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FGPC Wetdashe 2021

Welcome to the 10th annual FGPC Wetdashe, November 13th and 14th, 2021

CLICK Here for the 2022 FGPC Wetdashe Final Summary and Detailed Results

10th-anniversary high-vis race shirts are included in the registration fee of $35 per paddler.

Location: Fairway Gorge Paddling Club (FGPC), 2940 Jutland Road, Victoria BC

Race Distance: Three distances to choose from: 12km (4-Lap Short Course) OR 24km (8-Lap) OR 48km – 16 lap (running concurrently based on advance crew registrations for one of these three distances).

Race Categories: Classic women’s and/or mixed (no less than three women must be in the canoe at any one time); or exhibition crews (e.g. all-male crews or crews with over-quota males) can register and race along with mixed crews with results logged in the “exhibition” category.

THIS IS A “DRY” CHANGE RACE, which means 6-person crews hotswap on the dock with their team mates at the end of each lap. Dock-change times are included in your team’s aggregate time, so efficient changes get the best results.

Boats: Both Spec & Ultralight options are available. FGPC’s outrigger fleet of boats is supplied to registered teams by FGPC. Ultralights requests will be considered based on experience and proficiency with ultralight canoes. Both spec and ultralight hulls will be assigned based on overall availability. Spec and ultralight results will be calculated separately. Grid assignments/start positions may change on race days. Boat allocations will be confirmed on race day.

Want to go faster? Get your community to support you by supporting a great cause, the BC Cancer Foundation!

Competitive advantages are available for a good cause through the “Make Every Second Count” Wetdashe Men’s Health Fund, managed by the BC Cancer Foundation. Competitors and supporters can help Wetdashe 2021 teams “make every second count.” This year’s 10th anniversary Wetdashe Challenge encourages racers to invite friends, family and team supporters to participate by contributing pledged donations to the BC Cancer Foundation. Donations “add speed” to teams’ results by reducing finish times based on donations received. For every $10 donated to the Wetdashe Men’s Health Fund, a 1-second advantage is added to the scores of chosen teams. Please join individual and cohort athletes and their supporting communities across BC to “make every second count” for men’s health. Contribution instructions for pledges and time credits (1 second per $10 dollars) will be provided to participants once their registrations are confirmed.

“Make Every Second Count” pledge donations is now open for registered competitors and closes November 12 at midnight.

Money raised through supporters’ pledges is directed to the BC Cancer Agency’s research and clinical development of “PSMA prostate scanning technology,” an advanced prostate cancer diagnostic that results in better outcomes men affected by prostate cancer.

Race Formats

  • CHEVRON 12km: Short Course 12km (4 x 3km laps) running concurrently with 24km & 48km
  • WALRUS 24km: Long Course 24km (8 x 3km laps) running concurrently with 12km & 48km
  • IMPERIAL48km: Ultra-long Course 48km (16 x 3km laps) spread across either one or two days (Saturday AND/OR Sunday), with afternoon / morning sections of your crew’s choice

THIS IS A “DRY” CHANGE RACE, which means 6-person crews hotswap on the dock with their team mates at the end of each lap. Dock-change times are included in your team’s aggregate time, so efficient changes get the best results.

Race Rules

Crews are comprised of classic mixed and/or women’s crews (minimum of 3 women the boat at all times) or as “exhibition” for non-classic mixed combinations (e.g. more than 3 men in a boat); note that roster compliance is mandatory for the sake of fair play. Spares are permitted by means of advance registration and supplementary payments (which include tech race shirts if ordered before 1 November)

Start crews will be released at 30-second intervals from held positions on the dock.

Steerspersons’ meetings as well as race course review and rules-of-racing will be reviewed before the start of each heat.

A detailed race map will be provided to registrants in their information packages. Full crew changes must occur on the dock after each lap; pre-assigned paddlers will be required to pass the baton to his or her replacement seatmate after each lap. Paddlers can race sequential laps if desired, but must still exit and re-enter the boat at each change.

Water marshals will be stationed at each buoy, and dock attendants will be at each dockside loading station to direct canoe traffic / loading; time penalties (10 seconds to 1 minute) will be assessed for teams who do not follow water and dock marshal instructions.

PFDS MUST BE WORN DURING ON THE DOCKS IN THE BOATS AT ALL TIMES

Team captains will be required to vouch for the COVID-19 health status of their cohort crew-mates prior to the event, and indicate that all cohort members are healthy, symptom-free and have not been exposed to COVID-19; team captains are also responsible for ensuring that cohorts maintain physical distancing between themselves and other cohorts, and that masks are worn in circumstances that physical distancing is not possible. All FGPC paddlers, staff, volunteers and race officials have been been vaccinated against COVID-19. FGPC reserves the right to request the vaccination status of rosters prior to the event weekend, and may require vaccine compliance within visiting team cohorts in the event that public health guidance changes for outdoor events.

Each registered team’s paddlers will be provided with “tech” 10th-anniversary Wetdashe paddling shirts, with pre-ordered sizing or assigned sizing based on roster numbers (and depending on if you provided sizing before production deadline of 1 November). FGPC will not provide shirt exchanges or race shirt returns, but crews can arrange to swap shirts between paddlers as they wish.

Results will be based on total accumulated time, but lap times will be published after the event. Awards and prizes will be distributed after each heat. Prizes will be allocated by random draw.