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Race Regulations

Club Agulhas, its sponsors and supporters extend an invitation to you to share adrenaline rushing excitement during the 30th annual Trans Agulhas Challenge® that will take place from 28 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 from Plettenberg Bay to the Fish Hoek.

Registration and Scrutineering Venue


26 & 27 December 2017
Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay

  • Registration   26 December 2017 16h00-19h00
  • Scrutineering   26 December 2017 16h15-19h00
  • Registration   27 December 2017 07h30-13h00
  • Scrutineering   27 December 2017 08h00-13h00

Classes of Racing


  • Open Class
  • P750: Pro Stock
  • P750M: Modified Class
  • P750S: Stock
  • P750S: Novice

Rules


UIM rule book with Trans Agulhas Amended Rules.

NOTE

  • No product of any sponsor may be handed out or sold on any beach without the consent of the Trans Agulhas committee. Any team whose sponsor is found doing this, will be asked to leave. Please take note of this.
  • Please be advised that the Trans Agulhas Challenge is a registered Trade Mark.
  • Only official photographers will be allowed inside the demarcated area.
  • Club Agulhas, on the day of the event, is totally responsible for any beach and the control thereof and reserves the right to remove any person/team or have them removed should they deem it necessary.

Licencing


No licensing will be done at registration for Trans Agulhas. Please ensure all your documents are in order before the time. Remember your licences. NO EVENT LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED.
 

Venue and Date


  • Arrival Monday, 26 December 2017, Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay – opening at 14h00.
  • Gates will be opened at 14h00 by the Race organizers. No entry before the time.
  • Bring own accommodation with you as none will be supplied.
  • Each team may only make use of two motor vehicles. For every extra car / bakkie an amount of R300 will be charged. A fee of R1,000 will be charged for every truck or heavy vehicle included in each team. These fees are payable on registration. No cheques will be accepted. Approved markings will be given to each vehicle allowed to enter the campsites.
     

Camp Sites


▣  Mossel Bay

  • The B field is the only official campsite – this area will be clearly marked. The B field can only take small vehicles. NO TRUCKS will be parked on the grass. All trucks to be parked in the parking area at the main entrance.
  • No camping / driving over the netball courts or cricket pitch. Camping on the site is a privilege and we need to respect the wishes of the facility owners. We also want to come back next year.
  • Launching of boats will be for your own account at Mossel Bay Harbour.

Mossel Bay campsite

▣  Stilbaai

  • The rugby fields will be used as the overnight facility as in the past.
  • Permission has been granted by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism for the use of Stilbaai Harbour.

Stilbaai campsite

▣  Struisbaai

  • The use of the municipal fields as overnight facility.
  • The tennis courts, tennis club house and 'jukskei' pits are out of bounds.
  • No fires in the 'jukskei' pits are permitted.
  • The grounds must be left in the same condition as received on the day.
  • The use of the harbour on the 30 December is at your own cost. If you launch on the 31st before 08h00, you will not have to pay again.

Struisbaai campsite

▣  Gansbaai

  • The use of the Sport fields as overnight facility.
  • The use of the harbour for launching is for your own account.

Gansbaai campsite

▣  Strand

  • Finish next to Deep Blue Restaurant.
  • Parking for towing vehicles at Charles Morkel Stadium (Strand Rugby Club).
  • No vehicles or trailers will be allowed to park on the beach.
  • No more than five vehicles and their trailers may move onto the beach area simultaneously to collect their boats.
     

Branding


Please note: it is the request of our sponsor that no branding will be done by any participant other than:  1 gazebo; on your boat and  2 feathers. This will only be allowed outside of the cordoned off area on the beaches. No handing out of promotional items will be allowed. If any competitor breaks this rule, you will be invoiced by the sponsors. Please take this warning seriously.
 

Welcome and Event Briefing


Tuesday, 27 December 2017

15h00 – Welcoming
Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay
Event briefing is to be attended by all teams.
 

Pilot's Briefing


Directly after welcoming. Please be advised that only pilots, co-pilots and Team managers will be allowed to attend the pilots' briefing. Please note that only pilots will be allowed to raise questions at the Pilots' briefing.
 

Safety


The safety director will be Graydon Norton (Immediate Medical) in conjunction with the NSRI, the team from Immediate medical, the team from Radio2Radio, air support and sweeper ribs.
 

