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Day One:

Power dinghies start first followed shortly afterwards by paddle craft. Grids of 8 at 30 second intervals. Top competitors are seeded within their class for Day One start. They start first. All other paddlers are allocated grids randomly within their class.

Photo, left- paddlers wait their turn for the start at Northam (R. Khorshid)

Day Two:

Paddlers start first by several hours at Cobbler Pool to be clear of the valley for the power dinghies. Grids of 4 at 30 second intervals. All competitors are seeded according to their finish time on Day One. Fastest first.

Photo, below - Cobbler Pool startline (Diane Bramley)

Support Crew

You will need a support person/crew to provide the following:

  • transport to & from start and finish lines each day.
  • extra food & drink whilst paddling
  • spare/emergency gear whilst paddling
  • dry clothing, warm/cold drink & food afterwards
  • encouragement

Top competitive paddlers stop infrequently. Novices may require several stops.

Photo, below- Support crews queue for the bus at Emu Falls (Diane Bramley)

click here for Support Crew Handy Hints


  • Both Northam & Cobbler Pool startlines are within a couple of hours drive from most suburbs of Perth and many paddlers return home overnight.
  • Overnight camping is available at Cobbler Pool, the finish line
  • For hotel/motel/ B& B/ self-contained cottage/chalet book early. Northam (08) 9622 2100 and Toodyay (08) 9574 2435 visitor information centres can organise this kind of accomodation.

 Dates for 2006

  • 21st May - entries open
  • Friday, 7th July - entries close (late entry fees apply after this date)
  • Sunday, 23rd July - compulsory scrutineering of craft & gear at Hind's Reserve, Bayswater, 9am to 1pm.
  • Saturday & Sunday, 29th July & Sunday, 30th July - official practice days in the Day One ti-trees.
  • Friday, 4th August - registration at Northam & delivery of craft to the start line.
  • 5th & 6th August - The Event!


  • Competitors must pass a Paddle Competency test
  • Craft and paddling gear are scrutineered before the race to make sure they comply with safety requirements.
  • Known trouble spots have trained rescue personnel on hand.
  • Medical assistance/transport is at hand

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