Thread: IJSBA Pre Summer Update
05-20-2014, 07:54 PM #1
IJSBA Pre Summer Update
IJSBA Pre Summer Update:
Entire report is here:
2) Displacement updates. Some of you have sent in questions regarding clarifications on the displacements for some classes. We are listing them here in the event that more of you do not know the answers:
Vintage Ski is 550cc maximum displacement at World Finals. At regional races, the standard will be 550cc unless the class designates a specific Vintage Class (i.e. Vintage 650cc).
Vintage X2 is 850cc.
Ski Lites is 850cc, for a two stroke powered watercraft homologated in quantities above 500, just like Ski Stock. However, reaching 850cc may only be reached by the adhering to all of the restrictions and limitations in the Stock Class section of the Rule Book.
Any four stroke powered runabout, in any class, may use all of the available OEM cylinder space to bore unless that watercraft was homologated with an original displacement above 1,500cc. If the OEM displacement is above 1500cc then the maximum additional bore is 1mm on all cylinders. In the Hydrodrag series, it is erroneously believed that a larger bore is allowed and printing this allowance was an error by the drag coordinators. Hydrodrag competitors must be aware that the correct displacement will be enforced in 2015 unless voted otherwise in this year’s rule change period. Overbores larger than 1mm are not permitted for Closed Course or Endurance Racing.
Ski Limited has the same maximum displacement of 850cc for a two stroke powered watercraft homologated in quantities above 500.
This concludes the list of displacement questions sent to us in any notable frequency since the start of the year.
3) Hydrospace sponsons update. There has been a great deal of confusion regarding the provision that was added to the Ski Class which allowed for a second set of sponsons or a single set of larger sponsons. When passed, this provision was allowed for Ski watercraft that were homologated in numbers of 500 or more. When the Hydrospace S4 was homologated, IJSBA had dropped the homologation number down to 200 for Ski watercraft. All Ski watercraft were originally required to be homologated in numbers of 500. This number was reduced to 200 prior to 2001. The minimum homologation number was increased to 500 shortly after 2006. Therefore, all Hydrospace S4 were homologated at a time when 500 was not a controlling number. Hydrospace eventually produced more than 500 units and would have homologated under that quantity if that was the controlling number. The question has been posed as to whether the Hydrospace S4 is entitled to the second set of sponsons/larger sponson provision. Some nations have interpreted this as that S4 were entitled and others have not. It is now resolved that each nation may treat the S4 as either entitled or not entitled to the additional sponson provision until 2015 when S4 will be uniformly entitled to add the sponsons or increase the sponson size. The provision will be allowed at the 2014 Jettribe World Finals. Polaris Octanes were similarly homologated under the controlling number of 200. However, IJSBA has not data that Octanes ever reached a production count of 500. Therefore, Polaris Octanes are not entitled to the additional sponson provision.
4) OEM Yamaha 760 head approved for Lites Class. Please read this section carefully. OEM 760 cylinders have long been allowed to be affixed to fixed to Stock Class legal Superjets in the Stock/Lites Class. Competitors have inquired about the legality of the accompanying OEM 760 head. After thoroughly researching precedent as well as homologation rules and parts listings, we can determine that the OEM 760 head is an applicable part to apply to a Stock/Lites class eligible Superjet. This provision comes from the fact that the 760 head was an OEM part on the RIUS Racing Superjet Model that was available in Europe. IJSBA would like to remind competitors that there is a horsepower restriction in the Lites Class. The Rius Racing Superjet was an OEM model using dealer installed pre-sale upgrades to various standard Superjet components. The OEM 760 head and cylinder does not exceed the 90 horsepower threshold of the Lites Class. However, installing any other engine components (ie Rius Racing Superjet/Pro-Tec exhaust) will automatically cause the Superjet to be ineligible for Lites class.
5) 2014 IJSBA Competition Rule Book. The 2014 IJSBA Competition Rule Book should be posted this coming week. We accepted petitions relating rule change matters well into April and now have all of the wording and meanings resolved. Nothing fundamental is changed from the policies announced at the beginning of the year. We have tried to make an environment where we work with the requests of the public at large and want to continue to foster and environment. Perhaps because most people access the rules through the internet, people no longer feel the need for a finality because the printed medium is no longer as important. We REALLY cannot allow this happen again, if you have objections or issues with some rule changes that passed then you need to raise them in a timely manner. We wont stretch this out again. This will be the last year that Rule Books are printed as single year editions. Maybe it will soon be the case that the physical printing will soon be a thing of the past but we will print them for 2014 and in 2015 a two year editions.
