Venue Site


The European Canoe Marathon Championships will be hosted in a wonderful natural setting, the river Lérez running through the town of Pontevedra.

The course is among two of the most emblematic monuments of the town such as the roman brigde of “Ponte do Burgo” and the monastery of the “San Benito de Lérez” founded in the X century by the Benedictine monks.

There is a few more bridges along the course known as “Ponte de Santiago”, “A ponte dos Tirantes” and the “Peonil” which will be a perfect spot to follow the races for the audience, in addition to the bridges the espectators will find along both banks of the river footpaths, cycle paths and plenty of green areas.

The racing course has the official lenght distance lap of 3.6km and there will be an additional last small lap of approximately 1000m, the river Lérez has an average depth of 3m. This is located right to the end of the “Ria the Pontevedra” (part of the Atlantic Ocean), and at the same time, it is situated at the mouth of the river Lérez therefore the body of the water depends on the tide to be salty sea water or fresh water. Because of the tide the stream is another factor to consider for all the athletes so the competition strategy will play a very important role.

In the same area, around the bridge known as “A ponte dos Tirantes” on the south bank of the river Lérez, is where the Galician Sport High Performance Centre is located thus its facilities will be available for all the athletes (changing rooms and showers, gym, swimming-pool, etc) besides this will be the location for the Doping Control Area.

Oposite, on the other side of the river (north bank) is situated the Auditorium of Pontevedra.

Racing Venue Facilities


On the south bank of the river Lérez along the Street known as “Avenida de Buenos aires” there will be a delimited zone from the brige “Ponte dos Tirantes” to the other bridge known as “Pasarela Peonil” with the following areas below:

Sport Area: this zone is exclusive for athletes and they will find there boats storage areas distributed per countries, common areas, toilets, food and drinks suply areas, physiotherapy and massage area, etc.

Shopping Area: this is the area aimed for all the sports stands such as boats manufacturers, paddles manufacturers, sport clothing, sport complements, etc.

Venue Area: this zone is exclusive for the catering service and leisure area.

Start line

The start line will have either an official pneumatic system or if is not possible then there will be a pontoon of a 60m lenght right underneath the bridge well known as “Ponte dos Tirantes”.



The portage has approximately a lenght of 120m (min) and 160 (max) combining a mixture of wooden pontoons and a surface of ground cement covered with carpet. The inclination of the poonton ramps is going to depend on the tide therefore there is going to be a variable angle of inclination but this will be always in accordance with the ICF rules.

Finish line

The finish line will be around the area of the portage and it will be marked with two big red buoys in the centre of the river

Warming Up Area

The athletes will have a warming up area independent to the curse and it will have a distance of approximately 800m.


The “Turn 2” (“ciaboga 2”)is the one closer to the Start Line and the Finish Line nearby the bridge known as “Puente de los Tirantes”.

The “Turn 1” (“ciaboga 1”) is the furthest one to the Start Line, in a natural space called “Salones del Lérez” just around the Monastery of “San Benito de Lérez”, and it is approximately 1.700m distance to the Start Line.

Tidal Streams Forecast

There will be two types of streams due to the racing venue is located on the mouth of the river Lérez and the beggining of the Atlantic Ocean which is called “Ría de Pontevedra” therefore it is subjected to the actions of the tidal streams.

One kind of the stream will be fresh water from the river Lérez (obviously in summer this will be lower) and the other kind is the one coming and going from the Athlantic Ocean approximately every 14 hours (upward and downward tide cycle).

On the graphic pointed out below you can see the upward and downward tide forecast from Tuesday the 28th of June to Sunday the 3rd of July.

You can find further information on the following Galician Weather Forecast website (MeteoGalicia): MeteoGalicia.


Entries And Fees


The Royal Spanish Canoeing Federation is pleased to inform you that in case of the Visa would be needed in order to attend the event then we strongly recommend you to get in contact with us as soon as posible through our mail address (

Participation fee includes

  • Accreditation
  • Drinking water at the course
  • Securety service at the venue
  • Insurance
  • Services for boats
  • Medical care at the course
  • Training at the course
  • Participation in the Opening and Closing Ceremony
  • Organisers gift
  • Access pass for parking

Master European Championships

Participation fee, per athlete, from 60 €.

To register click the following link: REGISTRATION MASTERS.


1 April Friday
Bulletin 2 Presentation
9 May Wednesday
Raising of the Official European Canoe Championships Pontevedra 2016 Flag
13 May Friday
Deadline Numerical Entries
1 June Wednesday
Bulletin 3 Presentation
13 June Monday
Deadline Nominal Entries, Deadline Accreditation Fee Payments
14 June Tuesday
Deadline Official Accommodatin Bookings and Lunch Catering Services at the venue
15 June Wednesday
Deadline Shuttle Bus Services from Airport to Pontevedra
16 June Thursday
Deadline Oficial Media Accreditations
26 June Sunday
Accreditation office open
27 June Monday
Accreditation, Trainings, Masters meeting
28 June Tuesday
Accreditation, Masters Single races
29 June Wednesday
Accreditation, Masters Double races, Team Leaders Meeting, Openning ceremony
30 June Thursday
Accreditations, Junior Single Races, Women Under 23 Races
1 July Friday
Accreditations, Junior Double Races, Men Under 23 Single Races
2 July Saturday
Senior Single Races
3 July Sunday
Senior Double Races, Closing Ceremony

Provisional Racing Schedule

Masters Dates, timetables, distance and portages at the European Canoe Championships Pontevedra 2016



All the rules are applied from ICF rules for marathon

Boats Rental

Several boat manufacturers will provide a rental service for the athletes.


The boat rental should be booked before the 6th of June of 2016.
This will be through direct contact with ELIO.

Prices would be:
K1/C1 40,00 €/day (min 2 days)
K2/C2 70,00 €/day (min 2 days)

ÉLIO – Art. Desp. Náuticos / R. da Fontinha, 885, Crestuma (Portugal)
Tlf. (+351) 227 639 176


The boat rental should be booked before the 1st of June of 2016. This will be through direct contact with Nelo at the following link:

All variety of marathon boats will be available from 200 €/week.

CONTACT DETAILS: NELO Rua das Alminhas, 4485-060 Canidelo VILA DO CONDE–PORTUGAL
Tlf. +351.22.9272608 / Tlf. +351.22.9280924 /