(a) Following marshalling, allocation of coloured rash shirts/vests and briefing by the Referee, the competitors shall start their competition. Two methods of starting competitors may be used. These are:

  • (i) A wet start whereby competitors, are dispatched to the assembly buoy 5 minutes before the finish of any preceding round or prior to the start of a new event. At the Starter’s signal competitors move into the competition zone and commence their rides.
  • (ii) A dry start whereby competitors are marshalled at the water’s edge and on the signal to start enter the water, paddle out and commence their rides.