The main job of the landcrew is to support and look out for their paddler(s). This can vary from person to person. At the very least you should be at the major checkpoints - Sackville (D) and Wisemans Ferry (I) with food, water and dry clothes. Be prepared to collect your paddler from a minor check point if you are called by a race organiser.
The following are the basic things you should have covered as landcrew for the Hawkesbury Classic.
Landcrew Declaration Form
Before the day of the event
- Know what your paddler's race plan is.
- Check what food and clothing to have ready at which checkpoint.
- Look over your paddler's gear.
- Consider the correct fluids and supplements to keep them hydrated.
- Ensure the paddler is adequately rested before the start (some even provide a back massage!).
At the Start
- Drive to the start to ensure the paddler is as rested as possible.
- Take the craft off the car and prepare it for scrutineering.
- Ensure the paddler has all the necessary paper work for registration and sponsorship.
- Help them get onto the water.
During the event
- Check the number of likely rivals and keep tabs on their progress (if competitive) .
- Monitor the paddler's times and comparing them with their race plan so adjustments can be made if needed.
- Motivate the paddler if tired.
- When the paddler arrives at a checkpoint, assist them to get the boat out the water, top up food and drink supplies, mop out the craft and assist the paddler change clothes and eat if needed.
- Ensure your paddler is fit to continue and seek medical advice if in doubt.
- Console your paddler if they are unable to continue and ensure long term health comes before short-term goals.
After the event
- Congratulate your paddler and get them warm and dry.
- Ensure their time has been logged.
- Take charge of the boat.
- Clean all the gear and pack it away
- Drive them home safely.