RULES & CONSTITUTION OF THE
OFFSHORE MODEL RACING ASSOCIATION 2018
1. NAME & OBJECTIVES
1.1 The name of the Association is the ‘Offshore Model Racing Association’ and the insignia of the Association shall be the motif/logo on all officially published material including the association website. The motif shall not be reproduced without approval from the Committee.
1.2 The object for which the Association is formed is to promote and facilitate the affairs of the Association generally; To stimulate the design and construction of Offshore Model Power Boats within the class rules, and to encourage the running, racing and development of Offshore Model Power Boats.
2.1 VOTING. All current members have the right to vote in the affairs of the Association at the Annual General Meeting, if present. Proxy voting is not permitted.
2.2 HONORARY MEMBERS. The Association, on the recommendation of the Committee, may in the general meeting elect honorary members.
2.3 RULES. On applying to join and/or renew membership to the Association, all individuals undertake to comply with the rules as published. Any recognised refusal or neglect to comply with the rules, any attempt to subvert the rules, or any conduct which is deemed either unworthy or injurious to the aims, objectives, interests and/or well-being of the Association, its members and assets, will render the membership of the individual in question, liable to termination or refusal. In this eventuality, the individual will be asked to voluntarily resign membership. If resignation of membership is refused or it is otherwise deemed necessary, the elected committee can, on behalf of the Association, terminate the membership in question forthwith. Members who volunteer to resign their membership when requested to do so, may re-apply for membership to the Association again in the following year, at the discretion of the incumbent Committee.
2.4 TERMINATION. An individual who has had membership compulsorily terminated will be refused any re-application to the Association for a period no less than 3 years from the end of the year of expulsion. After this period, any re-application for membership will only be considered at the discretion of the incumbent Committee.
2.5 REFUSAL. The Association reserves the right to refuse membership, without explanation, at any and all times.
2.6 SUBSCRIPTIONS. There shall be a subscription fee payable on joining and annually on or before the 31st December. The fees shall be proposed by the committee and voted on by those members at the Annual General Meeting. Any existing member who has not re-joined by the 31st January will have to pay their full membership fee plus the joining fee.
2.7 JUNIORS. A junior member shall be one who is 17 or younger in the calendar year of membership, at the time of joining.
2.8 SENIORS. A senior citizen shall be one who is 65 or over in that calendar year of membership, at the time of joining.
3. OFFICERS OF ASSOCIATION
3.1 OFFICERS. The Officers of the Association shall consist of a Chairman, an Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. They shall form the basis of the Executive Committee. The retiring officers shall be eligible for re-election.
3.2 CANDIDATES. No candidate for election to any Office (other than retiring officers) shall be proposed unless the name of such candidate and his proposer shall have been sent to the Honorary Secretary two weeks before the Annual General Meeting. Candidates must be present at the AGM.
3.3 CONDUCT. The Officers of the committee will in no way be personally responsible for the deeds of the Association’s members or any financial actions taken against them. Members are responsible for their own conduct at all times.
4. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
4.1 The Executive Committee (The Committee) shall consist of a minimum quorum of the three Officers of Association elected at the Annual General Meeting to hold office until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.
4.2 ELECTIONS. Candidates for election of the committee shall be those members of the retiring committee who shall offer themselves for re-election and such other members of the Association whose nominations duly proposed and seconded by a member of the Association in writing shall have been sent to the Honorary Secretary 15 days before the Annual General Meeting.
4.2.1 If the number of candidates duly proposed and seconded exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled the election shall be by ballot.
4.3 VACANCIES. If a casual vacancy occurs by death or resignation the Committee may co-opt a member to fill the vacancy.
4.4 SCOPE. The committee shall manage the affairs of the Association according to the rules and where necessary shall apply the funds of the Association to the objectives of the Association.
4.5 TREASURER. It shall be the responsibility of the Honorary Treasurer to keep a complete and accurate account of the Association’s finances.
