minutes early for your time to allow time to register and gather any equipment you will need (paddle, PFD etc.)

Event Day

Teams of 8 to 10 race in voyageur canoes at Jericho Beach to the finish line. Teams can compete in just-for-fun or competitive heats. Just-for-fun teams compete in one race. Competitive teams race against other boats in an initial heat, fighting for a place in the finals. Teams in the finals compete for a coveted Day of the LongBoat trophy and UBC Intramurals championship shirt.
The event also includes a festival of games, a live and roaming MC, DJs, and prize giveaways at the Jericho Sailing Centre. Please show up 30 minutes early for your time to allow time to register and gather any equipment you will need (paddle, PFD etc.)

Gender Ratios for Mixed Teams

Teams of ten and nine must have no more than 5 self-identified men. Teams of eight can have a maximum of 4 self-identified men. If these requirements are not met your team will be allowed to participate, but will NOT be eligible to advance to the next round.

Have Questions?

At UBC Recreation we aspire to include everyone in our programs and facilities. But you may have questions or concerns about if this event is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our event team at im.longboat@ubc.ca or call 604-822-9052.

Race Route:

  • All team members will begin in their boat, except for a runner, who will start in a chair on the beach. Once the starting horn/timer is sounded, the runner will move and enter their boat, at which point teams will begin to paddle.
  • The canoe must paddled directly north for approximately 50m and pass to the west/left hand side of the first yellow buoy, then paddle eastwards to the baton beach passing the orange buoy on the north/right side.
  • Competitive Team only: At the baton beach a runner will exit the boat and retrieve the baton and proceed to get back into the canoe. This individual must move through two clearly marked gates to avoid disqualification. A second person is allowed to get out of the boat at this point if needed to aid canoe stability only.
  • Competitive Team only: Once everyone is back in the boat, teams paddle north and then westerly, ensuring they paddle to the north side of the two most northerly yellow buoys. At the furthest buoy, the canoe turns 90 degrees south and paddles to the finish line.
  • Arriving at the finish beach, the runner wearing the team number will exit the boat and run up the beach to strike the gong hanging from the inflatable finish arch with the baton. Once the gong is struck, the timing is stopped.
  • After the gong has been struck, UBC Recreation staff will help the rest of the team exit the boat safely.

In the Event of a Capsize:

All participants will be provided with a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) prior to entering their voyageur canoe. If a canoe capsizes by the beach/launch, the Jericho Sailing Centre Safety Boat will deem whether this is a safe distance from the shore for individuals to swim back. A capsize at sea will result in a Jericho Sailing Centre Safety Boat rescue for all the paddlers - all participants will be instructed to remain with the upturned vessel and team captains must account for all of their team verbally.

Disqualifications and Forbidden Play:

For safety reasons, the following will result in an automatic disqualification for all teams:

  • Registering without correct identification (we require a UBC Student ID or Government recognized ID). This has to be a physical copy; no pictures of your IDs are allowed!
  • Having an incorrect gender ratio on a Open, W2STGN, or Mixed team.
  • Grabbing onto another participant’s equipment (paddle, PFD (Personal Flotation Device), or boat).
  • Using the paddle for something other than moving the boat through the water.
  • Intentionally colliding with another canoe and/or intentionally inhibiting another team’s ability to race.
  • Paddling through a team that has capsized.
  • Drinking alcohol or suspected of being intoxicated.
  • The runner who will be picking up the baton must wear footwear when running to the baton tent. Depending on the tide, the beach can be very rocky so bare feet/flip flops are prohibited.
  • Missing a buoy/mark.
  • Leaving the boat other than at the baton pick-up tent and the end of the race. The following people maximum may be out of the boat during the race: Runner at start, Baton runner, Baton beach stability (if needed), Finish gong runner.

When you are registering a team for UBC Recreation Intramurals Leagues or Events, there are a number of different participation options for your team based on the composition of your team in terms of skill level, gender identity and expression, and your campus community affiliations. If you are unsure of what to register for, follow these three steps prior to registering your team.

After you register, you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours. If you do not receive this email please contact us at im.longboat@ubc.ca.

