World Predator Classic 2018 Boat event rules

These are the 2017 rules – 2018 updated rules will be available at a later stage.

Information provided on WPC 2018 OFFICIAL ITINERARY supersedes any others

Fishing must be carried out respecting the spirit and traditions of an international event.

• The organisers, Angling Spirit Ltd, will have absolute control and discretion over the competition, rules and terms and conditions.

• The organisers reserve the right to modify all or part of the rules and T&C at any time.

• World Predator Classic rules abide by and include all relevant local rules, and have been reviewed and authorised by appropriate local authorities.

• All competitors understand that they have to provide organisers with all required documents & insurance as a condition to their entry in the event.

• All competitors will be required to sign a registration form to confirm acceptance of the full and final event rules and terms & conditions.

• All competitors to sign event disclaimer.

• Competition rules also include the terms & conditions.  All offences will be reported to the organisers and dealt with in accordance with their seriousness and may lead to disqualification.

• Organisers will use competitors image at their sole discretion on any support material they deem appropriate at any the time from acceptance of entry in the event.

Wherever reference to significant proceedings is made throughout the following documentation, the following dates apply:
Registration: Monday 11th
 & Tuesday 12th June
Captain’s dinner for boat & kayak: Monday 11th at Citta Romana
Boat Parade, Flag Parade, Official photograph & Opening Ceremony: Tuesday 12th June
Competition Days: Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th & 
Saturday 16th June
Rest day: Friday 15th June
 – FISHING ALLOWED only in designated “Partners Arena”
Closing Ceremony, Prize Giving : Saturday 16th June at the theater

 • English is the official language of the World Predator Classic.

• Official currency of the World Predator Classic is the Pound Sterling (£).

• Official time format is 24 hours and all times mentioned are local times

• Official measurement is centimetres (cm)

World Predator Classic (WPC) Boat rules/term & conditions are the property of Angling Spirit Ltd. They cannot be used or copied even partially without getting a written consent and crediting by Angling Spirit.

EVENT DETAILS
• Competition open to all from the age of 18
• World Predator Classic is a pair’s event fished from boats.
• Run as a strict Catch & Release competition.
• A three-day event run each day between 08:15 and 16:15.
Event is run from the Haringvliet sluizen to the Haringvlietbrug bridge (A29 bridge)

  • One vast fishing arena for all competitors situated in between the Haringvliet sluizen bridge and the Haringvlietbrug bridge.
  • One daily start line and end line.
  • Competitors can use their own Android device to operate World Predator Classic Leaderboard App subject to compatibility.
  • Official photograph to validate a catch to be the one of the fish on official measuring board showing fish right flank with Unique Fish Label readable. Other picture to be displayed on website to show the fish held safely at angler’s will as long as it shows the Unique Fish Label clearly.

COMPULSORY CONDITION OF ENTRY
• All participants must hold a valid Dutch fishing license. If you don’t already hold one, you will be added to the competition permit list which is only valid during daily competition hours.
• Anyone intending to operate a boat during the competition must present at registration a valid International certificate for operating of pleasure craft’ or equivalent (http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/finaldocs/sc3/TRANS-SC3-147e.pdf)
• A boat public liability to cover any third party damage in the event of any incident also to be presented at registration.
• A Personal Public Liability is now included in the entry fee and covers in between themselves registered WPC guests only during daily hours of the competition WPC Personal Public Liability details

SECTION A – REGISTRATION BOAT CHECK – USE OF BOAT PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION
A01- Competitors must arrange to have their boat and equipment checked at one of the designated times (see Event Itinerary).
A02- Only boats compliant with Dutch regulation & World Predator Classic requirements will be given an Approved Boat Tag (see Section E06 to E08).
A03- Failing to obtain an Approved Boat Tag will delay competitors taking part in the competition until the boat is re-checked and issued its Approved Boat Tag.
A04- Approved Boat Tag is then to be securely fastened to the boat using a cable tie and must remain easily seen from Marshals and competitors. Printed on the reverse will be all local emergency, Marshals Boat numbers and Event HQ numbers.
A05- Competitors are free to use their boats on Tuesday 12th and use fish finders BUT NO FISHING ALLOWED in competition Arena. In doing so competitors need to comply with any Dutch law as detailed above. Red card Penalty.
A06-Rest Day Friday June 15th 2018FISHING ALLOWED only in designated “WPC Partners Arena”. Captain to attend daily briefing. 

