(a) The IRB shall beach and remain inside the allocated lane until the driver has exited the IRB.
(b) When beaching the IRB, the driver must throttle the motor back to idle and stop the motor, i.e. render it electrically dead by activation of motor kill switch, prior to the IRB being grounded on the shore edge. If a motor kill switch safety lanyard is used it must remain attached to the motor.
(c ) The driver, crewperson or patient must not be dislodged from their normal positions by grounding the IRB with excessive speed or beaching at an awkward angle. The crewperson does not necessarily need to be seated in an upright position in the IRB when grounding or beaching at the finish of a race but must be seated and maintain three points of contact. It is not permissible to lie on any part of the IRB (refer also Rule
(d) The motor must be stopped, i.e. electrically dead by activation of the motor kill switch, before the driver, crewperson or patient exits the IRB. The patient must not exit prior to the driver. The crewperson may alight before the driver to steady the IRB if done so in a safe manner but only after the motor has been made electrically dead. The motor may be left in gear. The crewperson may use the side lifting handles to exit the IRB.
(e) When exiting the IRB, the driver must keep both feet on the IRB floor until the motor is electrically dead by activation of the motor kill switch.
(f) The driver must remain seated until both feet are swung outside the IRB. The definition of “outside” is past the centreline of the port side pontoon.
(g) The driver must have completed their exit aft of the IRB front lift handles and must not step off any part of the IRB or floorboard when exiting.
(h) The driver must exit in a safe and controlled manner and must not fall during the exit process as a result of poor technique, or the IRB being grounded with excessive speed. The “exit process” starts when the driver begins to leave their normal driving position and finishes when the driver regains normal running composure (i.e. not stumbling) after the momentum of the grounding, beaching or forward velocity of the IRB has dissipated. A fall is defined as when any part of the driver other than his/her feet touches the ground.
(i) The crewperson shall remain in control of the IRB while the driver runs to the start/finish line. The patient may assist the crewperson in the control of the IRB.
(j) The driver must be outside the IRB and on his/her feet when they cross the finish line at the end of an event. The exception to this is if the Referee or his/her delegate has advised that the finish will be a “water finish” as defined in Rule
(k) The finish is judged on the chest of the driver when they cross the start/finish line. To assist with the finish judging process IRB teams are requested to stand away from the start/finish line until all teams have completed the course.
Note: Unless otherwise specified (e.g. a wet finish in Rule (a)) a team cannot drive their IRB across a finish line to record a finish result. The driver must be on their feet and outside the IRB when they cross the finish line. Should an IRB crosses a finish line the driver may exit the boat and pass to the seaward side of the start/finish line and re-cross the line on their feet to record a finish.