Dusi Canoe Marathon 2017
To be held on the 16th, 17th and 18th of February 2017
1. ICF RULES
1.1. The International Canoe Federation Marathon Racing Rules and the CSA Rules and Regulations will apply to the Dusi.
1.2. In the event of the rules set out below being in conflict with the aforesaid International Canoe Federation Marathon Racing Rules and the CSA Rules and Regulations, the rules set out below will apply.
2. CLASSES OF KAYAKS
2.1. Competitors may enter the K1, K2, White Water, Touring or Touring Canadian Classes.
2.2. Touring class kayaks may have rudders and this class will include all K3 s, K4 s and plastic kayaks.
2.3. SUP’s will form part of the Touring Class. The Organizers may decide to make SUP’s a separate class, if so, all SUP paddlers will be notified of this change.
2.4. Touring Canadians must be open canoes paddled by one or two paddlers using single blade paddles.
2.5. The main class will alternate each year between K1 and K2 and the following will apply to encourage competitors to race in the main class.
2.5.1. The first batch on the first day will be for competitors in the main class only.
2.5.2. Irrespective of times on the previous day, there will be no early batch starts for competitors who are not in the main class on days 2 and 3.
2.5.3. No gold medals, silver medals or prizes will be awarded to competitors who are not in the main class, with the exception of the special categories.
3.1. All personal flotation devices worn by entrants must comply with the CSA Safety Regulations.
3.2. It will be compulsory for all competitors to wear personal flotation devices for the duration of the race.
3.3. All craft must have a minimum of 10lt of buoyancy fixed/tied into both the front and the back of the boat.
3.4. Any of the medical officers or officials shall have the right to order a competitor not to continue with the race if they are of the opinion that the competitor s health will be endangered by him or her continuing.
3.5. Competitors are warned that the Dusi is raced over dangerous terrain and by entering the race competitors are exposing themselves to certain risks. Neither the Natal Canoe Club nor any of the organisers or sponsors shall be responsible for any illness, injury or death to a competitor or seconder or for any loss suffered by a competitor or seconder as a result of competing in the marathon.
3.6. Competitors are reminded that they have, either in writing or electronically at the time of registering on the entry portal, signed an indemnity form absolving the organisers from all liability in the event of loss, injury or death.
3.7. Paddlers are encouraged to take responsibility for their own personal safety on the rivers, and to paddle within their own known level of paddling skill.
3.8. Any competitors failing to observe these rules may be refused the right to start. If he/she has started, he/she may be disqualified.
4.1. Certain sections of the Dusi are raced through privately owned farms.
4.2. The traditional Dusi Open Day of the past has been re-introduced and tripping will be allowed from 05h00 to 13h00 on Sunday February 12th 2017. Paddlers are to park at Bishopstowe Hall and walk using only routes to be used during the race.
4.3. Any trespassing on farmers land outside the Dusi route or the open day period may result in prosecution by the farmers.
5.1. All competitors must register prior to the first day and check-in at their designated pound 30 min before their start time each day. Batch stickers will be issued at the pounds. Competitors may not enter the water until instructed to do so.
5.2. Registration will take place the day before the race from 9am to 6pm at the Dusi Pavilion, Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg.
6. RULES MEETING
6.1. All paddlers seeded in A Batch on Day 1, the top 10 seeded women’s boats and top 5 seeded junior (boys and girls), are required to attend a rules briefing meeting on day of Registration – prior to the media conference.
6.2. Paddlers who are unable to attend this meeting must provide written notice of their unavailability to firstname.lastname@example.org before 4.00pm on the day before registration.
6.3. Non-attendance, for any reason whatsoever, of this meeting will not constitute an excuse in the case of disciplinary action during the course of the event.
7. MEDIA BRIEFING
7.1. A media briefing will be held on the day of registration.
7.2. All paddlers seeded in the first two rows on Day 1, the top 10 seeded women’s boats and top 5 seeded junior and development boats, are required to attend the media briefing.
7.3. Non-attendance of the media briefing may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the rules of the event.
7.4. Paddlers who are unable to attend this briefing must provide written notice of their unavailability to email@example.com before 4.00pm on the day before registration.
