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Canoe Classic

The Hawkesbury Classic 2024 Relay Rules

  1. All paddlers in a Relay Team are to each pay the appropriate Entry Fee and Sponsorship amount equal to individuals entering the Classic.

  2. There may be between two to six paddlers in a Relay Team. 

  3. Paddlers in a relay team may choose to paddle 1 or 2 legs, or 3 legs if a double craft paddling with different partners on different legs.

  4. All paddlers and all Craft in a Relay Team must report to Scrutineering, Registration and Paddler Briefing at the start at Windsor, together.

  5. Each Relay Craft is to have all and correct Safety Equipment.

  6. Each Relay paddler may paddle their own craft. Each craft must be the one passed by the scrutineers at the start, and to have safety equipment checked again at the start of each leg where it is used.

  7. One number will be allocated to a Relay Team and the number transferred to the replacement craft at changeovers

  8. Relay teams must submit a plan of proposed changeovers prior to the event. This is to be submitted to the entries coordinator by 6pm, 30 September 2024. The plan shall state the name of the paddler(s) assigned to each leg.

  9. All paddlers in a Relay Team shall wear an official wristband issued at registration, identifying them as a team member. The relay team shall be disqualified if seen without their wristband and marked DSQ.

  10. Relay changeover points are only at Checkpoint D Sackville and Checkpoint I Wisemans.

  11. At the changeover checkpoints D and I, no relay craft shall be parked in high traffic areas including the beach and staging areas at Sackville and the boat ramp at Wisemans.

  12. The official distances for each leg are:

Wisemans Dash
Classic Relay
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13. Members of a relay team may act as landcrew for others in the team subject to completion of the regular landcrew indemnity online.

14. At both Sackville and Wisemans, a relieving paddler must check in with HCC nominated officials before the arrival of their craft from the preceding leg. If using a new craft, this paddler must have their own craft re-scrutineered for Safety Equipment. The paddler from the preceding leg must check in after exiting the craft. Race officials must always know who is on the water, even if the same as the submitted plan. Failure to advise as above will incur disqualification (DSQ).

15. Race organisers may check relay or any other craft to confirm they are carrying all compulsory equipment at any time during the event, including at the Finish. Paddlers found to be missing any equipment are liable to penalty, including having the whole relay team incurring disqualification (DSQ).

16. A paddler who chooses to paddle in the relay with different partners on each leg and completes the full 111km shall be credited with a full Classic finish.

17. Safety equipment Summary – per Craft:


Refer to full Safety Equipment List at:


Each paddler shall have:

  • Lifejacket / PFD. No inflatables

  • Whistle Pea-less; attached to Lifejacket

  • Waterproof light: Attached to lifejacket

  • Emergency Blanket: Attached to lifejacket

  • Food and Drink: Sufficient for your intended leg/s

  • Headgear


Each Craft shall have:

  • Buoyancy                        

  • Cyalume Light. Do not “break / start” Cyalumes for Leg 2 and 3 until just pre leg 2 and 3, when craft safety checked at each start.

  • Torch Waterproof. Attached to Craft. Retrievable when seated.

  • Maps Waterproofed. Legible from seated position

  • Compass or GPS

  • Craft Number & Holder.    Each relay craft will have the same number which must be transferred to the new craft at changeover

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