WETSPOT SUMMER SERIES 2018-19

Handicap format and race calendar

HANDICAP FORMAT

As a result of feedback from the recent BGCC member survey and in an endeavour to introduce some different race formats, this summer we will conduct handicap races for most of the 2018-19 Wetspot summer series.

To mix things up, once a month we propose to do something different (tba soon). We’ll also have a break for the Christmas/New Year period. The dates for the series are in the calendar below. The handicap system will be based on your elapsed time over either the one lap (approx 4.7km) or two lap (approx. 9.4km) courses.

Handicap racing is exciting and usually provides close finishes. And because nearly everyone will finishes around the same time, this provides a better opportunity for paddlers to socialise at the post-event barbeque.

Starts will be at one minute intervals. The handicapper will set and adjust handicaps for each race. The handicapper’s decision on your handicap start time is final. Your start time for the next handicap race will be adjusted according to your finish time in your last race and the handicapper’s discretion. Finish times will be rounded down.

Fifty (50) points will be awarded to the first finisher, with descending points awarded for each subsequent finisher. Points will be awarded for both the short and long course finishers. You cannot carry your points across short and long courses. So if you are serious about winning, it is best to decide what distance you want to race at the start of the series.

Paddlers’ cumulative points will count towards the series prizes to be awarded at the club’s annual dinner.

  • First start (with slower paddlers off first) for the long course is at 5.55pm.

 

  • Second start (with slower paddlers off first) for the short course is at 6pm.

Those of you who paddle the series regularly will know that there is not a lot of time to get from work, race, BBQ and pack up. So we have had to introduce a time cutoff for the long course to get paddlers off the water at around the same time and to get everyone home at a reasonable hour.

The time cutoff for the long course is 1:10 hr. If you think you cannot paddle the long course distance under that time you are strongly encouraged to paddle the short course. If you decide to paddle the long course anyway, it is likely your time will not be recorded as the timekeepers will have packed up and gone barbequing.  

Paddlers will need to register their names and expected lap time (in minutes) BEFORE coming to the river. This will be needed only ONCE PER SEASON! You will, however, also need to register yourself in advance and, if you decide to paddle a double boat, your doubles partner as a new entry (including each time you change paddling partner).

To register, go to: https://www.webscorer.com/register?pid=1&raceid=123798&owner=1
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WETSPOT SUMMER SERIES 2018-19 RACE CALENDAR

 

DATE

EVENT

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Timetrial

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Timetrial

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Other event

Wednesday, 21 November 21018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Other event

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR BREAK

 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday,23 January 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Other event

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Handicap race

Saturday, 2 March 2019

PNSW Race 1, 2019 marathon series & State Marathon Championships, Canberra

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Other event

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Other event

 

24 Hour Paddling Challenge 2018

Weekend of 1st – 2nd December, 2018

Hosted by BGCC at Molonglo Reach, Morshead Drive, Campbell, ACT

This year we are again planning for a low-key event. BYO: everything. Shelter tents permitted in a limited area, not under trees. We are not trying to raise lots of funds for any charities, but if you feel like donating for the BGCC to pass on to an appropriate organisation helping drought-affected farming families – all monies will be gratefully received!There will be a collection box on site as well.

Entries:           via Register Now at: 2018 24 hour Entry

Entry Fee:      $30 up to 26th November;       $50 between 27th - 20th November;  Very late Entry! $60 to 8 a.m. on 1st December

Course:           4.7 km loop course on Molonglo River

Briefing:         9:00 a.m.

Start Time:     9:30 a.m., Saturday 1st December, 2018

Finish Time:   9:30 a.m., Sunday 2nd December, 2018

Enter As:        Solo; Team of maximum 4x boats (competitive); or any number of boats (fun); single or double boats

Early Morning Tranquillity, Molonglo Reach, 26th November, 2006.

Paddler Safety: There will be a safety boat stationed at the start/finish area, but paddler safety is to be by paddlers caring for anyone in need of assistance on or in the water. Paddlers are all to have at all times out on the water: a pea-less whistle, readily available to relay a message along the river that the safety boat is needed – either upstream or downstream of the start. Any time spent in assisting another paddler in difficulties will be allowed for in the distance paddled.