4.6 FEES. Membership fees for the Executive Committee shall be waived in the year of office.
4.7 CO-OPTION. The Committee may co-opt additional members onto the Committee as required to meet any future issues that may occur during the office of the said committee.
5. RACE COMMITTEE
5.1 QUORUM A committee made up of not more than 6 members shall be appointed at the AGM in order to adjudicate at race meetings whenever disputes relating to racing matters, decisions over rule intepretations, or other matters which arise pertaining to racing which are not obviously or clearly covered by the Rules. The members appointed to the Race Committee must be regular participants at race meetings and should be experienced racers.
5.2 ELECTION Election shall be by vote at the AGM. Should vacancies arise during the year, replacements may be co-opted onto the Race Committee following approval by both the Race Committee and Executive Committee.
6. HONORARY AUDITOR
6.1 A member (other than an officer or committee member) shall be appointed by the committee as Honorary Auditor whose duties shall be to audit the accounts of the Association. In the event that he/she is unwilling or unable to act, the committee shall appoint a substitute.
7. GENERAL MEETINGS
7.1 AGM. The Annual General Meeting shall be held at some place on some day in the month of October/November to be “confirmed” by the Chairman.
7.2 The Honorary Secretary shall, at least 30 days before the date of such a meeting, post, deliver electronically or otherwise communicate to each member, notice thereof and of the business to be brought forward thereat.
7.3 The Committee may, on giving 30 days notice, call a general meeting of the Association for any specific business, the nature of which shall be stated in the summons convening the Meeting, wherever possible.
7.4 The Committee shall also call a general meeting on the individual written request of 12.5 percent of the membership, wherein the members in question must give good cause for convening such a meeting.
7.5 At a general meeting of the Association each current member present shall have one vote, including honorary members. In the case of an equality of votes the Chair shall have the casting vote.
8. NEW RULES, AMENDMENTS AND ALTERATIONS
8.1 NOTICE. Notice of any alterations or additions to the rules intended to be proposed by a member of the Association shall be given to the Secretary in writing 7 days before the Annual General Meeting or at least 15 days before any special meeting at which the same is to be brought forward and full particulars of any such proposed alterations or additions shall be set out in the notice given to the committee.
8.2 All such proposed alterations, additions and any amendments to them which may be proposed, seconded and presented at the meeting, shall be put to the vote of the meeting. The Proposer and/or the Seconder of any proposal must be present at the AGM (either in person or via internet conferencing), for the proposal to be considered at the AGM. Voting will be conducted on a show of hands (or ballot if requested) and decided by a straight majority of those present. (i.e. no postal or proxy votes)
9.1 ASSETS. Any assets will be divided amongst the current members.
9.2 DEFICIENCIES. Any deficiencies will be borne equally by the current members.
10. MODEL SPECIFICATIONS – GENERAL
10.1 CLASSES. Classes are designated by internal combustion engine size and type of ignition system used.
They are as follows: –
1. Z Class 0 – 2.10cc (0.129 cu in) Non spark ignition.
2. N Class to include the following sub-classes:
-N21 class 0 – 3.51cc (0.21 cu in). Non spark ignition.
-N46 Class 0 – 7.50cc (0.46 cu in) Non spark ignition.
-N67 Class 0 – 11.0cc (0.67 cu in) Non spark ignition
3. C Class to include the following sub-classes:
C Class (Mono) 0 – 50cc (3.05 cu in) Non spark ignition
C Class (Catamaran) 0-30cc Spark or Non-spark ignition. Hull length limited to 65”
4. D Class 0 – 26cc (1.586 cu in) Spark ignition only. Hull length limited to 64”
5. E Class 0 – 65cc (3.967 cu in) Spark ignition only. Hull length unlimited provided it cannot physically carry a person.
10.2 ENGINES. Boats other than those using an internal combustion engine [glow or petrol] are not eligible for OMRA championship classes and may not be entered into OMRA events. (ie. Electric boats are not eligible).
