CANOE ORIENTEERING (CANOE-O) is an orienteering sport using a canoe , kayak , or other small boat. Usually, a canoe-O is a timed race in which one- or two-person boats start at staggered intervals, are timed , and are expected to perform all navigation on their own. Portages are allowed. The control points , shown on an orienteering map , may be visited in any order. Standings are determined first by successful completion of the course , then by shortest time on course.
Canoe-O is best done in a body of water with many small islands and a complex shoreline. Frequently, two-person teams compete using one canoe. Some control points are accessible by water and others by land. Route choice is important: competitors must select both water and land routes so that the controls are encountered efficiently, and neither team member wastes time waiting for the other.
Canoe-O has no international sports governing body . The United
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With respect to canoe-o race categories, C and K indicate canoe and
kayak, respectively, and 1 and 2 are the number of seats (and hence
paddlers). If a course requires or favors travel on land, canoes have
an advantage over kayaks. Teams are permitted to split up, with one
person going on land while the other controls the boat, thus both team
members wear a compass and have a map.
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