World Predator Classic 2020 Boat Event Rules

Information provided on WPC 2020 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 terms and conditions at any time.

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

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

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

• All competitors are required to sign event disclaimer.

• All offenses will be reported to the organisers and dealt with in accordance with the level of seriousness and may lead to disqualification.

• Organisers will use the competitor’s image at their sole discretion on any support material they deem appropriate.

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

• The official currency of the World Predator Classic is Pounds Sterling (£).

• The official time format is 24 hours and all times mentioned are local times.

• The official time format is 24 hours and all times mentioned are local times.

• World Predator Classic (WPC) Boat Rules/Term & Conditions are the property of Angling Spirit Ltd. They cannot be used, copied even partially copied without getting written consent and crediting by Angling Spirit.

Wherever reference to significant proceedings is made throughout the following documentation, the following dates apply:
Registration: Monday 
 22nd & Tuesday  23rd June 2020
Captain’s dinner: Monday 22nd June 2020 at Citta Romana
Boat Parade, Flag Parade, Official photograph & Opening Ceremony: Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Competition Days: Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th & 
Saturday 27th June 2020
Rest day: Friday 26th June
 2020 – FISHING ALLOWED only in designated “Partners Arena”
Closing Ceremony, Prize Giving: Saturday 27th June 2020 at the theatre

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 the Moerdijk bridge (A16 bridge)
   – One vast fishing arena for all competitors situated in between the Haringvliet sluizen bridge and the Moerdijk bridge.
  – One daily start line. See Section F
– Captain to hand their day card in within one hour of the end of each competition day. Official photograph to validate a catch to be the one of the fish on official measuring board showing fish right flank down with Unique Fish Label readable

COMPULSORY CONDITION OF ENTRY
• All participants must hold a valid Dutch Fishing License. If you do not 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 certificate to cover any third party damage in the event of any incident also to be presented at registration.
• Limited Personal Public Liability is included in the entry fee – read carefully WPC Personal Public Liability Details. Due to the limitations, anglers are required to have their own Personal Public Liability in addition

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 Regulations & World Predator Classic requirements will be given an Approved Boat Tag (see Section E06 to E08).
A03- Failure to obtain an Approved Boat Tag will delay YOUR start time as the boat will need to be 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 visible to marshals and competitors. (Printed on the reverse will be contact details for Local Emergency, Marshal’s Boat and Event HQ).
A05- Competitors are free to use their boats on Tuesday 25th and use fish finders BUT NO FISHING ALLOWED in competition Area. In doing so competitors need to comply with any Dutch Law as detailed above, Red Card Penalties will be enforced for non-compliance.
A06-Rest Day Friday – see itinerary for dateFISHING ALLOWED only in designated “WPC Partners Area”. Captains are required 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 competitor’s 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 entire 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 registered 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 late arrival they must contact the organisers by leaving a personal message on the World Predator Classic Facebook Page. A decision will be made by the organisers and this will be final.

SECTION C – OFFICIAL CAPTAINS’ BRIEFING & PICTURE
C01- All boat Captains are required to attend all scheduled Daily Briefings including Tuesday 25th and Rest Day on Friday 28th if using the WPC Partner’s Area (see Event Itinerary).
C02- All queries in relation to rules received by the Event Team will be compiled and addressed during Daily Captain’s Briefing. Answers given during this meeting will be final and supersede 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 attached to a pole.

SECTION D – ALLOCATION OF THE PRIZES
D01-Follow link to access WPC BOAT PRIZE TABLE
D02- Prizes will only be given to competitors who are present at Prize Giving – If competitors are not present to receive their prizes they will be donated to the local Angling Spirit Fishing Academy.
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 winner’s sole responsibility and appropriate arrangements are to be made to ensure their security.
D04- World Predator Classic Champions, winners of the prize boat, commit to utilising all of the fore mentioned for 18 months following presentation. As well as 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.    

