The prestige – sprint racing is an Olympic event.
The distances – 200m, 500m, 1000m, 3000m and 6000m. Racing is organised into classes graded according to ability, gender and age.
The courses – on flat sheltered lakes and rivers in marked lanes. Mainly held at the National Watersports Centre, Nottingham, although clubs run local regattas.
The boats – singles, doubles and fours in kayaks and canoes.