Rules

  • Covid protocols
  • On-line registration via dot cloud system only – system will close at 16:00 on the afternoon of each race – no on-site entries, or cash on the day, will be entertained.
  • No race briefing, this will be communicated via website, social media, various whattsapp groups
  • Social distancing 2m
  • Hand sanitizers will be available
  • Masks compulsory when not on the water
  • Starts will only be Deep water starts for the entire series – paddlers are to be lined up at exactly 17:30 at designated start line as per course layout decided every week. Start line will be clearly marked. Please make your way to the start line individually and not in groups.
  • Finish line – paddlers to cross line and clear off the beach immediately, no hanging around discussing war stories at finish line on the beach.
  • There will be no official prize giving as per Covid restrictions – results will be posted on social media & website, race luck draw prizes will be announced on social media.
  • Marine club house will be open for refreshments & limited food options, but strict Covid protocols must be adhered to.
  • Safety Protocols –
  • Paddlers must be KNCU / CSA registered to enter. For this inshore series, a social membership (R130 per year) will suffice. This membership will also allow you to enter other inshore ski races and local flat water canoe races around the country for the year. Please do this registration process timeously and not on the afternoon of the race. Go to canoesa.org.za Your “license” will need to be activated by your club before it becomes active. The system will not allow you to enter the race without an active license.
  • All paddlers must have passed the CSA basic Surfski Proficiency test in order to participate. This test can be done with the safety officer at your club. Failing that, Mark Lewin and Colin Simpkins are prepared to assist paddlers in this regard. If you do not have a basic proficiency, arrive at the beach 2 hours before the start and you will be assisted (make sure that you are already registered), or contact Mark directly to set something up on another day.
  • LIFEJACKET as per CSA specifications COMPULSORY – NOT NEGOTIABLE. We will definitely be doing a PFD check at the races. Paddlers with PFD’s that do not conform will be given a one race grace. Their names will be recorded. If they arrive at another race without the required PFD, they will be turned away. Please note that the “belt” type PFD does not conform with CSA specifications.
  • Paddlers must check in before each race with John Oliver on the beach and the proceed out to start line
  • Paddlers who do not complete race must come to John and report that they have pulled out.

Racing Rules

1. A race briefing will be distributed by video on the race Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as to various surfski WhatsApp groups, an hour before the start of the race to confirm the racecourse, safety and any other relevant information. It is the paddlers’ responsibility to ensure that they watch these race briefings.
2. Start procedure:
Staggered starts – Doubles start first, followed by Men’s Singles, Ladies Singles, Short Course Single and Doubles together and lastly SUP’s.
To ensure safe and Covid-19 regulations compliance, all races will have a deep-water offshore start.
3. Finish:

  • The finish will be between two markers/flags, clearly identified and pointed out to competitors on the beach.
  • Paddlers must cross the finish line with their craft (Doubles include both paddlers)
  • Paddles do not need to be carried
  • The onus is on the paddler to ensure that timekeepers have registered their number.
  • All competitors must cross the finish line or advise the organizers that they have withdrawn from the event. If the organizers are required to institute a search for any competitor who has not crossed the finish line or advised the organizers of their withdrawal, the cost of the search will be borne by the competitor.
  • Craft must be removed from the finish line immediately after their number has been recorded.

4. Any competitor who does not comply with safety requirements will be disqualified
5. Any competitor who does not follow the prescribed racecourse on the day will be disqualified
6. Any competitor who rides the wake of a motorized craft will be disqualified
7. Any competitor who gains an unfair advantage through unsportsmanlike behavior will be disqualified

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