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RACE BRIEFING

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no “live” Race Briefing. The course, rules and minimum equipment remain unchanged from the standard event however some key points are reproduced below as a reminder.

Paddler safety briefing

 

  • All paddlers must be able to swim a minimum 50m unaided in open water.

  • All paddlers, no matter what craft used, must wear a Level 50 or 50S non- inflatable life jacket that conforms with Australian standards.

  • Ski paddlers must be able to remount their craft without assistance.

  • One paddler of every Ski or SUP must wear a paddle leash or leg leash.

  • Paddle leashes and leg leash together are not permitted for Ski paddlers.

  • All kayak paddlers must use a paddle leash and are advised to wear a skirt.

  • Kayaks must have sealed compartments or additional buoyancy material fitted.

  • Equipment will be visually checked at the start and again as paddlers cross the finish line.

  • Non-compliance with the above will lead to instant disqualification from the race.

  • All competitors MUST GIVE WAY to commercial vessels.

  • Moored boats are on the course. Do not paddle through moored boats. Any craft paddling through moored boats to gain an advantage will be subject to a time penalty. The only exception to this rule is after passing back through the start line when proceeding to the finish flags located on the beach.

 

Race start/finish procedures

 

  • The start line will be off Tingira Reserve.

  • Paddlers are required to stay 50m behind the start line until the race has been called to the start. Any paddler who crosses the start line before the race officially been started will incur a 2-minute time penalty.

  • Paddlers must enter the water through the entry gate (two teardrop flags) where compulsory equipment and boat numbers will be marked off. Failure to do so will result in a DNS (did not start).

  • Starts will commence as follows

    • Doubles: 07:50

    • Long course: 07:55

    • Short course: 08:00

  • Paddlers to marshal in vicinity of start line ten (10) minutes prior to advertised race start time

  • Starter to signal “GET READY FOR RACE START” by 3 short blasts of the Air horn for paddlers to return to the beach

  • 1 minute warning to be signaled by Race Director verbally over loud-hailer in starting area

  • 1 marshal and Starter to line up Doubles only

  • Other marshal to organise the Long Course paddlers to remain away from the Start line.

  • All paddlers to stand next to their own watercraft between start flags. Both feet must be on sand.

  • Double watercraft and outriggers to start 10m in front of single craft.

  • Doubles can have one paddler sit in their craft

  • Sea kayakers with spray skirts can sit in their craft

  • Sit on-top kayakers must stand next to their own water craft

  • Stand up paddlers can stand on or stand next to their own watercraft

  • Start to be signaled by Race Director by one (1) blast on air horn in starting area

  • When you finish, you must pass back through the start line.

  • You must pass through the finish line flags to have a time recorded.

 

PADDLERS WHO JUMP THE START WILL BE NOTIFIED TO THE RACE DIRECTOR BY SIP RACE COMMITTEE AND WILL HAVE TWO (2) MINUTES ADDED TO THEIR DOCUMENTED FINISH TIME

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