Details of the BGCC winter time trial series for 2019 and the rules the series will be conducted under are set out below. 

DATES AND LOCATION: Time trials will commence on Sunday, 9 June at Molonglo Reach (BGCC club house). Time trials are not held on weekends that coincide with races in the PNSW marathon series. 

Three of the winter races—on 11 August and 8, 22 September—will again be held at balmy Nelligen, providing a good opportunity to escape Canberra cold.


  • Sunday, 9 June, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 16 June, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 23 June, NO TIME TRIAL (PNSW Penrith race)
  • Sunday, 30 June, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 7 July, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 14 July NO TIME TRIAL (PNSW Davistown race)
  • Sunday, 21 July, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 28 July, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 4 August, NO TIME TRIAL (PNSW Windsor race)
  • Sunday, 11 August, Nelligen, 10 am (Round 1 of Nelligen Cup)
  • Sunday, 18 August, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 25 August NO TIME TRIAL (PNSW Teralba race)
  • Sunday, 1 September, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 8 September, Nelligen, 10 am (Round 2 of Nelligen Cup)
  • Sunday, 15 September, Molonglo Reach 9.30 am
  • Sunday, 22 September, Nelligen, 10 am (Round 3 of Nelligen Cup)
  • Sunday, 29 September, Molonglo Reach, 9.30 am

HELP! We need club members to learn the Webscorer timekeeping software and to assist with timekeeping. Contact the BGCC marathon convenor, 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, it is a mandatory PA/PNSW requirement that for insurance purposes non-BGCC/PNSW members must pay a $20 single event entry fee. 

SAFETY: The timekeeper is the final arbiter of whether it is safe to conduct time trials. Lifejackets are mandatory for all paddlers during winter.

TIME TRIAL FORMAT: There are two distances to choose from: 

  • 2 laps (approx. 9.4km) Start time 9.30 am
  • 1 lap (approx. 4.7km) Start time 9.35 am

Depending on the number of paddlers participating, the two distances may be started together; so be at the river ready for a 9.30 am start.

Paddlers must provide their details, including boat number and the distance they intend to paddle, to the timekeeper. They should also provide details of the boat type they will paddle (eg, K1, SUP, outrigger etc), including whether it is the first time in the 2019 series they have paddled that boat type. If you change boat class/SUP type during the winter—eg, swap from a TK1 to a K1—you must establish a new benchmark PB in the new boat type.

You must display a boat number so we can record your time. Paddlers who can’t display a boat number should call their number to the timekeeper when crossing the finish line. 


  • Your first race over your nominated distance in the 2019 winter time trial series will establish your benchmark 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/over the same distance) you will earn nine points.
  • If you paddle within 2% of your PB (in the same boat type/over the same distance) you will earn six points. 
  • If you paddle outside your PB by more than 2% in any subsequent race you will earn three points. 
  • If you do not complete your nominated distance, it will be recorded as a DNF and you will be awarded one point. 
  • If you miss the nominated start time the timekeeper will try to keep a time for you. However, unless this can be done accurately you may not receive an official elapsed time.
  • Double craft will earn points for each crew member. Points earned will be given to both paddlers as individuals. If the boat crew and/or double boat type changes, it is necessary to establish a new benchmark PB.
  • Your cumulative points earned over winter will be tallied and at season’s end there will be an award for the top point scorer. 

Nelligen-Clyde River course

You will be advised on the day what courses have been set.

Molonglo River course

The start is in line with the blue buoy 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 buoys. Turn at the yellow buoys (the first turn is at the Hospice end of the river; the second is at the Monaro Highway Bridge—the 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. A one minute penalty may be applied to paddlers who do not finish in this way.

Be aware that the time trials attract paddlers of varying 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 or call for assistance, the accepted protocol is for other competitors to assist if required. If you assist a paddler who has a genuine problem or who is in the water, advise the timekeeper in order to have a time allowance made for your providing assistance. 

For further information on the time trial series, contact the BGCC marathon convenor, Russell Lutton

The results will be published on Webscorer and the cumulative point-score will be published on the BGCC website as soon as possible after each time trial.