World Predator Classic Kayak event rules

2017 rules – official 2018 rules to be published later in the year

Information provided on WPC 2018 OFFICIAL ITINERARY supersedes any others

We have highlighted in GREEN in World Predator Classic Boat event  rules specific rules applying only to KAYAK anglers

and in RED any new rules or re-worded ones of importance

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 days apply:
Registration: Monday
 & Tuesday  
Captains’ Dinner: Monday  at Citta Romana
Boat/Kayak Parade, Flag Parade, Official photograph & Opening Ceremony: Tuesday
Competition Days: Wednesday, Thursday
 & Saturday
Rest day: Friday 
 FISHING ALLOWED only in designated “Kayak Partners Arena”. 
Closing Ceremony, Prize Giving & Champions’ Dinner: Saturday

• 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) Kayak 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 Angling Spirit.

EVENT DETAILS

Competition open to all from the age of 16. Under 18 must be accompanied by another participating guardian.

• Run as a strict Catch & Release competition.

• A three-day event run each day between 07:30 and 15:00 (kayaks)

Competitors will be provided with a map where their fishing arena will be clearly marked.

• Longest One (1) Pike, Three (3) Zander and Three (3) Perch per day per kayak to count in the competition.

• Results are based on length of fish validated by photographs. Centimetres are then converted into points.

CONDITIONS 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 is only valid during daily competition hours.
• 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 KAYAK CHECK – USE OF KAYAK 
A01- Competitors must arrange to have their kayak and equipment checked at one of the designated times (see Event Itinerary).
A02- Only kayaks compliant with Dutch regulation & World Predator Classic requirements will be given an Approved Kayak Tag (see Section E06 to E08 ).
A03- Failing to obtain an Approved Kayak Tag will delay competitors taking part in the competition until kayak is re-checked and issued its Approved Kayak Tag.
A04- Approved Kayak Tag is then to be securely fastened to the boat using cable tie and must remain easily seen from Marshals and competitors. Printed on the reverse will be all local emergency, Boat Marshals and Event HQ numbers.
A05- Competitors are free to use their Kayak on Tuesday 20th 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.
A06- All anglers wanting to use their Kayak in the competition arena on Rest Day MUST attend Daily Briefing. FISHING ALLOWED only in designated “Kayak Partners Arena”.

SECTION B – REGISTRATION
B01- Competitor to register 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- 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 through out the competition including the Prize Giving.
B03- 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 KAYAK’S BRIEFING – PARADE & PICTURE
C01- All Kayak anglers are required to attend all Kayak’s briefing including on Rest Day if using the Kayak Partners Arena (see Event Itinerary).

C02- All rules queries received by Event Team will be compiled and be re-addressed during Kayak’s meeting. 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 anglers 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 KAYAK PRIZE TABLE

D02- Prizes will only be given to competitors present at prize giving – If competitors are not there 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- Welcome bags to be given only to participating anglers present on-site.

SECTION E – KAYAK RULES
E01- Competition open to all from the age of 16. Under 18 must be accompanied by another participating guardian
.
E02- The use of kayaks 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 kayaks by competitors.

RULES, INSURANCE AND WAIVERS
E03- To be allowed to fish from a kayak 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 kayak during the competition is at the sole responsibility of the anglers.

KAYAK SPECIFICATION
E04- All kayaks used during the competition must conform to Host venue and World Predator Classic requirements (rule E06).
E05- Propulsion allowed: only man powered by either use of paddle or with feet propulsion
E06- Event restricted to single kayak

KAYAK SAFETY EQUIPMENT
E07- To be compliant during the competition kayak must carry at any time:
By law:
– One or more paddles or oars
– An appropriate anchor/weight properly secured to the kayak
– A foghorn or acoustic warning device

Additional to meet World Predator Classic requirements:
– A First Aid kit
– 2 litres of drinking water
–  A life jacket as detailed in Rule E08 & E09
– Sun protection for each angler in the form of a cap or a hat (advisable)

LIFE JACKETS
E08- Competitor IS REQUIRED to wear a life jacket properly fastened at all times when onboard.
E09- Life jacket 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
E10- Kayaks will undergo a full security check on the first day for its equipment and life jacket as detailed in points E07 to E09. Kayaks found non compliant will not be granted access to the water until they meet all requirements. 

