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COR Race & Safety Rules


COR Race & Safety Rules
posted Sat, 08/13/2011 - 1:08am in Corboat Racing

COR classes must comply with all APBA General Safety Rules unless more restrictive rules are provided below.

Rule 1: General rules governing all Classic Outboard Runabouts
A. Racing numbers shall be not less than 10 inches high. The numbers shall be visible on both sides of the boat and shall be dark on a plain light back ground or vice-versa. B. A 3 inch high (minimum), COR-2.0 (Classic Outboard Runabout 2.0) or COR-100 shall be placed on the same plain back ground as the number appears. C. The requirements for a Pro Series event shall be determined by the Special Events Chairman and shall consist of a minimum of 5 races within a calendar year with a minimum purse of $1000.00 per race to be paid to the top four (4) contestants based on total points won at the Pro Series events during that year. These monies shall be collected and held by the COR Chairman to be disbursed at the end of the COR Pro Series. D. Any temporary rule deviation must be requested in writing by the COR Technical Committee, regatta promoter, or race Chairman for the success of a particular event can be approved by the Special Events Chairman.

Rule 2: Safety Rules (APBA safety rules prevail)
A. All fuel lines must be Coast Guard approved for gasoline engines, secured in a workman like manner. B. Engines run “out of the water” must be in neutral and remain in neutral while the engine is “turning over”. C. All boats must be equipped with a positive throttle return to the closed position when throttle pressure is released or with throttle cable detached. In addition, the boat must be equipped with a positive safety switch that will break the ignition circuit in the event a driver is thrown from the boat. The switch must be properly attached to the driver prior to starting the engine and must not exceed approximately 10 lbs of pull to activate. D. Steering may be actuated by the cable/pulley, double push/pull or hydraulic method. E. Propeller shaft must be placed no higher than 1 inch below the planing surface of the boat with the propeller shaft parallel to that planing surface. F. A fully charged, minimum 2-1/2 pound CO2 or dry chemical fire extinguisher must be in the pit area at all times. G. A 15’ or longer line capable of towing the boat must be secured to the bow eye as is a paddle that is securely stowed in the cockpit of the boat. H. There shall be no loose gear allowed in the cockpit at any time during competition. I. Minimum age for competing in the COR 2.0 Class shall be 18 years of age. Drivers of the V-4/inline 6 cylinder (COR-100) boats must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Drivers shall be required to wear eye protection of plastic or heat treated lenses with no metal frames being allowed. J. All crew members shall be required to wear closed footwear. All contestants are requested to wear uniforms with tight fitting cuffs at the ankles and wrists.

Rule 3: Inspections
A. Safety inspection of the following (considered Minimal)
1. Seat fastening 2. Steering system 3. Fuel tank mounting 4. Throttle returns/engine “kill” switches 5. Turn buckles etc. for safety wire 6. Life jacket and helmet in compliance with APBA General Safety Rules 7. Obstructions that would prove detrimental to the safe operation of the boat. 8. Securely fastened bow eye and satisfactory tow rope. 9. Engine and boat inspection may consist of any checks of the following COR-2.0 / COR-100 rules. No further tear down is required unless a written protest accompanied by a one hundred dollar protest fee is presented to the referee within 30 minutes after the last contestant finishes the race. (See rule APBA concerning officials, protests and appeals)

Starts, Disqualifications, Flag Signals, Course and Race Safety

All COR classes shall be run together. The starts shall be staggered with the smaller boats starting first. On Beach and Clock starts, the handicap shall be 15 seconds per 5 miles of racing. This number is subject to adjustment at every race to ensure a fair finish. Beach starts shall also be staggered with the same. The “handicap adjustment” will be done by a vote of the members present at each event. The COR -100’s may also start at the same time as the COR – 2.0’s but run less overall laps 1. The course shall be laid out in reasonably protected waters and shall be no less than approximately one mile in length. When possible all races of less than 50 miles shall be of a clock start. In the absence of a clock, a pace boat or flags may be used to start the race. A modified Le Mans start may also be used but will generally be reserved for races of 50 miles (Enduro type) or more.
a. In the event of a pace boat or flag start, a yellow flag will be displayed to bring the boats in an even starting position and “off plane” towards the start line. When the “starter” is satisfied that all boats are in position for a fair start, and within 500 feet or less of the starting line, the starter shall signal a fair start by dropping the yellow flag, waving the green flag and moving off the course without causing undue rough water. If the starter is not satisfied with the start, he shall continue to “fly” the yellow flag and do a slow 360 degree turn allowing all boats to queue up, then returning once again to the start line. If a competitor is judged to be the cause of a re-start at this point he may be disqualified or required to run an extra lap.
b. All starts will use a preparatory signal 3/5 minutes prior to the start of the race.
c. There shall be no “milling” between the “barging (500’) buoy and the start lines with less than 1 minute prior to the start.
d. A starter who is deemed to have “jumped the gun” shall be required to run an extra lap in a short race or in an Enduro race shall be “docked” one lap. 2. COURSE RULES AND FINISH (all COR classes)
a. Number of boats to run on a given course shall be decided by the referee.
b. When the winning boat crosses the finish line, all boats shall be allowed to finish the lap they are on in an Enduro race and shall have 15 minutes to finish in a short course race governed by laps and time.
c. Any boat breaking down on the course may accept a tow without penalty and may re-enter the race after repairs have been made. A boat may re-enter the race course at any time during the race and be scored accordingly except that he will not be scored for a lap completed under tow.
d. There shall be no limitations as to repairs; however, complete change of engine or boat after the race has officially started shall not be permitted. A specific boat may be repaired and returned to race after an inspection by a designated safety inspector. e. A race of 100 miles or greater shall require a minimum of one (1) out of the water pit stop of at least 10 minutes in duration. A race of 200 miles or greater shall require a minimum of two (2) out of the water pit stops of at least 10 minutes in duration. Required pit stops in a race of greater than 300 miles shall be at the discretion of the race committee.

A. A race may be continued in the event of an accident as long as the race chairman receives an ok from the driver/s via appropriate hand signals and it is deemed safe to continue the race under yellow /green. If it becomes necessary to stop the race, the following rules shall apply:
1.When a red flag is displayed all boats shall come to a complete stop as soon as possible so as not to hinder a rescue operation and follow the flag signals of the officials.
B. Re-starts in a race started by clock, pace boat or flags; Boats shall be required to start in lanes with the inside lane going to the lead boat at the time of race stoppage. Lane 2 shall go to the boat in second at time of race stoppage and so forth until all boats have received a starting position. Re-starts of a race that began with a modified Le Mans start; Boats shall be lined up along the beach in order of their position at time of race stoppage with the lead boat receiving the most advantageous position and so forth until all boats have received a starting position.
C. The following rules apply to a boat or boats that cause a race stoppage.
1. They will receive an automatic 3 lap penalty and be required to re-start in the last position.
2. In the event of damage, the boats concerned must be safety inspected prior to continuing in competition.