2013 Jim Falls Sturgeon Fest Flat Water Race Information & Rules

Jim Falls Sturgeon Fest Flat Water Race
$500 will be given in Prizes 
August 31st, 2013
  • This will be a 5 mile flat water novice canoe / kayak race
  • Registration will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by the Classic Car show
  • Race begins at 2:00 p.m.
  • All registered participants will receive a free lunch
  • Registration and a signed waiver form is required
  • $500 worth of Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
  • Additional Prizes include:
    • Ugliest Boat
    • Most Unique Color of Boat
    • Most Garbage Collected
  • To Register, go to the Registration Form
  • For more information, contact us @ jimfallswhitewater@yahoo.com
Flat Water Race Rules
  • This race is limited to a double blade race. Either one double bladed paddle or two single bladed paddles. Each race craft must be propelled exclusively by paddle power (double or single blade) while on the water. No rowing configuration is permitted. No sail or kite is permitted. For any “shortcut” to be legal, it must have a flow of river water through it. Overland portages are not allowed.
  • Each racer must have in their boat a U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver  (PFD ) at all times while on the water.
  • Outside assistance that provides intentional aid in the forward progress of a canoe/kayak is not allowed. No touching of a fellow competitor or their equipment is permitted. Incidental contact will be up to discretion of judges.
  • Ground support is allowed but not mandatory. Ground crew may not, in any way, assist with propulsion of the boat. They may only touch the boat when the boat is in contact with shore. Infractions of any rule during the event will be grounds for disqualification to be reasonably and fairly determined by the judges.
  • Deliberate littering of the river is illegal. Teams must keep their trash in their canoe/kayak and go to shore their selves to properly dispose waste.
  • All team members should understand there are serious risks involved in this endeavor. The hydraulics associated with many obstacles is inherently dangerous. The greatest risk, however, is from the large and small power craft that ply the Chippewa River. Constant vigilance, clear thinking and quick reaction will be essential at all times. Good judgment must dictate when it is time to rest.
  •  All team members (races and support personnel) will enter this race at their own risk and will not hold these Events organizers, judges, officials, and sponsors liable for accidents to personnel or damage to any property.
  • All participants in this Event, including paddlers and other team members must sign the waiver and release of liability form. This waiver is required to participate in this event.
  • There are no restrictions on the design of the canoe/kayak or paddles. Faster hull speed designs will have a start time handicap. The original craft must be paddled from start to finish. Repairs may be made to the craft or paddles during the race, but other alterations are not permitted. Any part of the craft (rudder, outriggers, etc.) must be on board from start to finish.
  • In formulating the rules that govern this Event, every effort has been made to foresee all situations and problems that may arise, however, officials of the event retain the right to change or amend these rules at any time without liability or recourse from any party regardless of the situation or circumstances. Should such changes or amendments be made, every effort will be made to notify all entrants.

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