Roster Submission

Roster Submission Deadline: Thursday September 23, 2021 @ 5PM

Student, Staff & Faculty Teams

Rosters are submitted and managed online. After the registration deadline, you will receive an email notification indicating that a team roster can now be submitted. Please note that this is not the original registration confirmation email, this is sent later, after the registration deadline passes.
All teams for which you are a captain of, will be listed in the web roster portal and you will be prompted to enter their student or staff number, and the individuals email.

Alumni and Community Teams

Rosters are submitted by email. After the registration deadline, you will receive an email notification indicating that a team roster can now be submitted and instructions on how to do so. Please note that this is not the original registration confirmation email, this is sent later, after the registration deadline passes.

Roster Specifics

You are required to have a minimum of 8 participants on your roster and on the day of to race. Boats also have a maximum of 10 participants for a race; however, teams are encouraged to register 12 members on your roster (2 alternates) in case a registered racer is unable to compete.
If you add individuals to your roster after the Roster Submission Deadline, you will not be able to advance to semi-finals or final races.

Substitution Rules

Just for fun team rosters are fluid. You can add and drop people from your team at any time, provided that they are current UBC Students and that they have signed a waiver at the Registration desk at the event. Competitive teams must follow substitution rules in order to advance.
During Initial Heats: If a team has less than 8 members for a scheduled heat, that team may fill the additional spaces with racers from another team, provided they have completed a waiver. Teams requiring this type of substitution however, will be unable to advance.
During Semi-Finals and Finals: If a team has less than 8 members for a semi-final or final, the team may fill the additional spaces with racers of the same unit that have participated in the Heats, but are not advancing to the Semi's or Finals. This person cannot be a designated import. All other substitutions will not be allowed to race.


There is a paid parking lot right outside of Jericho Sailing Centre. Free parking is also widely available around the Jericho Beach area within a 5-10 minute walking distance.

When to Arrive

You should arrive 30 minutes prior to your race time. Check in at the Registration tent upon arrival and the staff will walk you through the rest of the event.

What to Bring

  • Your Student, Staff, or Government issued ID. You need ID to get your wristband, which you will need to race.
  • There are changing facilities and washrooms located upstairs in Jericho Sailing Centre.
  • Shortly before you go to the canoes, your team will be called forward to pick up paddles and PFD’s (Personal Flotation Device).
  • There will be no gear check. Bring only what you need for your practice or the race.

Equipment and Clothing

UBC Recreation will supply all equipment, including PFD’s and paddles. Participants are allowed to bring their own PFD if so desired, but UBC Recreation paddles must be used. Make sure you bring clothes appropriate for the weather, also spare set/towel in case you get wet and no open toed footwear if you are leaving the boat at any point during the race (baton and finish runners).

How do I find or create a team?

The quickest way to find a team for all intramural leagues, tournaments, and events is to talk to people in your classes, faculties, clubs, residences, and among your friends to find people who are also interested in participating in one of our dozens of programs.

Once you’ve got at least the minimum number of players of players to sign up, you can register online at or in person at the front desk of the Student Recreation Centre

Please be aware of the registration deadlines for the individual programs, and note that many of our programs do fill up, so it is better to register before the registration deadline.

What if I still can’t find a team?

1. Free Agent Facebook Group

UBC Recreation Intramurals hosts a Facebook Group where players who are looking for a team, and teams that are looking for more players can be connected.  Please use the program specific threads for the league or event(s) you are interested in participating in. For a more detailed listing of possible play times for all league sports, please check out the individual days of play listed on each league page.

2. Register for a Free Agent Team

Most league sports and special events will have one or two teams where you can register as an individual and be joined together with other people looking for a team. These activities are generally labelled as “Free Agent” and will be listed with a registration price that is to sign-up as an individual.

I’m looking for something a little more casual

UBC Intramurals offers a lot of casual or informal programs for those who are looking to play their favourite sports, but without a long commitment or a competition structure to follow.

Drop-In Programs

Most facilities under UBC Recreation have drop-in opportunities to play various sports associated with that venue including ice hockey, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and futsal. There are also opportunities to try less traditional sports such as Wheelchair Basketball and Cricket. Check out the Drop-In Sports Schedule

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