Trophies


  Novice Stock Pro Stock Mods Open Class
Winner 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies
2nd Place 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies
3rd Place 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies
King of the Waves 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies 2 trophies
Manufacturers 1 trophies        

 

Best Sportsman of the Event – 1 trophy
Best Land Crew of the Event – 1 trophy

  Medals
Winner 2 gold 2 gold 2 gold 2 gold 2 gold
2nd Place 2 silver 2 silver 2 silver 2 silver 2 silver
3rd Place 2 bronze 2 bronze 2 bronze 2 bronze 2 bronze

 

Certificates and Medals


A certificate of completion will be issued to each participant that finishes this event. All participants completing the 2017/17 Trans Agulhas Challenge will receive a competitors' medal, i.e. from 4th position downwards.
 

Organising Committee

EVENT DIRECTOR Steyn Basson
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Stefan Lindeque
LOGISTICS DIRECTOR Gerrit Myburgh
RACE SECRETARY Nadia van Schalkwyk
ADMINISTRATION (BOOST) Liza Lindeque

 

Dates and Routes

Annually, the Trans Agulhas Inflatable Boat Race, starts in Plettenberg Bay on the 28 December. It will end, after five gruelling days of ocean racing, at Fish Hoek on the 1 January 2018.

Monday, 26 and Tuesday, 27 December 2017
Registration:    Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay
Scrutineering:  Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay
 

Welcome and Event Briefing


Tuesday, 27 December 2017
15h00 – Welcoming
Van Riebeeck Sports Field, Mossel Bay
Event briefing is to be attended by all teams.
 

Pilots' Briefing


Tuesday, 27 December 2017
Directly after Welcoming.
 

STAGE 1  —  Wednesday, 28 December 2017

07h30

Roll call on the beach.

08h00

The challenge starts at Hobie beach and heads towards Nature's Valley for the 1st checkpoint and then backtracks to Waves for the 2nd checkpoint, passing a 3rd checkpoint on Plettenberg Bay's main beach and then on to a checkpoint at Brenton on Sea, passing Knysna on the seaward side of the Knysna Heads. After that it's on to beach checkpoints at Swartvlei and Wilderness after which it is on to checkpoints at Glentana, Great Brak River, Little Brak River and then onto the finish at Santos Beach.

13h00

Surf Race – Mossel Bay (Santos Beach).

18h00

Pilots' briefing.
 

STAGE 2  —  Thursday, 29 December 2017

08h30

Roll call on the beach.

09h00

Start at Mossel Bay (Santos beach) – beach checkpoint at Vleesbaai – a beach checkpoint at Gouritz River Mouth – the finish at Stilbaai main beach.

13h00

Surf Race – Stilbaai

18h00

Pilots' briefing.
 

STAGE 3  —  Friday, 30 December 2017

07h30

Roll call on the beach.

08h00

Start at Stilbaai main beach – a beach checkpoint at Witsand – a beach checkpoint at Arniston / Waenhuiskrans – finish at Struisbaai main beach.

13h00

Surf Race – Struisbaai.

18h00

Pilots' briefing and handing in of flares and 2x strobe lights (strobe Lights obtainable from La Lucia's. You are responsible for your own).
 

 

NIGHT SHIFT

20h00

Roll call at Struisbaai harbour and handing out of flares and strobe lights.

21h00

Night shift from 20km in with rescue boat to Struisbaai beach.
 

STAGE 4  —  Saturday, 31 December 2017

07h30

Roll call on the beach.

08h00

Struisbaai main beach for the start of the 4th leg of the challenge – beach checkpoints at Die Damme, Pearly Beach and onto the finish at Uilenkraalsmond.

13h00

Surf Race – Uilenkraalsmond.
 

STAGE 5  —  Saturday, 31 December 2017

14h30

Roll call on the beach.

15h00

Uilenkraalsmond to the finish at Gansbaai Harbour.
 

STAGE 6  —  Sunday, 1 January 2018

07h30

Roll call on the beach.

08h00

Start in Gansbaai Harbour for the last leg of the 2017/2018 Trans Agulhas Challenge – to Hermanus New Harbour – beach checkpoint at Hawston beach, beach checkpoint at Pringle Bay, and checkpoint Harbour Wall, Gordon's Bay. Fly by Strand and finish at Fish Hoek.

13h00

Surf Race – Fish Hoek
 

Prize Giving

On the beach. Time will be announced on the beach.
 

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