THIS EVENT INFORMATION HAS BEEN UPDATED AS AT 10AM ON SATURDAY MORNING. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR FINAL INSTRUCTIONS.
**Event Information as at 9:30am Friday 19th March.
Thank you for registering for the 2021 Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach sponsored by Investec and supporting the Fragile X Association of Australia – Sunday 21st March 2021.
We are excited to be back racing as we kick off the 2021 Shaw and Partners Australian Ocean Racing Series.
Thank you for your generous donation to Fragile X Association of Australia when entering online. We would also like to thank the Shaw and Partners Foundation for matching the donations and we are thrilled to have reached our $20,000 target.
We would like to thank all our sponsors of this year’s event – Investec, Manly Wharf, Shaw and Partners, Voost, Thortz, Fenn, Epic, Nordic Kayaks, Paddler HQ, Knysna Kayaks, Vaikobi, Bennett Paddles, Gara Paddles, Wind Surf ‘n’ Snow and The Bavarian. Thank you to our supporters – All Wave, Kani Paddling, Booth, North Sydney Council and Northern Beaches Council.
We are a registered Covid Safe business and we are dedicated to making the Bridge to the Beach a Covid Safe event. Please help us and follow these guidelines:
– Check-in with the Service NSW App QR code that will be available at registration
– Stay home if you are unwell and get tested
– Practice social distancing and stay 1.5m apart
– Wash hands frequently
– Please follow the direction of staff and Covid marshals
– We suggest you bring your own hand sanitiser for use please
WEATHER UPDATE & POSSIBLE CONTINGENCY COURSE
We will be watching the weather closely over the next 24 hours.
If the current forecast holds the contingency course will be used for this year’s Investec Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach. This course is a start and finish at Manly. The race start will be at 8.30am and the start wave times changed. Final course announcement to be made by midday on Saturday.
SUPs and Prones 2 laps (8k approx) the rest of the field will be 3 laps (11.5k approx).
This will be a difficult decision for us although it will be made easy by the fact that the current forecast for Sunday would make the event unmakeable for a large percentage of our field.
Please stay tuned for updates on this. We will email out a further update.
IMPORTANT COMPETITOR INFORMATION
*** The event number for race day is the Oceanpaddler mobile 0422 554 965. We strongly advise that you take your mobile phone with this number in it.
***You need to carry your own water bottle and water. Due to Covid we will not be supplying any water or fruit after the event.
***Make sure you have the required safety equipment as outlined below and on the website. Random checks will take place.
*** If the event starts at Milson Park footwear is recommended where you will launch your craft. Please take care when doing this.
*** Registrations are open on Saturday at Oceanpaddler warehouse as per details below from 12pm to 4pm. We encourage you to do this to avoid lining up on Sunday.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS BASED ON THE USUAL COURSE STARTING AT MILSON PARK AND FINISHING AT MANLY WHARF. SHOULD THE CONTINGENCY COURSE BE USED FURTHER UPDATES WLL BE PROVIDED.
Registrations will take place on both Saturday at Oceanpaddler and Sunday at Milson Park, Kirribilli as outlined below. You only need to register once on either Saturday or Sunday. By registering on Saturday you will avoid the crowds and will not have to line up on Sunday.
12.00 – 4.00pm on Saturday at Oceanpaddler Warehouse – Unit 12, 410 Pittwater Rd, North Manly. Please do not turn up before 12 as we will not be ready.
6.00 – 7.00am on Sunday at Milson Park, Kirribilli – the start location. Registrations will close at 7 am. Please don’t be late.
*** IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE – If you register on Saturday then decide not to race on Sunday morning you must TEXT the event number 0422 554 965 to be withdrawn from the event. This is extremely important so we know exactly who is on the water racing.
START LOCATION – MILSON PARK, KIRRIBILLI
The start of the race and registration will take place at Milson Park, Kirribilli. Milson Park is surrounded by residential housing. We ask that you please keep noise to a minimum during registration.
There is limited parking so it is best to be dropped off at the start.
There will be a ‘Drop Off Zone‘ on Mc Dougall street where you can be dropped off with your craft. Please ensure this is done quickly to avoid any traffic issues. We will have a traffic marshall in place. Please listen to their direction so it is a smooth process.
The Flying Bear Cafe at Milson Park will be open from 7am to grab a coffee.
Race briefing for all competitors will be at Milson Park at 7.15am.
Please ensure you listen to the final instructions.
Registration will close at 7am prior to the race briefing.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
Lifejacket – All competitors must wear an approved minimum Level 50 Lifejacket. Your lifejacket must be HI-VIS or brightly coloured for visibility. No black or dull colour lifejackets will be permitted. An approved Level 50S Lifejacket can only be worn with a Hi-Vis shirt over the top. (Prone Paddleboard competitors only are permitted to wear an approved Level 100/150 Inflatable bum bag Lifejacket)
Safety Leash – These are required by competitors to maintain contact with their craft, which can be particularly difficult during high winds, or if someone should fall from their craft. (Coastal rowers and sea kayaks are exempt).
Electronic Timing Chip – Provided at registration
Mobile Phone highly recommended – In case you pull out and need to call the race officials to be withdrawn from the event (call the event number 0422 554 965)
EVENT START TIMES
There will be four (4) start waves starting from 7.54am. This may vary so please listen at the race briefing. Please ensure you know what start wave you are in and give yourself plenty of time to get to the start line. The start line is an approx 5min paddle from the launch area. The start line location will be detailed at the briefing.
Wave 1: 7.54am – SUPs, Prone Paddleboards and Coastal Rowers all genders
Wave 2: 7.56am – Women Ski, OC1 all genders, Plastic craft all genders, Sea Kayak all genders
Wave 3: 7.58am – Men Single Skis
Wave 4: 8.00am – Double skis and OC2
Do not break the start or you will be disqualified. If you do not think you are a top contender please do not position yourself on the front line.
CUT OFF TIMES
9.00am – Cutoff time at Bradleys Head (approx 3kms from Start)
10.00am – Cutoff time at Middle Head (approx 3.5kms from Bradleys Head 6.5kms from Start)
If you do not make these cut off times you will be asked to go ashore at the nearest safe location. We strongly advise that you take your mobile phone so you can call us to advise you have withdrawn and to call your support person to collect you.
Competitors will paddle directly to Bradleys Head from the start.
Competitors must keep well clear of the channel from Bradleys Head to Middle Head. This means keeping all Green Channel markers in this area on your right-hand side.
You must keep the Black and yellow buoy located east off Dobroyd Head on your right-hand side. (pass on the left of it)
Please follow the direction of safety and official boats at all times.
If you pull out of the event after the start or are withdrawn from the event you will be asked to paddle to the nearest safe exit point. We will take your race number (timing number) and relay it back to the finish. You are also advised to call us to let us know you have withdrawn from the race.
If you register and collect your timing chip on Saturday then decide not to race you must send a text to the event number 0422 554 965.
If you pull out before the finish you must also text 0422 554 965.
We strongly suggest you take with you a mobile phone with our numbers so you can call us if you pull out and call someone to pick you up.
Pending weather conditions presentations will take place outside The Bavarian at approx 10.30am (after the last paddlers have finished). We encourage competitors to grab a drink or a bite to eat from The Bavarian.
Medals will be awarded to the top 3 category winners.
Good luck to all competitors.
Thank you to all our supporting sponsors.