Please Note: This guide is a work in progress and more information will be added over time.


The following information detail some of the quite specific arrangements for the mandatory pre-race events and the actual race weekend.

A schedule of the important event dates can be found here.




All competitors must demonstrate they are competent to enter the race, whether this is through prior experience or through completion of a competency course.

More information regarding competency can be found here.


Race Packs


Each entry will receive a Race Pack consisting of all essential event materials. (1 pack each for solo and double entrants, and 1 pack per team).
All entrants MUST collect their Race Packs. Entry Packs will NOT be posted out to you.

Your race pack will include the following Items:

  • Support Crew Stickers and Passes
  • Sponsors Stickers – Official Avon Descent Bumper Sticker
  • Event Guide
  • 2x Race ID Number – craft
  • Sponsor stickers on craft: 2x Network TEN and 2x Sunday Times


Stickers & Identification


You will receive the following stickers that have to be placed on your craft and helmet:

  • 2x Race ID Number – craft
  • Sponsor stickers on craft: 2x Network TEN and 2x Sunday Times
  • 2x Race ID Number – helmet – These will be handed out at competitor registration – Friday before the event together with your blueChip Timing Tag

Sponsors Stickers, race ID number and timing chip from previous Avon Descents must be removed from the craft and helmet prior to the commencement of the 2016 event.

Application of Stickers
The timing device is a sticker which is Ultra High Frequency. There are 2 stickers for individual competitors, teams of 2 and teams of 4. Double or triple paddle teams will receive 1x set of timing device stickers which must be worn by the front paddler. Stickers must be placed on each side of the helmet.
The Race ID number sticker is to be applied over the top of the timing chip. The timing chip must be applied straight and without folding, crinkling or bending. It must also not be stuck over any screws or metal plates on the outside of the helmet.
Note: Any competitors with a carbon helmet must apply a foam spacer between the helmet and the timing chip. Please see the Bluechip Timing team at Registration if you need the spacer.
Timing stickers must remain on the helmet for the duration of the event.




Support Crew Stickers & Passes


Display the Support Crew Sticker on front windscreen clearly visible to officials.
National Parks & Bells Rapid Passes: To be handed to gate attendants for entry, shuttle buses will be provided. Parking, bus and entry will be at a cost of $10.00 per vehicle.
Valley Sticker (for team’s only): Display adjacent to Support Crew sticker on front windscreen
Note: No sticker = NO ENTRY to Valley Rd or Changeover 1 on Day 2
Please note: no passes will be reallocated under any circumstances – please ensure you do not misplace any of these items




All paddle craft competitors will have their craft, helmet and PFDs will be tested for buoyancy and constriction. All PFDs and helmets must be in good condition to pass scrutineering. If you are paddling a kayak, the craft will be checked for buoyancy.
Start Marshalling Area, Northam
Paddle Craft competitors please note that all craft must be in the Start Marshalling Area by 10.00pm Friday 4th August. Team competitors please note that only the starting craft must be in the Start Marshalling Area.
All craft are subject to random scrutineering at the finish line with compulsory checks for all winning craft.


Practice Days


Paddle Practice Days will be held on:

Saturday 30 July from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and

Sunday 31 July from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm on all sections of the river


Start Times

Day One launches at Northam. The start order is:
Power Craft start at 8.00 a.m.
Paddle Craft start 30 minutes after the start of the last Power Craft grid (depending on water level, and determined by the Race Director and his Race Control Team).

Day Two launches at Boral Cobbler Pool, West Toodyay. The start order is:
Paddle Craft start at 7.00 a.m.
Power Craft start at 12.00 p.m.
There is an interval of 60 seconds between each Start Grid.
There are five Stages on Day Two.

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