8. DAY 1
8.1. The first day is raced from Camps Drift Canal in Pietermaritzburg to Dusi Bridge.
8.2. The first batch will be seeded and will start at 6am, and subsequent batches will leave at intervals to be determined by the organisers.
8.3. Competitors must complete the first day in 8 hours or less.
8.4. From the start to Hackland’s Farm Portage is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water, save that Ernie Pearce Weir may be portaged on the left and Commercial Road Weir and Low Level Bridge may be portaged on either side.
8.5. At Low Level Bridge the river will almost certainly be flowing strongly. Note that the pipes under the bridge have been deepened and it may well be impossible to paddle over the top as in the past. Exit the river well upstream of this bridge when portaging it. Tell your seconds to take particular care with children and dogs at this point.
8.6. From Low Level Bridge it is compulsory paddling to the two Campbell’s Portage routes,
8.6.1. The Hackland’s Farm Route from between the Braai and the Pipe Line take out to Campbell’s checkpoint via the route across the farm onto the tar road and left past Bishopstowe Hall, or
8.6.2. The Old Pine tree route via the district road to the right of Bishopstowe Hall, save that the traditional “Sewage Farm Hop” may be portaged. Note that these two routes will be clearly demarcated from the take out point on the river and all the way to Campbell’s checkpoint. NO OTHER ROUTES ARE ALLOWED
8.7. Competitors must pass between the two yellow flags at the Campbell’s checkpoint.
8.8. From Geoff’s Road Causeway to the take out at Finger Neck is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water, save that competitors may portage major rapids for safety reasons in high water conditions.
8.9. From the put in after Cabbage Tree portage to the finish is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water.
9. DAY 2
9.1. The second day is raced from Dusi Bridge to Inanda Dam.
9.2. The leader starts at 6am, with all competitors in the main class within an hour of the leader leaving in elapsed time.
9.3. The first batch will start at 7.05am.
9.4. Competitors must complete the second day in 8 hours or less.
9.5. From the start to Saddles take-out is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water, save that the Dusi Bridge Weir must be portaged. All elapsed time competitors must paddle from the start and stay in the water to the right-hand portage over the Dusi Bridge Weir.
9.6. Dusi Bridge Weir is a COMPULSORY PORTAGE. It may be portaged on the right over the rocks as usual or on the left on the demarcated route over the road – please stay within the chevron tape. Marshals will control traffic to allow safe portaging over the road.
9.7. All competitors must pass to the left of the yellow flag at Confluence.
9.8. Competitors may portage within 200m of the river between Confluence and the Gauging Weir below Ibis Point.
9.9. From the said Gauging Weir to the take out for the Ngumeni portage is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water, save that competitors may portage around Marianni-Foley Causeway for safety reasons in high water conditions.
9.10. Nqumeni portage is compulsory.
9.11. From Mfula Store Bridge to the finish of the second day is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water.
10. DAY 3 (NEW – REVISED)
10.1. The third day is raced from Inanda Dam to Durban.
10.2. The first batch – “B” Batch – will start at 6.00am, with a maximum of 15 batches created.
10.3. The leader starts at 10.45am, with all competitors in the main class within one hour of the leader leaving on elapsed time.
10.4. “A” Batch will start at 11.55am. This batch may include certain paddlers who are eligible for category prizes who would normally start in other batches.
10.5. Competitors must complete the third day in 8 hours or less.
10.6. From the start to the dam wall portage is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water.
10.7. Competitors must portage the dam wall on the left bank.
10.8. From the end of the dam portage to Burma Road take out is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water, save that competitors may portage major rapids for safety reasons in high water conditions.
10.9. From Burma Road put-in to the finish is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water save that competitors may portage the Pump House Weirs.
10.10. IMPORTANT – The leading paddlers will be starting at the back end of the race. We ask that all paddlers be mindful of the fact that faster paddlers may be behind them and to allow the faster paddlers to pass on portages or shoot rapids without being impeded. Co-operation in this regard will be greatly appreciated.
