(a) Competitors for the first leg of the relay shall start as per the relevant individual events and proceed around the appropriate buoys. When the first competitor has rounded the last turning buoy, the competitor may leave their ski (including paddle) or board (as applicable) at their discretion, round the two green and yellow turning flags and visibly tags with the second competitor at the designated ski or board (as appropriate) changeover line (refer section 2.28 for definition of a tag).
(b) The second competitor then proceeds around the appropriate buoys. When the second competitor has rounded the last turning buoy, the competitor may leave their ski (including paddle) or board (as applicable) at their discretion, round the two green and yellow turning flags and visibly tags with the third competitor at the designated ski or board (as appropriate) changeover line.
(c) The third competitor will then proceed around the appropriate buoys. When the third competitor has rounded the last turning buoy, the competitor may leave their ski (including paddle) or board (as applicable) at their discretion, round the green and yellow turning flag and pass the other green and yellow flag on the shoreward side to finish between the two green finish flags.
(d) The second and third leg competitors in the board relay event shall be positioned with their toes on or behind the changeover line or on the shoreward side of the changeover line. In the Ski Relay the start changeover line will be located in the water.
(e) Competitors in the board and ski relay events must commence their leg of the event from the (correct) position as allotted by the Marshall. If the competitor does not comply with the officials’ direction, their team may be disqualified.
Note 1: The SCO line only is required for a board start i.e. there is no requirement for an outgoing competitor to cross this line after a changeover once a race has commenced.
Note 2: The green and yellow turning flags are to be turned in the same direction as the buoys for each leg of the course.
(f) Members of the team or other members authorised by the Referee shall ensure that any craft used by any of the other team members does not cause any interference to another team or competitor in the race. The craft shall be removed as soon as possible from the course to avoid congestion and possible damage.
(g) If a competitor deliberately impedes the progress of another team the competitors in the offending team may be disqualified.
(h) To assist with the safe conduct of competition it is permitted for any member to assist with the removal of any damaged or abandoned equipment from the competition course.