IBRA Sailing Rules

International Blokart Racing Association Blokart Sailing Rules

Edition 6 of the IBRA Rules

Edition 6 rules are in effect at events from 1 January 2018 until 31st December 2019, after which edition 7 of the rules as below apply. The following are some of the changes included;
  • Previous IBRA interpretations to Edition 5 are now integrated into the rules
  • Some basic requirements have been set for helmets used in racing.
  • The 1.5kg allowance added for shoes and other safety gear is removed to simplify the weigh in requirements.
  • Sailing rules now clarify that the Port /Starboard rule has priority over an inside overlap when rounding marks or obstructions.
  • The default starting procedure has been updated to reflect that electronic timing is used for most major events
  • Disqualifications can again be dropped from a competitors’ points score except for breaches of the principles of sportsmanship and fair play.
  • Redress will now be considered for those disadvantaged by another competitor breaking the sailing rules. The previous requirement was that damage must be sustained.
  • Protest and redress forms have been updated to include more information on the protest outcome for scorers.
Edition 6 of the Rules can be downloaded here: IBRA Rules Edition 6  – Published September 2017, effective from 1st January 2018.

Disabled Sailors Modification Pre-approval Procedure

Disabled blokart competitors may seek a pre-approval certificate for modifications required to enable them to compete, as allowed for in Rule B.9.4.
These pre-approval certificates will outline the modification in detail and can be presented to the scrutineers at any IBRA sanctioned event (or those sanctioned by an IBRA member Association and their Clubs)
All competitors seeking a pre-approval certificate must also provide proof of their disability, either by way of a medical certificate / doctors letter, or a statement / card etc issued granting disability benefits (eg: disabled car parking permit)
  • Name
  • Club
  • Association
  • Class: (production or performance)
  • Description of disability
  • Proof of disability
  • Description of modification required to mitigate the disability
  • Photographs of modification required (if available).

Edition 7 of the IBRA Rules

The IBRA rules have been updated following an extensive period of consultation and input from competitors from around the world. Issues and discrepancies identified during that process have been tidied up in the latest Edition. Edition 7 rules will come into effect at events from 1 January 2020 until approximately December 2021, after which a new edition of the rules may be published or this edition extended. The following are some of the changes included;  
  • A blokart code of conduct has been added with more definitions provided on what is considered unacceptable behaviour in our sport
  • A drug and alcohol policy has been added
  • Bearing shields (hubcaps) are now allowed to be used in Production Class
  • The rules have reverted back to using port/starboard terminology used in other sailing sports
  • The rule wording for continuing obstructions has been updated
  • Competitors who despite taking a penalty gain a significant advantage are now expected to retire from that race
  • A protested competitor is now required to be notified as soon as reasonably possible
  • A definition for Room has been added
  • The definition for Proper Course has been updated

Edition 7 of the Rules can be downloaded here: IBRA Rules Edition 7 – Published October 2019, effective from 1st January 2020.

Edition 7 Approved Equipment List can be downloaded here: IBRA approved accessories list edition 7v03