The rules hereinafter set forth are promulgated and adopted for the purpose of governing or controlling in all respects that certain event known as the CATALINA CLASSIC MARATHON PADDLEBOARD RACE, conducted by The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association, Inc.

Any matter or situation not specifically regulated or determined herein shall automatically be the subject of the judgment and discretion of the Race Committee and its decisions made alone or in cooperation with the The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association, Inc., as the case may be, with respect to those matters or things as to which this body of rules is silent, shall be binding and final.

There shall be no waiver of any provision or portion thereof embodied in these rules. Rescission or modification duly made of the rules herein shall in no wise be construed as a waiver. Rescission and/or modification of the rules herein shall be effectuated only by the adoption of such proposals by two-thirds of the members of the Race Committee together with the sanction of the The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association, Inc. The presence of two-thirds of the total membership of the said Race Committee at any meeting shall constitute a voting quorum for these purposes.

I Eligibility
Any person shall be eligible to compete in the Paddleboard Race who in addition to the approval and acceptance of the Race Committee can meet the following qualifications:

(A)  18 years of age or older (copy of birth certificate may be required).
(B)  Paddler must provide own escort boat; said boat must meet Committee minimum standards of Radio and Compass.
(C)  If required by Race Committee, paddler must be capable of successfully paddling six (6) miles in 75 minutes or less on an unlimited class board, or in 85 minutes or less on a stock class board, in open ocean water.

II The Event
The Catalina Classic Marathon Paddleboard Race shall be conducted over a course approximately 32 miles in length, originating at the Isthmus of Catalina Island, thence directly to a buy lying slightly off Palos Verdes Point, known as the R-10 (or PV-10) buoy, thence substantially parallel with the coastline in a generally northerly direction to the finish line immediately South of said pier as designated by the Race Committee.
III Classification
The Paddleboard Race shall consist in two separate and distinct but simultaneously conducted and combined events, namely:

(A) An Unlimited Class Race, and
(B) A Stock Class Race

An official and recognized competition between competitors shall exist only within each class.

The Six (6) finishers within each particular class in which they participated, shall be recorded and officially entered in the books and records of the The Catalina Classic Paddleboard
Association, Inc.

IV Paddleboard and Equipment Specification
The paddleboard shall meet the following specifications:

(A) Unlimited Class
1.    Any dimension or weight
2.    Construction: All materials or substances are allowed inclusive of rudder and tiller.

(B) Stock Class
1.    Twelve (12) feet, maximum length. Boards will be measured over deck.
2.    Twenty (20) pound, minimum weight, taping of weights to the board will be allowed.
3.    Construction: All materials or substances are allowed inclusive of rudder and tiller.

Paddlers shall be allowed to use chin rests, splash guards chest pads, compasses, time pieces, and such over apparatus as will promote the ends of safety, comfort, and navigation; provided however, that the apparatus shall in no manner contribute to, mechanically, manually or otherwise assist the paddler to propel himself in the water by any other manner that agitation of the water with his hands and arms. No substitution of paddleboards will be allowed during the race for any reason.

The Race Committee reserves the right to examine and to inspect, including weighing and measuring of all boards and to approve or reject the same or any other apparatus proposed to be used by
the paddlers.

V Starting Rules
The competitors will report to the Race Committee at the time and place designated, prior to the Race, for the following purposes:

(A) Sign-in to signify participation in the race
(B) The practicing of false starts.
(C) Briefing and instruction respecting the starting time, the starting line, the starting signal, assignment of pilot boats and identifying numbers to paddlers, the race course, the finish line, and such other advice as within the discretion of the Race Committee may be necessary and appropriate.
(D) Thorough familiarization with these rules so as to minimize or eliminated infractions or violations by paddlers by reason of misunderstanding.

The official Race Starter shall issue loudly and clearly the “Make Ready” order in advance of the starting signal, and all participants shall prepare themselves to initiate the race upon hearing or seeing the Starting Signal. Any participants, for good reason, may indicate to the official Race Starter, his desire that the Starting Signal be delayed, and the Official Race Starter will act upon such request according to his exclusive judgment and discretion, provided nonetheless that the Starter shall be responsible to the Race Committee for his judgment.

