Course & Rules

The UP NORTH SUP CLASSIC Events Directors and staff reserve the right to make any adjustments to the race if issues arise concerning the involvement of athletes in any part of the race.

DATE & TIME
Saturday, July 21, 2018 8AM – 8PM

ADDRESS
214 South Benzie Blvd.Beulah MI 49617 (Crystal Lake Adventure Sports)
Race Locations:
Crystal Lake SUP Challenge: Beulah Beach (Lake Street) Beulah, MI, 49617
Lake Michigan Downwind Duel: Pt. Betsie 3701 Point Betsie Rd Frankfort, MI 49635

RACES: ALL RACERS REQUIRED TO WEAR A USCG APPROVED PFD DURING ALL RACES

CRYSTAL LAKE SUP 6 mile/3mile/ CHALLENGE
Gender: Mens and Womens Recreation Division: SUP Surfboard Class 12’2 Max Length (3 mile course), and Junior class 13-16.
Men’s & Woman’s
 Elite Division: 12’6″ SUP Class(Women) and 14′ SUP Class (Men)
Age Class: 14 and up.
Open water start for all paddle-boarders at 9:00AM. The course will run on a counter clockwise lap. For the Rec race 1 Lap is 3 miles, for the Elite Race it will be 2 laps for 6 miles. There will be UP NORTH SUP CLASSIC officials as well as the Benzie County Sheriff’s Marine Division patrolling the course. The winds in the mornings are usually calm and the swell small. This is a great course for beginners through elite.

Free CRYSTAL LAKE SUP CHALLENGE (Kids) Race:
Course: 1.5 mile
 Gender: Boys & Girls 
Board Divisions: open
 Age Class: 7-12 
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded trophies.
Open water start for all paddle-boarders at 12:30PM. The CRYSTAL LAKE SUP CHALLENGE course will be run as a partial lap of the full course and will cover roughly a 1.5 miles. There will be UP NORTH SUP CLASSIC officials as well as the Benzie County Sheriff’s Marine Division will be patrolling the course. This is a great course for Kid’s and will allow excellent spectating for the parents from shore.
No Adults Leading in Kids Race, Adults must be anchored.

COMPETITOR RULES AND SAFETY
ALL RACERS REQUIRED TO WEAR A USCG APPROVED PFD DURING ALL RACES

1. a) A competitor must be standing while paddling once a race has started until crossing over the finish line. A competitor is allowed to sit, lay, or kneel to rest without making forward progress. If a competitor takes more than five strokes while sitting, laying, or kneeling once a race has started the competitor may be disqualified (DNF). The exception with this would be for safety reasons where a competitor needs to avoid or may be put into a potentially dangerous situation that would put them or others at risk of injury and or property damage.

2. b) A competitor shall only use the paddle, waves, and wind to propel the board forward during a race. No outside assistance drafting a vessel not in the race, in the form of a sail, clothing designed to catch wind, or any other speed device not considered the norm to SUP racing is allowed. Boat wakes are considered natural conditions unless a competitor is deemed as getting an unfair advantage over other competitors as with drafting (see drafting rule 4b).

3. c) The safety of all participants and competitions is the number one priority of the race director and the WPA. Participants shall attend all competitor meetings and race postings to keep themselves informed with the typical conditions for the race and also the day of conditions to be expected. Race Directors need to warn the competitors of any dangers that could occur and where all safety personnel will be located on the course during the pre-race competitors meeting. Competitors shall be mindful of the hand signals to be used if someone is injured, in danger (paddle in the air, waving, or erect), or in need of help but not injured (hand in the air). All competitors should be mindful with any persons that may be in danger during the course of the race and should assist or help get safety staff attention.

WATER START: (CRYSTAL LAKE SUP 6 mile/3mile/1.5 mile CHALLENGE)

Competitors and participants will form a straight line perpendicular to the first buoy rounding and between the start boat and a buoyed point. Competitors will compete an an “open water” environment and will need to navigate the course in a counter clockwise manner.

BEACH START: (LAKE MICHIGAN Downwind Duel 4.6 MILE RACE)
Beach Start- Participants will form a straight line perpendicular to the first buoy rounding and between two flagged points like with flags.

BEACH FINISH:
Beach Finish- Racers and participants will exit the water and run to the finish line. Paddlers must carry their paddles with them across the stated finish line.

SPORTSMANSHIP:
It is the competitor’s responsibility to act in a sportsmanlike fashion, avoid a collision at all times, and obey the rules as listed in the WPA rulebook and or listed by the race director. If there is contact or unsportsmanlike conduct during the time of a race that affects the outcome for any racer and they feel they have been penalized or interfered with that has caused the racer to lose position and or time beyond just giving a 360 penalty, the competitor that was deemed penalized must file a protest within 15 minutes of the last person to finish the race in question. In doing so, the competitor must inform the other party(s) that may have fouled them during the course of the race and also bring in any witnesses to attest to their claim and or protest to the race committee. All protest decisions are final upon the committee’s review, and the protest committee may rule in favor or overrule the protest.

DRAFTING:
Drafting is allowed.

PENALTIES:
Violations of the rules and/or unsportsmanlike conduct by a competitor that is listed in the rulebook or that is posted by the race director (but not limited to: purposely obstructing or interfering with another competitor, causing damage or bodily harm to another competitor, use of profane language toward any persons or competitor while at a race, not rounding a mark, competing on the proper course, over the start line early, avoiding a collision, and adhering to the drafting rules). Any violation of the rules by a competitor shall be: one 360′ turn at the earliest and safest opportunity or for a major infraction, two 360′ turns at the earliest and safest opportunity. Once a competitor has completed their penalty turns they have cleared themselves of the stated penalty.
If a competitor does not feel that they were in the wrong they must declare to the other party that they feel they are not in violation and will continue on racing. However, they must be able to bring witnesses to the protest committee to state their case or they risk being given a Disqualification (DQ).

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