Pre-race

RACE RULES

The organisers reserve the right to refuse you application or entry and any time; particularly, if there is any safety doubts with teams or racers, or the rules are being negated. 

A kit list will be supplied with the pre-race briefing. All teams and racers must attend the pre-race kit inspection and brief on the Saturday 21st July 2018 (24 hrs before the race in Whitehorse).  A time and location will be emailed to all participants approximately 1 week before the race. 


  1. We aim to start the race as early as possible on the Sunday morning – A time will be confirmed well in advance, most likely 7am.

  2. The race is totally unsupported. Once you start at Whitehorse the only time you may seek assistance is for rescue or to repair your canoe/kayak/SUP.

  3. Teams must carry all food and water and are not permitted to stop/resupply at any time.

  4. All visas and ESTAs are the responsibility of the racers and most be produced at the pre-race inspection.

  5. Racers must have appropriate insurance for the race. Your race fee includes CASVAC - you will be provided detailed guidance on what is and is not covered.

  6. Teams must have some form of emergency satellite communications, with emergency contact numbers saved.  An emergency communications test will be completed at the pre-race inspection in Whitehorse.

  7. Teams must have at least 1 bear spray per team and understand how to deploy it. 

  8. Teams must ensure there SPOT tracker is register to SPOT and they are competent users. The organiser will sync the tracker on their system before the race starts.

  9. SPOT tracker will be set at 30 minute interval tracking.

  10. All teams must have sufficient mapping for their abilities.  There area is not independently mapped and the organisers are not responsible for your navigation or abilities to navigate.

  11. Teams must have all human population areas marked on their mapping. 

  12. Racer must have GPS and be proficient in its use. 

  13. All teams are to ensure they have the organisers mobile phone number saved in the event of post emergency extraction contact.  The will be issued at the race pre-brief in Whitehorse.

 

 

Race

  1. All racers must wear their life vest at all times. 

  2. Teams will paddle for no more than 18 hours a day and must stop each evening by 2300hrs to observe the mandatory 6 hours rest.  Teams that fail to observe the minimum 6 hours will be disqualified (note that teams are permitted to rest for longer). 

  3. SUP teams must stay together for the duration of the race, including overnight rest points be no more than 30 metres apart. 

  4. Once a team stops after 18 hrs they are to mark their stop on the SPOT tracker and then turn the device off –  After the 6 hours rest you must mark your spot before you start paddling.  (This will be practiced and covered in the last race brief in Whitehorse) 

  5. Teams are responsible for their own accurate time management.  Any creeping early departures will result in disqualification. 

  6. Teams must ensure all camp fires are put out and rubbish collected before leaving rest points. 

  7. Teams must support each other if possible in the event of an emergency – Any unsportsmanlike behaviour with regards to safety will result in any records of the team accomplishments being ‘deleted’.

  8. Teams that struggle with the pace may be pulled out the race at Dawson City.  The organisers reserve this right for safety procedures.

  9. Teams will be required to carry out a visual welfare stop at Dawson City, but may not land.  This will be covered in detail at the final race brief in Whitehorse. 


 

Finish

  1. Teams will finish at the Dalton Highway bridge – exit will be covered in detail at the racer pre brief in Whitehorse. 

  2. Teams are responsible for their own travel plans after the race – note that the race organisers will ONLY be picking up vessels where pre-arranged. 

  3. Please ensure you allow yourself enough time to catch your exit flight, we recommend 10 days as a maximum race duration. 

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Start - Whitehorse

60°42’54.3″N 135°02’45.2″W

Finish - Dalton Highway Bridge

65°52’46.2″N 149°43’12.2″W

 

 

FAQ

Q. HOW LONG DOES THE RACE TAKE?

A. The fastest recorded time is just over 6 days, but it can take 10+ days; weather and river level dependent.

 

Q. WHAT ROUTE DOES THE RACE FOLLOW?

A. Beginning in Canada at Whitehorse (60°42’54.3″N 135°02’45.2″W), the race crosses into Alaska and ends at Dalton Highway Bridge, in the Arctic Circle (60°42’54.3″N 135°02’45.2″W).

 

Q. HOW DO I DEAL WITH BEARS?

A. Bring bear spray, the salmon are running this time of year.  You will see bears, but hopefully not in camp. Use sensible bear precautions: cook away from your tent, keep your food separate from your tent and away from your boat, etc.

