Sprint Racing is one of the two Olympic events in the canoe world, and takes place on flat water at regattas. Distances raced are 200m, 500m and 1,000m and races take place in singles, doubles and fours in both canoe and kayak classes.

Richmond members take part in regional, national and international sprint events.

National sprint regattas take place at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham and the club travels up regularly to the National Championships and Inter-club Regattas, both of which take place over two days.