SECTION B – REGISTRATION
B01- Both competitors must register together at one of the designated times (see Event Itinerary) and provide organisers with all required documents (read carefully Registration Process in your competitors’ pack – Incomplete documentation will mean you will forfeit your turn during registration).
B02- Any angler not able to produce a boat driving licence will be tagged by an additional wristband – under no circumstances will they then be allowed to steer the boat during the whole duration of the event.
B03- Once all documents are in order including any outstanding balance paid, competitors will be provided with a colour coded identity bracelet which must be worn throughout the competition including the Prize Giving.
B04- Anyone not registering within the official registration times could be excluded from the competition and their entry fee forfeited, unless prior notice is given. If competitors have a valid reason for being late they can contact the organisers by email at [email protected] A decision will be made by the organisers and this will be final.

SECTION C – OFFICIAL CAPTAINS’ BRIEFING & PICTURE
C01- All boat Captain’s are required to attend all Daily Briefing including Tuesday 12th & Rest Day on Friday 15th  if using the WPC Partners’ Arena (see Event Itinerary).
C02- All rules queries received by Event Team will be compiled and be re-addressed during Daily Captains’ Briefing. Answers given during this meeting will be final and supersedes any others given previously.
C03- The official group picture will take place at the end of the Flag Parade. All competitors are required to be present with their national flag on a pole.

SECTION D – ALLOCATION OF THE PRIZES
The prize table will be allocated based as follow:
D01-Follow link to access WPC BOAT PRIZE TABLE
D02- Prizes will only be given to competitors present at prize giving – If competitors are not present to receive their prizes, then they will be drawn for.
D03- Awarded prizes cannot be exchanged for cash. Organisers reserve the right to exchange advertised prizes for any alternative to the same or greater value of the one first mentioned. Once awarded prizes become the winners’ sole responsibility and appropriate arrangement are to be made to ensure their security.
D04- World Predator Classic Champions, winners of the Boat/Engine/Trailer & Electronics prizes commit to utilising all of the fore mentioned for 18 months following presentation and co-operating with organisers and partners for their use in marketing and promotional activity. The prize boat and equipment as listed above is also to be used to compete in the World Predator Classic the year following their win.
D05- Post Prize Giving, the Champions will be asked to sign a prize endorsement contract. This contract will detail the brands they have an obligation of a photoshoot & brief product endorsement as World Predator Classic 2018 Champions in order to be handed the products.    

SECTION E – BOAT RULES
E01-
No one under the age of 18 will be allowed at any time during the time of the competition to use boats.
E02-The use of boats in all circumstances throughout the entire competition is 
entirely at the competitors’ own risk and responsibility. Angling Spirit & World Predator Classic are not liable for any damage/accidents resulting from the use of boats by competitors.

INSURANCE AND WAIVERS
E03- To be allowed to fish from a boat in the competition, anglers must abide by the following:
– Sign on-site Registration Form to include agreement to abide by rules, understanding of event Public Liability details and to confirm having read Terms & Conditions
– Sign World Predator Classic disclaimer. 
Use of boat during the competition is at the sole responsibility of the anglers.
– Provide organisers with proof of boat insurance including its 3rd party public liability.
– 
As part of the entry fee organisers provide a personal Public Liability cover which only covers them only during the daily hours of the competition and only applies in between registered WPC competitors including other categories and Team members. This cover does not apply to the boat or its use. 

BOAT SPECIFICATION
E04- All boats used during the competition must conform to Host venue and World Predator Classic requirements (rule E06).
E05- Propulsion allowed: electric, petrol or diesel.

BOAT SAFETY EQUIPMENT
E06- To be compliant during the competition boat must carry at any time:
By law:
– One or more paddles or oars
– An appropriate anchor/weight properly secured to the boat with a minimum of 30 meters of rope
– A bail or a manually operated pump
– A foghorn or acoustic warning device
– An emergency ignition shut off device.
Wireless devices accepted
– An approved dry-chemical extinguisher if the boat is fitted with an engine

Additional to meet World Predator Classic requirements:
– A towing rope of pulling strength of 500 kgs (can be the same as the anchor) and a fixed towing ring.
– 10 litres of spare fuel (recommendation only as penalties can be applied)
– A First Aid kit
– 2 litres of drinking water
A life jacket per person on-board (Rule E07 & E08)

LIFE JACKETS
E07- Competitors ARE REQUIRED to wear a life jacket properly fastened at all times when on-board from leaving berth.
E08- Life jackets will be checked and must meet the following requirements: – Must be CE certified and conform to European standard of at least EN395. – Be fitted with a whistle and a luminous stick or waterproof electric light.

SECURITY CHECKS
E09- Prior to registration each boat, its equipment and life jackets will be checked and the checklist provided ticked off and signed by the competitors giving them time to comply with requirements as detailed in points E06 to E08.
E10- Security Spot Check: Organisers, World Predator Classic Marshals and Local Authorities have sole discretion to conduct Spot Checks at any time during the competition
E11- If a boat is found non-compliant, competitors are to immediately return to the marina and take action as necessary. They will need to go through a complete security check before being allowed to return to the competition. If a boat is found non-compliant by Local Authorities, it is at their sole discretion to impose local laws. Depending on the severity of the non-compliance, the event organisers have the right to issue a yellow or red card.

USE OF BOATS DURING THE COMPETITION
E12- Only anglers’ holders of a power boat permit recognised by the Dutch Authorities are allowed to captain a boat. A Captain’s armband provided by organisers will identify the boat captain.
E13- Whenever the main engine is in use, kill switch system MUST BE attached to the driver’s body/or connected for wireless devices. See Penalty section

E14- Local, National, European and International boating rules apply in this order. World Predator Classic will endeavour to provide any local boat rules relevant to the good running of the event but it is the boat Captain’ sole responsibility to manoeuvre their boat appropriately and safely.
E15- During movement over >5 km/h boats are allowed to pass each other at 25 meters distance if they are both moving in a different direction.
E16- NEW 2017: A unique Competition Arena situated in between the Haringvliet sluizen bridge and the Haringvlietbrug bridge. Competition  Arena limitation, f
orbidden fishing zones (no entry for boats or fishing / casting into the Arena) are marked in red –  50 meters around harbour entrances are excluded from competition to be marked in red on official map.
E17- During the competition, boats are required to keep a minimum distance of 100 meters from other competing boats and 50 meters from non-competing boats and competing Kayaks. Competing boats will be identified by competition stickers on engine and Kayaks on the hull.
E18- Competition Head Marshal may disqualify a boat from use if boat or anglers are deemed unfit to go afloat.
E19- During rough weather, Competition Head Marshal may issue an order via SMS or other means for boats to get immediate shelter to the nearest safe  location. In both instance competitors to comply immediately.
E20- In the event of thunder anglers are to stop fishing immediately without waiting for Head Marshal SMS order and seek shelter to the nearest safe  location.
E21- Competitors to report any queries to Competition Communication Centre using number provided on Emergency Boat Tag. Call will be then dispatched appropriately.
E22- All competitors are reminded to respect speed restrictions when on the water. In the event of low visibility due to ie. heavy rain, fog participants must stop any fishing activity, reduce their speed to the minimum and make use of their horn/whistle to position themselves to others.  

BOAT MOORING
E23- Competitors responsibility to moor boat securely in designated area.
E24- All valuables must be removed overnight. Anything left including the boat is done at owners’ sole responsibility. World Predator Classic or Marina cannot be held responsible.

PROCEDURE IN CASE OF A PROBLEM WHILE AFLOAT
E25- Competitors are to raise the alarm immediately a problem arises by phoning one of the Arena Marshals’ number provided or Competition HQ. In the event of a medical emergency anglers are also to phone local emergency assistance as per information given on Emergency Card.
E26- Fog horn also to be used to raise Arena Marshals and other competitors’ attention. Neighbouring competing boat must maintain a 15 meter safety distance while assessing the gravity of the situation.
E27- If the situation is not life threatening, competing rescue anglers to remain close until arrival of a Marshals’ boat. They can resume with competition as soon as they are being given the go ahead by Marshal’s boat.
E28- In case of a more serious situation competing rescue boat allowed to approach boat in difficulty. Having their own safety in mind, they are allowed to assist competitors while awaiting Marshals’ assistance. They can resume with competition as soon as they are being given the go ahead by Marshal’s boat.