10.3 FUEL. Any mix of fuel is allowed in all classes.
10.4 NUMBERING The OMRA membership number ONLY must be displayed clearly on both sides of the boat. Numbers shall be at least 75mm high and lettering must be displayed in a bold sans serif font consisting of either white lettering on a black background or, for preference, black lettering on a white background. (Consideration must be given as to the positioning of the numbers on the hull so that spray does not impede lap-scorers vision. Where the size of the boat does not easily allow for numbers to be easily installed directly onto the hull on a contrasting background, (eg due to the size or shape of the hull), a number board must be used in addition. Should racers wish to voluntarily use number boards they may do so providing the number is installed correctly on the hull too. This practice is encouraged.
10.4.1 Membership numbers are issued by the association and remain the property of the association at all times
10.5 CLASS DESIGNATION. Class designation (N21,N45,N67,C, D, E) shall be shown clearly elsewhere on the hull but shall not be shown on either the number board or the race numbers on the side of the hull.
10.6 FAILSAFE. A failsafe must be fitted to the throttle system and be in working order at all times for all classes.
10.7 HANDLES. A form of grab handle must be fitted front and rear of all boats and must be clear of exhausts, outdrives etc.
10.7 AUTHENTICITY. A scale driver or crew consisting of at least head and shoulders must be fitted to all boats that have an open cockpit. Also they must be painted to resemble their full size counterparts.
10.7.1 Models are to represent their full size offshore type counterparts as much as possible.
10.8 EXHAUSTS. An internal exhaust system is to be fitted and may protrude up to a maximum of 2.5 inches (or 65mm) past the stern of the boat irrespective of shape, in which case the hot area of the exhaust must be covered. The nature of the cowling or covering must be of both a material and design which:
- prevents anyone from incurring a burn injury as a result of picking up the boat (in the case of rescue boat crew and pitmen retrieving boats) or through any inadvertent contact with the exhaust and
- should be in keeping with the overall design and silhouette of the full size offshore counterpart (as per OMRA rule #)
10.9 DRIVES. Drive systems can be direct or geared, submerged or surface drive.
10.10 CONDITION. Models must run in a complete state at all times i.e. with tops fitted unless it has been irreparably damaged or lost during the race.
10.11 NOISE LIMITS. Models must comply with the noise limit of 80db or less at 10 metres at all times. If a model fails to comply with the noise limit it must leave the water immediately. It may be returned to the water after any necessary adjustments to comply with the noise limit. However, if it still fails to comply the model will be immediately disqualified.
10.12 RC FREQUENCIES. Models can only be operated in OMRA events on legal radio frequencies.
10.13 TRANSMITTERS. All transmitters must have the proper manufactured end on the tip of the aerial.
10.14 SIDE HEIGHT. All boats (excluding ‘specialised designs’ such as Tunnel Hulls and Ribs) must have at least 50mm (2 inches) of side height. “Side height” in this case being the measurement of the maximum distance between the chine rail and deck.
10.14.1 Boats designed with rounded or chamfered edges to the deck will have their side height measured vertically from the chine line to a point halfway round the curve or chamfer. Rounded decks are not allowed to meet at the chine line directly unless it is a feature of a model of a full size offshore race boat.
10.15 TURN FINS. When fitted, turn fins must conform to a safe profile. They must not be sharpened nor pointed as neither feature is necessary for the fin to operate effectively. If turn fins are to be fitted to any hull, they shall be installed on the transom, (or in the case of Catamarans on the sponson transom) and must be visible when the boat is stationary in the water. (They shall not be be installed under the hull).
11. MODEL SPECIFICATIONS – CLASS RESTRICTIONS
11.1 STANDARD Z CLASS
11.1.1 The internal combustion engine must be a standard 0.12 cu in but no engine price limit applies.
11.1.2 No gearbox of any sort is permitted.
11.1.3 Drive to be submerged only. (Propeller situated under the hull of the boat and not protruding past the point where the bottom of the boat meets the transom).