E11- Security Spot Check: Organisers, World Predator Classic Marshals and Local Authorities have sole discretion to conduct Spot Security Checks at any time during the competition.
E12- If a kayak is found non-compliant, competitors are to immediately returned to shore 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 kayak 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 KAYAKS DURING THE COMPETITION
E13- Local, National, European and International boating rules apply in this order. World Predator Classic will endeavour to provide any local angling rules relevant to the good running of the event but it is the kayak angler’s sole responsibility to manoeuvre their kayak appropriately and safely.
E14- Competitors will be supplied with a map of the zone to be used – will also include any forbidden zones – Water shipping lanes, marina and 50 meters around harbour entrances are excluded from competition.
E15- During the competition, kayaks are required to keep a minimum distance of 100 meters from other competing boats and 50 meters from non-competing anglers or competing Kayaks. Competing boats/kayaks can be identified by competition stickers on engine and Kayaks on hull.
E16- Competition Head Marshal may disqualify a kayak from use if kayak or anglers are deemed unfit to go afloat.
E17- During rough weather, Competition Head Marshal may issue via Kayak Marshal an acoustic signal to order anglers to seek nearest shelter as marked on map. Competitors to follow marshals’ orders. This must be complied with immediately.
E18- In the event of thunder anglers are to stop fishing immediately without awaiting for Head Marshal acoustic order and seek safe nearest shelter.
E19- Competitors to report any queries to Competition Communication Centre using number provided on Emergency Kayak Tag. Call will be then dispatched appropriately.
E20- In the event of low visibility due to ie. heavy rain, fog participants must stop any fishing and make use of their horn/whistle to position themselves to others and go back to shore. 

KAYAK STORAGE
E21- Anglers responsibility to store kayak securely in designated area at Marina or Droogdok when they chose to do so.
E22- All valuables must be removed overnight. Anything left is done at owners’ sole responsibility. World Predator Classic/ Marina /Droogdok cannot be held responsible.

PROCEDURE IN CASE OF A PROBLEM WHILE AFLOAT
E23- Angler are to raise the alarm immediately a problem arises by phoning one of the zone marshals’ number provided or Competition HQ. In the event of a medical emergency angler also to phone local emergency assistance as per information given on Emergency Card.
E24- Fog horn also to be used to raise Zone Marshals and other competitors’ attention. Neighbouring competing kayak must maintain a 15 meter safety distance while assessing the gravity of the situation.
E25- 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.
E26- In case of a more serious situation competing rescue kayak allowed to approach kayak in difficulty. Having their own safety in mind, they are allowed to assist competitor 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 by way of taking a picture of equipment as detailed in rules E07 to E09 including the Security Tag given at the daily morning briefing meeting.
– 
All storage compartments/items must be left opened for inspection by event organisers.
– Kayaks may be inspected by underwater cameras at event organisers’ discretion.
F02- Start of competition 07:30 from the beach on the right hand side of the lighthouse.
F03- It is competitors sole responsibility to be at the start line of the competition which will be marked each day by the blowing a long fog-horn signal at 07:30 local time.
F04- It is again the competitors responsibility to back at the beach on the right hand side of the lighthouse by 15:00 when marshals will signal with two blasts of foghorn the end of the competition. Any kayaks not in area on time will be penalised (see sanctions section).
F05- 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.
F06- Signed Catch Card to act as Angler’s safe return. Card not 
returned by 17:00 will automatically activate a location search.  
F07- Daily Catch Card not returned and/or supportive pictures not provided by 17:00 will void any catches for the day.

SECTION G – COMPETITORS EVENT EQUIPMENT
G01- For the good running of the event organisers will supply on first competition day each kayak with and official measuring ruler to be kept for the duration of the event. Competitor liable for the loss or damage of the lent item as detailed in the Competitors’ information package.
G02- Anglers must attend Daily briefing at which time they will receive their Daily Catch Card, Daily Security Tag and Fish ID Labels for the day.  

