Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best paddlers from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Canoe or kayak is an aquatic sport practiced on a light vessel, usually made of fiberglass or plastic (for pleasure boats) and Kevlar or carbon fiber (for racing boats).
In these hand-to-hand races, the paddlers compete on their knees in calm waters without falls with three different distances: 200 m, 500 m and 1,000 m. The first to cross the finish line becomes the winner.
Canoe sprint features both single and double events.
The athlete rows on his knees and the hand-to-hand races take place in calm waters without falls and with a distance of 200 m.
With over a dozen of rivers exceeding a longitude of 600 km, Lima 2019 is preparing to become canoe’s main stage. Only the longest rivers in our country make up a total of 7,000 km. Among them, it is worth mentioning the Cañete River (Lunahuana), Apurímac River, Vilcanota or Urubamba River, Santa River, Colca River, and the Chili or Majes River.
Canoe/Kayak - Sprint has been part of the Summer Olympic Games since Berlin 1936 and is considered a Pan American sport since the 1987 Games held in Indianapolis.
The adventurer Yurek Majcherzyck brought Canoe to Peru from Poland. Majcherzyck and his fellow travelers managed to overcome the torrential Colca River after several attempts. Since then, a group of Peruvians who love this sport have put all their effort and work to open new routes across the width and breadth of the national territory. This sport is practiced in rubber rafts propelled by a paddle and generally directed by the coxswain through the rapids.
Blade: The wide part of the paddle that passes through the water.
Bow: The front end of the boat.
Chute: An area where the course becomes constricted, resulting in a narrow tongue of water.
Cockpit: The enclosed space where the paddler or paddlers sit.
Drop: An on-course feature that creates fast currents.
Eddy: A pool of calmer water outside the course’s main current. Upstream gates are often placed here.
Line: The path the paddler takes through the gates.
Stern: The back end of the boat.
Cockpit: The enclosed space where the paddler sits.
Spray skirt/spray deck: The cover worn by paddlers that seals them in the boat and prevents water from entering.
Upstream gate: A slalom gate that has to be negotiated against the water’s flow.