From Sunset: lap starting at or after 7:30 p.m.: all paddlers must wear a lifejacket, with a torch and space blanket attached, along with their readily available whistle. All paddlers must have lights on stem and stern of their craft. Cyalumes will be provided for paddlers to use.

Amenities: BGCC Club Shed has warm showers; there are public toilets; a club barbecue will be available and if enough interest is shown, a thick soup can be provided. The club kitchen has a fridge and kettle and pod-coffee drink-maker.

Camping: is not permitted - but "Shelter Tents" are. (So nothing too elaborate please!) There will be designated shelter tent areas - please do not set up camp just anywhere.

Enquiries to: Helen Tongway

The popular Wetspot winter time trials have kicked off again for 2017. Thanks to the Wetspot crew for again supporting the winter series.

Details of the Wetspot summer time-trial series and point scoring system are set out below.

  • START DATE Wednesday 4th October, 2017
  • END DATE Wednesday, 28th March, 2017
  • DISTANCES one/two laps of our river course 
  • START TIMES 5:50 p.m. SHARP for two laps; 5.55 p.m. SHARP for one lap
  • LIFEJACKETS compulsory for all paddlers in club boats, Juniors and non-swimmers
  • FORMAT/POINT SCORING cumulative point score; the points from your nine best time-trials count towards your series cumulative total.
  • RESULTS PUBLICATION BGCC website
  • FREQUENCY/DATES please see the events calendar.

For this season, the point score remains the same, however there will be a handicap which doesn’t attract a point score.  The winner will get a free BBQ on the night.  Craig will issue a handicap on the home page of the club web site on the Friday prior to the handicap time trial.

SAFETY

The timekeeper is the final arbiter on whether it is safe to conduct a time-trial. Should someone capsize, the accepted protocol is for other competitors to assist if required. If you assist a paddler who has a legitimate problem on or in the water please see the timekeeper in order to have a time allowance made for your assistance. 

Please be aware that the time-trial attracts paddlers of varying abilities and confidence. Be courteous to others. When passing slower paddlers tell them you are approaching and on which side you will pass. Hold your line in the turns and give room to others areas where there are potential hazards.

Lifejackets are compulsory for all competitors who are in club boats, cannot swim or are under 16 years of age - in all time-trials.

START/FINISH

The start/finish is in line with the blue buoy off the beach pontoon. Please warm up in the area east/left of the start. Stay to the right of the course. White buoys indicate some known danger and that some caution is required in that area. Paddlers must paddle to the right of the red buoys. 

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.

TIME-TRIAL FORMAT/DISTANCES

The format for the series is the same as for previous summer/winter time-trial series. There are two race distances to choose from: one lap (approx. 4.75 km) or two laps (approx. 9.5 km). The top turn is at the old Monaro Highway Bridge (i.e., paddle under the Malcolm Fraser Bridge and turn at three yellow buoys just before the water ski area). The other turn is at the three yellow buoys near the hospice. All turns are anticlockwise.

The time-trials are conducted on a natural waterway and sometimes marker buoys can move due to flooding or for other reasons. While every effort will be made to reset the course as before, it could potentially change a bit. Be aware also that as a natural waterway there can be snags and debris in the river, particularly close to the banks. 

POINT SCORING

Paddlers must nominate which of the two distances they intend to paddle and record their name, boat number, boat type (e.g. — K1, SUP, outrigger etc) on the relevant start sheet. If you change boat/SUP during the series—e.g., go from a TK1 to a K1—you will have to establish a new/initial six-point PB in the new craft. You cannot accumulate points based on the time/distance set in a different boat/SUP.

Make sure you receive and display a boat number so the timekeeper can record your time. 

