Each entrant for the event must sign the indemnity declaration on the Entry Form before the event. If under 18 years, the parent or guardian must sign.
Competitors must follow the designated set course, to be manned by water marshals and/or rescue staff.
The paddler is intended to be standing at all times whilst paddling, i.e. a competitor must be standing while paddling once the race has started until crossing over the finish line or until exiting from the water to cross the finish line on the river.
The “Five-Stroke Rule” counts – to allow for race continuity, a participant can take (5) strokes on his/her knees before standing. This rule applies if a participant falls from their board due to sever weather conditions. A competitor is allowed to sit, lay prone or kneel to rest without making forward progress. So that a participant does not achieve an advantage by not standing up, if a competitor takes more than five strokes while sitting, lying prone or kneeling once a race has started the competitor may be disqualified (DQ) or a time penalty of 1 minute per infringement is applied. The exception with this would be for safety reasons where a competitor needs to avoid, or may be put into a potentially dangerous situation that would put themselves or others at risk of injury and or damage to property.
A competitor shall only use the paddle, waves and wind to propel the board forward during a race. No outside assistance by drafting a vessel not in the race, no engine, no sail, no wearing baggy clothing or clothing designed to catch wind, or any other speed device not considered the norm to SUP racing, is allowed. Boat wakes are considered natural conditions unless a competitor is deemed to be getting an unfair advantage over other competitors as with drafting.
The use of wetsuits and hats (for sun protection) are permissible.
Competitors shall be mindful of the hand signals to be used if someone is injured or in danger (paddle in the air, waiving or erect) or inneed of help but not injured (hand in the air). All competitors should be mindful with any persons that may be in danger during the course of the race and should assist or help get safety staff attention.
The course is along the Touw River and have easy escape routes, but any paddler that are not comfortable of swimming at least 30 metres, must wear a life jacket.
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.
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 & Race Format
Registration will take place at the admin caravan on Wilderness Main Beach (at NSRI base)
All competitors will be required to complete an Indemnity form.
Race will start at 11:30 on 13 December 2014 from under the N2 Bridge at the mouth of the Touw River.
Race entries close 30 Minutes before the stated race start time.
Race format will be a “Long Distance Race” of 7.5km with “SUP Unlimited class” board restrictions.
Boards must be single hulls, twin hulls (catamarans) are not allowed.
Fin(s) are allowed, except for fins that have one or multiple points protruding from any one fin. (please take in consideration that there are many shallow areas in the Touw River that can damage the fins)
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.
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.
The start will be a “Water Start” – competitors form a straight-line perpendicular to the first rounding buoy and between two points (feathers or structures indicate at race briefing). False starters will receive a 2 Minute time penalty.
4. Race Course
The course is an out and back course along the Touw River and is an estimated 7.5km long.
The race will start at the N2 bridge near the Touw River mouth. The course will be along the river for approximately 3.7km (Ebb-and-Flow North bridge) and turn anti-clockwise underneath the bridge. A marshal will be present to mark the paddlers making the turn and to confirm the correct route is followed.
Any competitor who does not follow the prescribed racecourse on the day will be disqualified.
Normal water navigation rules count. Keep to the right (starboard) side and pass on the left (port) side.
Any competitor who “lands” 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 river, or along the bank/road.
Any competitor, who gains unfair advantage through unsportsmanlike behavior, will be disqualified.
Avoiding contact – Definition of overlap: When the nose of an overtaking board is at, or ahead of the feet of the paddler in front. Establishment of overlap to give right of way: Overlap must be established minimum 3 board-lengths before a mark or obstacle. Overtaking paddler to keep clear until such time that the overlap is broken. The paddler ahead may change direction to follow her proper course while being overtaken and the overtaking board is to keep clear until such time as the overlap is broken. The overtaking paddler is not entitled to room until the overlap is broken. A paddler shall avoid contact with another paddler if reasonably possible. However, a right-of-way paddler or one entitled to room or mark room a.) need not act to avoid contact until it is clear that the other board is not keeping clear or giving room or mark room, and b.) shall not be penalised under this rule. A paddler clear behind must keep clear of a paddler ahead and if she then creates an overlap she must still keep clear.
Here is a Google Map of the Race Course.
The finish will be “Water Finish” between the two start markers, clearly identified and pointed out to competitors at the race briefing.
Competitors must finish the race with the craft they started the race in. Paddles may be changed.
Paddlers must cross the finish line with their craft.
The onus is on the paddler to ensure that timekeepers have registered their number.
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 not give in his number to the time keepers.
Penalties for any violation of the rules by a competitor during a race and based on a decision of the event organiser for the violation of the five-stroke rule shall be: the addition of 1 minute (60 seconds) to the competitor’s finishing time per infraction. In the case of a major infraction, or repeated infractions, a competitor may be given a Disqualification (DQ).
If a competitor does not feel that they were in the wrong they must declare to the other party that they feel they are not in violation of the rules and will continue on racing, however, they must be able to bring witnesses to the event organiser to state their case or they risk being given a Disqualification (DQ). 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.