Kayak Information

Kayak Information

Please find below the event information as it currently stands. We are constantly reviewing all information and the final event information will be shared as a race information pack in advance of the event.

Race Start / Finish – The race will start at 09.15 am on Saturday 12 August and will start from the Elizabeth Castle Break Water. In advance of the start all Kayak participants will meet at the Jersey Rowing Club, St Helier Harbour.

Distances – The Kayak challenge is approximately 40 miles long.

Kayak Route – the 40-mile course will follow a predefined route by the Jersey Canoe Club.

Kayak Categories – The Kayak challenge will consist of single and double Kayak entries, and as a sub-category, we also have the option for single and double Ocean Skis entries.

Safety Boat – the event, with the support of volunteer boat owners will be providing safety boat and first aid cover on the water and on land.

Live Tracking – Each Kayak (where feasible) will be allocated a tracking device allowing us (and your family and friends) to track your location at any given time. Kayak movements will be displayed on a live moving map.

Important Event Information for sign up

The Jersey Canoe Club will manage the safety of the Kayak challenge category. They will provide essential support, training and safety guidelines as well as ratify your paddle and add your achievement to their records.

For the sake of safety, every entrant must first demonstrate that they are fit and capable to participate in this endurance event before being allowed to take on the challenge. Sign off for participation will come from an experienced Jersey club member for sit inside sea kayaks, and from Derek Hairon (www.jerseykayakadventures.co.uk/go/contact-us) for ocean skis.

The event is around 40 miles. At times you will be paddling 1 mile or more from the shore. The 2016 record time for kayaks was 4 hours 57 minutes.

Before signing up for the Jersey Round Island Challenge you must meet the following criteria and ensure you are race fit for the 12 August 2017:

 

Automatic Qualifying Criteria to Participate

  • Anyone with BCU 4 or 5 star certificates automatically qualifies.
  • At least one person must be BCU 4 or 5 star certificates in a double kayak.

Or;

• Surf Ski Paddlers who have completed the “Icon Classic” race in 2017 (or similar in Europe or overseas) and have finished within the top ten of their class. Or, have achieved similar results in the 2016 GB series (or similar in Europe or overseas). Please submit evidence of your qualifying results in the Icon classic/2016 GB series when you enter.

If you do not have BC 4 or 5 star awards or, meet the surf ski criteria (above) you must:

Sit inside style sea kayaks:

  • Take part in specialist training/try-out sessions provided by the Jersey Canoe Club (JCC) for sit inside style sea kayaks – and be signed off as competent- (Saturday mornings Jun/Jul to be confirmed via John Richardson Jersey Canoe Club). Ensure you are race fit by completing the ½ Island Paddle (Date to be confirmed – Contact John Richardson 07797831209).

Ocean Surf Ski paddlers:

  • Ocean Ski paddlers must have attended specialist training/courses provided by the Jersey Kayak Adventures – and be signed off as competent- (Saturday mornings Jun/Jul dates to be confirmed – see below). Surf-ski paddlers must ensure they are race fit by completing the ½ Island Paddle (Date to be confirmed (Contact Derek Hairon 07797853033).

All participants must:

  • Carry a VHF marine radio or mobile phone (in a waterproof pouch with lanyard attached to your PFD) which is accessible and useable at all times on the water in additionto the Spot Tracker (provided by the race organisers).
  • Carry a flare (day-smoke or laser flare or laser strobe) to assist any rescuer pinpoint your position.
  • You MUST Carry a spare pair of paddles which are accessible on the kayak.
  • Provide “on-deck/on-person” food and water for energy and full hydration throughout the event.
  • All paddlers are required to wear Lifejackets (pfd’s), please note competitors who finish the race without their lifejacket (pfd) on will be disqualified.

Cut Off Times 

For safety reasons there will be cut-off times at specific points around Jersey. The cut off times will be communicated in race the race briefing and must be adhered to.

Ocean Ski Rules:

When taking part in this event you agree to abide by the GB Ocean Ski rules <https://oceanski.org.uk/events/rules/> .

Ocean ski safety rules for the Round Jersey Challenge

  • Carry a VHF/mobile phone (in waterproof pouch with lanyard to PFD) which is accessible and useable at all times on the water in additionto the Spot Tracker (provided by the race organisers).
  • Carry a flare (day-smoke or laser flare or laser strobe) to assist any rescuer pinpoint your position.
  • You MUST carry a spare pair of paddles which are accessible on the kayak.
  • Provide “on-deck/on-person” food and water for energy and full hydration throughout the event.

Leashes are compulsory on ocean surf skis and must be attached.

If a paddler does not offer assistance to another paddler in distress, they will be disqualified from that race, unless offering assistance puts the paddler in danger them self. (Positioning may be amended)

All paddlers to give their number to the time keeper at the end of race (Time will be recorded when number is given in to the finishing judge, NOT when crossing finishing line).

Any paddler not completing the course must record the race number with the time keeper.

A race briefing must take place immediately before the start of the race to confirm the racecourse, safety issues and any other salient facts.

It is each paddler’s responsibility to ensure that they are present at the race briefing and no responsibility will be accepted by the organizers for the competitors who were not present. Competitors should be notified of the briefing upon registration or before the race start.

Competitors may be required to land ashore or pass through check points for safety or other reasons, at points designated by the race organisers.

It is the responsibility of the race organisers to institute a search for any competitor who had not crossed the finish line or advised of his withdrawal.

The costs of this search will be borne by the competitor who had withdrawn and not notified the race organisers.

There will be a sweep safety craft/or marshal following the field in longer distances where individuals go out of site of the start and finish lines.

Competency statement:

Competitor Statement

“I have read the above description of the Jersey Round Island Challenge (The Race) and confirm that I have solid and provable experience in the expected conditions (up to Beaufort force 4-5) and duration (40 miles and 5 hours+) of The Race. I take full responsibility for the accuracy of my declared experience and competence as provided to the race officer and declare that I am fit and capable of successfully and safely finishing The Race without assistance.”

Signed ………..(Paddler/Team Captain)

 

Post Race Prize-giving and Drinks

All participants of all five race categories are invited to join us for some celebratory drinks at the Event HQ Marquee at Waterfront Gardens (on top of Waterfront underground car park) from the moment they finish. The prize-giving will take place at 7.30pm when all competitors should be back. All medals and top performer awards will be handed out on the evening. Food and drink will be provided to competitors courtesy of the event sponsors. Spectators will be able to purchase food and drink as they wish.

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