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Raft racing on the Tibetan Plateau, has additional challenges for competitors.

The city of Yushu has just played host to the 2018 IRF Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championship which saw 23 teams from 17 countries from four continents gather together to race with friends old and new in stunning and breathtaking race environments.

At 3,600 metres above sea level, the city of Yushu is well above the altitude of home towns for most competitors. Altitude sickness (hypoxia) can pose problems as your body adjusts. It can take two to three days especially for those who are more used to living at less than 100 metres above sea level. Thankfully the city and event organisers are well prepared for this and recommend a few days prior to the competition to acclimatise. This involves rest, eating, sleeping and if needed medication and oxygen “pillows”.

Continue reading Raft racing on the Tibetan Plateau, has additional challenges for competitors.

European Rafting Championships with a World twist

The IRF European Rafting Championships in Čunovo, Slovakia proved a showcase of talent from 67 teams from 14 countries across the continent – plus the Open Men’s team from Japan!

Faces new and old to IRF competitions showed up in Čunovo in the days leading up to the competition. All came with their game faces on – five teams even came with jet lag and varying degrees of accompanying luggage having just competed in the IRF Ziyuan Rafting Festival in China! The sun shone, spirits were high and the water flowed consistently – you couldn’t ask for a better start to an IRF European Championship. Continue reading European Rafting Championships with a World twist

Start positions for H2H in 2018 ERC and WRC

With the new H2H format being introduced there is an option for organisers to choose what direction the rafts will be facing at the start. This option was included as sometimes the usual method of pointing the rafts downstream is harder to set up exactly evenly. Sometimes, as at WC Yushu in China in 2016, having the rafts start facing upstream in eddies on either side of the river can work perfectly.

To ensure teams know which start method will be used organisers must choose their option well ahead of time. We can therefore announce to you that for this year the options for these events is as follows:

  • ERC 2018 – facing downstream as was done in the past
  • WRC 2018 – facing downstream as was done in the past

With this new format of having buoys to negotiate along the course, which throws in far more tactical racing, the need for an exact even start is not as crucial as it was before. Having lane choice should have far less effect on the results with this new format.

The tactics will be fascinating to see at the ERC 2018 as that will be the first real test of the new format H2H with top teams.

How to work out what age division you are in for competitions

Having trouble working out what age group you are in for our divisions? Here are a list of ways you can work it out to see if you are eligible for the 2018 year:

You are OLD ENOUGH to compete in the Open division in 2018 if you:

  • are 14 years or older on the 1st of January 2018
  • were born in 2003 or earlier

YOUTH – you are eligible to compete in the U19 division in 2018 if you:

  • are under 19 years old on the first of January 2018
  • were born in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 or 2003

JUNIOR – you are eligible to compete in the U23 division in 2018 if you: 

  • are under 23 years old on the 1st of January 2018
  • were born in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 or 2003

MASTERS – you are eligible to compete in the Masters (40+) division in 2018 if you:

  • are 39 years or older on the 1st of January 2018
  • were born in 1978 or earlier

Judges course at ERC 2018

A Judges course will be run during the 2018 Euro Rafting Championship in Slovakia. Anyone keen to do the course should email IRF Admin.

The details are:

Dates: 2 – 7 July (same dates as the ERC)

Place: Event Headquarters, ERC, Slovakia

Cost: $US30 to be paid to Instructor on the first day of the course. This is a once off payment.

Schedule and what is expected of you:

  • 2 July, 1pm to 5pm –attend Judges Orientation Workshop with all Judges and Jury
  • 3 July, all day: attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 4 – 6 July, all day: work with Official Judges at the event as an Assistant Judge Trainee
  • 6 July: write Judges exam. If you pass the exam and the assessment you will be certified as a General Judge.

What you need to provide: A copy of the IRF Race Rules as it is on the IRF website plus the two addendums. Own pens and paper. All accommodation, meals and transport are also for your own cost.

Register: Please let IRF Admin know if you will be attending so we can be sure to include you in any updates and details and have sufficient space for you.

Judges for ERC 2018

If you are an IRF Judge and are keen to work as a Judge at the 2018 Euro Rafting Champs in Slovakia from the 2 to 7 July, in Bratislava – then email IRF Admin to put your name down. The Judges Com will then assess the list of names and select from it who will be Official Judges and who will be Volunteer Judges.

All Judges working at the event will take part in the Judges Workshop (usually half a day) at the start of the event which is designed to get everyone up to date with new rules and to run over the key elements of what the job of judging entails and what is expected of IRF Judges.

A course for new Judges will be run at the start of the event as well – so anyone wanting to become a Judge, please send your name in as well. More details about this course will be posted later.

Race Rules updates

IRF small logoThe IRF Sport & Competition Committee will shortly be assessing and updating the IRF Race Rules.

