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Race Day Registration and Start

Macquarie Park, Windsor NSW

  • Deerubbun Reserve, Mooney Mooney for the Classic (111km)

  • Wisemans Ferry (Checkpoint I) for the Dash (65km)

Registration: Must be completed online

Scrutineering: 10am – 2pm

Sports Physiotherapists and First Aid: Open at 1pm

Briefing: 2:45pm. This is mandatory for both paddlers and landcrew.

Start Times: From 4pm pm, 4:15pm and  4:30pm
Plan to arrive at the start from 10:30am onward. There is plenty of parking in the paddock at the end of the roadway through the park.

Registration must be completed on-line before race day.
There will be no provision for on-site registration or payment

​The Registration Tent will be open from 11:00 for collection of the GPS tracker to be attached to your craft and the paperwork to present at scrutineering. Your craft number will be attached on completion of scrutineering.

Landcrew are required to make a declaration, this should be made on-line at Landcrew Declaration

There will be NO on the day entries.

Sponsorship Requirements

Minimum sponsorship of $200 per paddler ($100 for Juniors) must be met by all paddlers in the craft before the 5th November.

Scrutineering will be available between11am and 2pm. 

 You are welcome to complete registration before midday to avoid long queues and enable you to relax, prepare your craft and enjoy watching the day’s activities.

Take your craft together with your and any crew members’ compulsory equipment (including life jackets) to the scrutineering area. You don’t need your paddle at this stage. Your craft will be checked for compliance with the Craft Specifications. 

Dragon Boats, Outrigger 4 + and other craft too big to be carried may be set up on the beach for scrutineering. All paddlers must come to scrutineering with their compulsory gear.

Compulsory Gear required at Scrutineering
Each paddler must have:
  • Lifejacket 

  • Pea-less whistle attached to Lifejacket

  • Waterproof light attached to Lifejacket

  • Emergency blanket carried in Lifejacket

  • Sufficient solid food and drink

  • Headgear

Each craft must have:
  • Waterproof torch attached to craft by lanyard 

  • Waterproof hard copy maps

  • Canoe number holder

  • Canoe number (supplied at scrutineering)

  • Cyalume lights (supplied at scrutineering)

  • Waterproof compass or GPS


There will be a briefing for all paddlers and landcrew at 2:45pm.
It is compulsory for all paddlers and landcrew to attend. The briefing will contain “up to the minute” essential information for the event.
Paddlers in the first start at 4pm are advised to attend the briefing dressed ready for the event. Marshalling for their start will occur soon afterwards.

Volunteers from the Sports Physiotherapy Group will lead a stretch and warm up session at 3:15pm. 


Craft will be marshalled approximately 15 to 20 minutes before designated start times.
When your start is called, paddlers, landcrew and craft will then
pass through a marshalling gate. Here, start marshals will recheck “essential equipment” for paddlers and craft, cyalumes are cracked and your craft number is recorded. You can then proceed as directed to the river to prepare for your start.
You must only enter the water through these “marshalling gates”.


Starting times

No craft will be permitted to start the event at any time before the allocated starting time for its class. Paddlers who wish to start early may elect to enter the Brooklyn or Bust non-competitive classes which are earlier in the order of starts. 

Craft missing their start will be started at the discretion of the marshal with the paddling time to commence from the time their particular class started.

Start Procedure

The first start will be at 4pm.
After passing through the marshalling gates you should get on the water without delay. The starter will call you up to a pre-start line (about 100m from the start line) and then slowly move downstream toward the start line. The pre-start line is defined by a blue “Bali” flag. This flag will “move” with the starter toward the start line. The start line will be defined by 2 red “Bali” flags. When the starter arrives at the start line he will call “Paddlers”, and then fire the starting signal (gun or horn).


Any paddler detected making a false start by the starter will incur a fifteen minute time penalty. Craft missing their start will be started at the discretion of the Chief Marshal with the paddling time to commence from the time their particular class started.

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