Personal Flotation Device (PFD) & Leash Rule
All competitors are required to have a USCG-approved personal flotation device (PFD) on their person or board. We recommend CO2 cartridge inflatable waist packs. These are less intrusive and don’t catch wind like a deck-top bulky PFD. Any competitor without a PFD will be disqualified and not allowed to compete. There will be no refunds of entry fee due to disqualification. Although, not required, we strongly encourage competitors to wear leashes as depending on the weather, the winds can pick up on Lake Washington.
Drafting rules are in accordance with those followed by many top world-wide races. Only like gender and like board class drafting is allowed. In other words, a 12’6″ can only draft behind another 12’6″; not a 14′ or an Unlimited; and a male or female may only draft behind the same sex.
Five Stroke Rule
If you fall, you have 5 strokes to get back on your feet and stand up. This rule is in effect so a paddler does not achieve an advantage by not standing up. You must complete the course standing upon your board.
A flotilla of safety vessels and jet-ski will be present on the water. Having your own support vessel (small motorized craft, canoe or kayak) is not recommended, but will be allowed as long as the vessel does not create a wake, obstruct other competitors, nor provide aid such as blocking a headwind or towing. Any violation by a support vessel will result in the immediate disqualification of the associated competitor, who will be removed from the race. We do encourage friends and families to come out in their watercraft to cheer on the participants.
Shall be responsible for officiating the races from the water.
Shall be responsible for officiating the start and finish of all races.
Both the 13-mile and 3.5-mile races will have a WATER start (weather permtting). A beach start will used if winds make holding the water start line too difficult. The kids races will start from the beach at the park. Paddlers will enter the lake from the swimming beach. Once racers are safely in position, between the buoy markets, they shall await the starter’s instructions.
The finish line shall be on shore. Upon arriving back to the beach, the competitor shall dismount the board (which should be left on the shore) and cross the finish line area, with paddle in hand, to receive a finish time and placing. Automated timing system incorporating RFID chips attached to competitors’ ankles will be utilized. Competitors must not leave the finish area until their RFID chip is removed by a scorer.
Note: Race results will be available onsite and updated throughout the day.