Terms and Conditions of entry and Race Rules. The Race Rules are supplementary to the normal ICF rules for the discipline concerned and should they conflict with the ICF rules these rules will take precedence.
The Swartland is rated a B Grade race and you will be unable to enter the race unless you have been certified as having the correct river proficiency i.e. you need to be at least rated “B” grade River Proficient, or have passed the River Proficiency Test and in the last eighteen months completed at least 3 “C” grade river races.
It is also a requirement to be registered with your provincial canoe union and Canoeing South Africa (or international equivalent) for the current year.
Entries are only valid from the time and date when both the entry has been submitted and proof of payment is received. (i.e. it is when your notice of payment is received that counts, not when your payment may have been made; similarly if you send proof of payment but haven’t submitted an online entry your entry only becomes valid from when a submission is made.)
If proof of payment is not received by the closing time of the entry category, we reserve the right to reclassify the entry type as that for the period when the proof of payment is received and to request the apropriate additional payment.
All paddlers whose entries or proofs of payment are received after Monday 10 June will be grouped with the last starting batch.
Due to expenses (i.e. keeping normal entry fees down) and supplier logistics, Late Entries and Very Late Entries may not get the size shirt they order or even may not get a shirt at all. Shirts will be allocated to Late Entries in the order valid entries are received. Entries are only valid from the time and date when both the entry has been submitted and proof of payment is received. There will be no concession or reduction of the Late Entry fee if shirts are not available.
Entry fees will not be reimbursed in the event of withdrawals after the closing date for normal entries.
These rules are supplementary to the normal ICF rules for the discipline concerned and should they conflict with the ICF rules these rules will take precedence.
- CSA approved kayaking jackets are compulsory on both days. These will be checked and if incorrect, paddlers will be prohibited from taking part.
- Valid CSA registration numbers must be placed on each side of the front deck of the boat.
- Advertising must be in accordance with CSA rules.
- 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.
- Batch stickers will be placed by officials on the front right hand deck when boats are checked for buoyancy at the entrance to the batch pounds.
- Paddles may be exchanged. No canoes replaced. No outside assistance of any kind allowed, except in an emergency.
- Any appeal must be lodged in writing within one hour of the competitor completing the specific leg, to a member of the Race Jury. R50 must accompany the protest. CSA rules will apply.
- Withdrawals from the race must inform an official (wearing official bibs) in person or by telephoning the number on their wristbands, and provide their name and boat number as soon as possible.
- No competitor under 14 years of age is allowed to compete in a K1.
- K2 and K1 boats allowed.
- The winner is the competitor completing the race in the shortest total time.
- The Senior Class is the open class. (Although within the Junior age-groups( U18 years) the U18 class shall act as the “open” class.)
- The Race Committee reserves the right to:
- Enforce the withdrawal of any number of participants whenever the safety or health of participants is endangered.
- Disqualify any participants, 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 his position in a dishonest way.
- Cancel the race or change the venue should conditions justify it.
- Amend or add to the rules at any stage. No change or amendments to the rules are 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 on the website, pre-race note or given at the pre-race meeting – will be disqualified.
- Competitors must obey all instructions from the race marshals. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
- Subject to the governing CSA rules, the Race Committee’s decision will be final and the club accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury, or death resulting from the race.
- No refunds will be given to any entrant that enters the Swartland Canoe Marathon and then, for whatever reason, cannot take part.
- A race organizer may request a medical doctor to examine a paddler, and if the doctor’s opinion is that the paddler would be at risk if he paddled, then the organizers are empowered to stop the paddler from paddling.
- The rules of racing are as determined by ICF unless specified differently.
- Seeding is done using the CSA K1 Ranking Ladder and the Gouda to Bridgetown K1 race on June 1 and the most favourable index used. K2 ranking is only considered for K2 entrants, who start at the back of the field as this is a K1 race.
- If the field of female competitors is too small for them to enjoy competitive racing in their own batch, female paddlers will be batched among the men and not separately.
- The Race Jury to hear appeals as per CSA rules will consist of:
- Ommund Sivertsen – Chair
- Rob MacLean
- Peter Cole
- Michele Eray
- Nkosi Mzolo
Only members of clubs affiliated to a Provincial Union which is a member of CSA and International visitors that have proof of registration in their own country, have the right to take part in official races organized by a member, club or Union of CSA.
Junior: U/23: up to & including the year he/she turns 23 years
Sub-Veteran: 35 – 39 commencing on 1 Jan of the year in which he/she turns 35
Veteran:40 – 44 commencing on 1 Jan of the year in which he/she turns 40
Sub-Master: 45 – 49 commencing on 1 Jan of the year in which he/she turns 45.
Master: 50 – 54 commencing on 1 Jan of the year in which he/she turns 50.
Sub Grand Master: 55 – 59 commencing 1stJan of the year in which he/she turns 55.
Grand Master: 60 – 64 commencing on 1 Jan of the year in which he/she turns 60.
Great-Grand Master: 65 – 69 commencing on 1 Jan of the year in which he/she turns 65.
Super-Master: Over 70 commencing on 1 Jan of the year in which he/she turns 70.(may not be applicable in SA K1 Champs and may be included by CSA in GGM category for medals)
U/23: up to & including the year he/she turns 23 years
- In the age-groups over 18 years – with the exception of the Senior class, where the medal/prize winners can come from any age group without this affecting their standings in their own age-group, medals and prizes must be awarded as per the paddler’s/combination’s actual age-group. If a paddler wants to race in a higher sub-class he must state this before the start and forfeit his rights in his natural class. e.g. If a Master(40-45) elects to race in the Sub-Veteran(35-40) age group he/she will forfeit their rights to awards in the Masters age-group but if they won the whole race overall they would receive the Senior medals/prizes and the Sub-Veterans medals/prizes but not the Masters’ ones
- The Junior age-groups( U18 years) the U18 class shall act as the “open” class and may be won by a younger paddler/combination without this affecting their standings in their own age-group. In the younger age-groups medals and prizes must be awarded as per the paddler’s/combination’s actual age-group.
- The minimum number of boats in a class is three for the winner to receive a gold medal and five for second and third placed paddlers to receive medals.