Race Day Registration and Start

Macquarie Park, Windsor NSW

  • Deerubbun Reserve, Mooney Mooney for the Classic
  • Wisemans Ferry (Checkpoint I) for the Dash

 Distance: 111km

Registration: 10am – 2:30pm

Scrutineering: 10am – 2:30pm

First Aid: Open at 1pm

Sports Physiotherapists: Open at 1pm

Briefing: 2:45pm. This is mandatory for both paddlers and landcrew.

 Start Times: From 4pm to 5pm (see below)

Before you leave home, check that you have all your compulsory equipment (listed under Event Rules), fundraising money, receipt booklets (if issued) and raffle ticket butts.
Check that your landcrew has all appropriate equipment as suggested in the landcrew guide on the website.
Plan to arrive at the start from 9:30am onward. There is plenty of parking in the paddock at the end of the roadway through the park. 


On arrival, paddlers must register.
Registration is open between 10:00 am and 2:30pm on the day of the event. You are not required to bring your craft to registration.
To carry out registration without your paddling partner(s) you must have all fundraising forms, monies and raffle ticket books issued for each paddler in your craft.
Your registration paperwork must be stamped as meeting registration and sponsorship requirements before you receive your canoe number. This is attached to your craft at scrutineering after registration is complete.

Sponsorship Requirements

Sponsorship requirements must be met by all paddlers in the craft before the Canoe Registration Card can be stamped.
A $200 minimum ($100 for junior paddlers and full-time students under 25 years of age) donation must be paid by each paddler before starting. This can be sent to the Entries Co-ordinator with your entry fee prior to close of entries, or paid on the day of the event after registering.

If you are being sponsored and have not received this money yet, then you will need to pay from your own pocket. After the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, funds should be collected from donors and your prepayment reimbursed. Any surplus balance should then be sent to the Event Co-ordinator.
All raffle tickets issued to all paddlers in your craft must be returned, along with the appropriate money. Any raffle books not returned must be paid for.


Please see the recommended scrutineering times allocated according to your start time. You are welcome to complete scrutineering ahead of your allocated timeslot. Registration before midday will avoid long queues and enable you to relax, prepare your craft and enjoy watching the day’s activities.
Scrutineering must be completed between 10:00 am and 2:30pm. 

Recommended Scrutineering Times

Start Time Scrutineering
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 10:00am - Midday
4:45 pm Midday - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 2:30pm

Take your craft and all crew members’ compulsory equipment to the scrutineering tent. You don’t need your paddle at this stage. Your craft will be checked for compliance with the Craft Specifications. Your Canoe Registration Card is again stamped.
Special arrangements can be made for scrutineering the Outrigger 6 and Dragon Boat craft on the beach. Speak to the Chief Scrutineer for details.

Compulsory Gear required at Scrutineering

Personal: Each paddler must have:

  • Lifejacket
  • Pea-less whistle attached to the lifejacket
  • Waterproof light attached to the lifejacket
  • Emergency blanket carried in the lifejacket
  • Sufficient solid food and drink
  • Headgear

Craft: Each craft must have:

  •  Waterproof torch attached to craft by lanyard 
  • Waterproof hard copy maps
  • Canoe number holder
  • Canoe number (supplied at scrutineering)
  • Cyalume lights (supplied at scrutineering)
  • Waterproof compass or GPS

Late registration

Paddlers registering after 2:30pm will do so at the discretion of the Event Co-Ordinator's and will be subject to an automatic fifteen minute time penalty.


There will be a briefing for all paddlers and landcew at 1:45pm.
It is compulsory for all paddlers and landcrew to attend. The briefing will contain “up to the minute” essential information for the event.
Paddlers in the early starts (including the Brooklyn or Bust singles) are advised to attend the briefing dressed ready for the event. Marshalling for their start will occur shortly afterwards.

Volunteers from the Sports Physiotherapy Group will lead a stretch and warm up session at 3:15pm. This will be held immediately after the Raffle Draw.


Craft will be marshalled approximately 15 to 20 minutes before designated start times.
When your start is called, paddlers, landcrew and craft will then
pass through a marshalling gate. Here, start marshals will recheck “essential equipment” for paddlers and craft, cyalumes are lit and your canoe number is recorded. You can then proceed as directed to the river to prepare for your start.
You must only enter the water through these “marshalling gates”.
You will otherwise not be recorded as an official starter.

Starting times

No craft will be permitted to start the event at any time before the allocated starting time for its class. Paddlers who wish to start early may elect to enter the Brooklyn or Bust non-competitive classes which are earlier in the order of starts. But paddlers will not be allowed to change into the Brooklyn or Bust classes on Race Day.

Craft missing their start will be started at the discretion of the marshal with the paddling time to commence from the time their particular class started.

2016 Start Times (amended)

***Please be aware that we have re-jigged some of the starting times so as to “even-out” the number of craft in each start time.

Category Start Time
Dragon Boats & Outrigger 6 16:00 (4pm)
Brooklyn or Bust 1 16:15 (4:15pm)
All women’s racing classes,
Plus: C1, C2, TC1, TC2, TK1, TK2 and SUP’s racing classes 
Plus: all Junior paddlers
16:30 (4:30pm)
Brooklyn or Bust 2 and Wisemans Dash 16:45 (4:45pm)
All other Racing Classes 17:00 (5pm)


Start Procedure

After passing through the marshalling gates you should get on the water without delay. The starter will call you up to a pre-start line (about 100m from the start line) and then slowly move downstream toward the start line. The pre-start line is defined by a blue “Bali” flag. This flag will “move” with the starter toward the start line. The start line will be defined by 2 red “Bali” flags. When the starter arrives at the start line he will call “Paddlers”, and then fire the starting signal (gun or horn).


Any paddler detected making a false start by the starter will incur a fifteen minute time penalty.
Craft missing their start will be started at the discretion of the Chief Marshal with the paddling time to commence from the time their particular class started.