Question: What type of craft can is permitted?
Answer: The C100 is open to any paddle craft designed for fast long distance paddling. You must be able to maintain a paddle speed of at least 8km per hour. It may be single double or multiple person configurations. Stand up Paddle Boards are welcome however must exceed 14 feet in length. Be aware the course is wind affected at times.
Question: Will food and water be provided during stage?
Answer: Water will be provided at each compulsory check point. Participants are to be self-reliant as much as possible. Carrying own supply of food and water is essential.
Question: Is the course tide affected?
Answer: Tide will only be noticeable from stage 2 onwards. The event has been timed to coincide with minimal tidal influence
Question: Can I tag team with another paddler to complete the course using one craft?
Answer: Yes this is permitted. Ideal tag points will be at compulsory check points and official rest locations.
Question: How accessible is the course by road ways?
Answer: There are numerous points along the 100km course accessible by road. These points will be identified and relayed to participants during event briefing. All check points and rest points are easily accessible by road. See event mapping for detail.
Question: How do I get my craft to Copmanhurst for the start of stage 1?
Answer: Each participant is responsible for own transport logistics of craft. Copmanhurst is located approximately 40km west of Grafton; a vehicle will be required to transport paddler and craft to this location. A driver will be required to transport vehicle to finish point of stage 1.
Question: I have missed the start due to unforeseen circumstances. Can I still participate?
Answer: A participant will be given 15 minutes lee way to start each stage. The participant must make contact with safety before commencing stage paddle.
Question: How long will each stage take to complete?
Answer: Provided each participant can maintain a constant speed of 8km per hour. Stage 1 and 2 should be completed within 5 hours each. Stage 3 should be completed within 3 hours. Factors affecting timing are tide, wind and rest periods.
Question: I did not make a stage cut off point. Can I still participate in the following stage?
Answer: Yes you are permitted to start the following stage. Consult with event safety to consider earlier start time for following stage.
Question: Will there be an on water safety vessel?
Answer: Yes there will be a designated vessel for safety provisions during each stage.
Question: Will I be given an official completion time.
Answer: Yes, on completion of each stage report to official event timer with your participant number where it will be recorded. An accurate time will be reflected by your ability to report promptly and check name off.\
- Are there age categories for relay teams?
- Management will attempt to group entries based on combined ages between the 2 paddlers into groups to make a competitive category. For example, Under 60years ,60-90 years, over 90years.
Q. Can I tag with another paddler during any stage to complete the course using 1 craft?
A. Yes, as a team relay, maximum 2 persons per team. See detail about team relay guidelines.
Q. How accessible is the course for vehicles?
A. The river has numerous access points for vehicles and support crews. Consult Mapping and talk with event management for knowledge of these points.
Q. Is there transport provided from finish point return to start point for those participants who are without a driver of their vehicle.
A. Provided there are enough paddlers with this need a bus will be available to return paddlers to vehicle at start point of each stage at the completion of each stage. Otherwise paddlers will be encouraged to car pool and event management can assist facilitating this need
Q. Is it possible to leave craft at finish point stage 2 (Lower Clarence Rowing Club) overnight ready for final day.
A. Yes, the rowing Club has provided permission to do so. The facility is gated and secure. However, craft will be out in the open and not inside the shed. No liability for craft will be accepted by either event management or Lower Clarence Rowing club for either theft or damage.
Q. Are there cut off times for each stage?
A. Yes, Stage 1 paddlers must pass check point (30km) within 4 hours. Stage 2 paddlers must pass check point (20km) within 3 hours. There is no cut off stage 3 (26km). Paddlers who are asked to retire due to cut off times are permitted to start next stage. In this instance paddlers are to liaise with management to start early the following day to assist in completing course.
Q. I am in the competitive division, can I start earlier with the social paddlers on any stage?
A. Yes, however you will no longer be eligible for competitive status and will then be considered a social paddler.
Q. Is parking at start and finish of each stage available?
A. Yes there is ample parking at each location close to entry and exit points throughout. Some areas do have time restrictions so you must be aware of these restrictions and park with due diligence.
Q. If for some reason event is cancelled will I be refunded entry fees?
A. See information provided in Pricing detail
Q. Will recovery sustenance be provided at the end of each stage?
A. Basic sustenance will be provided including Gatorade, water, fresh fruit. We suggest that you be prepared for your individual requirements. A substantial lunch meal will be provided at the presentation the final day and will include salads with ham or chicken, desert and cheese platters.
Do I have to wear a PFD?
A. Yes this is mandatory. Paddle boards are permitted to use waist line PFD. Failure to wear a PFD will mean exclusion from the event.
Q. Do I need to wear aquatic foot protection?
A. We advise you to wear foot protection throughout all water activity. At times you may be exposed to slippery rocks and mud at entry and exit points of river.