With a fast and furious start in the confined waters under the Trafalgar footbridge, paddlers turn left and go upstream and around the bridge piers, pass down the Burswood side of Heirisson Island to turn around the western end before heading back upstream to Claisebrook Cove. Paddlers make a quick turn inside the Cove before heading back out and repeating the lap. The course provides some good spectator points and with the K4s and K3s some exciting racing in and out of the Cove.
Please stay towards the centre of the river and close to Heirisson Island to give power craft maximum room.
Course: Long Course — 13 Km, 2 laps around Goongoonup/Windan Bridges and Heirisson Island with a turn inside Claisebrook Cove..
Short Course – 6.6km, 1 lap of the long course,
Guppy Course – 1x lap U10s GK1s, 2x laps U12s GK2s, Novice 2x laps
Championship Classes: Open K4 , K3 with a combined crew age greater than 135 years
Divisions: Division 1 to 4 for Singles and Doubles doing the long course.
If sufficient Doubles enter to make an competitive division we will have a separate Doubles Division.
Division 5 – Combined Short Course
Division 6, 7, 8 – Novice and Guppy K2 (U12s) & K1 (U10s) Courses
(there is a Ladies and Juniors K4 Championship over a 12 – 14 km course as part of the Double Barkers Race)
K3 and K4 Championships
After the success of the inaugural event we are hoping for an equally exciting repeat this season. Learn the true meaning of speed over an extended distance with the paddlers in the K3 Class and the Open K4 Class. These craft will go off the first start line and have a clear, unhindered run.
There are extra Paddler-of-The-Year Marathon points up for grabs. Medals are to be presented at the end of year function.
K3s are a popular class in South Africa as they allow paddlers to take their inexperienced mates into a race. They are very user friendly and great fun to paddle. K4s are generally a specialist sprint craft and when paddled by experienced teams are capable of quite high speeds over distance.
Please Note: Online Entries are open until 09:00 pm (2100hrs) Wednesday, 4th December. Paddlers are asked to enter online to streamline and speed up registration on the day. Each member of a team boat must make a separate entry and nominate their paddling partners.
Season registered paddlers, please enter online via the no-charge Season Registered line so we know which boat you are paddling.
All craft are requested to have the means to vertically mount their race number. Flat numbers cause untold confusion for the timers and may cause you to be disqualified.
We will have permission to open the gate to access the bottom of Victoria Gardens. The City of Perth has asked for a $30.00 parking fee for each vehicle using this area. If you are bringing in several boats or a club trailer please contact me to arrange a parking pass. Please take particular care with parking on the streets in the area.
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