Following the 2018 event, we have updated some of our policies. Here you will find details of our rules, risk management, insurance, refund policy and administration changes policy.
As with all events, there are some rules which all paddlers need to be aware of. For the Head of the Dart, please see below:
- Boards must be mono hulled and powered by a single bladed paddle
- All paddlers must attend the event briefing
- All paddlers must wear leashes – failure to do so will result in disqualification
- All paddlers must display bib numbers as per direction given at registration and not block the number with rash vests, hydration packs or any other apparel
- Leisure fleet paddlers must stay ahead of the “pace” boat – if you fall behind, you will be picked up and dropped further ahead and no time will be recorded
- All paddlers must complete the event within 3hrs
- Race Categories are (14’ Elite / Open Age Group, 14′ Age Group, 12’6 Elite / Open Age Group, 12’6 Age Group, N1SCO One Design and Unlimited), for which paddlers are only eligible to enter one
- Age Categories are 18 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60+ with ages based on the 1st of January
- A minimum of 3 people need to be entered into a category for the event organisers to run it. If there are not enough paddlers entered, a paddler will be moved to an appropriate alternative. This will be communicated by the event organisers to individual(s) concerned
- Riders must remain standing for the duration of the race (except for a maximum of 5 stokes on their knees in the event of a fall)
- Drafting is only permitted within class and gender
- Finishing times and positions will be recorded and results will be posted in final rankings
- To qualify as youth, a competitor must be aged between 16 and 18 years old on the 1st Jan to take part
- 1st Youth prize will be awarded to the first youth back on any board upto 14′ in length
- Unfortunately due to the nature of the course, no under 16’s can participate
- Any protests regarding position / timing or against another paddler, must be raised with one of the event organisers within 1hr of finishing the event. The event organisers decision will be final
- Any paddler wishing to report unsporting behaviour should report it immediate to one of the Race Directors, who will then investigate.
- Any paddler who stops to help a paddler in distress, will have their time adjusted accordingly in agreement with the Race Director
- Any paddler found to have behaved in an unsporting way, will be disqualified.
Unsporting behaviour is defined as:
- Using the board, paddle or body in order to block a competitor from forward progress, turning, drafting, starting or finishing
- Not stopping to help a paddler in distress
- Purposely impeding the ability of a Competitor to paddle, turn, dismount, start, finish or run.
- Behaving in an excessively aggressive way through conduct or speech towards the competition officials, other Competitors, sponsors or spectators
- Repeated contact with another Competitors board (particularly from behind whilst drafting)
The organisers have safety of all participants as our primary concern and to reassure you we would like to draw your attention to the following policy, designed to minimise potential hazards while participating in the event.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU IS THAT RISK IS MINIMISED USING THE FOLLOWING BEST PRACTICE
- Our staff are trained and monitored to ensure they operate according to our safe work practices
- Safety boats and equipment will be in good working order and positioned along the course
- Hazards and risks will be identified and communicated to participants at the event briefing
- Any decision to alter the course due to bad weather will be taken no later than midday on the day before
- Any decision to abandon the event due to bad weather will be taken no later than one hour prior to the start
- We will do everything possible to ensure there is an event, even if it means shortening the course
YOUR COMMITMENT TO US TO HELP US MANAGE AND MINIMISE THE RISKS
- Paddlers will actively take responsibility for their own behaviour
- Paddlers must disclose any medical conditions
- Paddlers agree to stop paddling and assist any fellow paddler that may be in need of assistance
- Paddlers agree to abide by the expertise of the organisers and their staff
- Paddlers must be able to swim at least 50 metres unaided and be proficient at paddling 8 miles on flat or slightly choppy water
Whilst the organisers take all necessary precautions ensure the safety of all participants of the activity, unfortunately accidents can occur. Each participant should familiarise themselves with the hazards and try to minimise these by complying with the Organisers risk management guidelines. The Organisers accept no responsibility whatsoever for any loss or injury resulting from any person’s accidents or injury caused by such accidents. Furthermore it is understood and agreed that individuals participate at their own risk and take responsibility for any third party liability insurance should they wish to have it.