05-20-2014, 07:56 PM #2
6) Back protection ad nauseum. In 2012, IJSBA was petitioned to require back protection devices in Ski Classes. This request was successfully passed at voting and was implemented after a one year waiting period. Ski Class competitors are required to wear supplemental back protection beyond what a normal flotation device (and optional wetsuit or touring jacket) will provide. We have created a definition, in the IJSBA Rule Book, to control when there is any dispute between a competitor, and the race director, as to whether the competitor has an adequate supplemental protection device. IJSBA is happy to see that competitors are embracing this rule rather than figuring ways to obstruct it. IJSBA does not embrace any particular brand of protection device and No back protection device is going to totally prevent an injury from occurring when someone is directly struck from a fast moving watercraft. We simply ask that you take extra precautions to keep injuries down and riding time up.
7) Under the London Bridge show to return. IJSBA is pleased to announce that the Freestyle Show under the London Bridge is, again, planned for 2014. If you missed the show in 2013, you missed the rebirth of one of the most attended and highly enjoyed portions of the World Finals. The under the bridge Freestyle show is projected to begin at 6:00 PM On Saturday, October 11. More details will be available shortly, some of them very exciting.
Hall of Fame Inductees to be announced at next update. The window officially closes June 30. IJSBA has received an extraordinary amount of consistent nominations to the 2014 IJSBA Hall of Fame. We will begin contacting these nominees and are ensuring their acceptance and attendance. This year’s inductee list will be based 100% off of public suggestions. The IJSBA Hall of Fame ceremony happens every even numbered year. This year’s ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 11, at 8:00PM- approximately 30 minutes after the end of the Under The London Bridge Freestyle Show.
9) IJSBA restructure update. Two years ago, IJSBA first brought you the news that we were planning a restructure. IJSBA is planning to split between two divisions. The first division would handle United States Racing and organize the World Finals with an eventual goal of this being handled by a production based entity. The second division would be the sanctioning and governing division of IJSBA which would handle administration of the Competition Rule Book, manage homologation, maintain the intellectual property of IJSBA, and be a product of international oversight. IJSBA has been scouting potential locations for the first division office to have a permanent location in Lake Havasu City. IJSBA would cease being a California Based corporation and become an Arizona based corporation to have a stronger nexus to World Finals as well as operating in an environment frequently visited by persons likely to participate in the governing process. IJSBA plans to open this office after the completion of the 2014 Jettribe World Finals. We will announce the reopening of committees and other opportunities for public participation. We have done this before and have had poor participation. We hope that this location will provide a more inclusive environment and structure for more of you to get involved. Expected committees are Rules Committee, Safety Committee, Development Committee, Technical Committee, Hall of Fame Committee, and Junior Committee. In the past, committee participation has always been poor as most persons join a committee for the purposes of furthering one specific rule or agenda as opposed to participating in comprehensive guidance of overall policy management. We hope to attract thoughtful committee members who are capable of discourse and will be reliable to make meeting dates as well as deadlines for submissions. We will have more information on this as we progress through summer.
10) IJSBA to investigate and solicit resumes for Competition Manager position. IJSBA is preparing to launch the position of Competition Manager. The competition manager would oversee all aspects of global racing providing support services to various events where an independent race director or supervisor is needed. The competition manager answers competition related rule questions on behalf of IJSBA. The competition manager is responsible for assisting in the development of competition classes and preparing reports to the IJSBA Managing Director as well as the IJSBA Board of Directors. Potential applicants will be articulate individuals capable of preparing thorough written reports. Experience with race management will be required with a heavy preference on Personal Watercraft Racing experience. This position is currently being developed and will be an integral part of the restructure of IJSBA mentioned above. Please do not send a resume or job inquiry at this time. However, the public is encouraged to comment on what you would like to see in a Competition Manager as we investigate the needs and potential of such a position.
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