A 32-Mile Paddleboard Race from Niagara to Toronto
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 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).
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.
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.
A maximum $2,600 cash purse will be divided equally among the top male and female solo SUP racers, as follows: