We hope you are looking forward to a great day to usher in a decade of paddling for the fight against cancer!
As good as the weather looks it’s going to be hot! Please ensure you start hydrating now as complete cellular hydration can take up to 36 hours. That is under optimal conditions. Starting the event fully hydrated and continuing to hydrate will help you perform better and help to ensure you enjoy the event. If you go out the night before and have too good of a time, this will cause you to become dehydrated (Not a good plan!)
Sun block, Sun block, Sun block. We will have sunblock available for everyone but be prepared. We will of course have plenty of bottled water there on Saturday throughout the event.
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Registration: You can pre-register to make things easier. Download the forms, (entry and liability) fill them out, save them and then send them as attachments to: Kayakagainstcancer@gmail.com and bring in your money on the day of the event. Or the day of the event, bring all required forms (Registration Entry form with pledges and Liability Waiver), completed and ready when you arrive for registration.
Please also ensure you arrive in plenty of time to register and set up your kayak and gear. Our schedule again is:
6:00 AM – Registration begins
7:30 AM – Ceremony to remember those who have fallen victim to cancer.
7:40 AM – Event safety briefing.
7:45 AM – Participants enter water with kayaks and other self propelled watercraft.
8:00 AM – Start
8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon – Race and timers stop at noon.
12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM – Participants, kayaks and gear out of the water.
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Kayak Against Cancer Appreciation party at Bahia Cabana.
Music, drinks, food buffet, raffle prizes and awards.
Rules for the event:
Everyone will attend the safety briefing!
There will be one boat as well as at least two other motorized chase/safety vessels to ensure all participants stay safe. For any participant that may quiet before the end of the event and go to shore for any unforeseen circumstance, KAC has is an on call retrieval vehicle to bring participant and boat/ board back to the start of the event. However, the main point of this event beyond the race aspect it to have fun! .
Below is a list of required/recommended equipment. Remember, SAFETY FIRST!!!
1. All kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other self propelled vessels will be allowed to participate.
2. No wind socks/sails will be allowed to be used by participants. If these items are used, these participants will not be eligible for awards for first, second, and third place finish.
3. Each paddler/ participant must fill out a registration form.
4. All participants must check in “finished” with the Kayak Against Cancer volunteer staff regardless of where they end their participation. This allows us to ensure your safety and the safety of all our participants and volunteers.
5. Finished is defined as the kayak hitting the sand, or touching the dock in front of the timers. In the case of paddle boarders, walking up to the timer and checking in.
6. All participants will display sportsmanlike conduct during all stages of this event. If someone needs your assistance, provide it and contact me immediately via marine radio and/or cellular telephone. Any participant who violates the Kayak Against Cancer rules and/or behaves in any manner that endangers other participants, volunteers and/or themselves will be disqualified and required to leave the event.
7. The Kayak Against Cancer Volunteer staff has the right to amend and/or change the rules for the event in the interest of the safety of the participants and volunteers.
Remember, there is a fee for parking at the Fort Lauderdale lot at South Beach Park by an hourly self pay meter.
8. Beaching locations for kayakers who will not be going all the way to Bahia Cabana end point are the following: Oakland Park, Sunrise Blvd, and Ft. Lauderdale South Beach.
What should I bring?
1. Kayak or other self propelled vessel-It’s a long swim.
2. Seat/backrest-For your comfort.
3. Paddle-Just makes it easier!
4. Life jacket-Required by Coast Guard.
5. Throw cushion-Required by Coast Guard.
9. Wallet for party afterward
10. Marine radio (Recommended)
11. Cell phone (Recommended). Contact numbers are: Given at the Safety Briefing
See you all on Saturday