Taking on the current to the end
First of all, after taking over from the mountain bikers, there is a sprint to and through the river Drava. Then is the first important hurdle – snapping on the kayak, closing the spray deck and leaping from a height of seven meters with the kayak into the river Drava. Often the equipment has failed to last this jump, marking the end of many teams’ competition. Having landed comfortably in the River Drava, a five kilometre-long whitewater regatta awaits with difficult upstream passages that push the sportsmen to their limits. In addition, the unusual length of the course – the kayakers are in action for over 30 minutes – is a particular challenge for the athletes. After completing the last few metres in the River Isel, the kayakers need to complete a sprint finish on the main square in Lienz with their equipment (the boat!). That is no easy task after the efforts in the water, and especially with cold feet.
Regatta: 5 km | Jump out: 7 m height
- 7m jump
- Regatta to slalom (approx. 1340m)
- Slalom (approx.185m): 17 goals
- Regatta (approx. 230m)
- Upward passage 1 (approx. 70m)
- Regatta (approx. 950m)
- Upward passage 2 (approx. 100m)
- Regatta to the confluence of the Drau-Isel (approx. 1200m)
- Upstream (approx. 220m)
- 7-port cataract (2x transmitted)
- Isel up to level with directional gates (approx. 550m)
- Isel down from the level to the exit (approx. 240m)
- Mandatory 360 degree Eskimo roll at the gate labeled "R" just above the Fischwirtsbrücke
- Sprint with all equipment (boat and paddle) across the Südtirolerplatz to the main square
Uniform boats: Length: max. 3.80 m weight: at least 15 kg width: at least 55 cm (measured at the entrance hatch) (boat types in question can be presented to the jury earlier for assessment)
Material: HTP or PE (series boats), NO KEVLAR, NO COAL, NO POLYESTER !!!!! NO KIEL !!! (e.g. Perception Wavehopper)
No adaptations on the boat such as. Wheels, boat must be in original condition
For questions about the boat or other questions about the route: Günther Oberwalder – 0043 / (0) 664 8297041
Every canoeist has to wear a life jacket that complies with the ICF rules !! A helmet and suitable footwear is also mandatory (barefoot is prohibited, risk of injury while running). External help is strictly prohibited!
All boats must be checked by the race management before the competition and approved for the start (length and weight). BOAT CONTROL IS REQUIRED FOR A START !!!
The boats can be brought to the boat inspection from 7:30 a.m. Only after passing the check can the boats be deposited in the start area. No boat deposit overnight!
When jumping, you have to jump individually. Whoever is the first to close the spray deck on the ramp will have priority at the “cliff start”. The spray skirt MUST ALWAYS be closed.
All gates must be driven through in numbers. Red gates mean upward gates (to be driven against the flow direction), green gates mean downward gates (to be driven in the flow direction). The goals are set so that even average paddlers can master the course without any major problems.
Not all goal gates are hung on two gates. Where there is only one gate bar, the gate must always be passed through on the side of the bar to which the number is attached.
After the finish, the boats can be deposited in the stage area. You can collect them there by 4:30 p.m. If the boat is not picked up in time, the kayak club Osttirol will keep it safe and can be released for an amount of € 100. This amount is made available to 100% of the youth support of the kayak club Osttirol.
There is no penalty if you lightly touch a gate bar! However, whoever deliberately picks up a bar or deliberately knocks a bar away is considered a goal error. The imaginary vertical line of the gate bar suspension (crossbar) applies. The paddler must move within this.
If an athlete breaks a paddle on the course, they can be given a replacement paddle (by their own supervisor).