Falls Creek Regatta
Sat 27 Jan 2024 08:00 — 16:00
This is a sanctioned event — DBV2023-24

Event information

This event has passed.

Location and Schedule:

Falls Creek Resort, Rockey Valley Lake

9 am-4 pm (Provisional)

Race Draw


Race Map


Site Map

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Free on the resort and event site


Public on-site plus hired unisex cubicles (Includes access all abilities)

Club Marquees: 

All club marquees must be weighted - sand bags, weights, or water weights. 

Distances, categories and divisions:

Premier Open 10's 200m

Premier Women 10's 200m

Premier Mixed 10's 200m

Senior Open 10's 200m

Senior Women 10's 200m

Senior Mixed 20's 200m

Breast Cancer Paddlers 20's 200m

All Cancer Participants 10's 200m

Tri-Point 1km Open 20's

Boat sizes used:

Six DBV Standard Champion boats

Newbies category:

  • Paddlers must be six months or less in membership from sign-up.
  • Four experienced paddlers per boat required
  • L3 Sweep or above
  • Drummers can be of any gender, age or experience

Schedule: (Provisional)

Saturday 27 January 2024

  • Regatta 9am to 4pm (approx)

Age Categories

Within the Seniors category, the DBV By-Laws specifically enable clubs to put together crews based on age. To provide some flexibility while maintaining fairness, the rules allow Senior A, B and C age crews to include up to two ‘out of age, i.e. younger paddlers in a Standard Boat and one in a Small Boat.  There is no need to apply for an exemption to do this. Clubs can also enter a specific age category by including up to 4 Junior members of their club Clubs in a Small Boat and up to 8 Juniors in a Standard boat, without this affecting their age category. 

Predominant Age Group Out-of-age paddlers Racing Age Group
Senior C 3 Senior B     2 Senior A Senior  B
Senior C 2 Senior B     3 Senior A Senior A
Senior B 3 Senior A      2 Premier Senior A
Senior B 2 Senior A      3 Premier Premiers



The current understanding for DBV Regattas is that a category will not run unless at least three teams are in the category.  In order to provide races for all Senior categories (A, B and C), our Regattas combine the three senior age groups into one senior category.  In an attempt to ‘level the playing field’, we use a handicap system so that the older paddlers are not disadvantaged in any race against younger paddlers. The handicapping system works by providing rounds, not heats and finals. Usually, there are three rounds but sometimes only two, depending on how busy the program is. Times from rounds are added together, and then the handicap is applied. The handicapping system can also be applied where there is a single race, e.g. the 5.5km race at Geelong. The handicapping system does not apply where we have heats and finals.

  • Senior A = 1.00 i.e. the time recorded by a crew is assessed at the actual time recorded
  • Senior B = 0.97 i.e. the time is multiplied by 0.97 to get a revised/handicapped time
  • Senior C = 0.92 i.e. the time is multiplied by 0.92 to get a revised/handicapped time


For categories of three crew: 1st and n2d place awarded

For categories of four or more crew: 1st, 2nd and 3rd awarded

Which divisions and categories is the handicapped system used and other information:


Victorian By-Laws and other relevant documents

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Volunteers or Officials 

Register here

Chief Official

Philippa McLean



Adults: $45, Juniors/Students: $22.50

Food and Beverage vendors available

  • One Local Falls Creek vendor
  • Simply K8tering

Crew and entry timelines

1 December 2023, 8am - crew entries open

21 January 2024, 11:59pm - crew entries close

27 January 2024, 8am - crew modifications close

Event approved Permit