The surfboat rules set out in this Section will apply except where varied as follows:

(a) Race distances will be a minimum of 200 metres from the water’s edge depending on prevailing surf conditions. There shall be no requirement for the use of gate buoys.
(b) Unless otherwise advised a dry start and finish shall apply
(c) At any point after having successfully rounded their buoy, one member of the crew (including the sweep) may leave their boat to finish the race.