Bath Tub Rules

WHITIANGA BATHTUB RACER’S RULES

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL CONTESTANTS

Please note that this document contains the safety & design rules that form an integral part, of the events we will run in Whitianga in 2011 & the years to come , they are designed to give the tub builders the freedom to have flair in their design while working within some broad rules , the
Whole idea is having fun with as few rules as possible

RULES OF THE EVENT

1) In the event of a dispute the decision of Bathtub Racer’s committee will be final
2) The committee reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event at any time without obligation to pay out prize money or any other prizes.
3) The bathtub committee reserves the right to publish winner’s names and or photos in any publication
4) Any serious breach of compliance to any of the rules of the regatta will be met with summary disqualification
5) The bathtubs will undergo a compliance check prior to being put in the water

Definitions
“TUBBER” Commonly known as a participant
“TUBBING” The art racing a Tub :
“TUB” The original bathtub
“EXPOSURE” Part of the base of the original bathtub
CLASSES
1) “OPEN TUBBER”: “TUBBER” must be minimum 16 years of age
Weight restriction applies 130 KG
2) “SHE TUBBER”: “TUBBER ” must be minimum 16 years of age. Women only. Weight restriction applies 110 KG
3) “Little TUBBER”: “TUBBER” must be between 15 and 18years
Weight restriction applies 100 KG

TUB DESIGN
1) The bathtub (herein after called the “TUB”) may be made of any material but must be recognized to be a genuine standardized ”TUB” as is readily available in NZ plumbing circles

2) The complete “TUB” must be intact, the rim must be exposed
except at the stern.
No more than 900 square cm may be removed form the “TUB”

3) “TUB”s may be stabilized with any material provided that the tub forms an integral part of the design, parts of old water craft, e.g. surfboards, Jet Ski, maybe used

4) There must be an area of the base of the”TUB” no less than 1000mm X 300 mm(herein after called the “EXPOSURE”)
Exposed to the water.
The “EXPOSURE” may be reinforced but must retain the original
finish, texture, and color of the “TUB”
The “EXPOSURE” profile must retain the“TUB” internal
Profile
The “EXPOSURE “must be clearly distinguishable.
Part of the “EXPOSURE” must be in contact with the water when at rest

5) “TUB “width not to exceed 1200mm including any out riggers, Length not to exceed 3600mm including any out riggers

6) All vessels must have a tow point to be securely fixed and centrally located on the bow. This should be of solid structure and capable of supporting the weight of the tub filled with water under tow.

7) ACCESSORIES:
You may accessorize your TUB
Appendages may be attached to your EXPOSSER but must not contact a area of more than 60 square cm
Out Board Brackets: adjustable brackets are allowed
Controls tiller extensions, maximum of 100 cm

(8 Weight Restriction:
The weight of the tub means -tub as it finishes the race, including the tubber , safty equipment less excess water and out board, but including any residual fuel

9) Ballast
May have to be carried to meet weight restriction. Ballast if needed must be securely attached to tub or tubber and is the tubbers responsibility

ENGINES
1) The largest engine allowable is a standard 8 hp outboard motor,
2) Only hand held (Tiller) steering is permitted
3) Composite outboards or specially designed racing outboard motors are not permitted,
4) Fuel. Standard or Premium pump petrol only.
No additives are allowed apart from lubricating oil
(Nitrous oxide injection is not allowed )
5) All motors must be fitted with a working kill switch and safty lanyard
6) Gear box must have forward neutral and reverse gears
Modification Allowed
Propeller is free (made of aluminum only)
Spark plugs may be replaced with a non-modified standard spark plugs
Timing advance is free
Reverse lock, neutral lock my be removed
Air box May be Removed

IF THE RULES SAY “YOU CAN DO THIS......” YOU CAN. IF THE RULES DO NOT SAY YOU CAN DO IT, THEN ASSUME THAT YOU CANNOT UNTIL YOU CHECK


SAFETY RULES
1) Minimum age for “TUBBERS” is 15 years of age , all participants must attend a safety meeting to be held prior to the event
1A) junior competitors (under the age of 18 years) must be accompanied by their parent or nominated legal guardian

2) Following the pre race safety meeting it is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that all of his or her crew is familiar with the safety rules, weather conditions, sea conditions and any other information put forward by the bathtub committee at that time.

3) A minimum of a cycle helmet and correctly sized and suitable life
jackets must be worn at all times when training or taking part in any event.
4) Kill switch lanyard must be no longer than 4 feet when full stretched and must be worn at all times. (Failure to do so will result in penalty or disqualification.
5) Tubber’s must not be attached to the tub by any other means than the kill switch lanyard, grab handles are acceptable.
6) Tubbers must stick to the race course lay out for the safety of all tubber’s , failure to do so will result in penalty or disqualification from the rest of the days races.
We intend to run a professional race meeting and expect all tubers to act in likewise manner.

PROTESTS
1. The names of the Jury will be announced at drivers briefing
2. All protests must be made within 30 minutes of the results being posted
3. Protests against the rules or eligibility of an entry must be lodged before drivers briefing, otherwise within half an hour of the posting of results in which the incident or circumstance occurred.