SECTION F – START AND END OF COMPETITION EACH DAY
F01- Start of competition daily procedure:
– Anglers to under go a self-security check showing appropriate daily sticker as reference when displaying all security equipment on board as detailed in rules E06/E08/ and Competitor Plano Event Box.
– All storage compartments/items to be opened for boat inspection by event organisers.
– Hulls may be inspected by underwater cameras at event organisers’ discretion.
F02- As directed from 
07:45 boats will be invited to leave home-port and to place themselves on an imaginary line delimited by the Arena Start Line Buoy and the Arena Head Marshal Boat. Boats to remain in-line pointing in the same direction as the Arena Head Marshal Boat to await the start of competition.
F03- It is competitors’ sole responsibility to be on-time and correctly positioned on the Start Line to await the long fog horn signal to be blown at 08:15 marking the start of the daily competition. 
F04- It is again the competitors’ sole responsibility to be on-time at Finish Line (same location as morning) for 16:15  when a two blasts of foghorn will mark the end of the daily competition. 
Any boat not on-time will be penalised.
F05- Once all boats have gathered they will return to home port. Arena Head Marshal Boat to go last.
F06- Upon return to shore it is the competitor’s responsibility to return their Daily Catch Card dully filled and signed and provide organisers with supportive pictures.
F07- Signed Catch Card to act as Angler’s safe return. Card not 
returned by 18:00 will automatically activate a location search.  
F08- Daily Catch Card not returned and/or supportive pictures not provided by 18:00 will void any catches for the day.

SECTION G – COMPETITORS EVENT EQUIPMENT
Competitor liable for the loss or damage of the lent item as detailed in the Competitors’ information package.
G01- For the good running of the event organisers will supply on day one of the competition each Captain with an official measuring board and a Competitor Plano Event Box box with a full phone kit should they wish to use the event’s one.
G02- NEW 2017: Competitors can use their own Android device to operate World Predator Classic Leaderboard App (subject to compatibility) or choose to use event’s pack to include phone, powerbank & lead.
G03- Captain must attend Daily Briefing to receive Daily Catch Card, Daily Security Tag and Unique Fish Labels of the day.

SECTION H – FISHING RULES
H01- Only allowed per boat: the two competing anglers & their fishing equipment.
H02- At organisers’ discretion Marshals and or media could board the boat.
H03- The act of fishing must be carried as follow:
NO fishing allowed when petrol/diesel or any other fuel engine is in use.
– NO fishing allowed by conventional anchor with weight chain and rope.
– GPS, talons and drogues are allowed.
For clarity fishing while trolling is NOT ALLOWED with any form of propulsion.
While fishing, anglers must ALWAYS have the rod in hand. Rod in holders are ONLY permitted if lure is NOT in water.
One (1) rod per angler in water at any one time. 
H04- Competitors are not allowed to come back to shore even for fueling/ coupled with another vessel/ or tie to a buoy unless dictated by a medical or mechanical emergency.
H05- Fishing to be done exclusively within the limits of the Zone Arena.
H06- Via special dispensation from the Dutch Angling Authorities, anglers are allowed to have as many fully rigged and ready for use rods on-board.
H07- Only artificial lures meeting local waters requirements are allowed (see section L). Fly fishing not allowed. Strictly forbidden any live or dead bait as well as any kind of substances thrown overboard aimed at attracting fish.
H08- Only fish caught by the mouth counts.

COMPETITION ARENA CHECK POINT
H08- One Buoy will mark the Competition Arena Check Point, which will act as rally point for daily start and finish. Boats to align themselves in a line pointing in the same direction as Head Marshal Boat which marks the end of the line.
H09- A boat may also be asked to go to Competition Arena Check Point as a way of penalty if they are, at Marshals’ discretion, not respecting competition rules or for poor boatmanship. 

