RACE RULES – Short Course
The Fish Short Course is a B grade race according to CSA rules and regulations. The total distance is 46km, 20km on day one and 26km on day 2. All Entrants must be river proficient, no qualifying races needed. Entry Lists go to Unions for verification! All entrants from foreign countries must convince the EPCU and Fish Safety Officer of their ability to handle the racing conditions presented by the Fish.
SWEEPS have the right to take incompetent paddlers off the river.
CSA approved life jackets are compulsory on both days. These will be checked and if incorrect, paddlers will be prohibited from taking part. Helmets are not compulsory, but recommended.
Private sponsorship: No apparel or equipment bearing logos or products in direct conflict with sponsor’s market will be permitted. During TV and Media interviews, paddlers must ensure they are wearing race sponsor’s apparel.
Valid CSA registration numbers must be placed on both side of the front deck of the boat. Other sponsorship must be placed on the rear deck or on the sides behind the front point of the cockpit. Batch stickers must be placed on the front left hand deck and be clearly visible.
The winner is the competitor completing the race in the shortest total time.
There will be a Le Mans start at Salt Pan’s on Day 1 and Baroda Day 2. The start time for Day 1 on is at 10h00 and for Day 2 is at 08h00.
10 litres of buoyancy (in front AND in back) is imperative and will be checked. Beach balls and bottles ONLY permissible if secured to the boat.
Paddles may be exchanged. No canoes replaced. No outside assistance of any kind allowed, except in an emergency.
Withdrawals from the race must inform an official (wearing official bibs) and sms both boat and paddler number to the withdrawal number on wristband ASAP.
The area behind any line of buoys is NO MAN’S LAND! If entering you will be disqualified.
Any appeal must be lodged in writing within one hour of the competitor completing the specific leg, to a member of the Jury. R50 must accompany the protest. CSA rules will apply.
No competitor under 14 years of age is allowed to compete in a K1
Cradock Weir: This is a compulsory Portage for all Short Course entrants. Any Short Course paddler attempting to shoot Cradock Weir will be disqualified.
The organizers reserve the right to :
- Disqualify, penalise with a time penalty or apply appropriate disciplinary action against any competitor in breach of the marathon rules or who in any way tries to improve their position in a dishonest way.
- Enforce the withdrawal of any number of participants whenever the safety or health of participants is endangered.
- Amend or add to the rules at any stage. No change or amendments to the rules will be allowed unless approved by the chief official.
- The organizers reserve the right of entry.
- Unless sound reasons can be given, a canoeist who disobeys any rules – whether they be specified in the brochure, on the entry form, in the pre-race note or given at the pre-race meeting – will be disqualified.
K1 craft and K2 craft allowed. K3 Craft only permitted subject to the following conditions:
- All paddlers in the K3 must be competent and qualified to do the Fish.
- The Front paddler must have completed at least two Fish River Marathons, either in a single or in the front of a multi seated Boat.
- All K3s will be batched with K2s of similar competency according the CSA ladder.
- K3s at all times must give way to the racing class.
- K3 crew must be considerate of other participants as they are paddling a large boat that may hinder smaller more manoeuvrable boats.
The race Committee’s decision will be final and the marathon committee and sponsors accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or death resulting from the race.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE TO ANY ENTRANT WHO, AFTER ENTERING THE FISH RIVER CANOE MARATHON, IS UNABLE, FOR WHATEVER REASON, TO TAKE PART IN THE RACE.