VI Course Rules
1.  No hindrance or interference shall be allowed between competitors involving either boards or participants.

2.  Touching a float, a buoy, pilot boat, or other floating object shall constitute a foul, and a paddler committing this infraction may, within discretion of the Race Committee be disqualified for this act.

(a)  The R-10 (PV-10) buoy must be passed with the left shoulder (paddler goes between Palos Verdes and the buoy).

3.   Paddlers shall at no time be any closer to the stern(s) of escort vessel(s) than 100 yards.

(a)  No drafting of any kind will be allowed by boat or paddler, to aid or hinder another paddler.

(b)  When paddling alongside escort the paddler must maintain open water of no less than 20 feet; exception – when accepting nourishment which must be concluded within 2 minutes alongside the vessel(s) and not the stern.

4.  Each paddler shall at all times during the race maintain a minimum distance of five (5) feet from his pilot boat.

5.  Each paddler shall be allowed to take any form of nourishment he desires during the race, and the paddler shall furnish his own nourishment and feeding apparatus.

6.  Paddlers shall be permitted to surf on any wave but in doing so he shall not in any way block the normal course of any other paddler.

7.  Each paddler shall round the buoys or other markers that are set up to designate the race course as indicated by the Race Committee in the pre-race conferences, and pilot boats shall stay outside of buoys so as not to obstruct or interfere with the paddlers or race course.

8.  Disqualification: This penalty may be invoked for fouls, which have disadvantaged another paddler or paddlers. It is typically only assessed after one correctional instruction or warning, but in extreme circumstances, it may be invoked with no prior warning.

VII Finishing Rules
1.    The finish shall be judged or determined by the order in which the bow tips of each paddler’s board crosses the designated finish line.

2.    The designated finish line shall be established at a point and in a manner immediately South of the Manhattan Beach County Pier according to the judgment and discretion of the Race Committee.

3.    The finish of the race shall be in the manner aforesaid, and no paddler shall be required to emerge from the water afoot or carrying his board.

4.    There shall be judges and officials at the finish line whose exclusive responsibility it shall be to identify the competitors in the order in which they finish the race, to record the name and sequence of each paddler crossing the finish line, and to submit said information to the Steering Committee for final decision and announcement at the earliest possible time after the race.

5.    The official Race Timer shall record the total elapsed time of all paddlers completing the race and submit the same to the Race Committee for evaluation, recordation and announcement purposes.

6.    The Catalina Classic Marathon Paddleboard Race shall terminate nine (9) hours from the official start time. Paddlers will be evaluated at the R-10 (PV-10) Buoy as respects their probability of finishing within the allotted time of nine (9) hours.

VIII Officials and Judges
1.    The Race Committee, as created by the The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association, Inc., shall consist of at least five (5) members.

2.    The Race Committee shall within its judgment and discretion, create such committees and sub-committees as are reasonable and necessary for the efficient control and staging of the event.

3.    The Race Committee shall appoint at least one judge per paddler, which judge or judges at all times be physically present on the pilot boat accompanying said paddler. It shall be the duty and responsibility of these judges to at all times maintain observation of the paddler over the race course, to report any and all alleged infractions or violations of the contestant, and to maintain the utmost impartiality and objectivity in so far as any of the rules herein apply to the paddler under his charge.

4.    There shall be one Official Race Starter, who may appoint such assistants as deemed advisable.

5.    There shall be one Official Race Timer, who may appoint such assistants as deemed advisable.

6.    There shall be judges and officials and timers at the finish line of sufficient number to determine the order and sequence in which the paddlers complete the course.

IX Rule Violations
1.    All protests and complaints of rule violations or infractions shall be made directly to the Race Committee, or to a judge or other official whose responsibility it shall be to forthwith submit the protest or complaint to the Race Committee. In no circumstance will a protest be entertained by the Referee and Race Officials if it is not lodged by the paddler or his handlers before leaving the finish line area. Protests lodged on shore by coaches (or others) will not be considered.

2.    Decisions of the Race Committee as to matters of fact regarding the running of the race are final and not subject to dispute.

The foregoing rules governing the Catalina Classic Marathon Paddleboard Race having been adopted are hereby proclaimed the official rules by which the Catalina Classic Marathon Paddleboard Race shall be conducted.