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 confirmation of receipt and understanding of 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 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. Anglers are required to have their own Public Liability insurance

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 First Aid kit
– 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, it’s equipment and life jackets will be checked. Only boats complying with rules as listed in E06 to E08 to be allowed to compete.
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 holding a powerboat 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’s 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- A unique Competition Area situated in between the Haringvliet sluizen bridge and the Moerdijk bridge. Competition  Area limitation, forbidden fishing zones (no entry for boats or fishing / casting into the Area) 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. Competing boats will be identified by competition stickers on engine.
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 instances, competitors are 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 Event HQ 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 i.e. heavy rain or fog, participants must stop any fishing activity, reduce their speed to the minimum and make use of their horn/whistle when and as required.

BOAT MOORING
E23- Competitor’s responsibility to moor boat securely in designated area.
E24- All valuables must be removed overnight. Anything left including the boat itself is done at owner’s 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 if a problem arises by phoning one of the Arena Marshals or Event HQ number provided on tag. In the event of a medical emergency anglers are to first phone local emergency assistance as per information given on Emergency Card and then Event HQ or Marshal boat.
E26- Fog horn also to be used to raise Arena Marshal’s and other competitor’s attention. Neighbouring competing boats must maintain a 15 metre 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 Marshal boat. They can resume with competition as soon as they are given the go ahead by the Marshal boat.
E28- In case of a more serious situation competing rescue boat allowed to approach boat in difficulty. Keeping their own safety in mind, they are allowed to assist competitors whilst awaiting local authorities/Marshals assistance. They can resume with competition as soon as they are given the go ahead by Marshal boat.

SECTION F – START AND END OF COMPETITION EACH DAY
F01- Start of competition daily procedure:
– Anglers to undergo a self-security check showing appropriate daily sticker as a reference when displaying all security equipment on board as detailed in rules E06/E08.
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All storage compartments/items to be opened for boat inspection by event organisers.
– Hulls may be inspected by underwater cameras at event organiser’s discretion.
F02- As directed from 07:45 boats will be invited to leave home-port and to position themselves on an imaginary line determined by the Area Start Line Buoy and the Area Head Marshal Boat marking the end of the line. Boats to remain in-line pointing in the same direction as the Area Head Marshal Boat to await the start of the competition.
F03- It is competitor’s 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 the competitor’s sole responsibility to have returned to the marina and handed in daily catch card within one hour of the end of the competition. Any late catch card returns will void any catch made during that day.
F05- Signed Catch Card to act as Angler’s safe return. Cards not returned by 17:15 will automatically activate a location search.  
F06- Daily Catch Card not returned and/or supportive pictures not provided by 17:15 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 Competitor’s information package.
G01- For the good running of the event, organisers will supply upon registration each Captain with an official measuring board and three scorecards.
G02- Competitors to use their own IOS/Android device to operate World Predator Classic Leader-board App.
G03- Captain must attend Daily Briefing to receive their Unique Fish Labels of the day.

SECTION H – FISHING RULES
H01- Per boat, the two competing anglers and their fishing equipment only.
H02- At organiser’s discretion Marshals and or media can 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.
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TROLLING is NOT allowed. For clarity, fishing whilst under propulsion of any kind whilst a line is in the water is NOT ALLOWED.
Whilst fishing, anglers must ALWAYS have the rod in hand. Rods 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 re-fuelling/ 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 Area.
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. Any live or dead baits as well as any kind of substances thrown overboard aimed at attracting fish are strictly forbidden.
H08- Only fish caught by the mouth count.

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 of 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 times and to take part in the event without the intention of cheating and 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 competitor’s 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 Event 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 follows:
– Minimum length for the species attained.
– Measured using Official board with the fish right flank down with lips touching the stand, tail flat whilst fish is being measured
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– 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 in picture 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
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* Data has to be sent in full using event app accompanied by 2 pictures in this order:
Picture #1:Fish on official ruler right flank down with lips touching the stand, tail flat & showing Unique Fish Label.
Picture #2: fish to be held at angler’s discretion as long as it shows the Unique Fish Label.