11.1.4 Rudders may be mounted on the transom of the boat.
11.1.5 Tuned pipes may be used.
11.2 MODIFIED Z CLASS
11.2.1 No engine price limit. Tuned or untuned.
11.2.2 Drive systems can be direct or geared, submerged or surface drive.
11.3 C CLASS (MONO)
11.3.1 Monohull of any length as per E Class length restriction. Engine limited to 0 – 50cc (3.05 cu in) Non spark ignition. May be tuned or untuned.
11.4 C CLASS (CATAMARAN)
11.4.1 Catamaran hulls up to 65” in length are permitted. #Engine size limited to a maximum swept volume of 30cc and may be tuned or untuned. Any type of fuel is permitted.
11.5 D CLASS
11.5.1 Engine limited to max swept volume of 26cc spark ignition, 2-stroke petrol only.
11.5.2 Internally standard, unmodified production “off-the-shelf” engines up to 26cc with a single piece “open port” cylinder from manufacturers Including (but not limited to): Zenoah, RCMK, CRRC-PRO, Tiger King, SIKK and similar. (Modifications or deviations from factory specification of the piston, cylinder block, crankshaft, crankcase, conrod, and bearings are totally prohibited). NOTE: Engines with a separate liner and head button are not permitted in this class, only those with a single piece open-port cylinder.
Standard, internally unaltered versions of the following are eligible:
- Zenoah: G230PUM, G260PUM and clones.
- RCMK: S254, R254 – (No longer readily available)
- CRRC-Pro: GW26i
- Tiger King: S26 Open Port (S26 EVO is not eligible)
- SIKK: 26cc Marine (No longer readily available)
11.5.3 RTR Boats featuring engines conforming to Rule 11.5.2 such as ”Clone” Chinese copies of the above or similar are eligible, but must comply with all OMRA general class regulations in section 10. and feature a failsafe.
11.5.4 CMB, Quickdraw, J&G, M&D, B&H Hanson engines will NOT be eligible as these are already deemed to be high performance engines.
11.5.5 Hull length is limited to a maximum length of 64”.
11.5.6 Any make of unmodified carburettor is permitted.
11.5.7 An exhaust of tuned length may be used ( cheap Jonny Chung/Jereome/Chinese styles) with a standard header. No high performance Quickdraw hot pipes, CMB or any other high performance pipes from engines banned in the category.
11.5.8 External “ancillaries” to the engine may be substituted or removed providing they have no known effect on enhancing the performance of the engine. [A pull-start substituted for a pulley start, by way of example]
11.5.9 Scrutineering of engines may take place on a random basis by a person nominated by either the OOD or OMRA Chief Technical Officer. Any members entering boats run in this class found to be in deliberate breach of class rules will have any and all D class championship points gained up to that point removed, and will be disqualified from the D class for the remainder of the season.
11.6 E (EVOLUTION) CLASS
11.6.1 Any hull length is permitted providing it is not possible to carry a person.
11.6.2 Engine size limited to 65cc
11.6.3 Any state of tune, any carburettor and any type of exhaust is permitted
11.6.4 All other OMRA rules must be met.
12. OMRA RACES
12.1 OMRA rules will be upheld at all championship events.
12.2 Only current members may operate in OMRA championships or other approved OMRA events. Members may be called upon to prove their membership is current at any time.
12.3 SPOTTERS. At all AA-E Class OMRA race events, all drivers must have a ‘spotter/pitman’ during racing to inform them of any obstacles on the course, to pass on circuit information and to assist them with their boat or equipment etc. Drivers found to be racing without a designated spotter shall be required to remove their boat from the water until such time as a spotter can be found, or they shall be disqualified. Z-Class-ONLY Race events (such as Eastbourne, Brentwood etc) are exempt from this rule).
12.4 A competitor may only enter and run one boat in each class. The exception to this is N Class whereby a competitor may run in more than one N heat with a boat conforming to a different sub-class in each case. (eg N21 or N45 or N67).
12.5 Any given boat may not be run in more than one class or sub-class (unless rule # below applies)
12.6 A model may be run more than once in the same class only if operated respectively by a junior and their parent or guardian (in any order).
