Introduction of Marine Safety Regulation, from 1 July 2016
If you are paddling in NSW please note:
From 1st July 2016, in NSW, all kayakers need to be wearing a lifejacket at all times.
The 100 metre rule is gone.
The only one exception is if you are “accompanied”, which means either…
- …in a vessel which has more than one occupant over 12
- …another paddler is close enough to render immediate assistance
This probably means:
- If you were in a double kayak and are now in the water, nobody is in a position to render assistance
- Immediate assistance means less than 20 metres away at all times and is very subjective
So wear a lifejacket on and avoid the fine!
(Fines have increased to $250 as well.)
The advisory note is here… http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/reg-change.pdf
The full legislation is here… http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/regulation/2016/308/part6/div3/sec123
Winter Time Trial - 2016
The BGCC winter time trial series kicked off on Sunday, 24 April 2016 at the new time of 9:30 a.m. (two laps) and 9:35 a.m. (1 lap).
We really need people to do their share of the time keeping, so please contact Russell Lutton and put your name on the roster to assist.
The rules and point scoring format, together with the winter time trial calendar, are available at here.
The wearing of lifejackets is compulsory for the winter time trial series. Each month one of the Sunday time trials is nominated as part of the National Time Trial Series (NTTS) of races
Due to the PNSW marathon series races conducted during the winter, time trials will not be held every Sunday. On weekends when these events clash, other activities will be organised and advised closer to the relevant dates.
Each month one of the Sunday time trials is nominated as part of the National Time Trial Series (NTTS) of races, which are comparisons of time taken per km for paddlers from several clubs around Australia. Free entry to see how your speed compares with others in similar boats and at similar ages.