SECTION I- SPORTSMANSHIP
I01- Anglers agree that the fishing must be carried out respecting the spirit and traditions of an international event.
I02- To fish the competition on a no-kill catch and release basis with fish welfare a primary importance at all times.
I03- Competitors are also required to adopt a respectful conduct, at all times of the competition, and behave in a manner that will be a credit to themselves and to the World Predator Classic including sponsors, third parties, host venue and community (swearing, obscene gestures but also excess drinking and the taking of illegal substances are prohibited).
I04- Anglers cannot take to any public communication channels including Social Media any comments, grievance which they know could harm the reputation of the event, its partners, hosts or fellow participants. Refer to event T&C’s on how to report any disputes. If this rule is not followed sanctions will apply L15.
I05- To comply with event rules at all time and to take part in the event without the intention of cheating & when necessary to report any act of cheating. Hiding an act of cheating will be treated as is and will carry the same sanctions. 
I06-The organisers’ retain the right to search all competitors’ tackle and boat to combat any form of cheating or rule breaking.
I07- Competitors must comply with requests from Official World Predator Classic film crews & photographers at all times regarding media coverage, except if they are in the process of landing a fish. Members of the media who are competing will not be granted media access to other competitors.

SECTION J – CATCH VALIDATION
J01- Competition is fished according to a daily quota of 3 Perch, 3 Zander, 1 Pike of which only the longest will count.
J02- Any fish caught for which data has not been received by Competition HQ has to be submitted and verified no later than the return of the Daily Catch card.
J03- To count fish must be measured using “Official Measuring Boards” supplied daily by the organisers before the start of the competition and follow the procedure as detailed below.
J04- Only fish caught by the mouth and measuring the minimum length and above for the host water will count. Perch: 22 cm – Zander: 42cm – Pike: 45cm. Fish below the minimum size should be immediately be released with great care.
J05- To count the catch must meet strict validation process as follow:
* Minimum length for the species attained.
* Measured using Official board with the fish 
right flank with lips touching the stand, tail flat whilst fish is being measured.
* Pictures with: bloodstained fish, poor exposure, showing a dead fish,  measured on wrong flank, lips not touching the headboard, fish type not matching the picture, hand(s) on top of fish, Unique Fish Label not readable will automatically disqualify the catch with no possibility for re-submission (See information on Competition map & Catch Card).
* The length of the fish allocated will be the one visible on picture rounded up to the next full centimetre provided the head is clearly touching the headboard.
Correct use of Unique Fish Label on picture 1 & 2 + submission of Daily Catch Card on-time.
* Data has to be sent in full using event app accompanied by 2 pictures in this order:
Picture #1: fish to be held at angler’s will as long as it shows the Unique Fish Label
Picture #2
Fish on official ruler right flank down with lips touching the stand, tail flat & showing Unique Fish Label. This is the Official Picture – to be uploaded as Picture #2 on app.
* Fish returned to water alive – though this is done in good faith & honourable sportsmanship.
If any one of the above is not followed, the catch will automatically become invalid and therefore will not be taken into account.
J06- Only full centimetres will be recorded if the fish is over the length marker the next full centimetre number will be recorded
J07- Catch to be reported immediately using event App. Organisers have the right to ask Marshal Boats to check boats Daily Catch Card against Leaderboard. NO fishing allowed while check is being conducted and if required results up-loaded.
J08- It is the competitors’ responsibility should they wish to gain assistance from marshals to record a catch to make contact by SMS and start travelling towards marshal in order for the fish to be kept a minimal time in live well.
J09- Only one (1) fish can be held (in live well) on board at any one time and only for the purpose of keeping the fish alive and safe while making way to a marshal boat. Marshals have the right to check life wells at all times.

SECTION K – RESULTS DISPLAY ON LEADERBOARD
K01- Results will be done in order of the following procedure:
* At the end of each day length of best 3 Perch, 3 Zanders and 1 Pike is compiled in centimetres.
* Once length has been calculated any penalties received during that day are then deducted
* In the event of a tie the boat with the less penalties on the day automatically wins
* If there is still a tie the boat with the less cumulative penalties since the start of the competition automatically wins
* Finally if there is still a tie ranking will be allocated on combined length of Perch, Zander and Pike in this order.
K02- Once overall length have been calculated for all participants can centimetres be converted into points as follow:
Anglers with greatest combined length to the maximum allocation per day after penalties deduction to receive 1 point, second to receive 2 points etc…
K03- In the event some competitors do not catch on one day, they will all be allocated the points of the last position in their group or combined group.
K04- Winners will be in ranking order the competitors having the least combined amount of points over the three-days event.

