Race Rules


Before the Race



  • Every paddler will be issued an individual race number plate and number to be pinned on to the paddler for the event. This number must be displayed in a number slot on the boat being used by the paddler.

  • Paddlers cannot race under another paddlers number.

  • Paddlers must have raised $50.00 for the RSPCA-ACT before they will be issued with a race number at registration. Paddlers cannot start without a race number. Paddlers who are members of the a team who have met this requirement can start the race for the team but any members of same team who have not satisfied the sponsorship requirement, will not be issued their race number will




Craft


Race officials will randomly test any craft to ensure they meet following requirements:

  • Have sufficient buoyancy for the craft to float upright and horizontal when completely filled with water. The following are acceptable to increase buoyancy to the required level:

    • Air Bags that cannot be dislodged.
    • Foam fixed n position
    • air right compartments with secure hatches

  • Are propelled with the paddler facing forward.


Teams can use more than one class of boat, however the handicap for the team will be based on the fastest handicap of any of the paddlers.

Solo Paddlers can change boats during the race if they change to the same or slower class, if their boat is damaged during the event. This determination will be based on the HCC handicapping table.

Life Jackets


This event is being conducted with ACT laws, PaddleNSW rules and the terms of the event permit. While life jackets are not required by law all paddlers are encouraged to wear life jackets especially seniors (over 55), juniors (under 18) and weak swimmers. The following specific rules apply:

  • Life Jackets, excluding inflatable life jackets, that meet the Level 50S Australian Standard, are mandatory for any laps started between 6.45pm and 6.00am.
  • Life jackets are also mandatory for all Paddlers under 14 as per PaddleNSW competition rules.





The Course


The course starts and finished at Molonglo Reach adjacent to the Burley Griffin Canoe Club Sheds. The transition are will be at the beach. A map of the course is below.




Please not the following about the course:


  • Blue Buoys identify the start and finish line.
  • Red Buoys centre of the course. Paddlers must keep the buoys take the red buoys on the left side of their boat.
  • Yellow Buoys not the turn around point on the course.Take the yellow buoys on the left.
  • White Buoys will be used to identify obstacles or dangers.
  • At night the Red, Yellow and White Buoys will be marked with red, orange and blue lights respectively. Blue glow-sticks will be used to highlight any other obstacles.
  • A timing chute will be established close to the shore at the end of the lap. The entry to the chute will be identified with buoys and swimming lane ropes. To have a lap recorded paddlers must pass through the chute. All solo paddlers must pass through the timing chute every lap. For teams, only the paddler completing the lap is to come through the timing chute.
  • The southern bank of the river due in not to be used for to impact on the wetlands reserve.


The Race




All paddlers must follow the directions of race officials at all times. For the purpose of the race the following are race officials:



  • race organiser,
  • course marshall,
  • parking and campsite marshalls,
  • first aid attendant, and
  • safety boat operators.

The start will commence at midday on 3 December. A 15, 3 and 1 minute warning will be given prior to the start.


Laps will be recorded when the active paddler goes past the start finish line in the timing chute. Only the paddle completing the lap is to come down the timing chute.


Team changes occur in the transition area between the finish line and the pontoon. The finishing paddler must move in front of the starting paddler at some point through the transition area.


Paddlers can start their last lap up to 11:40am but the race clock but must finish the lap by 12:10pm for the lap to be recorded.




There will be three safety boats supporting the event. Two safety boats will be on the water at any given time. During day light hours they will be positioned in locations giving maximum visibility of the course. At night a safety boat will be located at each end of the course with the third being mobile.

If a paddler capsizes, nearby paddlers are required to assist until a rescue boat arrives. time bonuses can be requested if required. If you are required to assist, a time bonus may be awarded.Paddlers recovering themselves may not use the southern bank on the nature reserve.




  • Teams will be classified as competitive, social, Junior (U18) or mixed.There will need to be three teams of the same classification to constitute a class.Other wise all teams will compete against each other as a class.
  • Where a team is made up of paddlers using different craft, sex or ages the team handicap will be based on the fastest handicap of any of the teams paddlers.
  • Solo Paddlers can change boats during the race if they change to the same or slower class, if their boat is damaged during the event. This determination will be based on the HCC handicapping table.