The cumulative point scoring competition works like this:

  • All participants start with zero points (i.e., your points from previous series do not carry over),
  • Points from your best nine results (out of 12 winter time-trials) will establish your end of winter series points tally. The paddler with the highest accumulated points wins. 
  • Your first race over your nominated distance will establish your PB for that distance/boat and earn you six points in the cumulative point score competition. 
  • Should you beat your PB in a subsequent race (in the same boat over the same distance) you will earn nine points. 
  • Should you come within two per cent of your PB in a subsequent race you will earn six points. 
  • Should you finish outside your PB by more than two per cent in a subsequent race you will earn three points. 
  • Should you not complete your nominated distance, you will be given a DNF and earn one point. 
  • Timekeeper earns six points.
  • Double boats earn a PB for each crew member in their first race. Points earned will be given to both paddlers as individuals. If the boat crew/double boat change, it is necessary to establish a new PB.

TIMEKEEPERS

We need you to time-keep! As per last summer, we will operate with two timekeepers. If you haven’t done timekeeping, let us know and we will place you with someone who has so you can learn the ropes. Please advise Craig Elliott or Patricia Ashton when you can time-keep, or learn to do so.

PORTAGING

Paddlers doing the longer course have the option of portaging at the end of lap 1. Portages will be started on the pontoon placed to the right of the course before you reach the canoe polo court. Access the pontoon from either side and portage to the beach pontoon via the grass on the river side of the bike path. 

Those paddlers who intend to paddle at major events in K1s, C1s, K2s are encouraged to portage. Those portaging will record a time that includes portage time (you can’t improve your PB subsequently by not portaging). If you intend to portage, please note this on the record sheet and advise the timekeeper. 

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 and complete the PNSW single event entry form. This is a mandatory AC/PNSW requirement.  

RESULTS

Results and the cumulative point scores will be published on the BGCC website as soon as possible after each timetrial.

 

For further information on the winter timetrial series, contact the marathon convenor, Craig Elliott.

 

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.

Subcategories

40th Burley Griffin Bash    Sunday 28th February 2016.

 

40th Burley Griffin Bash, 28th February, 2016. Short course Amalga-
Sunday             mated
                 
Course in 2016:             
Around Capt Cook Fountain, 2 islands, Kingston Red Buoy: up river to top turn; 2nd lap just heading up-river 
                 
Dist. Class sex Age Place Name(s) Time Club placings
30km OS1 M V55 1 Tony Hystek 2:30:30  LCRK 1
  OS1 M V55 2 Graeme Ison 2:56:43  BGCC 2
  MR1 M V55 1 Richard Barnes 3:00:40  Syd Uni 3
                 
  OS1 X V35 1 Kate Dawson/Steve Dawson 2:33:43  SSCC 1
  LR2 X V35 DNS Bob Turner/Kristy Benjamin DNS SSCC  
                 
                 
Course 2016:              
Across LBG, around two islands and return.      
13 km                
  K1 M Open 1 Lachlan Bakewell 1:03:04 HVPC 1
  K1 M V35 1 Craig Elliott 1:03:10 BGCC 2
  K1 M V45 1 Greg Hillier 1:13:36 HVPC 4
  K1 M V65 1 Paul Byrnes 1:11:29 HVPC 3
                 
  OS1 M V45 1 Malcolm Hall 1:07:22 BGCC 1
  OS1 M V45 2 Jonathan Taylor 1:19:12 None 2
  OS1 M V65 1 Bruce Kentwell 1:19:15 BGCC 3
  OS1 M V65 2 Robert Bruce 1:20:16 BGCC 4
                 
  MR1 M V55 1 Paul Kenny 2:04:42 WBCC 3
  MR1 M V65 1 Gerry Foster 1:19:18 None 1
  MR1 M V75 1 Basil Yule 1:51:36 BGCC 2
                 
  LR2 L V55 1 Patricia Ashton/Anne Cronin 1:15:31 BGCC 1
  LR2 M V65 1 Geoff Pickup/David Tongway 1:29:26 BGCC 2
                 
  TC1 M V65 1 Allan Newhouse 1:30:39 BGCC 1
  UNC1 M V55 2 Nick Hocking 1:50:29 BGCC 2