DISCLAIMER
All participants agree and accept that:
1) Bath tub racing may be hazardous and they enter at their own risk
2) Whilst the organizers or any other persons involved with the event have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of the competitors they will not be held responsible for loss or injury incurred by any person or to any equipment
3) The tub committee reserve the right to disqualify any tubber
4) Any competitor seen to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be prevented from racing
ALL RULES MUST BE READ AND SIGNED AS A CONDITION OF ENTRY
I acknowledge that I have read and comprehend all the rules pertaining to the bathtub regatta, particularly those regarding personal safety.


Name:
Signed:
Date:

POINT OF CONTACT, KEVIN SHAW , PO BOX 299 WHITIANGA . 3542 ,
PH 027 276 7522 , email Whitianga.plumbing@xtra.co.nz

JOHN BOOKER ,PO BOX 277 WHITIANGA .3542
PH 021722633 john@pcmarine.co.nz

RACING RULES

1) All tubber’s must follow instructions of race controller at all times
All Tubber”s must take action to avoid collision

2) STARTS: It is optional as to whether a race is commenced from a jetty, beach, or by a clock or rolling start
Audible or visual signals at, 30 seconds. Then white start flag
Flag raised, for between 5 and 12 seconds. The start is signal by lowering the flag
An aborted start is indicated by raising a red flag
Clock and rolling starts will be fully described by the race controller at drivers briefing if applicable

Disqualification from heat for more than one early starts
3) OVERTAKING PROCEDURE
Overlap: is only established when two tubs are approximately on the same course and the cockpit of the overtaking tub, must be over lapping the cockpit of the overtaken tub
The overtaking tub may not create the overlap outside of the set course. While overtaking
Over taking: An overtaking tub MUST not cut in front of an overtaken tub until a minimum distance of 1/2 a tub length is established. If two or more tubs are approaching a turn mark side by side, the tub on the inside of the turn has priority and the outer tub/s must give water and hold racing lines. Dangerous driving e.g. not holding race lines, intentional throttling back in front of overtaken tub, snaking and blocking will result in disqualification or penalty at the discretion of the race controller. A tub must not bear out of its course as to hinder another in passing to outside
If any tub collides mid-ships with another (T-bone) this will result in immediate disqualification of the offending tub from that heat

4) TURN AND COURSE MARKS OF THE COURSE
1. Hitting a turn mark - no penalty
2. Missing a turn mark - penalty (concede gained place)
3. Travelling against the racing line - disqualification
4. Where two turn buoys are positioned at a mark, no racing penalty for hitting, dislodging, damaging or destroying one of the buoys.
5. Where there is only one turn buoy, either because there was only one laid in the first place or because one has been taken out, disqualification or penalty
For dislodging, destroying or so damaging the turn buoy that it is no longer viable

5) TUBBER IN WATER
1. When a driver is in the water on the race circuit the race is stopped immediately
2. If the driver is fit and well following an accident or breakdown they should attempt to indicate that they are not injured. If they are injured, they should sit and wait for the rescue personnel to stop the race

6) FINISH
By passing the chequerd flag or as described at drives briefing
When the winner of a race is determined all other competitors will finish
On the same lap as the winner regardless if they are laps behind

7) AFTER FINISHING
After finishing, drivers must slow down, must not cross the course, must not take extra laps or other practice, must carry on round the course away from other finishing drivers and enter the pits in accordance with local instructions.

8) FLAG SIGNALS
1. RED FLAG Slow down/stop immediately and proceed with caution to the designated area as described at drivers briefing
YELLOW FLAG (stationary) CAUTION
YELLOW FLAG (waved) IMMEDIATE CAUTION
2. BLACK FLAG the driver to whom the flag is shown must immediately return to the pits where he will receive instructions from a race official.
3. GREEN FLAG this flag may be used to indicate the start of a race/ or to indicate that the course is open for practice

9) POST RACE MEASURING
1. Weighing racing tubs at all meetings where weighing is required the equipment must be available at all reasonable times for tubbers to weigh their tubs
2. The margin of error is +/-0.5kg. The accuracy of the weighing equipment cannot be protested.
3. The weight of the tub means -tub as it finishes the race, including the tubber, safty equipment less out board and excess water, but including any residual fuel
4. At events any tub, at the discretion of the bath tub committee or race controller, may be weighed at the end of racing and/or between heats
5. Refusal to comply will result in disqualification
6 When an engine or any of the part of the competitor’s equipment is found to not comply with the rules, the tubber may be disqualified or penalized
7 .tubs and engines subject to checking must not leave the pits until half an hour after the final results have been posted
8. Refusal by a competitor to comply with Technical Inspection will result in disqualification

ALL RULES MUST BE READ AND SIGNED AS A CONDITION OF ENTRY
I acknowledge that I have read and comprehend all the rules pertaining to the bathtub regatta, particularly those regarding personal safety.
Name:
Signed:
Date: