Schedule and Rules

Race holding period is July 29-30, 2017.
A final day/course announcement will be made no later than Thursday, July 27th at 4:00 PM. Priority will be a July 29th (Saturday) crossing, but paddlers must be prepared for both days and an alternate course given the variable conditions on the Great Lakes.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens March 1st, 2017 and closes June 30th, 2017. Register early as entries will be limited.
The registration fee is $135 (solo); $225 (2-person team); $300 (3-person team).
Entrants will be asked to submit a paddling history that demonstrates an ability to paddle at a pace of 8:30/km or faster for an extended period and an ability to paddle in rough water.
Race directors reserve the right to reject entries from paddlers with insufficient experience. In such cases, registration fees will be refunded.
Each paddler will receive a race jersey, race t-shirt, finishers award, food/drink and a shot a prizes.
Entrants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation and retaining an escort boat that meets requirements (one escort boat per paddler or relay team).

SCHEDULE

Evening before race – Mandatory check-in for paddlers and escort boat captains at Lock Street Brewery, Port Dalhouise
5:00 am – Safety check begins at the start area
6:00 am – Sunrise (escort boats should be loaded on the water)
6:15 am – Racers meeting
6:30 am – Start (paddleboards)
7:00 am – Start (OC and surfski)
12:00 pm – First paddlers expected to finish
2:30 pm – All paddlers off the water
Food and awards to follow

START LINE PERMISSION

Before the race, all paddlers must:
1) Submit signed paddler and escort boat captain waivers.
2) Pass a safety check (jersey, PFD, leash, and signalling device).
3) Have escort boat captain confirm position in the waiting area.
Once all conditions are met, the paddler will receive a race number to affix to their board, granting permission to move to the start line.

COMPETITION RULES

Race classes: Male SUP (14′); female SUP (12’6); male paddleboard (open); female paddleboard (open); SUP 2-person team; paddleboard 2-person team; SUP 3-person team; paddleboard 3-person team; OC-1 and OC-2; surfski. Race class divisions are subject to change based on participation.
Relay teams will share one board, but can use different paddles. Exchanges can take place at any time, but must be done in the water, at least 10 meters away from the escort boat.
Stand-up paddlers must complete the entire race standing up. Kneeling or sitting for more than one minute at a time will result in a time penalty to be determined by race officials.
Drafting is not allowed after the first 15 minutes of the race. Drafting is defined as being in the wake of a craft or fellow paddler for more than one minute in any five minute span.
No assistance from escort boats other than passing of food or liquids. Any paddlers gaining forward assistance, lateral shelter or rest by way of the escort boat will be disqualified. This includes drafting behind/beside, paddling in the wake, holding onto or resting on the boat.

PRIZES

A maximum $2,600 cash purse will be divided equally among the top male and female solo SUP racers, as follows:
1st place: $600
2nd place: $400
3rd place: $200
4th place: $100
Note that prize money is conditional on the number of entries received, and will be scaled accordingly.
Various other prizes will be available for relay teams, prone paddlers and all other finishers.

SAFETY RULES

Each solo paddler and relay team is responsible for retaining an escort boat, and compliance with the following Safety Rules:
1. All competitors must wear a personal flotation device and carry a signaling device (e.g., a whistle). Belt pack PFDs are permitted.
2. All competitors must wear the provided race jersey. Personal locator beacons are recommended for additional safety.
3. All competitors must wear a leash.
4. All SUP paddlers must use race or downwind-style boards. Surfboard shaped SUPs and SUPs less than 12’6” in length are not permitted.
5. Solo paddlers and teams must stay with their escort boat. If an escort boat has a mechanical problem, the paddler or team must stop and remain with his or her escort boat.
6. No feeding from the rear of an escort boat under any circumstances. Escort boats may approach paddlers to provide nourishment but must otherwise keep at least 10 meters from all paddlers.
7. Escort boats must have one spotter in addition to the captain.
8. Escort boats must assist any paddler or boat in distress.
9. No fishing from escort boats during the race.
10. Any paddler or team that withdraws before the finish must notify the race directors as instructed.
11. Any paddler or team that has not reached the T2 buoy (roughly 30 miles) by the cutoff time must withdraw and ride in an escort boat to the finish. This will be strictly enforced.
Note: Additional escort boat information is available on the escort boat page.

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