Ganga Kayak Festival 2016


Ganga Kayak Festival – February 17th, 18th & 19th, 2016

Location : Rishikesh (River Ganga), Uttarakhand, India
Pre Race Registration : 7 - 8:20 am (Feb 17th)
Race Briefing : 8:30 am
Opening Ceremony : 9 am
First race Starts : 9:30 am

Rafting Championship - Entry fees: Rs 3000/Team (team of 6 people/raft)
Category - Open
Down River Marathon - There will be a mass start from Shivpuri to Ramjhula (Kharasoot) and the top 15 teams will qualify for the super finals on the 19th. The super finals will be another mass start from Shivpuri to below Golf Course rapid.


Kayaking

Pro category: Men and women (need minimum 5 women in order to run this category).
Entry fees: Rs 2000/- (all 4 events)
• Down river race (sprint)
• Giant slalom
• Boater Cross
• Best Indian Paddler

Intermediate, Juniors and Women category:
Entry fees: Rs 500/-
• Down river race (sprint)
• Boater cross (Only top 4 finalists)

Mass boater cross: Open to all

Descriptions:

Sprint (Pro’s): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6 mtr high ramp. There will be a compulsory boof on the top center and touch me banner with hand on the river right. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner with their hand on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete completes 2 laps with the fastest lap time counting.

Giant Slalom (Pro’s): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. There will be several downstream & upstream gates on both side of the river. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete gets only 1 lap each.

Boater cross (Pro’s): The top 32 athletes from the Sprint and Giant slalom events (combined time) will qualify for the pro’s Boater Cross. There will be heats of 4 kayakers. Starts from the seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. There will be a compulsory boof on the top center and touch me banner on the river right. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. The top 2 from each heat will move onto the next round and so on. The top 4 athletes will qualify for the Super Final round and battle for the Boater Cross title.

Best Indian paddler of the year award: Top 4 overall Indian athletes will qualify for this category based on a combined ranking from the Sprint, Giant slalom and Boater cross and will battle for the honor.
1. When the start signal fires the athletes will swim from river right above golf course to river left and get in their kayak on the ramp and sprint down to the finish line (same race course as sprint).

Intermediate/Beginners (Open Category): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete completes 2 laps with the fastest lap time counting. The fastest 8 athletes will qualify for the boater cross super final. Boater cross super final will start with the seal launch from the 6mtr high ramp all the way to the finish line below Golf Course rapid. There will be no gates for this category.

Junior (Open category): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete completes 2 laps with the fastest lap time counting. The fastest 4 athletes will qualify for the boater cross super final. Boater cross super final will start with the seal launch from the 6mtr high ramp all the way to the finish line below Golf Course rapid. There will be no gates for this category.

Women (Open for intermediate and juniors): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. Sprint down to “touch me” banner on the river right. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete completes 2 laps with the fastest lap time counting. The fastest 8 athletes will qualify for the boater cross and top 4 for the super final. Boater cross super final will start with the seal launch from the 6mtr high ramp all the way to the finish line below Golf Course rapid. There will be no gates for this category.

Mass boater cross (for all): Athletes will start together from river right aboce golf course rapid. It will be a Le-mans style start. Once the start signal fires the athlete will need to run over, enter their kayak, put their spray deck on, and sprint down to the finish point below golf course on the left. There will be some surprizes obsicles which will be disclossed on the day of event.


Rules for Pro’s category: Men & women
1. Minimum age of 18 years old
2. Athlete must be a solid class 3/4 kayaker and a competent white water swimmer.
3. Kayak should not be more than 3 meters long.
4. Each athlete has to complete 2 rounds of the Sprint.
5. 50 seconds penalty for missing gates/ obstacles (on Slalom).
6. 5 Seconds penalty for touching gates (on Slalom).

Rules for Intermediate, juniors category: Men and Women
1. Minimum age of 18 years old for Intermediate and women category.
2. Minimum age of 12 -17 years old for junior’s category.
3. Athlete must be able to Eskimo roll.
4. Kayak should not be more than 3 meter long.
5. Athlete must be a good white water swimmer.
6. Each athlete has to complete 2 rounds of the Sprint.
7. 50 seconds penalty for missing gates/obstacles.

Games for Spectators – Kayak, SUP & river boards display and introduction sessions, throw bag contest, free GKF t shirts raffles, bus shuttle, food vendors, movie nights, music, party, beach and much more.............

General Information

Pre registration begins on Feb 10th on wards at the Ganga Kayak Festival office, Opposite Sai Ganga cottage, Badrinath road Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192

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www.gangakayakfestival.org

Phone Numbers
Bhupendra Singh Rana (President) - +1203 8006898 (USA)
Bheem Singh Chauhan (vice president) – +919411527295
Harendra Rawat (Gappu) (Joint Secratory) – +919412172720
Vikash Bhandari (Joint Secratory) - +919897103960

         
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