The information in this page is for all crews and the Support Boat crew in the 52km event
Support Boat Briefing:
Friday the 22nd of March 7pm at the Bethany Park Holiday camp Kaiteretere
All Support Boats must meet the minimum requirements below. If Maritime NZ find that your support boat does not meet the minimum requirements, your support boat will not be allow to participate in the Event and your crew will have to withdraw from the race. It is imperative that your support boat meets the minimum requirements.
Minimum Requirements for a Support Boat
The following criterion is in compliance with the rules set by the Aorere Splash organisers and must be followed. Support boats will be randomly inspected by a Maritime NZ officer on Saturday morning and those not meeting the criteria will be forced to resign as Support Boat.
Vessels must be a minimum of 5m in length
Vessels must be seaworthy and must be able to safely carry all team paddlers and support boat crew members.
Vessels must be fully fuelled and mechanically sound
Vessels must be equipped with all safety gear, including personal flotation devices for ALL passengers, a first aid kit, bailing equipment, flares, VHF Radio, boarding ladder and oars.
All Operators must be aware of and comply with all applicable Water Safety Regulations and Requirements
All Operators must be aware of and comply with all of the Events Official Race Rules.
All Support Boats must have a competent operator.
Crew Support Boat Information
We will need the following information on your support boat.
This information needs to be in no later than the 10th March 2024.
Please note this information is a requirement of Maritime NZ and must be supplied to the Event Manager.
VHF Call sign
Waka ama club that you are supporting
Click on the link below to register your support boat.
To register your crew support boat details fill in the link: click here
All support boats must be equipped with two-way VHF radio. Any entry without proper two-way communication will not be allowed to participate.
We will also ask for the skippers mobile number as a backup.
The appropriate emergency channel for communication will be advised in the Support Boat Briefing.
Support Boat Briefing & Waiver
Prior to the race All Support Boat drivers will be sent the Support Boat Briefing and a Support Boat Waiver form (attached at the bottom of the page). Please ensure the Support Boat Operators read and understand these documents.
Support Boat Waiver is attached at the bottom of this page. Please send this form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Boat Race Requirements & Etiquette
Support boats are to proceed to the first change over point 15 mins before the Race start and wait on the West side of the designated 1st change point.
All changeovers must be made from the water. No support boats within 20m of any canoe, except during an emergency.
Towing of canoes is not permitted, except during an emergency
Support craft MUST NOT reverse up to paddlers in the water.
All support craft must have their MOTOR TURNED OFF when picking up paddlers.
First changeover point for canoes will be after passing the designated point.
Further changes will be at the discretion of the crew.
Support Vessels MAY NOT use megaphones or loud hailers for any purpose whatsoever, except in the case of an emergency.
Support Boat Drivers have absolute discretion as to where they will manoeuvre their vessels when making changeovers.
Any impedance of a canoe by any means (eg. Wash or causing of canoe to alter course) by a support boat will result in either a time penalty or disqualification being applied to the support boats canoe at the discretion of the Race Director.
Race Officials have the power to act and disqualify any crew whose actions, be it in their canoe or support craft, and do not regard the safety of their own members or other competing crews, or whose support craft does not meet the following criteria.
Launching & Anchoring
Alternate Race Course