Focus on Kite Cross

The 2011 kiteboarding championship rules see an addition in the line-up of major events. The new major discipline is called “Kite Cross” and incorporates the former side-disciplines as BoarderX, Slalom, Long Distance, Crossings etc. into one competition format with official world ranking and championship title. Kite-Cross2-471×560.jpg As a natural progression of racing as well as being the perfect crossover discipline between the various kiteboarding disciplines, KiteCross is designed to bring the action close to the beach and right in front of the crowds and media in an easy to understand K.O. elimination system. Fully utilizing recent developments in equipment, the KiteCross format allows a wide variety of courses to be set, enabling each race to be tailored in a way that allows both public and TV cameras to easily follow the competition, creating maximum excitement, interaction and enjoyment for spectators both on the beach and watching the event on TV. Kite-Cross-560×353.jpg Courses are generally based around downwind or figure-eight slalom courses (with or without obstacles to jump over), but can include any number of variations, some of the most dramatic of which include including long distance and between the island style races for the entire fleet. The spectacle of up to one hundred riders blasting across a start line, at over thirty knots, to do battle over miles of open water has to be seen to be fully appreciated ! The majority of competitions will be held on downwind slalom courses with or without obstacles in a multiple single elimination format, where only a number of competitors advance from round to round. While the final championships are not published yet it is expected that the format follows an adopted “no rules” format with direct refereeing and only a minimal set of rules like “boards on opposite tacks” and “dangerous sailing”. The dates for the 2011 world and continental championships (champions decided in one-off events) are to be published beginning of January 2011. The preliminary championship rules Championship Rules 2011 – Kite Cross 1. Number of Races; Time Limits and Target Times; Wind Speeds a. Number of Races i. No more than 4 eliminations per day per fleet shall be raced ii. No more than 5 full fleet races per day per fleet shall be raced iii. No more than 16 races/eliminations per fleet shall be raced during an event. b. Time Limits and Target Times (may be adjusted depending on conditions) All competitors who fail to finish within 50% of the finishers finishing time of their heat/race shall shall be deemed as DNF c. Wind Speeds i. If the wind speed is less than 6 knots average in the starting area at any time during the last minute prior to the starting signal, the start shall be postponed and a new starting sequence initiated as soon as the wind strength is sufficient. ii. The race shall be abandoned if the wind drops below the minimum of 6 knots, for more than 20 seconds, over the course area. The decision of the Race Committee is final and no valid ground for a request for redress. iii. Wind speeds shall be taken from a drifting boat from approximately 2 meters above the sea surface. If a drifting boat is not available, the current shall be measured and calculated to establish the minimum wind speed requirement. 2. Format The event format shall be multiple single eliminations/full fleet races consisting of a. Elimination Series with 4 or more heats in the first round b. Half fleet races c. Full fleet races 3. Courses a. Any form of downwind slalom, figure eight, long distance, downwind dash and crossings and its variations (including obstacles) may be used at the discretion of the race committee. Courses shall not contain more than 20% upwind sailing except a figure of eight course is set. 4. The Start a. Races shall be started with one the following system: ISAF starting system 2 (Slalom Start – 3 minute sequence) ISAF starting system 3 (Beach Start) ISAF starting system 5 (Rabbit/Gate Start) b. Recalls Races shall only use general recalls. The black flag rule is enforced for every start 5. Right of Way rules All Rules of RRS Part 2 are replaced by the following and unless Direct Refereeing/Umpiring is used (see below): a. Boards on Opposite Tacks The competitor on porttack shall keep clear of competitors on starboard b. Overtaking A competitor clear astern shall keep clear of a competitors clear ahead An overtaking competitor shall keep clear. c. Changing Tacks A competitor who is changing tack shall keep clear of a competitor who is on a tack, except when rounding a mark d. Rounding Marks i. A board on the outside gains right of way when its “right of way line” is ahead of the “right of way line” of the inside board ii. A board on the inside gains right of way when its “right of way line” is ahead of the “right of way line” of the outside board iii. If there is reasonable doubt that a board has gained right of way, it shall be presumed that it did not iv. A “right of way line” is an imaginary line projected abeam from the nose of the board e. Avoiding contact If reasonable possible, a board shall avoid contact with another board. However, a right of way board or one entitled to room i. Need not act to avoid contact until it is evident that the other board is failing to meet its obligation to keep clear ii. Shall not be penalized for resulting contact f. Limitations on Changing Course i. When one competitor is required to keep clear of another, the competitor with right of way shall not alter the course so as to prevent the other one from keeping clear, or as to obstruct him while keeping clear. ii. Limitation on altering the course are also applicable when boards are sailing in the direction of the starting line to start. g. Moving astern A board moving astern shall keep clear of a board that is not. 6. Direct Refereeing a. Protests may be conducted using “direct refereeing”. Sailors will be informed through the sailing instructions for the event that “direct refereeing” may be used. The principle of “direct refereeing” is that the protest committee, normal protest and redress procedures and normal right of way rules are replaced by an instant and unappealable protest made by the protest committee on the offending sailor based on the following rules: i. Boards on opposite tacks ii. Dangerous Sailing b. In case of protests under “direct refereeing” the “L” flag will be displayed at the finish line. All sailors must consult the Official Notice Board/Official Elimination Ladder immediately after their heat. The ONB/OEL will display the numbers of sailors advancing, disqualified and redress awarded. All protest decisions are final and not appealable. 7. Scoring and Discards a. Scoring shall be in accordance with Appendix BB – Alternative Low Point System b. Discards shall be as follows: 13 races: 0 discards 46 races: 1 discard 710 races: 2 discards 1115 races: 3 discards 16 and more races: 4 discards 8. Age Divisions a. Youth: under 18 years of age in the year of the competition b. Senior: open to competitors of all ages c. Master: between 35 and 44 years of age in the year of the competition d. Grand Master: 45+ years of age in the year of the competition A minimum of 5 entries in an age division is required to constitute this division.

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