11. LOW RIVER
If the organisers, in their sole discretion, consider the river level for a particular day to be extremely low, then they will announce at the start of that day that low river rules will apply, and ONLY IN THAT EVENT, the following may apply:
11.1. DAY 1: The rules for the first day will be as set out in paragraph 8, save that rule 8.8 will be replaced by the following rule: LOW RIVER 8.8 From the Geoff s Road Causeway to the broken bridge is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water.
11.2. DAY 2: The rules for the second day will be as set out in paragraph 9, save that rule 9.9 will be replaced by the following rule: LOW RIVER 9.9 (a) From the said Gauging Weir to Marianni-Foley causeway is compulsory canoeing and paddlers must stay in the water. (b) Competitors may portage within 50 meters of the river between Marianni-Foley causeway and the take-out for the Nqumeni Portage.
11.3. PLEASE NOTE:
11.3.1. The above “low river rules” will only apply if it is announced at the start of a particular day that the low river rules apply for that day. If there is no announcement, the normal race rules will apply.
11.3.2. Where the rules stipulate that a section is compulsory canoeing, competitors must be IN WATER, either paddling or dragging their canoe over an obstruction. Competitors may not run on the bank under any circumstances.
12. SECONDING (NEW)
12.1. Competitors must ensure that their seconds comply with these rules or risk disqualification.
12.2. All seconding vehicles must have their paddlers second sticker permanently affixed to the windscreen at all times. No seconding is permitted from vehicles without such a seconding sticker thus affixed. No vehicles without such a seconding sticker thus affixed will be granted access to the overnight camping areas.
12.3. DAY 1
12.3.1. Seconding is not permitted from Low Level Bridge to Hackland’s Farm/ top of first hill on Pinetree Portage; or from end of Polocrosse field/ Gate into field after Pinetree Portage to Broken Bridge.
12.3.2. Seconding will be permitted:
184.108.40.206. in a special demarcated area from the field at Hackland’s Farm to Polocrosse fields at Bishopstowe Hall.
220.127.116.11. From the top of the first hill on Pinetree Portage to the gate that goes into the field from the dirt road, just after the cattle grid.
18.104.22.168. From Broken Bridge to the finish.
12.3.3. Seconds may proceed to the field at Hackland’s farm or Bishopstowe Hall via the main road to Bishopstowe from Pietermaritzburg through Willowton, starting at Manning Ave, and are then required to return to the N3 or Pietermaritzburg by the same route.
12.3.4. Seconders may park at either Hacklands Farm or Bishopstowe Hall, however, seconders will not be permitted to walk down Pine Tree Portage from the tar road.
12.3.5. All other roads leading to the river from Low Level Bridge to Broken Bridge will be closed and are out of bounds to seconds and seconding vehicles except that seconds may proceed from Bishopstowe Hall to Broken Bridge via the Table Mountain Road as indicated on the Dusi map.
12.3.6. The road through Second Guinea Fowl and Geoff’s road to Broken Bridge is out of bounds to seconds.
12.3.7. NO Seconders are permitted between the Guinea Fowl Take out and Broken Bridge.
22.214.171.124. Any seconding vehicles caught on the closed roads on race day may result in disqualification for their paddler/s.
12.3.8. DAY 2
126.96.36.199. No motorized vehicles (including motor bikes) may cross Marianni-Foley causeway.
188.8.131.52. No motorized vehicles (including motor bikes) that have accessed the left hand bank at Confluence and Ibis Point may proceed downstream of Ibis Point. No vehicles will be allowed to cross Marianni-Foley causeway from the left hand bank.
184.108.40.206. Seconders may cross Marianni-Foley on foot or mountain bike only.
220.127.116.11. Seconding will be permitted on the right hand bank of the Umgeni, downstream of Marianni-Foley causeway until the Nqumeni portage takeout.
18.104.22.168. Seconding is allowed on the Pipeline Road from Marianni-Foley causeway to Inanda Dam.
22.214.171.124. Pipeline road is closed to all vehicles from the T-Junction above the Marianni-Foley causeway to the T-Junction at Inanda Dam.
126.96.36.199. No seconding is permitted on Nqumeni Hill from the takeout to the road at the top of the hill.
12.3.9. DAY 3
188.8.131.52. Seconding on Burma Road is only permitted in the seconding area demarcated checkpoint at the top of Burma Road hill. No seconding is permitted from Burma Road take-out to the top of the Burma Road hill and from the Burma Road checkpoint to the bottom of the hill.
