BOAT RACING NBRA STYLE
How The Racing Works …
Without compromising on safety, every consideration is given to spectator viewing in the layout of the course. The turns are marked with up to five, 3 foot orange buoys located at each end of the oval course. Two buoys are located in line at the midpoint of the first straight-away, indicating the start line. The start line is easy to locate since it is adjacent to the large clock and officials stand.
Located at the official starting line is a 6ft x 6ft one minute clock with a large black second hand on a white back ground with two amber lights located on the top. At the beginning of a race a horn will sound, the two lights on the top of the clock will light, indicating three minutes until the start of the race. The racing boats have two minutes to start up and enter the course. As each minute expires a light will turn off. When the second light turns off, the second hand on the clock will start counting down the final seconds to the start. When the clock reaches the final second the race is officially started. Racers may not cross the starting line before this occurs.
A colorful variety of flags are used to signal the drivers from the starting line and from the center of the course. The colors are displayed in the following sequence:
YELLOW ……………. the time from the three minute signal to the one minute
GREEN ………………. the final minute before the start of the race and the official start
WHITE ………………. the last lap of the race
CHECKERED ……….. the end of the race
RED ………………….. restart on the water do not return to the pits
BLUE and WHITE …... an obstruction on the course, caution should be used when this flag is displayed
BLACK……………….. remain in the pit area or return to the pits immediately; an emergency on the race course, or the officials have become aware of an unusual hazard. It also indicate the race is completed.
The boat race consist of two heats of three laps for each day of sanction racing Points are awarded for each heat based upon one’s position at the finish line. The class winner is the driver who accumulates the most points from the two heats of racing. The numbers of points awarded to each position at the completion of the heat are as follows: 1st – 400, 2nd – 300, 3rd – 225, 4th – 169, 5th – 127, 6th – 95, 7th – 71, 8th – 53, 9th – 40, 10th – 30, 11th – 22, and 12th – 17. At National Boat Racing Association’s US Long Course National Championship Regatta points earned will double.