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Rules of Race

1. Safety

  1. All paddlers are required to wear a CSA approved Personal Buoyancy Aid (PBA) (“life jacket”). No inflatable lifejackets will be permitted.
  2. Anyone finishing a race without their lifejacket ON will be disqualified.
  3. Flares or Cellphone with NSRI emergency number (082 990 5955 on pre-dial) in a pouch are required. Race Director Number: 071 678 7147
  4. Leashes are required. If wind over 25km/hr: Leash + Flares (or Cell Phone) compulsory for all.
  5. If a paddler does not offer assistance to another paddler in distress, they will be disqualified.
  6. Paddlers are required to wear bright clothing, caps and lifejackets to assist visibility to NSRI, and all support craft, or for aerial searches.
  7. The Race director (and crew) and NSRI may decide whether a participant should be prevented from continuing the race at any time. This decision will be final and binding upon the paddler.
  8. Any paddler who fails to give his number to the time keeper, at the end of any race (or when he withdraws from the course), will be fined R100.

2. Registration

  1. All paddlers participating in this race must be registered with Canoeing South Africa (CSA).
  2. All competitors will be required to complete an Indemnity form.
  3. Race Entries will be taken at event from 1.5 hours before race start. Race entries close 30 Minutes before the stated race start time.

3. Starting

  1. A race briefing will take place 5 minutes before the start of the race to confirm the racecourse, safety issues and any other salient facts.
  2. It is the paddler’s responsibility to ensure that he is present at the race briefing and no responsibility will be accepted by the organizers for the competitors who were not present.
  3. The start will take place from a designated area the beach. All paddlers are required to launch through the surf within the designated area, and could be disqualified for launching outside of the designated area.False starters will receive a 2 Minute time penalty.

4. Race Course

  1. Any competitor who does not comply with the safety requirements will be disqualified.
  2. Any competitor who does not follow the prescribed racecourse on the day will be disqualified.
  3. Any Competitor who rides the wake of a motorised craft will be disqualified.
  4. Any competitor who “beaches” his craft before the finish (or anywhere other than at designated “checkpoints”) is to notify the race director of his having done so whether or not he intends to continue the race, by returning to the sea, or along the shore.
  5. Any competitor, who gains unfair advantage through unsportsmanlike behavior, will be disqualified.
  6. Here is a Google Map of the Race Course. Depending on wind direction the Start will either be from Swartvlei Marina (preferred course and also if there is no wind or slight breeze)  or Herold’s Bay. In both instances the Finish will be on the beach infront of the NSRI base in Wilderness.

Surfski Routes

5. Finish

  1. The finish will be between two markers, clearly identified and pointed out to competitors at the briefing i.e. 2 wobblies with flags.
  2. Competitors must finish the race with the craft they started the race in. Paddles may be changed.
  3. Paddlers must cross the finish line with their craft (doubles includes both paddlers) Paddles do not need to be carried.
  4. The onus is on the paddler to ensure that timekeepers have registered their number.
  5. It is the onus of all competitors to cross the finish line or advise the organisers that they have withdrawn from the event. R100 Fine to any paddler who does not sign in or give in number to the time keepers.
  6. It is the onus of the organisers to institute a search for any competitor who had not crossed the finish line or advised of his withdrawalThe costs of this search will be borne by the competitor who had withdrawn and not notified the organisers (a helicopter search can costs +/- R5000 per hour).
  7. Craft must be removed from the finish line immediately their number has been recorded.
  8. Protests and disputes, accompanied by a fee of R500-00, must be delivered to the Race Director within 30 minutes after the the paddler crosses the finish line, in writing. Fees will be refunded where the party lodging the dispute or protest is successful, or at the discretion of the arbitrators. A panel of three arbitrators, appointed by the race director (or in his absence by the organisers), will hear all protests and disputes. The decision taken by the panel of arbitrators will be final and binding on the parties. The panel of arbitrators may impose penalties for breach of any of the rules or regulations. This may include time penalties or disqualification, but without being limited thereto.

Please Read NSRI document on Paddling Safety

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This entry was posted on December 2, 2014 by in NSRI Beach Festival, Surfski Race and tagged , , , , .
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