This event will run strictly in accordance with the PaddleNSW Covid-19 Safety Plan. There will be no pre-race briefing on the day. A race briefing will be emailed to all paddlers on Friday 30th October, 2020.
It is the individual Paddler’s responsibility to read the briefing and to be aware of any changes to course or conditions, start times, etc. Ignorance is not an excuse. Paddlers are advised not to arrive at the event venue any more than 90 minutes before their chosen Start Time.
Entry to the Water
Entry gates will be opened prior to each Start. As per the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, all participant boats will be checked for compliance before entering the water. It is the responsibility of all paddlers to have themselves and their craft pass through the entry chute. Failure to do so will render you a ‘Did not Start’, as your number will not be recorded.
The Starts & Starting Line
The starts will be in line with the end of the ramp to the beach area, where the PaddleNSW Timing tent will be set up. The warm-up area is upstream of the Start/Finish line. Please assist the starters and all paddlers by not paddling downstream (towards the bridge) of the Start/Finish Line prior to any of the race starts.
Three (3) minutes before all race starts, an announcement will be made over the public address system. Paddlers are to align themselves at the southern most point of the beach area, until asked to move downstream to the start line together with the walking starter. The race will be started with the words “Ready, Go” in accordance with ICF/AC Marathon standard practice.
Paddlers are to follow the river to their respective turn points. There are no channel markers to be observed on this course in terms of course alignment. It is the responsibility of overtaking craft to do so in the safest possible manner. Overtaking craft do not have right of way. All turns will be made in an anticlockwise direction.
The finish line is at the PaddleNSW Timing tent, adjacent to the bottom of the pedestrian ramp. The finish line is only open from 7:45pm onwards. Paddlers in ‘early’ starts (3pm for 50kms, 5pm for 24kms) finishing before this time will automatically be given a finish time of 7:45pm. Paddlers in ‘late’ starts (4pm for 50kms, 6pm for 24kms) finishing before 7:45pm will be given their actual time. With this in mind, paddlers are advised to choose their start time carefully.
The Safety Boat located at the 50km turn point will leave its station and start to return to the finish line at 6:45pm. Paddlers who have not reached the 50km turn point by this time will be turned around by this safety boat, which will also act as the ‘sweep’ and will signify that the course has been closed behind it. Instructions from race officials and/or safety boat captains must be complied with at all times. Paddlers failing to follow instructions will be disqualified.
Paddlers are required to carry a fully charged mobile phone in their boat, and in the event of an emergency, to call the safety officer’s number so that assistance can be rendered as quickly as possible. This number will be written on a wristband to be worn by all paddlers.
Paddlers are also requested to load and run the App “Glympse” for the duration of this event. PaddleNSW will have a technician on site during the day to assist in the loading and set up of the Glympse App on paddlers’ phones if required.
Paddlers must render assistance to other paddlers in need. Paddlers must obey the directions of the safety boat captain(s) at all times. If paddlers are directed to turn around short of any turn they must do so immediately.
Additionally, if paddlers see a red flag flown by a race official anywhere along the course, this will indicate the race has been stopped and paddlers should proceed directly to the nearest official and enquire of the reason and what steps they should take to get to safety.
Part of the conditions imposed by local council, who also assist in the running of this event, are that we leave the park as we found it, and take away our rubbish. Please use the garbage bags supplied for your rubbish and take it away with you. Please don’t fill the park bins. People will want to use the park in the following days, and the bins won’t get emptied until later in the next week.
In accordance with recent changes to ICF Rules, paddlers observed dropping fluid bags, supplement or other packaging into the river, will be disqualified immediately. Wrappers & packaging used in all craft MUST return with the craft and be taken off-site by paddlers.
Each boat/craft entered will be provided with a Race Number, which must be affixed to a fitted vertical Number Board Holder, and clearly displayed and visible to officials at all times. SUP entrants will be provided with a number Bib, which must be pinned to their paddle pants (right leg, facing the shore). The Race Number and Bibs must be returned on completion of your race.