Cape Town Surfski Series 2014 - 2015

Race Rules:

The following rules apply to the Cape Town Surfski Series:

General

  • All paddlers must register & pay the required entry fee for each race they choose to participate in, there will be no refunds should the race be cancelled
  • All paddlers will be required to accurately complete & sign a series registration form and sign the necessary indemnity
  • 8 Races of which 75% of races will count. If no races are cancelled, this works out to be a total of a 6 races
  • Categories must have 5 or more boats to qualify as a series prize category
  • All competitors are required to display series sponsors branding/decals on surfski's & paddles as required by the series organizers. Failure to do so will result in the competitors' disqualification
    • Each paddler shall wear a sponsor’s cap
    • Personal sponsorship is allowed, but must be cleared with the race organiser before hand
    • Personal sponsor's are reserved for: 
      • On the back the surfski
      • On the side of the surfski behind the front cockpit
      • On the back of paddle blade, provided it doesn't cover any part of the series sponsors' stickers
  • You need to be affiliated to Canoeing South Africa (CSA) and can contact one of the clubs regarding their surfski membership.
  • You can only win Series Prizes in the category that you have done most of your races (either long or short courses)
  • To be eligible for the series category prizes, paddlers need to have done at least 4 series races
  • Prizes - there will be a mixture of cash and product prizes from our sponsors at each race and series prizegiving.
  • Race Categories for Singles Series (Oct to Dec)
    • Long course
      • Overall - Men and Women
      • Overall - Performance Handicap Formula (PHF)
      • Juniors Boys
      • Junior Girls
      • Overall Double
    • Short Course
      • Overall - Men
      • Overall  - Women
  • Series Categories for Singles Series (Oct to Dec)
    • Long Course
      • Seniors Men
      • Women
      • Veteran Men
      • Masters Men
      • Junior Boys
      • Junior Girls
      • Overall Doubles
    • Short Course
      • Overall - Men
      • Overall - Women
      • Junior Boys
      • Junior Girls
  • Junior is a person under 18 years of age
  • PHF - each paddler is give a handicap based on their performance from last surfski season, that is applied to your finish time to calculate the race results. Paddlers handicap will be continually updated. 
  • Anyone may help paddlers repair skis, provided no unfair advantage is gained: e.g. on a boat moving forward, while repairing a ski
  • Any competitor who rides in the wake of a motorised craft will be disqualified
  • Any competitor who gains an unfair advantage through unsportsmanlike behaviour will be disqualified
  •  A time limit and distance may be announced at the race organiser's discretion
  • A race briefing will take place 5 minutes before the start of the race to confirm the race course, safety and any other relevant issues. It is the paddlers' responsibility to ensure that they attend race briefings. No responsibility will be accepted by the organizers for non-attendance
  • Starting procedures and times will be announced at the Race Briefing
  • Finish will be between two flags on the beach and paddlers must cross the finish line with their craft (Doubles include both paddlers)
  • The onus is on the paddler to ensure that the timekeepers have registered their number
  • All competitors must cross the finish line or advise the organizers that they have withdrawn from the event. If the organizers are required to institute a search for any competitor who has not crossed the finish line or advised the organizers of their withdrawal, the cost of the search will be borne by the competitor
  • Craft must be removed from the finish line immediately after paddlers' numbers have been recorded
  • The Race Organiser or water Marshal or Medic may decide whether a competitor should be prevented from starting,or continuing the race at any time
  • If wind speed exceeds 25 knots at half an hour before the scheduled start, the race course could be altered and the start delayed or race cancelled
  • Any competitor who does not follow the prescribed race course on the day will be disqualified

Safety

  • Wearing of lifejackets (PFD), leashes and cell phones or flares is compulsory.  No PDF = No Paddle
  • Your surfski must be in good working condition
  • All skis must be presented for inspection at the pre-race briefing
  • Your cellphones must have the Race Organiser's number - 082 643 6186 and NSRI number 021 ***** saved
  • Any competitor who does not comply with safety requirements will be disqualified