Following our making the description of the e-Regata open source. Here are the rules we propose to make a great event:
With the potential of xx different boats coming together to take part, each competing boat must be equipped with battery energy sufficient to carry out the above disciplines. Whilst some lakeside venues will be better equipped than others with recharging points (permanent or temporary), battery-exchange systems, portable solar panels are permitted. Boats are allowed to carry solar panels on their decks or roofs. Diesel/petrol-electric boats are permitted on condition that only the electric engine is used during the discipline. Fuel cell boats are also permitted.
All boats must be fitted with a fastening point for a tow line. The fastening point must be capable of a load of at least the boat's weight. Towing boats from any location to the start is not allowed unless in cases of emergency or malfunction.
All boats must be fitted with a "dead man's switch". This switch must activate automatically and simultaneously during a crew evacuation without having any delaying effect on the evacuation.
All boats must be fitted with two types of signalling systems, namely an orange warning flag and an audible system, such as a ship's horn.
All boats must be fitted with a marker buoy connected to the boat by a rope of at least 5m of length.
All boats must be fitted with at least one paddle. This biodegradable paddle/net, called a “kaπa-sigma ®” Kappa-Sigma, is designed primarily to navigate in case of breakdown, but also or to recuperate any plastic waste from the surrounding water. (please see our July 2019 blogpost on this website)
All repairs to the boat's electrical systems must be reported to the organization in advance. Repairs to other parts of the boat may be reported after the fact. Replacement of batteries during a discipline will result in the issuing of a time penalty.
All boats must be supplied with an identification number issued by the organizers. It shall be clearly visible on either side of the boat. The organization will provide all participants with two stickers.
Participants are allowed to finish their boat designs with aesthetic embellishments of their own choice. Participants are also allowed to display their sponsors, provided that such displays are not in conflict with sound moral standards and the interests of the organizations involved in the event (subject to the discretion of the organizing committee).
Competitors shall keep to the right and may not deliberately hinder other competitors.
All competitors must behave in an ecological way. This includes using biodegradable drinking cups and eating utensils, and disposing of waste in the appropriate trashcans.
The organizers are entitled to conduct technical inspections of the boats at any time during the event. Participants are required to cooperate. All participants will be notified of the time and location of the inspections in advance. The organization will invite the participants for an inspection.
Instructions given by the Race Committee (during the briefing, on land and on the water) shall be followed at any time. The official language of the race is English. The Race Committee reserves the right to take out of the race any competitor who: a) is unlikely to finish the race within the maximum time set; b) for any other reason is affecting or might affect safety. Competitors leaving the race shall inform the Race Committee as soon as possible. The RC will supervise their referral to the next paddock.
Boats that fail to comply with the regulations will be disqualified from participation until they come into full compliance. Compliance has to be confirmed by means of a re-inspection. All modifications to the boat that are made after the inspection will be subject to re-inspection. Any boat may be subject to additional random inspections in the course of the event.
Participants are at all times responsible for the technical condition and safety of their boat during the course of the event. Approval during the inspections will under no circumstances exempt participants from their due responsibilities.
At any point of the course the race committee may abandon the race, postpone, change or shorten the course. An abandoned race may be restarted at a place and by a method to be decided on and notified by the Race Committee.
Organisers are of coruse to modify these regulations depending on the local requirements of the waterway where they are holding the event.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.