SECTION L – SANCTIONS & REPORTING OF MISCONDUCT
L01- Any reporting of cheating, misbehaviour is to be reported immediately to Event HQ to be recorded and investigated.
L02- Delayed claims will only be taken into account if sustained by pictures and or other proof.
L03- All penalties given will be posted on website/social networks with explanation.

ISSUE OF SANCTIONS
L04- Marshals are allowed to issue Orange cards
L05- Issued Orange cards remain valid for the whole duration of the event.
L06- Orange cards will automatically be accompanied by an additional penalty as detailed below
L07- Two Orange cards issued to the same boat will result automatically to a Yellow card.
L08- Red Card matters will be relayed by Marshals to World Predator Classic Head Marshal who may call upon witness and Event Quorum to discuss the matter. World Predator Classic Head Marshal’s decision is final.
L09- Red cards may carry additional penalty as detailed below.
L10- Any sanction will be published on event communication channels at the time of the event and in the future. 

PENALTIES
5 types of penalties: cm deductions, first orange card, additional orange card, yellow card, red card

L11- CM DEDUCTIONS:
 Failing to be in line at Arena Start/Finish Line Buoy on-time. 10 cm deduction each time and a further 5 cm per additional minute after 5 mn.
– Infringement on other competitors’ water. 25 cm deduction each time
Daily Catch Card not signed or handed to Results Officials by 18:00 will void any catch that day.

L12- FIRST ORANGE CARD
First Orange card entails the automatic disqualification of the longest fish caught on the day by the competitors.
– Kill switch not being activated each time the boat is being powered by the main engine: 25 cm deduction each time
– Not being able to return to port by their own means (rule E06 – at organiser’s discretion).
– Daily morning security boat check not completed correctly.
– Infringement on No Man’s land
– Not complying with Marshal’s instructions – will be relayed to Head Marshal who has the right to take further action

L13- ADDITIONAL ORANGE CARD
Additional Orange card entails automatic disqualification of the longest fish caught on the day by the competitors + 1 hour start delay on the following day and on the third day anglers to return to Penalty Zone for a one-hour fishing ban in the last hour of the competition.

L14- YELLOW CARD
Any of the following carries an automatic YELLOW CARD penalty: longest fish of the day disqualification + an hour fishing ban .
Two YELLOW CARDS carry an automatic RED CARD and an immediate disqualification from the event.

– Excessive speeding or dangerous boatmanship – local rules apply but can be over ruled by Marshals if they deem a boat is posing a danger to any one afloat even if within local speed limits.
 Life Jacket not worn and securely fastened from leaving the berth (rule E07).

L15- RED CARD
– A red card can be the result of two Yellow cards (see above) or given immediately as detailed below. Event organisers have the right if a Red card is issued to have this accompanied by a lifetime ban.
 Any fishing outside competition hours
– Go ashore during competition without permission (Rule H03)
– Any acts of deliberate pollution (ie rubbish etc.) of the water or on land – 3-year ban unless fine set by local authorities is settled
– Misbehaviour which conflicts with the Spirit of Angling Section I – a minimum of a 3-year ban
– Deliberate act of cheating with proof/witness – with lifetime ban

SECTION M – LOCAL RULES
M01- Local authorities have granted Angling Spirit the rights to organise the competition on the basis that fish welfare will be observed at all times. The World Predator Classic is a strictly catch and release NO KILL competition where it is prohibited to mutilate, transport or sell any catch.
M02- Angling Spirit in association with “Friends of Haringvliet” – Environmental Keep the water and banks clean. The event organisers will also enforce strict measures if the disposal of rubbish disposal by competitors is not dealt with appropriately.
M03- Link to local rules & map

Local rules in English : http://www.sportvisserijnederland.nl/vispas/english/?page=fisheries_act_and_rules
Local rules boating/fishing: https://www.angloinfo.com/south-holland/how-to/page/south-holland-lifestyle-sports-leisure-fishing
Local rules sailing/boating: https://www.angloinfo.com/south-holland/how-to/page/south-holland-lifestyle-sports-leisure-sailing-boating
Local fishing map:  http://www.visplanner.nl/

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