184.108.40.206. The concrete road from Molweni to Hillcrest (Inanda Rd) will be one way only i.e. out of the valley.
220.127.116.11. On Day 3 seconding vehicles will only be allowed to drive down stream:
18.104.22.168.1. On the road from Inanda Dam wall to the T-junction with the concrete road coming down from Hillcrest (you may take the concrete road up to Hillcrest). No Vehicles will be allowed to drive upstream from this concrete road.
22.214.171.124.2. All vehicles that drive to Molweni Causeway will have to use the road out of the valley and downstream at Molweni Causeway to New Germany (Fannin Rd) and may not drive back upstream to access the concrete road to Hillcrest.
126.96.36.199.3. Please obey parking marshals at Inanda Dam Wall, Umzinyathi and Molweni Causeway.
188.8.131.52. NO Vehicles will be allowed to cross either Molweni Causeway or Five Fingers Causeway in ANY direction. All vehicles that come from Inanda/KwaMashu areas to Burma Road must return in that direction.
184.108.40.206. Seconding will be permitted at Pumphouse Weirs provided that vehicles access this point without crossing Molweni or Five Fingers Causeways.
12.4. Sponging of paddlers on up-hill portages by seconds is restricted to the head and neck only.
12.5. All seconding vehicles are required to park on the left-hand side of the road facing down river only on all roads along the course. NORMAL TRAFFIC RULES apply in all cases. Municipal traffic officials will be on duty at all busy areas, and have the authority to fine drivers or tow away vehicles that are causing obstruction.
N.B.: These rules are in the interest of the paddler s safety and to prevent serious traffic congestion and will be strictly enforced. Contravention of these rules by seconds may result in their paddler being penalized.
13. ADVERTISING/ SPONSORSHIP (NEW)
13.1. Each paddler shall:
13.1.1. Stick sponsors or event stickers, if provided, to the back of each paddle blade;
13.1.2. Wear a race bib, if provided;
13.1.3. Stick sponsors or event stickers, if provided, on each side of the canoe, along the seam in front of the cockpit;
13.1.4. Boat stickers may not be altered in any way.
13.1.5. Wear a sponsors or event cap, if provided, when interviewed by the media.
13.2. Sponsors branding has exclusivity in the following instances (sponsors only area):
13.2.1. On the front deck and hull of the kayak in front of the front tip of the front cockpit.
13.3. Personal sponsorship, which is not in conflict with the event sponsors, may be displayed in the following areas (shared area):
13.3.1. On the back of the paddle blade, provided it doesn’t cover any part of the event or sponsors sticker/s provided.
13.3.2. On the lifejacket and splash cover, provided this does not obscure any part of the event or sponsor/s bibs provided.
13.4. The paddler may apply personal branding without restriction in the following areas (paddlers only area):
13.4.1. On the deck of the kayak behind the front cockpit;
13.4.2. On the side of the kayak behind the front cockpit line;
13.4.3. On the paddle shaft;
13.4.4. On the paddling shorts and socks of the competitor.
13.4.5. Headgear between the start and finish of each day. Sponsors headgear, if provided, must be worn during all media and other interviews.
13.5. Wearing of club colours by all paddlers is strongly encouraged. However, paddlers may wear any clothing they choose unless an event or sponsors paddling top is provided, in which case ALL paddlers must wear such provided clothing.
13.6. The onus rests on the paddler to ensure that he or she complies strictly with these rules.
13.7. Breach of these advertising/ sponsorship rules will result in the paddler:
13.7.1. Forfeiting any prize money to which he or she may have been entitled;
13.7.2. Risking disqualification and suspension from future Dusis;
13.7.3. Receiving such further penalty as the Dusi organisers consider appropriate.
14. KAYAK WEIGHTS (NEW RULES – REVISED)
14.1. The minimum weights of kayaks/canoes is:
14.1.1. K1 = 12kg
14.1.2. K2 = 18kg
14.1.3. White Water & Touring = 12kg
14.1.4. All Touring: single = 12kg, double = 18kg
14.2. Weights include seats, pumps, buoyancy, stickers, handles and other permanent fixtures, but exclude paddles, lifejackets, splash covers, juice bottles/trippers, GPS etc, or any other non-permanent fitting/equipment. All boats will be emptied of water and pumps will be pumped dry before weighing. No loose or adjustable weights will be permitted.