12.7 Three types of racing are to be used for championship events: 1. Chaseboat 2. Endurance 3. Sprint
12.8 During an OMRA event all participants have a personal responsibility to ensure that Health and Safety issues are observed and that where necessary any concerns are brought to the attention of the Officer Of The Day.
12.9 CHASE BOAT EVENT
12.9.1 Course to be a minimum of two miles in length.
12.9.2 Boats to be individually timed, the maximum time limit for the run to be set by the Officer Of The Day based on conditions of the day.
12.9.3 Re-runs will only be permitted if the chase boat breaks down or is too slow.
12.9.4 On-course restarts are permitted within the time limit unless otherwise directed by the Officer Of The Day at the beginning of the event.
Note: – Run finishes when model crosses the finish line or the time limit has expired, which ever comes first
12.9.5 Competitors, spotters and rescue crew will wear lifejackets at all times. The chase boat motor should have a ‘dead man’s handle’ fitted wherever possible.
12.10 ENDURANCE RACE EVENT
12.10.1 LENGTH. Course to be approximately 300 – 400 yards around 3 to 4 marker buoys or as determined by the water available and by the Officer Of The Day. This will be raced in a clockwise direction.
12.10.3 DURATION. Race duration is to be left up to the race organizer as long as the total race time adds up to a minimum of 30 minutes or up to a maximum of 60 minutes. Race organizers are encouraged to divide the total race time into two separate heats per class when ever possible.
12.10 4 PITS. A designated area next to the waters edge to be set up as the pit area at all events. This is the only area in which a boat’s engine may be started for the purpose of running in a heat ie: there will be no carrying of boats with engines running outside this area.
12.10.5 START TYPE. Races may be started with a full course mill start or where the location allows, a safe dead engine start.
12.10.6 MILL START. A mill start allows competitors to release their models onto the water and proceed in a clockwise direction 2 minutes before the start of the race. Models will then travel the full course during this time with the aim of approaching the start line at the end of 2 minutes. Any cutting of the course during this stage will attract a 5 lap penalty.
12.10.7 DEAD ENGINE START. A dead engine start, as the name implies, requires that all engines be stopped one minute before the start of the race. Then, at the start signal, engines are started, models launched and racing begins immediately.
12.10.8 A consistent start format will be used for the races by use of blasts from an air horn. One blast for start of mill time, two blasts for the start of the race and three blasts for the end of the race. At any time, more than three blasts indicates danger and racing must stop immediately.
12.10. 9 A model will start to score laps from the first time it crosses the start line after the start and must complete each time a full circuit of the course to register laps. Any model jumping the start will have to do another legal lap before being counted.
12.10 .10 Models that fail to start or have stopped may join or rejoin the race when safe to do so.
12.10.11 RESCUE. There will be rescue available during the course of the race for any model that has stopped. The rescue boat will be manned by two persons over the age of 17 years who must wear lifejackets when in the boat. The wearing of hard hats is recommended but not compulsory. The rescue boat has the right of way at all times and all boats must visibly slow from racing speed when passing the rescue boat. Failure to do so will incur penalties. There should be a ‘dead man’s’ handle fitted to outboard engines wherever possible.
12.10.12 Where practicable, the rescue boat is to be equipped with 2-way radio in order to communicate with ODD or deputy on shore.
12.10.13 When the end of the race signal is sounded, the boats will complete the lap they are on before returning to the pits in a safe manner, cutting the course will draw a penalty.
12.10.14 The overall winner is the person who has the highest laps in combined heats. In the case of a draw the Championship points will be given as equal in the higher position…eg Boats finish equal third…10 points will be awarded to both. If a trophy position is at stake then this will be decided by the flip of a coin or at the agreement between the drivers. If in the case of a draw in the overall Highest laps of the day, it will be given in favour of the boat in the lower class.
