MAUI PADDLING HUI

Maui to Moloka'i & North Shore Challenge Race Rules

All rules are subject to change at the discretion of the Race Director, Safety Director, and/or MPH Board of Directors.
  1. PRE-REGISTRATION: Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Any paddler who fails to preregister by the registration deadline will not be allowed to race.
  2. CHECKING IN: All paddlers must check in on race morning. Failure to check in on race morning will result in a DQ, and may result in disqualification from future races.
  3. JERSEY: All paddlers must wear the official M2M race jersey for the entire duration of the race. Failure to wear the official M2M race jersey for the entire duration of the race will result in a DQ. Unlike previous years, this will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.
  4. EXPERIENCE: All registrants must be experienced. Paddlers without adequate experience may either be denied entry, or required to have an escort boat, at the discretion of the Safety Director. Entry fees will be refunded to entrants who are denied entry or are required to have an escort boat and wish to withdraw for that reason.
  5. LEASH: All paddlers must have a leash, and wear it for the duration of the race. There will be leash checkers at the race start and this will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.
  6. CUTOFF: Cutoff time is 5 hours, after which a paddler is subject to being pulled from the race at the discretion of the Race Director or Safety Director. You must follow race official's instructions to withdraw from race. Failure to follow race official's instructions to comply with the cutoff time will result in a DQ, and may result in disqualification from future races.
  7. MULTIPLE FINISHES: Any paddler who crosses the finish line more than once, even if outside of the finish buoy the second time, will be DQ'd.
  8. START: All paddlers must be behind the start line until the race starts. Paddlers ahead of the start line will be given a minimum 5 minute penalty. Additional time penalty or DQ may be assessed at the discretion of the Race Director.
  9. FINISH: Failure to go around the red turn buoy fronting Kaunakakai, or finishing outside the finish buoy will result in a minimum 10 minute penalty. Additional time penalty or DQ may be assessed at the discretion of the Race Director.
  10. PROTESTS: Protests must be made within 10 minutes of the posting of provisional results. For protests regarding clerical errors (e.g. wrong division listed), paddlers may request correction from the race results crew. Protests regarding race rule violations must be made to the Race Director or Safety Director.

Explanations

  1. PRE-REGISTRATION: Preregistration is required for logistical reasons. The logistics of Maui to Molokai and North Shore Challenge are more complex than our shoreline races, and for safety we must ensure that registrations are accurate so we know exactly who, what, and how many are on the course in case there is an emergency or somebody goes missing.
  2. CHECKING IN: This is perhaps the most important rule for safety. Seriously, don't forget to check in. If you fail to check in on race morning, we don't know if you forgot to check in or if you are legitimately not there. Because there are usually some people who don't show up on race morning (usually home sick), we can't assume that you just forget to check in. If you don't check in and you take the course, you will be counted going across the finish line. If a paddler has gone missing then our counts will be "correct" even though there is a missing paddler, which will delay a search and rescue response! Don't put other people's lives at risk, don't forget to check in!
  3. JERSEY: The official M2M race jersey has outstanding visibility. Compared to other bright jerseys, even bright orange or red, the race jersey can be seen from much further away. This is important for safety, so that you can be spotted if you are in trouble. Even if you are an extremely experienced paddler, ANYTHING can happen (are you faster than a whale? Is your boat stronger than a submerged log or turtle?), so this will be strictly enforced.
  4. EXPERIENCE: We need everybody to be safe, but also do not wish to require experienced paddlers to have an escort boat.
  5. LEASH: Your leash is what's holding you to your boat. Even the most experienced paddlers are subject to a huli, and even the fastest swimmers can't swim faster than your boat blowing away in the wind and waves.
  6. CUTOFF: This is for 2 reasons. First is logistics. People have to catch flights or boats back home and don't want to be waiting around. Second, and more importantly, is for safety. We don't know for certain if there's a missing paddler as long people are still on the course, and if there's a paddler lagging it ties up an official/safety boat that could otherwise be confirming the course is clear or looking for a missing paddler.
  7. MULTIPLE FINISHES: If you cross the finish line more than once, you'll be counted twice. If a paddler goes missing, since we counted you twice we won't know it. Even if you are outside the finish buoy, we won't know if you had meant to be inside of it. Even if your number shows up twice in the results, we don't know if it's we wrote down the wrong number because it was hard to see, or if you finished twice.
  8. START: We want the start to be as fair as possible, and in order to accomplish that we'll need to be strict.
  9. FINISH: Obviously it's not fair if you cut the corner. You are responsible for knowing the course, no excuses and no pleading ignorance! If you are confused about the course then talk to somebody knowledgeable.
    You also need to finish inside the finish buoy so we can see your number. This isn't just for the results, it's also for safety. If we can't read your number and don't have accurate results, it could take longer to figure out if a paddler is missing!
  10. PROTESTS: We want to give you the opportunity to protest in case we made a mistake, but protests need to be made and fixed in a timely manner. For clerical mistakes, it helps us a lot if you let us know right away so that we can fix the results.
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