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 the appropriate safety skills to handle the challenges during the race. This is an assessment of basic safety skills, not to determine whether or not the competitor is competent to complete the race.

More information regarding competency including the requirements and available assessors can be found here.


Race Packs


Each entry will receive a Race Pack consisting of essential competitor materials.

Your race pack will include the following Items:

  • Support Crew Stickers and Passes
  • Official Avon Descent Sponsors Stickers
  • Event Guide
  • Craft Race ID Numbers
  • Sponsor paraphernalia

& More

Race packs will be available at Scrutineering on 23rd July (from 9am). We recommend arriving early to pick up your race pack so that you can affix your craft stickers prior to scrutineering. This is especially important if you are competing in the Qualifying Race.

Note: All entrants MUST collect their Race Packs at Scrutineering unless an appropriate exemption has been sought. Race Packs will not be posted out.



Stickers & Identification


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

  • 2x Race ID Stickers (per Craft)
  • 2x Network TEN and 2x Sunday Times Sponsor Stickers (per Craft)
  • 2x Race ID Helmet Stickers & Timing Chips (per Helmet) These will be handed out at competitor registration on the Friday before the event

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 this year’s event.


Application of Stickers

The timing device is a sticker which is Ultra High Frequency. There are 2 stickers for each individual in a Solo, Teams of 2 or Team of 4. Double and Triple Sundry paddle teams will receive 1x set of timing chip stickers to be worn only by the front paddler in the craft. Stickers must be placed one 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 a spacer.
Timing stickers must remain on the helmet for the duration of the event.




Support Crew Stickers & Passes


Support Crew Sticker must be displayed on the front windscreen of the SUpport Crew vehicle so that it is 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 Stickers (for teams only): Displayed adjacent to Support Crew sticker on the front windscreen
Note: No sticker = NO ENTRY to the Valley Road 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



23rd July 2017 – 9:00 a.m. onwards

All paddle craft competitors will have their craft, helmet and PFDs checked for condition and suitability. All equipment must be in good condition to pass Scrutineering.



4th August 2017 – 12:00 p.m. onwards

Pre-Race Registration is compulsory and must be attended by at least one competitor per entry. All competitor helmets in each entry must be taken to Registration to have Race ID numbers attached. You will not be permitted to start until all of the scrutineering requirements have been met and all helmets have had their stickers and timing chips (where applicable) attached appropriately. When completed, competitors must take their craft to the Start Marshalling area in Northam to leave their craft overnight. There will be 24 hour security.

All craft must be in the Start Marshalling Area by 9.00pm Friday 4th August. Failure to do so will mean you are unable to start the race.

Team competitors please note that only the Craft starting at the beginning of Day 1 must be in the Start Marshalling Area.
All craft (Power and Paddle) may be subject to random scrutineering during the race weekend.


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 starts 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 starts 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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