Kiteboard course races shall be sailed under The Racing Rules of Sailing as changed by this appendix. The term ‘boat’ elsewhere in the racing rules means ‘kiteboard’ or ‘boat’ as appropriate.
Note: Rules for other kiteboard racing formats (such as Short Track, Kitecross, Slalom, Boarder X) or other kiteboard competitions (such as Freestyle, Wave, Big Air, Speed) are not included in this appendix. Links to current versions of these rules can be found on the World Sailing website.
CHANGES TO THE DEFINITIONS
The definitions Clear Astern and Clear Ahead; Overlap, Finish, Keep Clear, Leeward and Windward, Mark-Room, Obstruction, Start, Tack, Starboard or Port and Zone are changed to:
Clear Astern and Clear Ahead; Overlap
One kiteboard is clear astern of another when her hull is behind a line abeam from the aftermost point of the other kiteboard’s hull. The other kiteboard is clear ahead. They overlap when neither is clear astern. However, they also overlap when a kiteboard between them overlaps both. These terms always apply to kiteboards on the same tack. They do not apply to kiteboards on opposite tacks unless both kiteboards are sailing more than ninety degrees from the true wind.
A kiteboard finishes when, while the competitor is in contact with the hull, any part of her hull, or the competitor in normal position, crosses the finishing line from the course side. However she has not finished if after crossing the finishing line she
- takes a penalty under rule 44.2,
- corrects an error under rule 28.2 made at the line, or
- continues to sail the course.
A kiteboard keeps clear of a right-of-way kiteboard
- if the right-of-way kiteboard can sail her course with no need to take avoiding action and,
- when the kiteboards are overlapped, if the right-of-way kiteboard can also, without immediately making contact, change course in both directions or move her kite in any direction.
Leeward and Windward
A kiteboard’s leeward side is the side that is or, when she is head to wind, was away from the wind. However, when sailing by the lee or directly downwind, her leeward side is the side on which her kite lies. The other side is her windward side. When two kiteboards on the same tack overlap, the one whose hull is on the leeward side of the other’s hull is the leeward kiteboard. The other is the windward kiteboard.
Room for a kiteboard to sail her proper course to round or pass the mark on the required side.
An object that a kiteboard could not pass without changing course substantially, if she were sailing directly towards it and 10 metres from it. An object that can be safely passed on only one side and an area so designated by the sailing instructions are also obstructions. However, a kiteboard racing is not an obstruction to other kiteboards unless they are required to keep clear of her or, if rule 23 applies, avoid her. A vessel under way, including a kiteboard racing, is never a continuing obstruction.
A kiteboard starts when, her hull and the competitor having been entirely on the pre-start side of the starting line at or after her starting signal, and having complied with rule 30.1 if it applies, any part of her hull, or the competitor crosses the starting line in the direction of the first mark.
Tack, Starboard or Port
A kiteboard is on the tack, starboard or
port, corresponding to the competitor’s hand that would be forward if the competitor were in normal riding position (riding heel side with both hands on the control bar and arms not crossed). A kiteboard is on starboard tack when the competitor’s right hand would be forward and is on the port tack when the competitor’s left hand would be forward.
The area around a mark within a distance of 30 metres. A kiteboard is in the zone when any part of her hull is in the zone.
Add the following definitions:
A kiteboard is capsized if
- her kite is in the water,
- her lines are tangled with another kiteboard’s lines, or
- the competitor has, clearly by accident and for a significant period of time,
- fallen into the water or
- become disconnected from the hull.
A kiteboard is jumping when her hull, its appendages and the competitor are clear of the water.
A kiteboard is recovering from the time her kite is out of the water until she has steerage way.