The popular Wetspot summer time trials are about to kick off again for 2016-17. Thanks to the Wetspot crew for again supporting the summer series.

Details of the time trials, and the rules they are conducted under, are set out below.

DATES AND LOCATION: Time trials will commence on Wednesday, 19 October at Molonglo Reach (BGCC club house). Time trials will be conducted every Wednesday twilight until 14 December, resume again on Wednesday, 18 January 2017, with the final race and presentation on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 (final time trial date subject to confirmation of the 2017 marathon and paddlesports calendar).

TIME TRIAL AND BBQ VOLUNTEERS: We need volunteers to assist with timekeeping and the post-TT barbeque. Contact Russell at Russell Lutton to let us know when you are able to assist.

PARTICIPATION BY NON-BGCC/PNSW MEMBERS: Non-BGCC/PNSW paddlers are welcome to participate. However, for insurance purposes, they must to pay a $20 single event entry fee. This is a mandatory AC/PNSW requirement. 

SAFETY: The timekeeper is the final arbiter on whether it is safe to conduct time trials. Lifejackets are mandatory if you are under 14 years of age and/or if you are using club boats. It is highly recommended that all paddlers wear lifejackets.

TIME TRIAL FORMAT: There are three race distances to choose from: 

  • 1 lap (4.7km)*; 
  • 2 laps (9.4km)*; 
  • 3 laps (14.1km)* 

* distances might change slightly when we reset the course.

Paddlers must nominate which distance they intend to paddle and record their name, boat number, boat type (eg, K1, SUP, outrigger etc) on the relevant starting sheet. If you change boat class/SUP type during the time trial season—eg, swap from a TK1 to a K1—you must establish a new PB in the new boat type. Your points will not carry over from the other boat.

You must display a boat number so we can record your time. Boat number holders are available for sale at the club shed or at Wetspot. SUPers who can’t display a boat number must call their number to the timekeeper when crossing the finish line. 

Paddlers doing the two longer courses have the option of portaging at the end of lap 1 and the end of lap 2. Portages start from the pontoon to the right of the course before you reach the canoe polo court. Access the pontoon from either side and portage to the club beach via the grass to the left of the bike path. 

If you portage on your first lap, you are expected to do so on subsequent laps. Failure to comply with this will result in a 60 second addition to your time. Those paddlers who intend to paddle at major events in K1s and K2s should be portaging. Those doing portages will have a PB that includes portage time (you can’t improve your PB subsequently by not portaging). If you are going to portage please indicate this to the timekeepers when you sign on.

There will be three starts, five minutes apart

Start 1 (as close to 5.50pm as possible) for those doing 3 laps; 

Start 2 (5.55pm or five minutes after the first start) for those doing 2 laps. 

Start 3 (6pm or five minutes after the second start) for those doing 1 lap.

  • Your first race over your nominated distance in this year’s time trial series will establish your PB for that distance/boat type and earn you six points in the point score competition. 
  • If you beat your PB in a subsequent race (in the same boat type) you will earn nine points.
  • If you paddle within 2% of your PB in a subsequent race you will get six points. 
  • If you paddle outside your PB by more than 2% in a subsequent race you will get three points. 
  • If you do not complete your nominated distance, you will be given a DNF and one point. 
  • If you are the timekeeper or barbequer, you get six points and lots of commendation!
  • If you miss your nominated start time we will do all possible to work out a time from when you should have started. However, unless we can do this accurately, you may not receive an official elapsed time.
  • Double craft will earn a PB for each crew member. Points earned will be given to both paddlers as individuals. If the boat crew or double boat type changes, it is necessary to establish a new PB.
  • Points earned will be tallied and at season’s end there will be a prize given to the top point scorer. 

The start is in line with the blue and red buoys off the beach pontoon. Please warm up in the area east of the start.

Stay to the right of the course. White buoys indicate some known danger and some caution is required in that area. Paddlers must paddle to the right of the red/pink buoys. Turn at the yellow buoys (the first turn is on the river outside the Hospice the second is at the Monaro Highway Bridge (3rd/last bridge before the water ski area)). All turns are anticlockwise.

To have your time recorded you must finish to the right of the blue buoy off the club beach. Please don’t pass between the blue buoy and the beach unless you are finishing. This is an international rule and should be followed at club level. A one minute penalty will apply to paddlers who do not finish in this way.

Please be aware that the time trials attract paddlers of various abilities and confidence. Please be courteous to others. When passing slower paddlers tell them you are approaching and on which side you are going to pass. Give room to others on the turns and in the areas where there are potential hazards.

Should someone capsize, the accepted protocol is for other competitors to assist if required. If you assist a paddler who has a legitimate problem or who is in the water advise the timekeeper in order to have a time allowance made for providing assistance. 

For further information in the time trial series, contact the marathon convenor,  Russell Lutton.


Results and the cumulative pointscore will be published on the BGCC website as soon as possible after each time trial.