The process is as follows:

  • Rule proposals may be submitted only as one of the three possible options. 1) Eliminate a rule, 2) change a rule, or 3) add a rule.
    1. When suggesting that a rule be eliminated, a copy of the rule must be included in the proposal.
    2. When proposing a change to an existing rule, the proposal must include a copy of the existing rule, and the suggested change.
    3. When suggesting a new rule, the submission must include a copy of the new rule written in a rule format.
  • All proposals must include Clear REASONS as to why this change has been suggested.  Submissions without clear reasons will be rejected.
  • All proposals must include the name of the person/organisation making the suggestion, and must come through an IRF member organisation representative or with their written approval.
  • All proposals must be in by the 1st December.
  • All proposals will be assessed by the Exec Com and those which merit further discussion will be presented to the S&C Com for full discussion. Discussions will be conducted on the IRF Forum.
  • After discussions have concluded,  all members of the S&C Com who have been active in the discussions will vote.  The aim is to conclude the voting by 15  February.
  • Updated rules, with all changes, will be published on the IRF website and sent by email to IRF member organizations. The aim is for this to be done by 1 March.

New H2H format tested out at Pre-Worlds

The report back from Pre-Worlds as to the running of the new-format H2H is all good! See video …

Joe Willie Jones is there and had this to say:

“The spectators loved it… a very good show with lots of contact at the buoys. A few surprises … good strategies trumped strength on a number of occasions. Even before the race there was an immediate change as teams carefully scouted the course to plan their strategies.

What made it even more interesting is that Argentina ran their National Selections H2H the previous day – so we had the old and new format to compare in quick succession. It was night and day to compare them on every metric. The difference in the reactions between the two systems was extreme. The old system scarcely got a reaction. The new system had everyone shouting through the entire run. Spectators loved it.

During the Captain’s meeting I asked everyone their opinion of how the two systems compared. All agreed that it was better or much better than before.”

This a great confirmation that this is the right direction to be going – we look forward to the future of the H2H!

 

H2H with 2 upstream gates

It was decided at WRC 2016 that it was time to rework the H2H. Although one of the most popular disciplines amongst the spectators, generally everyone felt that very few courses produced an interesting clash all the way to the finish line. More than 90% of races were won by the first bottleneck on the river, meaning the rest of the race was a bit ho-hum boring.

So a “think-tank” group was formed and began tussling with this problem. World Rafting Cup Guilin, China 2017 was the first test!

Not only did we hold the H2H with two upstream gates, but we also had the rafts start pointing upstream. This start was tried at WC China last year and proved very successful. I did not see how it worked at the start as I was at the gates, so I’ll give you my impressions from there.

In the test runs it could immediately be seen that very unusual and new tactics as far as negotiating the upstream gates would give unexpected results, very different to the H2H we are used to.

The first solution worked out by the NZL-OM2 team was to wait for the other team to choose the gate and then “expel” them from the gate. The tactics were accepted by everyone, so we could see it as the most common solution, but not the one that was always achieved during the race. For the rest of the race, a great H2H fight could be seen, because in this way the team that was generally faster was thrown out by this tactic, but then had to fight back against a slower team all the way to the end of the race.

Another solution can be seen in the video, you can see Hungarian and Russian OW waiting until the last moment, falsely pointing to one gate, and then attacking the other … and so on. This results in it all being a far more tactical H2H than usual.

At the captain’s meeting that evening, all the advantages and disadvantages were discussed. Many good proposals were taken in. New H2H guidelines have been written so race organisers can start testing them over the next few months. It will be tested at Pre-Worlds and a few national event organisers have already agreed to test it out.

We hope to have a test showcase of it at WRC Japan 2017 (no panic, just a test, the old H2H remains).

There WILL be a change in H2H by the next Race Rules update (March 2018), that is guaranteed. So let’s all work on it to be something that the vast majority will accept and in which competitors, who are most important, will enjoy it just like the audiences do. So be active in this and get testing and let us know what works and what doesn’t!

Judges Course at WRC 2017

IRF Logo 2A Judges course will be run during the 2017 World Rafting Championship. Anyone keen to do the course should email IRF Admin.

The details are:

Dates: 4th – 9th Oct (during WRC)

Place: Event Headquarters

Cost: $US30 to be paid to Instructor on the first day of the course. This is a once off payment.

Schedule and what is expected of you:

  • 4th Oct, 9am to 12am – attend Judges Orientation Workshop with all Judges and Jury
    • 2pm to 5pm – attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 5th Oct, all day: attend Judges course run by Judge Instructors
  • 6th – 9th Oct, all day: work with Official Judges at the event as an Assistant Judge Trainee
  • 9th Oct: write Judges exam. If you pass the exam and the assessment you will be certified as a General Judge.

What you need to provide: A copy of the IRF Race Rules as it is on the IRF website plus the two addendums. Own pens and paper. All accommodation, meals and transport are also for your own cost.

Register: Please let IRF Admin know if you will be attending so we can be sure to include you in any updates and details and have sufficient space for you.