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FGPC Wetdashe

Wetdashe 2020, an annual fundraising race in support of men’s health, has been adapted this year to respond to COVID-compliance unique to each community, region, province and state. Hosted by Victoria’s Fairway Gorge Paddling Club (FGPC), the Wetdashe Challenge is a fun end-of-season outrigger race before paddlers break over Christmas for the new year.

This year’s Wetdashe Challenge has been adapted to accommodate the health of athletes and the general public in different regions. Instead of traditional head-to-head competition, this year’s Wetdashe is COVID-compliant: solo athletes and cohort teams can race on their local waters, both across western Canada and beyond, wherever public health authorities permit the sport of outrigger in conjunction with physical distancing measures in effect across the continent. Solo competitors without access to water can enter as ERG contestants (KayakPro or Concept 2; specific damper/drag/weight settings will be provided to ERG registrants). Registrants, both teams and individuals, will submit digital race results to FGPC race officials. Competitors’ results will be averaged across four 3km loops of water available to each region (lakes, rivers, tidal waters or ERG sessions). Any team or individual paddler can participate without the need to travel or congregate beyond the safety of their families and training partners (where cohorts are permitted).

Friends, family and communities can participate by “adding speed” to teams and individual competitors through donating to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Wetdashe Men’s Health Fund. CLICK HERE to donate. Money raised through supporters’ pledges are directed to the BC Cancer Agency’s research and clinical development of an advanced prostate cancer diagnostic, “PSMA prostate scanning technology.” For every $10 donated through the Wetdashe Men’s Health Fund, a 1-second advantage is added to the score of chosen teams and solo paddlers. Please join individuals and athletes and their supporting communities across BC to “make every second count” for men’s health through the work of the BC Cancer Agency.

For registration information and rules of racing for the Cohort Challenge, click here.

For registration information and rules of racing for the Solo Challenge, click here.


ANNUAL WETDASHE CHALLENGE (2020): COHORT

Wetdashe 2020 is a COVID-compliant crew & solo event recorded by GPS devices on regional waters over 4 X 3km out-and-back laps. GPS tracks must be recorded and submitted over the month of November 2020. Wetdashe 2020 is open to OC6 and OC12 COVID-compliant cohort crews, as well as solo OC1 paddlers (OC1 paddlers are required to register separately).

RULES OF RACING

  • COHORTS COMPETE OVER SELF-SELECTED 3KM COURSES.
  • Each registered cohort must submit 4 (or more) 3km GPS tracks recorded and posted between NOVEMBER 1st through 30th.
  • Each crew must determine a consistent 3 km out-and-back loop in local waters of their choice (e.g. river, lake or tidal), for a minimum of 4 recorded instances on the same circuit amounting to a final total of 12 km.
  • GPS results amounting to less than 3km will be penalized (2 seconds per meter), so it’s in a cohort team’s best interest to exceed the 3km distance by a few meters rather than undershoot the distance.
  • Cohorts can record and submit as many 3 km GPS records as they wish; FGPC race directors will average the 4 fastest 3 km loops logged by each crew and submitted no later than 12 pm Pacific time on Monday 30 November.
  • A leaderboard for the fastest overall laps in each established division and water condition will also be published.
  • OC6 crews can roster up to 9 members; OC12 crews can roster up to 15 members (as approved by paddlers’ local COVID-compliant clubs or facilities and/or as regulated by health authorities in participants’ regions).
  • FGPC race directors will tabulate the unique gender and age combinations of each cohort, as well as water conditions (river, lake, tidal) and boat type (spec or ultralight) in relation to data received from all registered cohorts.
  • Where specific crew, hull and environmental combinations are shared by fewer than 3 registered teams, participating cohorts will be aggregated with adjacent divisions in order to make for competitive results.
  • OC6 cohorts can race in either spec or ultralight categories, or they can choose to race in both categories providing they submit a minimum of 4 GPS logs under each hull type.

All rostered paddlers are included in prize draws and each participant will be awarded a commemorative high-vis Wetdashe 2020 technical race shirt, with advance size-selections provided to all registrants. Prizes and tech race shirts will be awarded and distributed on or immediately after Monday 30 November. Cohort race shirts and prizes will be packaged and shipped to the address of the primary registrant of each cohort; the primary registrant is asked to distribute prizes and race shirts according to the size requests and specific prize winners within each cohort. 

COHORT REGISTRATION FEE: $35 (+ GST) CAD per paddler includes prize draws & commemorative 2020 high-vis tech shirts plus shipping to the captain of each cohort.

On-line rosters, group waiver, and t-shirt sizes and numbers will be requested by FGPC’s race registrar upon payment and submission of this registration. Cohort rosters are due before submission of the first time-stamped 3km GPS track to ensure fair racing and to allow for accurate race shirt production in requested sizes. We cannot guarantee shirt quantities and sizes for rosters received after 15 November 2020.

