We’ll be making a statement with our annual community event: the biggest ever paddle craft gathering in Perth with hundreds of participants on a magical, colourful day on the Swan for a Guinness record attempt! Date: Sunday, 20 May 2018
Time: counting starts at 8.30am
Photo: Official Drone video of all CRAFT 9.15am
Cost: $7 per craft
Location: Between Matagarup Bridge and Windan Bridge in front of Optus Stadium, East Perth – Swan River
A few suggestions
- take care of toilet requirements before rafting
- bring fluids and snacks
- bring warm clothes if you tend to get cold easily
- a comfortable stable craft is great for this event
8.00 am paddlers on the water and getting organised
8.25 am paddlers are pre- corralled near a counting zone
8.30 am Counting starts, paddlers move through to form the mass paddle gathering in-front of the stadium
9.15 am the drone takes the evidence video.
10.00 am start the ‘After Party’ at Banks Reserve, Maylands
10:30 am prize presentations
The counting checkpoints
Each CRAFT must be counted. This is the first bit of evidence. There are two counting checkpoints 1.Matagarup Bridge and 2. Windan Bridge
Gather near the counting checkpoints in readiness for the counting to begin at 8.30am. Once you have been counted head to the main area in front of the new stadium and join other paddlers by rafting up and settle in for a chat and some fun.
Mass Paddle Gathering
Skyworks WA will be taking video and stills of the event. Other event photographers will also be in the area. At 9.15am Skyworks WA’s drone will take photos and video of the raft and record attempt. This will be the second bit of evidence.
Once everyone has been counted and rafted and the drone has the video evidence required we will signal to paddlers to start breaking up the raft.
The safety of everyone participating is important, so please be patient.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Canoes, skis and kayaks are accepted under the Guinness World Record regulations. This includes peddle and paddle propelled kayaks.
NOTE: Each craft needs to be touching another craft. No craft can be touching or holding onto a anchor, platform or wall. The raft cannot be attached to any other craft or jetty, but can be during the assembling of the raft. The whole raft must free float on a body of water for at least 30 seconds. If at any time during this period the raft is grounded, touches land or any other craft, the attempt is disqualified.
Guinness World Record – Counting
Each craft will need to be counted at one of the Official counting checkpoints. It is absolutely vital that you are counted at your checkpoint!
The safety of all who take part in Unite on the Swan is important! All participants are asked to be patient on the day and support their fellow paddlers. It is recommended that all participants wear a personal flotation device (PFD). It is a requirement that all participants under the age of 12 wear a PFD and are accompanied by an adult.
Slight bumping is inevitable, however we ask all participants to be as careful and cautious as possible.
Anyone over the age of six is able to participate in Unite on the Swan. Participants aged 6 – 12 must be accompanied by an adult and be of competent paddling ability and must be using a PFD.
If you are in the centre and an emergency requires you to get from inside the raft to outside the raft quickly, don’t panic! send the message to the marshals and all the paddlers will make a pathway for you.
You will receive your CRAFT number in the mail. Pin this to the front or back of the main paddler. Safety pins will be helpful.
Being an Autumn morning, there is an excellent chance we will have a mill pond for rafting.
In the event of a strong easterly wind trying to turn us into the Swan River Drift, we will have some marshals in positioned to assist. We will also be relying on all participants to help in this situation.
After Party 10 – 11.30am
All paddlers are invited to join us at Banks Reserve, Maylands after the record attempt. Come and grab some food and refreshments, relax and listen to some music. If you are at the after party your CRAFT number goes into the raffle bucket and at 10.30 am we draw the prizes.