Registrations close for Saturday Paddling Challenge on Thursday, August 17, at 4:00 pm. No Exceptions!
Individuals wishing to participate in one or more Challenges must submit a separate registration form for each
division they intend to enter.
Waivers must be signed ON SITE on the day of the event. You may review the waiver on the Liabilities and Risk page.
Paddler substitutions will not be accepted after 4:00 pm, Thursday August 17th, 2017. Only registered paddlers will be allowed to participate in the category that he/she has registered in. Registered paddlers will not be allowed to move from one division to another after 4:00 pm on August 17th, 2017.
Registration for Saturday challenge does not include use of boat, paddles, personal floatation devices, whistles and mandatory safety kits. These must be supplied by participants.
Registration forms will be processed only if accompanied by full payment of registration fees. Cancellations received in writing by August 11th, 2017 will be refunded , less a 25 % administration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after August 11th. The Wabi River Kayak Challenge reserves the right to cancel this event due to insufficient registrations and any circumstances beyond their control, in which case registration fees will be refunded in full.
Personal information collected will be used strictly for event-related purposes and will not be released to third-parties.
All kayaks MUST be inspected prior to start time to verify size compliance and to ensure safety requirements are met.
All kayaks MUST be equipped with a safety kit (as per Ontario Boating Regulations). Every safety kit MUST include: a buoyant 15 m rope, a bailer or manual water pump, a whistle (to be attached to life jacket) and a flashlight.
All participants MUST wear a CSA approved personal floatation device with a whistle attached to the front
All sea, touring and recreational kayaks are permitted, with the exception of tandem and inflatable kayaks. Surf-skis, paddle boards and specialized racing kayaks (boats with a length to width ratio greater than 10.65:1) are prohibited. (The length will be measured from the tip of the bow to the tip of the stern and the width will be measured at the widest midship width).
Boats with rudders and/or skegs are permitted.
Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race. Kayaks must be paddled with the use of double-blade paddles only. Please refer to boat restrictions specific to divisions
The Wabi River Kayak Challenge has a length to width ratio for determining the suitability of sea kayaks for these challenges. The permitted dry boat length to width ratio is 10.65:1. This measurement will allow paddlers owning expedition sea kayaks from virtually all manufacturers the opportunity to participate.
How to Calculate Boat Size
EXAMPLE: Length of boat: 18'= 216 inches, width of boat= 20.5 inches, 216 divided by 20.5=10.54 length to width ratio (PERMITTED)
Length of boat:19'=228 inches, width of Boat: 21 inches, 228 divided by 21=10.86 length to width ratio (PROHIBITED)
Participants MUST check in at least one hour before their start time.
Welcome packages including race bib will be provided and registrants MUST sign a waiver of liability and release form at this time.
Participants MUST attend a pre-challenge briefing that will be held before challenge start time(s).
Participants MUST ensure that their race number is visible at all times
Participants MUST complete the challenge without assistance.
At each of the checkpoints, participants MUST identify themselves to the check-point attendant(s). This is to ensure the safety of all participants and volunteers on the river.
All participants MUST display courtesy to fellow competitors, avoiding interference and boat or paddle contact.
All participants are encouraged to carry sunscreen, insect repellant, a hat, sunglasses and a windshell.
All participants are encouraged to bring rain gear.
All participants are encouraged to carry energy snacks and drinking water/juice. One litre per hour is recommended.
All participants are encouraged to carry a kayak pump.