WETDASHE 2020 “MAKES EVERY SECOND COUNT”

Both competitors and supporters can help Wetdashe 2020 participants “make every second count.” This year’s Wetdashe Challenge offers added excitement by inviting friends, family and communities to participate: by contributing pledges, supporters can “add speed” to teams and individual competitors by donating to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Wetdashe Men’s Health Fund. 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. For every $10 donated to the Wetdashe Men’s Health Fund, a 1-second advantage is added to the scores of chosen teams and paddlers. Please join individual and cohort athletes and their supporting communities across BC to “make every second count” for men’s health through the work of the BC Cancer Agency. Contribution instructions for pledges and time credits (1 second per $10 dollars) will be provided to participants once their registrations are complete.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

  1. Click to register for:
  2. Rosters will be requested once registration is received and payment of fees has been made. Rosters must be submitted by November 15, 2020 to allow for T-shirt ordering. We cannot guarantee tech-shirt quantities and sizes for rosters received after November 15, 2020.
  3. Instructions for submitting GPS records will be provided once fees are paid and rosters are submitted.
  4. Any crew that does not provide a complete roster (last minute changes excluded) after November 15 will be charged an additional 15% admin fee in order to compete in this event.
  5. CORA memberships (single event or annual) are required for Canadian teams participating in Wetdashe 2020. CLICK HERE to renew your CORA membership.

CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY

The final date to withdraw a registered team from the Wetdashe Challenge is November 15, 2020. There will be a 25% administrative fee for withdrawals, unless circumstances relating to COVID infection, isolation and quarantine or regional mitigation directly affect a cohort.


ANNUAL WETDASHE CHALLENGE (2020): SOLO

Wetdashe 2020 is a COVID-compliant event recorded by GPS devices on regional waters over 4 X 3km out-and-back laps. Solo (OC1 or OC2) GPS tracks must be recorded and submitted over the month of November 2020. Wetdashe 2020 is open to solo paddlers (as well as OC6 and OC12 COVID-compliant cohort crews, who are required to register separately).

RULES OF RACING

  • SOLO PADDLERS COMPETE OVER SELF-SELECTED 3KM COURSES.
  • Solo competitors without access to water can enter as ERG contestants; both KayakPro or Concept 2 (in rowing or adapted paddling configurations) are acceptable. Specific damper/drag/weight settings should be as follows:
    • KayakPro: women & men = 70kg / 60 drag
    • Concept2: women & men = L1 resistance / 90 drag
  • Each registered paddler must submit 4 (or more) 3km GPS tracks recorded and posted between NOVEMBER 1st through 30th. Note for ERG contestants: screen shots of ERG results are acceptable; the time stamp on submitted cell-phone photographs must correspond with the date listed for each submission.
  • Each competitor must determine a consistent 3 km out-and-back loop in local waters of their choice (e.g. river, lake or tidal), for a minimum of 4 recorded instances on the same circuit amounting to a final total of 12 km.
  • GPS results amounting to less than 3km will be penalized (2 seconds per meter), so it’s in paddlers’ best interest to exceed the 3km distance by a few meters rather than undershoot the distance.
  • Participants can record and submit as many 3 km GPS records as they wish; FGPC race directors will average the 4 fastest 3 km loops logged by each paddler and submitted no later than 12 pm Pacific time on Monday 30 November.
  • A leaderboard for the fastest overall laps will also be published.
  • FGPC race directors will tabulate the gender and age combinations of all solo registrants, as well as water conditions (river, lake, tidal).
  • Where specific age class, gender and environmental combinations are shared by fewer than 3 registrants, solo contestants will be aggregated with adjacent divisions in order to make for competitive results.

All registered paddlers are included in prize draws and are provided with commemorative Wetdashe 2020 technical race shirts, with advance size-selections provided to all registrants. Prizes and tech race shirts will be awarded and distributed on or immediately after Monday 30 November. Race shirts and prizes will be packaged and shipped to the address on file for each solo registrant, or can be picked up at FGPC. 

SOLO REGISTRATION FEE: $35 (+ GST) CAD includes prize draws & commemorative 2020 race shirt and shipping.

An on-line waiver is required by FGPC’s race registrar upon payment and submission of this registration. Waivers are due before submission of the first time-stamped 3km GPS track to ensure fair racing and to allow for accurate race shirt production in requested sizes. We cannot guarantee shirt quantities and sizes for rosters received after 15 November 2020.

WETDASHE 2020 “MAKES EVERY SECOND COUNT”

Both competitors and supporters can help Wetdashe 2020 participants “make every second count.” This year’s Wetdashe Challenge offers added excitement by inviting friends, family and communities to participate: by contributing pledges, supporters can “add speed” to teams and individual competitors by donating to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Wetdashe Men’s Health Fund. 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. For every $10 donated to the Wetdashe Men’s Health Fund, a 1-second advantage is added to the scores of chosen teams and paddlers. Please join individual and cohort athletes and their supporting communities across BC to “make every second count” for men’s health through the work of the BC Cancer Agency. Contribution instructions for pledges and time credits (1 second per $10 dollars) will be provided to participants once their registrations are complete. CLICK HERE to donate.

SOLO REGISTRATION PROCESS

  1. Click here to register for the 2020 FGPC Wetdashe Solo Challenge
  2. Instructions for submitting GPS records will be provided once fees are paid and waiver forms are submitted.
  3. Paddlers are required to have a 2020 FGPC waiver on file before competing in any of these events. CLICK HERE to complete your waiver.
  4. CORA memberships (single event or annual) are required for Canadian paddlers participating in Wetdashe 2020. CLICK HERE to renew your CORA membership.

CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY

The final date to withdraw a registered solo competitor from the Wetdashe Challenge is November 15, 2020. There will be a 25% administrative fee for withdrawals, unless circumstances relating to COVID infection, isolation and quarantine or regional mitigation directly affect a solo competitor.