As is done annually, various proposals to change the Race Rules have been discussed and voted upon by the Sport & Competition Committee. This has been concluded now and so we have an updated version of the Race Rules available:
Most of the changes were corrections to rules to bring them in line with what we have actually been doing at events.
Key changes to note:
- Competitors may now compete in IRF events from the year they turn 15. (It used to be the year they turned 16).
- Competing for countries that you don’t hold the passport for: in general, if a competitor can provide proof that they have lived in a nation on a permanent basis for more than 2 years, they will be permitted to compete for that nation.
- Downriver – because a team that is slowed down by being illegally blocked in the Downriver, this could affect their time, so we have added in the following: “If a team is penalized for illegally blocking another team (Rule F.3), the team that was illegally blocked shall have 10 seconds subtracted from their total time for each blocking infraction.”
- Manual scoring and entering of times has no place in our top events! The risk of error is too high. So from now on – “Electronic timing is mandatory for A and B level events. Timing and scoring systems must be integrated, so that minimum manual entry is required.”