* 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 competitor’s responsibility should they wish to gain assistance from marshals to record a catch to make contact by SMS and start traveling 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 live wells at all times.

Use of official daily catch/scorecard
* Competiting boat to receive three Daily Catch Card upon start of competition.
* Anglers to record each fish above the legal size they want to keep information for.
* Upon arrival anglers to check on screens if information supplied with App matches their record.
* Anglers to put an X against the maximum quota of 3 Perch, 3 Zander, 1 Pike to select the 
fish they wish to submit. Only checked fish will be taken into account by Event Result Desk on last day final review for top 10 boats. Last check superseeds any previous ones and is final.
* Captain to date and sign in presence of Results Officials. Once signed information submitted can’t be changed.

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 Zander 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 fewer 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, then Zander and Pike in this order.
K02- Once overall length has been calculated for all participants, centimetres are then converted into points as follows:
– Anglers with greatest combined length per boat 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.
K05- Team score will be calculated on a similar basis by adding both boats forming a Team score. The Team with the lowest score being the winner.

SECTION L – SANCTIONS & REPORTING OF MISCONDUCT
L01- Any reports of cheating, misbehaviour is to be reported immediately to Event HQ so as it may be recorded and investigated.
L02- Delayed claims will only be taken into account if substantiated by pictures and or other proof but must be reported within two hours following competition day end.
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- 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.
L08- Red cards may carry an additional penalty as detailed below.
L09- Any sanction will be published on event communication channels at the time of the event and in the future. 

PENALTIES
Competitors can incur 4 types of penalties during the event: Sanctions, Orange Card, Yellow Card, Red Card.

L11- Sanctions: 
Failing to be in the line-up at Arena Start Position each day – 10 cm deduction and a further 5 cm per minute thereafter.
Daily Catch Card not signed or handed to Results Officials by 18:00 will void any catch that day.

L12- ORANGE CARD
– First Orange card for a given offence entails the automatic disqualification of the longest fish caught that day
– Orange Cards remain valid for the duration of the event.
– Subsequent Orange Cards for an offence already issued carries each time a 1-hour fishing ban in addition to a cm deduction each time it is re-issued throughout the competition.
– Each additional Orange card entails an automatic 1-hour start delay on the following day. On the last day, it will mean the team sacrifices the penultimate hour of the competition or the disqualification of their remaining longest fish per card issued throughout the competition if no time allows for it.
 

Orange Card applies to:
– Infringement on another competitor’s water = 20 cm deduction
– Infringement on No Man’s land = 25 cm deduction
– Not complying with Marshal’s instructions = will be relayed to Head Marshal who has the right to take further action alongside 50cm Deduction
Daily morning security boat check not completed correctly = 50cm Deduction
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Unable to return to port by their own accord (rule E06 – at organiser’s discretion). = 50cm Deduction

L13- YELLOW CARD
Any of the following carry an automatic YELLOW CARD penalty = Longest fish of the day disqualified plus a 1-hour fishing ban.
– Excessive speeding or dangerous boatmanship – local rules apply but can be overruled by Marshals if they deem a boat is posing a danger to anyone afloat even if within local speed limits.

– Kill switch not being activated when the boat is being powered by the main engine.
– Life Jacket not worn and securely fastened from leaving the berth (rule E07).

– Two YELLOW CARDS result in an automatic RED CARD and immediate disqualification from the event.

L14- RED CARD
Red Card can be the result of two Yellow cards (see above) or given immediately as detailed below;

– Any fishing in Competition Arena outside competition hours
– Going ashore during the competition without permission (Rule H03)

– Any deliberate acts of pollution (i.e. rubbish etc.) on the water or on land will also result in a 3-Year Ban unless fine set by local authorities is settled.
– Any team issued a speeding ticket by the Dutch Authorities will result in an immediate Red Card
– Misbehavior which conflicts with the Spirit of Angling Section I will result in a minimum of a 3-Year
– Deliberate acts of cheating with proof/witness will result in a Lifetime Ban

Event organisers have the right if a Red card is issued to have this accompanied by a 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 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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