12.11 SPRINT RACE EVENT
12.11.1 COURSE. Sprint course to be laid the same or similar to an endurance race or at the discretion of the OOD.
12.11.2 FORMAT. Boats to be timed individually around 5 laps of the course with start and finish being the same marker.
12.11.3 DURATION. Competitors will be given a maximum period of 5 consecutive minutes (subject to conditions on the day as determined by the OOD/Race Committee) to start and complete the 5 lap sprint. A maximum of 2 laps will be allowed as warm up laps which will not form part of the allotted 5 minutes and will not be timed.
12.11.4 Two stoppages during the timed allotted 5 minute period will be allowed. Once a boat stops, the clock will stop and the model will be recovered. When the boat returns to the water the clock will restart immediately. Only full, completed laps will count towards the final time. eg if a boat stops 2.5 laps into it’s time, on return to the water, the additional half lap will count as a time penalty on re-starting, and the boat must then travel 3 further full laps to complete the course.
12.11.5 If a competitor decides to pit the boat during the timed section the clock will continue until the engine has stopped or is out of the water. If the engine remains running the clock shall remain running.
12.11.6 If the set time limit is up and the boat is still on course it may complete the required laps and be given a time. If however it stops after the expired time limit it will not be allowed to re-start and be given a DNF (did not finish).
12.11.7 Championship points will be awarded for these events as laid out in Rule #.
13. DRIVING INFRACTIONS
13.1 All rules are mandatory. Disregard of them will be judged to be an infraction and will result in a warning, lap deduction, heat or race penalties or disqualification.
13.2 All competitors are to race with due regard for safety at all times.
13.3 Deliberate obstruction, zigzagging, or overtaking in such a way that avoiding action has to be taken will draw a penalty.
13.4 The natural race lane is the lane that is nearest the course line and is considered to approximately 1 metre wide. This lane has the right of way at all times. The right of way principle also applies at all turns.
13.5 Any boat wishing to overtake to occupy the race lane must establish a minimum safe distance of three boat lengths in front of the boat passed before gaining the right to that lane. Any boat going wide forfeits its right to the race lane.
13.6.1 Infractions of the above rules will normally incur race penalties as follows; –
- Hitting the rescue boat at ANY time during the day – immediate class disqualification.
- Cutting the course on mill start or end of race. – 5 lap deduction.
- Driving infractions
– 1st offence a warning.
– 2nd offence 5 laps deduction.
– 3rd offence disqualification.
13.6.2 Any buoy missed during the race must be re-circled safely by turning inside the course; otherwise the lap will not count. The Officer Of The Day may advise drivers to miss buoys during the race on the grounds of safety; there will be no penalty for this.
13.6.3 If a driver is disqualified he is to be advised as soon as possible at which time he must be able to acknowledge the fact and immediately remove his model from the water. Disqualification means that the offending driver may take no further part in this class in this event and that any lap or time score achieved so far is disregarded. (The boat may still be run again by a non-offending junior or guardian).
13.6.4 Disqualification means no points are awarded to the driver in the class concerned.
13.6.5 If, in the opinion of the rescue crew or the OOD, a model is driven too close to the rescue boat or in a manner that endangers them, then the OOD may disqualify that driver and model immediately. If the driver continues to drive in different classes in a similar manner, then that driver can be banned for the whole meeting.
13.6.6 If, during a heat, if a competitors boat hits a dead boat* at full throttle without noticeably throttling back or taking evasive action, a 5 lap penalty may be applied. [*This does not refer to boats which have either spun or stopped immediately in front of the boat which collides with it, but applies to boats which have been dead in the water for a period].
14. CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES
14.1 POINTS. Championship points will be awarded at all championship events to OMRA members only if championship legal i.e. if models conform to the Model Specification.
14.2 N CLASS RACES. At OMRA race events, the various Nitro classes (N21, N45 and N67) all race together under N-Class for podium (trophy) positions at the event which contribute to the overall N Class Drivers Championship. Additionally, Class sub-divisions (N21, N45 and N67), will generate championship points based on final positions contributing toward the Drivers Championships in each Sub-Class. (eg. 1st Place – Phantom CMB67 – 15 points to N Class Championship, 2nd Place – Pacer CMB45 12 points to N Class Championship, 3rd Place – Orange box OPS21 – 10 points to N Class Championship.
