All paddlers must be at least 15 years old on the race day.
The age cut-off date for ages based classes is Race Day.
To enter a junior class, the paddler must be at least 15 years old on the race day and under 18 years on the age cut-off date.
To enter the 40+ veteran class, the paddler must be over the age of 40 years before the age cut-off date.
To enter the 50+ veteran class, the paddler must be over the age of 50 years before the age cut-off date.
To enter the 60+ veteran class, the paddler must be over the age of 60 years before the age cut-off date.
To enter the 70+ veteran class, the paddler must be over the age of 70 years before the age cut-off date.
To enter a Veteran Class you must enter your date of birth with your entry.
To enter an open class, the paddler must be over the age of 18 years on the age cut-off date.
If different age groups paddle in the one craft, the craft must enter in the lowest age group class or the open class. For example, Vet +50 and Vet +40 paddlers in the one craft can enter the Vet +40 or Open Class.
A mixed craft of two or three persons must comprise of at least one paddler of each gender in the craft. A mixed craft of four person class must comprise of two males and two female paddlers.
A constituted class shall consist of a minimum of three craft that start. Only constituted classes are eligible for trophies.
Brooklyn or Bust
This class is for paddlers who do not want to be competitive. Any type of canoe can enter in this class. Paddlers in the Brooklyn or Bust class start at 4pm for single paddlers, and 4:30pm for doubles, triples and quads, getting a head-start on other faster craft. The Brooklyn or Bust class is aimed at those who are happy to just finish. Paddlers in the class are rewarded with a medallion at the finish but this class is not eligible for any trophies, records or time-based team events. You are not permitted to change into this class on the day of the event. This is a non-competitive class. Handicap results are not calculated.
All paddlers who paddle the shorter distance, 67km from Windsor to Wisemans Ferry, paddle in the Wisemans Dash class. It is the equivalent of the full distance BorB, so paddlers are rewarded with a Dash medallion at Wisemans finish but this class is not eligible for any trophies, records or time-based team events. You are not permitted to change into this class after registrations have closed. All paddlers must be at least 15 years old on the race day.
The Hawkesbury Classic 2021 Relay Rules
All paddlers in a Relay Team are to each pay the appropriate Entry Fee and Sponsorship amount equal to individuals entering the Dash or the Classic.
There may be between two to six paddlers in a Relay Team. (eg 1-2-1 or 1-2-3 etc for singles).
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.
All paddlers and all Craft in a Relay Team must report to Scrutineering, Registration and Paddler Briefing at the start at Windsor, together.
Each Relay Craft is to have all and correct Safety Equipment.
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.
One number will be allocated to a Relay Team and the number transferred to the replacement craft at changeovers
Relay teams must submit a plan of proposed changeovers prior to the event. This is to be submitted to the entries coordinator by 6pm Friday 8 October 2021. The plan shall state the name of the paddler(s) assigned to each leg.
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.
Relay changeover points are only at Checkpoint D Sackville and Checkpoint I Wisemans.
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.
The official distances for each leg are:
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 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 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: https://www.canoeclassic.net/equipment-c17uj
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
Each Craft shall have:
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
After the results are finalised, certificates will available on the internet for download.
All paddlers in racing classes will be eligible to obtain a class record in the class nominated on their entry form. Fastest times will be recognised for all divisions of classes regardless of the number of starters. The full distance must be completed to be eligible for class records.