Bray Lake watersports
Summer SUP race series
The Bray Lake Watersports Summer SUP
Race Series is back for 2021!
Five races held both physically and virtually, so you can take part and compete no matter where you are.
Who can enter the races?
The Bray Lake Watersports Summer SUP Race Series are open to all, with each race being its own stand-alone event and forming part of the overall summer series.
How can you take part?
In 2021 you can enter the physical race held at Bray Lake Watersports or virtually. For virtual competitors, you have a small window to complete the required format and submit your result.
How are paddlers categorised?
The Bray Lake Watersports racing uses a division classification to categorise competitors. You must first complete a 2km time trial to set your race division. Your race division will then be used throughout the series, and you must compete on the same board in each race. If you change boards, you must complete a new 2km time trial to update your division.
How do you enter the races?
For physical races held at Bray Lake Watersports, you can enter using Webscorer here. Each race can be entered individually, or you can buy a series ticket if you plan to compete in all five events. For virtual entry, your tickets are available through the website here.
How do you get a series ranking?
If you complete three or more races, you will automatically be entered into the overall series standings with an opportunity to compete for a top-three ranking place in your division. Your series ranking will be classified from your best three results.
How do you know which division you should race in?
Your 2km time is used to align you to the following divisions.
Division 1 – 13:29 and under
Division 2 – 13:30 – 14:59
Division 3 – 15:00 – 16:29
Division 4 – 16:30 – 17:59
Division 5 – 18:00 and over
What dates are the races?
Each race is held physically at Bray Lake Watersports on the below dates. For Virtual entries, you have a four-day window in which to complete and submit your time.
Race 1 - Sunday 9th May (Virtual until Wed 12th May)
Race 2 - Sunday 13th June (Virtual until Wed 16th June)
Race 3 - Sunday 11th July (Virtual until Wed 14th July)
Race 4 - Sunday 8th August (Virtual until Wed 11th August)
Race 5 - Sunday 12th September (Virtual until Wed 15th September)
When will the results be posted online?
Complete results will be available to download the day after the virtual event window closes. Results will be classified separately by location and also combined overall for both physical and virtual paddlers.
Virtual Entry Rules
Be Safe - It's yourself against the clock when you are competing virtually, so please wear an appropriate leash and make sure someone knows you're out on the water. We recommend using the PaddleLIVE feature within the Paddle Logger iOS app so friends and family know you are safe and can track your progress - details here.
Be Fair - You can paddle on rivers, lakes, canals or the sea; remember to be fair to others with the conditions you choose. We ask you not to use the tides, river flow or wind to your advantage and be honest with your result.
Own Risk - Remember you are taking part at your own risk - paddle in conditions you feel comfortable in and make sure someone knows you are on the water.
Start & Finish - To make it as fair as possible, you must start and finish in the same spot unless stated by the event format.
Standing Start - You must also start from a standstill; no rolling starts are allowed.
Drafting - If you paddle with friends please do not draft paddlers outside of your division, and no drafting boat wash to gain an advantage.
Setting Your Time - You can only attempt your time once using the same format as the physical race held at Bray Lake Watersports.
Upload Results - Submit your time on the haywoodsports.com website here before the event closes on the submission page. Times outside of the event window will not be counted - you must complete your time within the dates of the event.
A Few Extras
Celebrating - Please do not post your time on your social media accounts until after the results are up on Haywood Sports pages (the day after the event finishes).
Just Before - Snap a photo and tag @braylakewatersports and @haywood_sports on Instagram with #SummerSUPSeries
You've Finished - Tag @braylakewatersports and @haywood_sports in your celebration picture on Instagram with FINISHER #SummerSUPSeries
We Ask - Show us your support by following us on Instagram @braylakewatersports and @haywood_sports and Like our pages on Facebook.
Tracking Your Time - Please use any GPS device such as a sports watch, phone app etc. Please also take a screenshot/photo of your result or export the gpx. file as proof to upload with your results.
Haven't got a GPS device? - We recommend the using the Paddle Logger app for iPhone and Apple Watch. Download from the App Store.