Welcome to the Day of the LongBoat

September 30 & October 1, 2023 | Register by September 18, 2023

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.

Registration is now closed for Day of the LongBoat 2023.

Event Date: Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1, 2023 @Jericho Sailing Centre

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11:59PM

Mandatory On Campus Safety Clinics: Wednesday, September 20 & Thursday, September 21, 2023

In-Person Practice Session: Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 2023 @Jericho Sailing Centre

Team Roster Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 4:59PM

Event Structure

Mandatory 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.

A clinic will last 30 minutes, please choose a time which works for you on either day. 

In-Person Practice Session

We highly recommend a team participate in the practice paddle. Teams must have at least 8 members of the team present for the clinic. Please show up 15 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 semi-finals and 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 sign-in and gather any equipment you will need (paddle, PFD etc.)

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, and take a left turn around the first 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.
  • Competitive Team only: Teams who have advanced based on finish position will be notified of their next race time, if they choose to compete in semi-finals and finals. 
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 an Open, Women (Trans Welcome), 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. The runner must have secure closed toe footwear. 
  • 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.


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 physical 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 gear check, for a maximum of two bags per team. Each bag will cost $2 to check. 
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).

They’re multiple ways to participate in Day of the LongBoat! Explore the different ways to participate:

Just For Fun Teams 

Emphasize participation over winning, and our an opportunity to have a blast with your friends while taking part in this unique-to-UBC experience. Just for Fun heats…

  • Are timed
  • Have a shorter race course 
  • Free Agent heats available 

Competitive Teams 

Compete for a coveted championship shirt and trophies! Competitive heats…

  • Are timed
  • Advance to semi finals and finals (can race up to 3 times) 
  • Have a longer race course 

Free Agent (Individuals)  

Individuals who have not formed a team, but would like to be placed on a team (note: Free Agent is only available for Just For Fun heats). If you don’t have a team, you can register as a Free Agent or form a team through our Free Agent Facebook Group. Follow the steps below to form a team:

  1. Join the UBC Intramurals Free Agent Facebook Group.
  2. Comment on the Day of the LongBoat team finder threads that you are looking to form a team.
  3. Once you have enough team members, designate a captain and follow the team registration process.

We have revisited our Intramurals Participation Structure policies in an effort to improve the inclusivity of our programs. There are different team structures that depend on the gender expression and identity compositions of a team. We have updated the names and descriptions of these different structures to better describe the competition environments in each. For more information on gender identity and gender expression please visit our Inclusive Recreation: Gender Identity and Expression page.

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.

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