WETSPOT SUMMER SERIES 2018-19

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

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 and/or the marathon convenor 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 two race distances to choose from: 

  • 1 lap (approx. 4.7km) 
  • 2 laps (approx. 9.4km) 

Paddlers must nominate which distance they intend to paddle and record their name and boat number with the timekeeper to record in Webscorer. 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. 

There will be two starts, five minutes apart

Start 1 (5.55pm) for those doing 2 laps. 

Start 2 (6pm) 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 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 (third/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. 

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