Event Information – Forster Race Week

Event Information – Forster Race Week

Event Information

The Courses

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Event Categories

Both races will use the AORS Categories and AORS points will be awarded.

Male and Female:

Competitors’ age category is based on your age as of the 1st January 2022. For example, if you are 17 on the 1st January 2022 you can race the Under 17 category.

Category note: For prizes and awards there must be at least 5 entries in the category. Where there are less than 5 entries then those competitors will be moved to the next most relevant category.

Entry Fees


For entry up to and including Sunday 10th April 2022.

Event Single Entry Fee U17 & U21 Entry Fee Double Entry Fee
Race 1:  Shaw and Partners Nine Mile $50 $40 $75
Race 2: Shaw and Partners Ocean Classic $100 $70 $130
Both Races $150 $110 $205


For entry from Monday 11th to Wednesday 20th April 2022.

Event Single Entry Fee U17 & U21 Entry Fee Double Entry Fee
Race 1:  Shaw and Partners Nine Mile $95 $60 $125
Race 2: Shaw and Partners Foster Ocean Classic $125 $90 $150
Both Races  $220 $150 $275

Postponement due to COVID-19 

If the event is not able to proceed due to ongoing restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the event will be postponed to 2022. Entrants should take this into consideration when entering.

If the event is postponed all entries will be carried over to the 2023 event date.  If you require a refund, please submit a request in writing within 2 weeks of the postponement. Email contact@oceanpaddler.com

Our normal Refund and Cancellation Policy applies to all other refund requests as outlined below. 

Entry Refunds & Cancellations

Entry cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the event date when a refund (less 20% administration fee) will be made. Refunds will not be given after this date. Please send requests for refunds in writing to contact@oceanpaddler.com. If the event has to be cancelled due to weather conditions or natural disasters or any other reason so deemed by the organisers, the event will be rescheduled where possible and no refunds will be issued.

Equipment Requirements

Please ensure you are familiar with the equipment requirements as outlined below. 

  • Lifejacket
    • All Lifejackets must be an approved Australian Standard AS 4758 or International Standard ISO 12402 Lifejacket.
    • All surf ski, outrigger, plastic and sea kayak paddlers must wear an approved minimum Level 50 / Level 50S Lifejacket. Your lifejacket must be Hi-Vis or a Hi-Vis top is to be worn over the top of the lifejacket.  No bum bag inflatable lifejackets are permitted.
    • Prone paddleboard paddlers only are permitted to wear an approved Lifejacket Level 100/150 bum bag inflatable lifejacket. A Hi-Vis top must be worn.
  • Safety Leash – All competitors must be attached to their craft via a safety leash. 
  • Flare – All competitors must have at least one current or unexpired orange smoke flare attached to their craft/person. The flare should be easily accessible when on the water. Ensure you are familiar with how to use a flare. These will be available to purchase when entering online. If carrying a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) then the flare is not required.
  • Mobile Phone (using SafeTrx App) or VHF Radio or PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) – All competitors are required to take one of these with them during the race. If using a mobile phone the SafeTrx Event tracking app is required and the event channel will be given to those using VHF Marine Radios. Click here for race day instructions for SafeTrx Tracking App. PLB is highly recommended for all ocean paddling events and can be purchased here.
  • Whistle – All competitors are required to have a pealess whistle attached to their Lifejacket.
  • Timing Chip – All competitors must wear the electronic timing chip on their ankle (right or left ankle). This will be provided at registration.

********Scrutineering of compulsory equipment may take place at registration on race morning. Please ensure you have the correct equipment

SafeTrx Tracking

SafeTrx Tracking will be used for the events. Please ensure you download and are familar with how to use the app. 


All competitors must abide by the following race rules:

  • Wear / carry the mandatory equipment as outlined above 
  • Register for the event on the morning of the race and collect the timing chip
  • Attend the pre-race briefing prior to the start
  • Stop and help any other competitor/s in difficulty whilst on the course
  • Follow the event course at all times
  • Follow the direction of water safety officials at all times 
  • If a competitor withdraws mid-event they must notify the event officials
  • either in person or by phone to be formally withdrawn from the event. Official contact numbers will be available at registration

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