2023 Race 6: The Newy Harbour Classic and

Series Presentation at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club,

Sunday 24th September

All race entries via Webscorer

Register for the Buffet Lunch at the
Series Presentation at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Sunday 24th September 2023
Starts from Throsby Creek, Tully St Carrington NSW 2294

Early Bird entries close Monday 18th September, final entries close 6pm Thursday 21st September

Event Flyer

This race is sponsored by

Important Safety Information

  1. All HR paddlers should wear a high-vis cap, carry a storm whistle and some form of communication (such as a mobile phone, PLB or flare). 
  2. Paddlers should be able to remount in rough conditions.
  3. Paddlers new to Harbour Racing should enter the short course until they’re confident in the range of conditions they may encounter in the Harbour Racing Series.
  4. Life Jackets and Leg Leashes are mandatory for all paddlers
  5. Attendance at the pre-race Paddler Safety Briefing (7:50am) is mandatory.

Race Guide

Race Guide – Newy Harbour Classic

NOTE: The final course and start order will be explained at the mandatory pre-race Paddler Safety Briefing.

Course and Location Maps

More information is provided in the Race Guide

Short Course: approx. 10kms

Long Course: approx. 14kms

Harbour Series Presentation

The race results and medals along with the series prizes and Club Trophy will be presented after the race at the
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
95 Hannell St, Wickham 2293 (other side of Cowper St bridge)

It’s free to attend the presentation but you can pre-pay to join us for a buffet lunch

Register for the Series Presentation Buffet Lunch

What else do you need to know?

PNSW Harbour Racing Series Rules:  2023 Rules

Series Course Options

The Series Long Course distance is typically around 14km

The Series Short Course distance is typically around 9km

SUP’s may only enter the Short Course

Race Numbers

From 2023, the HR Series will no longer use race number stickers. Old HR race stickers should be removed from your craft prior to competing in the current Series.

Paddlers will receive a Race Number Card at check-in for use at that race only.

The Race Number Card should be firmly affixed to the top surface at the rear of your craft. It must be easily visible to the Timekeepers and Race Officials.

Paddlers need to supply their own race number holder.

Paddlers MUST RETURN the Race Number Card as soon as they complete the race to the registration desk.

Race Start

You must pass between the 4 roped off bollards on the beach when you enter
the water.

Gather for your race start in the area indicated north of the roped bollards (in the above site map) and wait to be called forward by one of the starters.

There will be 3 (three) start waves.

8:25am  Wave 1 – Long Course: Female 50+ and older; Male 60+ and older; All Juniors, All OC1 & 2, and Sea Kayaks

8:27am  Wave 2 – Long Course: Female Open & 40+; Male Open, 40+ & 50+; All Doubles

8:30am  Wave 3 – Short Course: All craft, all ages (including SUP)

The Race Starter will:

Hold up a Wave Number card (1,2,3) along with an orange flag 2 minutes prior
to each start to indicate which wave is about to start

Raise a green flag giving the paddlers in that wave a 1-minute warning to come up to (but not cross) the start line

Signal race start by the dropping of the green flag and a single blast of an air horn

Race Finishes

The finish line, which may be unique to each course, will be explained in the race briefing notes. All paddlers must cross between the finish line chequered buoys in order to have their time recorded.

Any paddler who withdraws from a race after the start and exits the course without finishing (DNF) must inform the Timekeepers or Race Officials at the race finish line, and must not pass through the finish gate.

Compulsory Equipment

All paddlers must wear a Level 50 or 50S non-inflatable lifejacket that conforms to Australian Standards.

One paddler of every Ski, Outrigger Canoe, Va’a or SUP must wear a leg leash at EVERY event. Paddle leashes or use of both paddle leash and leg leash together are not advised for Ski paddlers.

All kayak paddlers are advised to wear a spray-skirt and use a paddle leash. Kayaks must have bulkheads and sealed compartments to provide buoyancy.

You must pass between the 4 roped off bollards on the beach when you enter
the water where compulsory equipment and boat numbers will be checked. Failure to enter through the designated entry gates will result in a DNS (Did Not Start) being applied.

Race Medals

PLease join us for the race presentation after the race where we’ll be announcing the fastest paddlers and giving our Race Medals. Typically, a medal will be awarded to the fastest paddler where there is a Constituted Class.

Series Point Score

Points will be awarded to boats based upon their finishing position within their entered Course Option and, where applicable, Age Category:

Long and Short Course (excluding SUP):

        1. Single Ski – U18, Open (19-39), 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60+, 70+
          The last year a paddler can compete in the U18 Age Group is the year of their 18th birthday.
        2. Double Ski – all ages
        3. OC1 – all ages
        4. OC2 – all ages
        5. OC6 / Dragon Boat – all ages
        6. Other Craft – all ages

Short Course – SUP: all ages

Series Results

The Series Point Scores (Individual & Club) and Results are explained in detail in the 2023 PNSW Harbour Racing Series Rules.

A prize will be awarded at the Presentations after the the final race of the Series to:

Long and Short Course (excluding SUP):

The eligible male and female Single Ski paddler with the highest point scores in each Age Category

The eligible Double Ski team with the highest point scores

The eligible male and female OC1 paddler with the highest point scores

The eligible OC2 and OC6 / Dragon Boat team with the highest point scores

The eligible male and female Other Craft paddler with the highest point scores

Short Course – SUP:

The eligible male and female SUP paddlers with the highest point scores in Division 3

The Newy Harbour Classic Race Sponsor

The Series Presentation Sponsor