SECTION H – FISHING RULES
H01- The act of fishing must be carried as follow:
– NO fishing allowed by conventional anchor with weight chain and rope.
– GPS anchor allowed.
For clarity fishing while trolling is NOT ALLOWED
– 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.
H02- Competitors are not allowed to come back to shore/ coupled with another vessel/ or tie to a buoy unless dictated by a medical or mechanical emergency.
H03- Fishing to be done exclusively within the limits of Kayak Zone.
H04- Via special dispensation from the Dutch Angling Authorities, anglers are allowed to have as many fully rigged and ready for use rods on-board but only one rod per angler in water at any one time and in angler’s hand (rule H01).
H05- Only artificial lures meeting local waters requirements are allowed (see section L). No fly fishing allowed. Strictly forbidden any live or dead bait as well as any kind of substances thrown overboard aimed at attracting fish.
H06- Only fish caught by the mouth counts.

ZONE CHECK POINT & MARSHALS
H07- The beach on the right hand side of the lighthouse will act as rally/penalty point if necessary during the competition. 

H08- On day three Kayaks with an hour-ban penalty to remain on the beach on the right hand side of the lighthouse for the whole duration of the penalty.

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. Sadly 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 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.
I05- 
The organisers’ retain the right to search all competitors’ tackle and kayak to combat any form of cheating or rule breaking.
I06- Competitors must comply with requests from Official World Predator Classic film crew & 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- Kayak anglers must use their own camera/phone to take pictures
J03- To count fish must be measured using “Official Measuring Boards” supplied by the organisers on day 1 of the competition.
J04- Only fish caught by the mouth and measuring above the minimum length 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 Measuring Board with the fish 
right flank down with lips touching the stand, tail flat whilst fish is being measured. Pictures with bloodstained, poor exposure, dead fish, hand on top of fish, fish lips not touching headboard, fish no showing left flank, Unique Fish Label not visible  will disqualify the catch (info printed on reverse of map). Must also be showing on picture the Daily Security Tag with appropriate Unique Fish Label.
* The length of the fish allocated will be the one visible on picture rounded up to the next full centimetre providing the head is clearly touching the headboard.
* Upon return Kayak anglers to log their selected fish on the results system located at event HQ – Each log to be  accompanied by two (2) pictures, one of the fish on measuring board (Official picture) and one of the captor holding the fish.  On both pictures Daily Security Tag with appropriate Unique Fish Label must be seen.  
* 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- It is the competitors’ responsibility should they wish to gain assistance from marshals to record a catch. Angler must contact marshal by sending a SMS and start travelling towards marshal in order for the fish to be kept a minimum time.
J07- 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 being compiled in centimetres.
* Once length has been calculated any penalties received during that day are then deducted.
* In the event of a tie the kayak with the less penalties on the day automatically wins
* If there is still a tie the kayak 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 with the longest length getting 1 point and other anglers a point in reverse order.
K03- In the event that not all kayaks catch, then those kayaks will receive the points of the last place.
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 the 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 kayak 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 sanctions will be published on event communication channels at the time of the event and in the future.

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

L11- CM DEDUCTIONS
– Failing to be in the right direction at Kayak Zone on-time either at the start or the end of each day’s competition. 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 17:00 will void any catch that day.

L12- FIRST ORANGE CARD
First Orange card entails automatic disqualification of the longest fish caught on the day by the competitors.
– Not being able to return to port by their own means (rule E06 – at organiser’s discretion).
– Daily morning security kayak check not completed correctly.
– Infringement on No Man’s land
– Misuse of smartphone to gain access to information as to ie where fish are being caught by fellow competitors on organisers website, any social media channels etc…See use of Smartphone use in Participant’s pack
– 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 + 1 hour start delay on the following day and on the 3rd day to return to entrance canal and to remain there for the last hour of the competition to await official end 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.
– Dangerous navigation – local rules apply but can be overruled by Marshals if they deem a kayak is posing a danger to anyone afloat.
– Life jacket not worn and securely fastened from moment kayak launches.

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 hours without permission
– Any act of deliberate pollution (ie rubbish etc..) of the water or on land – 3-year ban unless fine set by local authorities is settled
Misbehaviours which conflicts with the Spirit of Angling section – 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

Local rules in English : http://www.sportvisserijnederland.nl/vispas/english/?page=fisheries_act_and_rules
Local rules boating/fishing: http://southholland.angloinfo.com/information/lifestyle/sports-and-leisure/fishing/
Local rules sailing/boating: http://southholland.angloinfo.com/information/lifestyle/sports-and-leisure/sailing-boating/
Local fishing map: http://www.visplanner.nl/

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