Store your food and boat some distance from your tent, have bear bells attached to food storage for warning. Further guidance will be provided in the race entry information pack issued to successful racers and at the pre race brief.

 

Q. how do i get to the yukon?

A. The easiest way is to fly from Calgary or Vancouver with most International carriers, then onto Whitehorse with Air North.

There are daily flights from Vancouver on Air Canada and Air North.  There are also flights several times a week from Edmonton and Calgary on Air North, and during the summer, flights from Frankfurt on Conder Airlines.   You can also get here by car or bus up the Alaska Highway, which has improved a great deal and is now a high class paved road.

 

Q. where does the race start?

A. The race starts in Whitehorse at the North end of the Rotary Park on a small beach on 19th July 2020. Directions will be provided in the Race Registration pack.

 

Q. where can i rent a canoe or kayak?

A. Kanoepeople in Whitehorse are the best place to start; they know the right Canoe and Kayak for the race and can offer all pre requisite advice and kit.

Q. where can i buy paddling or camping gear?

A. Paddles, are something you want to research and train with before the race; common brands are ZRE paddles and Wearner paddles for the disciplines.

Camping gear is a thing of personal choice. Travel light, travel far.

Q. what KIT IS MANDATORY?

A. All racers will be issued a mandatory kit list well in advance of the race.

Q. wHERE DO I GET A SPOT TRACKER FROM?

A. Spot trackers can be bought online and they must be registered upon purchase.

Q. where do i get mapping?

A. The Rourke map that should be familiar to people who have done the Yukon River Quest is good as far as Dawson.  There is another Rourke map that takes you as far as Circle.  Past Circle, there is a problem.

The river has never been mapped well, especially beyond Dawson city where the Gold Rush ended.  The suggested method is to pull mapping from Google earth; grid and scale using latitude & longitude; then print onto waterproof paper.

Navigation is not to be underestimated; the river level may not be the same as what appears on Google earth. The annual river thaw has significant effect on the landscape and river direction.

Q. HOW DO I MEASURE MY OWN CANOE, KAYAK OR TANDEM SEA KAYAK?

A. Kayak (K20) – This race is for recreation or expedition-style sea kayaks only, with closed cockpits.  Sit-on-tops or an outrigger type craft are not allowed.

Sea kayaks must have storage hatches capable of storing all the gear required for this race.  Kayaks must be paddled with the use of double-blade paddles only.

The Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race has adopted the same boat measuring scheme as the Yukon River Quest.  For Kayaks this includes a simple length to width ratio which is determined by dividing the total length of the kayak at the 4-inch waterline (excluding the rudder unless it is faired into the hull) by the midship width at the 4-inch waterline.  Do not rely on other published ratios.  In addition, there is a minimum overall width.  Measure according to directions in the How to Measure section of the FAQs.

Tandem Sea Kayak

Maximum 4 waterline length-width ratio: 10.2

Minimum overall width at the widest point: 26 in.

Canoe (C2 )- The tandem canoe (C2) class allows any boat meeting the USCA Competition Cruiser specification.  Note that this specification allows boats that are not necessarily the most suitable for the race.  Make sure your boat can carry the required gear and is stable when fully loaded.  Each canoe must start the race with an approved, full coverage spray skirt/deck.  Canoes must be paddled with the use of single blade paddles only, and must not be equipped with rudders or skegs.

See http://www.uscanoe.com/Content Images and Docs/USCA Main Calendar/USCACompRules2009.pdf section V.A for the full Competition Cruiser specification.

Tandem Canoe Max. Length – 18 feet, 6 inches, stem to stern

Tandem Canoe Min. Width – 14 3/8% of the length (.14375 times the length) at the 4 inch water line, measured within 12 inches fore and aft of the center of the canoe.

Tandem Canoe Center Gunnel Min. height: 11½ in.

Tandem Canoe Min. Height at Bow: 15½ in.

This rule allows: stock canoes such as the Clipper and Wenonah Jensen 18 models; and canoes such as the Clipper Whitewater II and Wenonah Minnesota II models.  However, all of the above listed boats must have their measurements listed on the application, and will be measured at the pre-race inspection to ensure they meet the specs above.