14.3. It is the paddler’s responsibility to ensure that their boats are the correct weight during the entire event.
14.4. Boats will NOT be scrutinized before the start of the race. The official event scale and weigh master will be available to check kayak weights between 9.00am and 12 noon on the day of registration.
14.5. Top 5 Men’s and Women’s kayaks, plus top 3 Junior Boys and Girls kayaks will all be weighed at the end of each day. Other kayaks will be weighed randomly at the end of each day.
14.6. Any items that are clearly not permanently fixed will be removed before weighing. This specifically includes any items fixed by Velcro; or items fixed by duct tape, if it is clear these items were not intended to be permanently fixed. Any loose items under seats will also be removed.
14.7. No provision will be made for any items that were fixed before the start of the day, but have come loose or been lost in the course of competition; except for a lost seat/s which will be accounted for.
14.8. Any paddler/s whose kayak is deemed to be underweight on any given day, may be penalized according to the Race Rules.
14.8.1. Boats between 0 – 200g underweight will receive a 2 minute penalty on each day they are weighed underweight.
14.8.2. Boats between 201g and 500g underweight will receive a 5 minute penalty on each day they are weighed underweight.
14.8.3. Any boats more than 500g underweight will be disqualified.
15.1. Competitors must complete the race in the same kayak/boat.
15.2. All boats finishing Days 1 and 2 must be placed in the boat pound at the overnight stops and may not be removed from the pound until the start on the following day.
15.3. Boats requiring repair at overnight stops must be repaired in the boat pound. Boats may be professionally repaired and this service may be charged for.
15.4. Competitors must carry or drag their kayaks on portages and may not attach any skegs, wheels or the like to the kayak to assist with dragging.
15.5. Any competitor retiring from the race must advise the organisers.
15.6. Canoes must be numbered in accordance with CSA Regulations. Numbers must not be obscured by ropes or other items fixed to the boats.
15.7. AGE LIMIT Entries will only be accepted from qualified paddlers already 15 (fifteen) years of age or older on 1st January in the year of the event.
16. DUSI CHARITY BATCH
There will be one batch of 60 boats auctioned for these charities and the rules for this will be displayed on the website. Successful bidders will start in an early batch on all three days of the race no matter what their daily performance or initial grade index may be.
17. PRIZE GIVING AND MEDIA INTERVIEWS
17.1. An official prize giving will be held as soon as possible after the finish of the first 3 Men and Women on each day. These prize winners must present themselves at the prize presentation area within 10 minutes of being called for prize giving. Failure to attend prize giving may result in disciplinary action or a fine against the paddler.
17.2. All 3 male and female prize winners on Day 1, 2 and 3 must be present at the official media presentation which will take place immediately after the prize presentation, or immediately after the finish on Day 3. Failure to attend the media presentation may result in disciplinary action or a fine against the paddler.
18. DOPING CONTROL (NEW)
18.1. Paddlers may be requested by SAIDS to undertake doping tests.
18.2. All official functions (including prize giving and media interviews) take precedence over the drug testing. It is the paddlers responsibility to ensure that all official functions are complete before undertaking drug tests.
19. MARKETING AND ADVERTISING
19.1. By entering the event, all paddlers consent to their entry information being made accessible to sponsors who may use this information for direct marketing or other marketing purposes.
19.2. Any photographs, video or TV images, or any other form of media information obtained during the event including results, may be used by the event organizers or the sponsors for marketing and advertising purposes. Such media material may be altered at the sponsors or event organizers discretion and may be used free of charge in any form.
20. AMENDMENTS TO THE RACE RULES
The organisers of the Dusi Canoe Marathon shall have the right to:
20.1. Amend or add to these rules at any stage
20.2. Take appropriate disciplinary action against any competitor in breach of these rules.
20.3. Accept or reject any entry.