In addition all paddlers must be able to do the following:
All Canoes need to be sea worthy and have had rigging, iako, ama and hull checked over by race staff. Bailers and or other systems to remove water from the canoe need to be checked also.
Skirts and hoops are mandatory. Spare steering blade.
Canoe numbers will be issued at registration and must be prominent and readable on the bow of canoes.
Standard towropes (12mm rope 20/25metres in length) must be fixed to front iako.
Each team must be proficient in the procedure of rigging and towing their canoe.
Required Items to be on board your canoe:
The Aorere Splash team shall have the final decision on approving or disapproving any equipment or canoe.
All paddlers who are not in the starting six will need to board their support craft 15 Mins before race start.
Marathon Race canoes will line up on the waters edge or between designated buoys, dependent on weather conditions. Steerers will stand beside their Canoe until the Race start, Flag & Horn if it's a beach start, otherwise it will be a normal deep water start.
5 minute warning of start will be announced and a Red Flag will indicate approximately 1 minute before start. Green Flag indicates racing can commence. The flag times are a maximum and may be reduced at the Race Director’s discretion. Start will be upon raising of the Green Flag and blast of horn.
Any crew over the line or steerer not standing beside their Canoe when the race commences may be disqualified or subject to time penalty at the Race Director’s discretion.
First Changeover point for canoes will be adjacent Motu Aorere iti (Fishermans Island) Course.Further changes will be at the discretion of the teams. On the return the last change must be made before the green marker pole on the bay side of Motu Aorere iti (Fishermans Island). All changeovers must be made from the water i.e. No support boat within 20m of any canoe at anytime other than in the case of an emergency.
Change practice 2023