Scrutineering – Power Craft

Power Craft Scrutineering and Time Trial


Time trial dates and times will be announced closer to the event. Stay Tuned.

Information & Directions


A marine officer from Department of Transport will be in attendance at scrutineering to check all licenses, registrations and Skippers’ tickets. Without all three criteria being current and correct, you cannot take part in the time trials.

Pre-race Scrutineering is for all power craft, Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and helmets. Craft and equipment will be checked for compliance with the Specifications.

Pre Race Scrutineering is compulsory for all entries. Interstate/overseas and entrants living more than 200 kilometres from the Perth GPO, arrangements must be made with the PDRC Scrutineer. The Scrutineer is a ‘judge of fact’ and a protest may not be made against their decision.


Your craft and race gear must be fully laid out and ready before entering the scrutineering line.

As the Time Trial is being conducted on part of the Avon Descent course, and contains river obstacles, your craft must pass ALL aspects of scrutineering.

The scrutineering checklist is available to download Avon Descent Scrutineering Checklist. Please ensure your equipment conforms to these Specifications.


If your craft does not pass scrutineering you will not be permitted to do the Time Trial.


Time Time Start Order: You will be seeded according to your finish placing in last year’s Avon Descent. Fastest will go first regardless of class from the finish times of the previous year.

Alternatively, Entrants may start their Time Trial any time after their allotted start time has passed.

The remaining craft will start their Time Trial as they are ready.

Grids will be single craft at ONE or TWO minute intervals depending on the water levels.

Second Craft: Entrants who need to take a second craft on a Time Trial for people who are not present on the day need to speak with Starter Officials to organise an early start position for themselves in order to be back at the start line in time for the extra run.

Safety: DO NOT TRAVEL IN AN UPSTREAM DIRECTION AT ANY TIME DURING THE TIME TRIAL. If you break down, pull over to the left hand bank and wait for the Recovery Boat. The Avon Descent Support Unit (ASDU) will have two Recovery Craft that will follow the last starter down the river to clear the course.

Results: Results of the Time Trial will not be available on the day. They will be posted on the PDRC, WCDRC and Avon Descent website the following day. This allows officials to ensure results are correct.

Rules: The Department of Transport has lifted the speed limit (5 knots) on the day of the Time Trial ONLY. Entrants are not permitted to practice the Time Trial course at any other time. Please obey this condition to ensure our good relations with DOT.

Craft that fail Pre-Race Scrutineering must be re-scrutineered prior to the Avon Descent.


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