Longest Distance by a Group Riding for Charity on Personal Watercraft(Aquabike)(Jetski)
Jet Trek 2013
Cooktown Australia to Townsville Australia
Sun 28th April 2013 to Friday 3rd may 2013
In spite of cancelling a number of legs due to inclement weather, including a cyclone warning, the 60+ members of Jet Trek 2013 completed a cumulative total of 17,788 kilometers (11,052 statute miles)to become the first holders of this World Record and while doing so, managed to raise over $150,000 for the children’s charity, Variety.
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Description of Record:
Total cumulative distance by a group of PWC riders during a charity event.
Requirements for attempting the record:
The group must be riding for the benefit of a charity.
Groups of riders should attempt this record but only riders who complete the whole distance each day will be eligible to be counted in each day’s total.
The total distance achieved is to be rounded down to the nearest kilometer.
There is no distinction between open water and lakes as conditions vary on both surfaces from day to day and in different geographical positions.
There is no distinction between ‘stand-up’ and ‘sit-down’ models.
The record must be attempted between two or more points. The idea is that this is a journey and an adventure. Covering the same ground more than once is not acceptable. The craft may not be towed or carried over water, land or by air. The journey must be continuous by water with each leg of the journey beginning at where the previous leg ended. Permission for transits of canals and the like is usually forthcoming from authorities when a charity and the media are involved.
The attempt must be able to be witnessed at all times.(Live satellite tracking is acceptable for this if able to be viewed by the public, online, and as long as the start, finish, any other pertinent points and all refueling points are witnessed with video and photography as mentioned below.)
The route of the attempt should be pre-planned and a large scale chart should be used to predict the distance between points prior to the attempt. This will then be compared to GPS and satellite distances after the attempt. Attempts must endeavor to stick to the planned route although subtle changes will be allowed for various reasons as long as the reasons are fully documented and valid.
The attempt must take place in a public place or in a venue open to public inspection.
The PWC used must be available for purchase from a dealer and may be modified to a certain extent. The main hull and super structure should not be modified except to add strength and durability where needed. Extra fuel tanks may be added and plumbed into the fuel system. Lights for night riding and navigational aids may be added as required. Extra storage capacity may be added. A dual switchable battery system may be installed. Permission for other modifications should be sought from PWC World Records prior to attempts being made.
A support vessel may be used for the attempt. There is no restriction on the degree of support given by the support vessel, however, the support vessel must be stationary or drifting freely whenever a challenger is physically in contact with it(for example, overnight or while refueling or taking on supplies). The support vessel may not be used to provide more favorable sea conditions than would otherwise be the case without it.
Backup machines may be available in case of mechanical failure. Any swapping of machines must be fully documented along with the reason for the swap.
The attempt must be a continuous journey. Only distance going forward on the journey may be logged. Backtracking and sightseeing along the way do not count. Participants may take as many breaks as they like but must not stop making progress for more than 2 days unless for injury or other serious circumstances. In general, the attempt must average 5 days of travelling for every 7 days of time. Failure to comply may nullify your attempt.
Witnesses must sign a ‘Witness Register’ and include their contact details including email and mobile phones.
A log book must be kept with details of anything pertinent that happens. The log book should contain participants names and total kilometers logged for each participant each day. This log book should include the ‘witness register’.
Evidence must include photos and video of the event preparation and the start of the attempt and include video of at least 2 minutes per day after that including all stops and refuels, machine swaps, witnesses in attendance, the point at which the current record is broken and when the new record is confirmed.
A loud start signal must be used.
At least one PWC used must have a chart plotter GPS installed which has the capability of keeping a total of meters travelled to the nearest 10 meters. It must display GMT or local time, groundspeed and total distance travelled. This must be photographed at the appropriate times to provide a record of the attempt.
At least one PWC used must carry a satellite tracking device capable of registering a position at least once per 10 minutes. The satellite readout must be available for public viewing online while the event is underway and details of all position reports must be collated and provided as evidence.
In events of this kind, it is likely that inexperienced riders will be involved. Organisers should take great care to ensure that riders only ride on days that they are comfortably capable of handling. Evidence of pressure being applied to inexperienced riders in pursuit of kilometers towards the record could nullify your attempt.
Applications must include:
Name of person attempting the record and head and shoulders electronic photograph.
Full contact details of person attempting the record.
Proposed date of attempt.
Place of attempt and electronic map of course area with proposed course marked on it.
Details of any charity involved.
Details of media coverage expected.
Details of satellite tracking website.
Details of the PWC make and type to be used in the attempt.
Link to attempt website and/or facebook page.
Provide a signed indemnity.(A tick in a box ‘I agree’ type thing)
Record attempts of this nature can be dangerous. It is the responsibility of the person attempting the record and their team to ensure the safety of all involved. PWC World Records is not responsible in any way for any damage or injury that occurs as a result of any record attempt. During the attempt all laws, maritime and other should be complied with. Evidence of laws being broken could nullify the attempt resulting in the record being denied.