14.3 N CLASS PODIUM POSITIONS
Podium positions for N Class overall will be awarded only once on the day and it will not be possible for the same person to win any combination of 1st, 2nd AND 3rd place. Only one podium position will be awarded to each qualifying racer on race day. (This is because it is possible to run in more than one N Class heat but with a different sub-class boat in each case). ”
14.4 N CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS championship points will be awarded based on the N Sub-Class results in order to contribute toward the overall N Class Drivers Sub-Championships. (N21, N45 and N67 Classes). This format reflects that of the C Classes (Mono and Catamaran). (In addition, podium posiitons on the day contribute to the overall N Class Driver Championship as detailed in Paragraph 14.4).
14.5 C CLASS POINTS. C Class contains both a Monohull and a Catamaran Class which run together on race day for podium positions/trophies. Points, are awarded based upon the two sub-divisions in order to contribute toward the overall C Class (Mono) or C Class (Cat) Drivers Championships.
14.6 CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS. Points are awarded to the various classes and sub-classes as follows:-
- DNS – 0
14.7 COUNTBACK. Count back is where the finishing order is recorded and in the event of tied lap scores, the boat with the least count back recorded is the winner. Where tied lap scores over two heats occur, the total countbacks for each racer over the two heats are evaluated. The racer with the lowest total count back score wins.
14.8 ROUNDS. The number of championship rounds/scores to count towards the championship will be set at the Annual General Meeting proceeding the championship season.
14.9 TROPHIES. The following trophies to be awarded at all championship events: –
- Fastest time/Highest laps of the day.
- Concourse d’elegance.
- 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. for each of the following classes: N Class, C Class, D Class, E Class.
14.9.1 In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the championship on points then the most number of 1st, 2nd or 3rd places during the season are to be taken into consideration. Whenever this latter situation is also tied, the highest number of laps overall will be taken into consideration.
15. TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
15.1 CHAMPIONSHIPS. A Team Championships shall run alongside the Drivers Championships and shall be measured over the same number of championship rounds.
15.2 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. A minimum of two members running two separate boats during the championship year is required to qualify for an OMRA Team. (One person running more than one boat, or two people running the same boat does not constitute a team). Teams must register their intention to operate as a team at the beginning of the season. (This does not preclude new teams from entering part way through the season however).
15.3 MAXIMUM NUMBERS. There is no upper limit to team size or the number of classes entered. Members of a team cannot represent more than one team at any given event.
15.4 SCORING. A maximum of only the top two scoring boats from each team across ANY and ALL classes are eligible for Team Championship Points, with the same number of points given for positions as in the Drivers Championship.
15.5 TROPHIES. A single Team trophy is awarded to the highest scoring team at each race event.
15.6 REGISTRATION. Teams are required to register prior to each race weekend identifying the racers to be entered into the team event. This is not permitted on race day.
16. PERPETUAL TROPHIES
16.1 Award Titles – British Champion for each class.
- Champion Of Champions – best two class scores.
- 1st. Lady Of OMRA – highest score in any class by a female driver.
- Best Junior – highest score in any class by a Junior Member.
- Concours d’elegance – best finished boat
- Engineering – best engineered boat
- Max Coote Trophy – Best hull designer, Z class
16.2 Annual honours can only be gained by a model that has competed in at least two championship events during the season.
16.3 Keepsake trophies will be awarded along with Championship winners stickers that may be applied to the class winning members boat during the following season.
16.4 All annual trophies are to be presented at the Annual General Meeting.
16.5 Perpetual trophies are to be returned before or at the Annual General Meeting.
16.6 Any member winning a championship class on three consecutive occasions will be awarded a special trophy to mark the achievement (as from 2002).
17. OFFICER OF THE DAY
The following information is for guidance of The Officer Of The Day at championship and non-championship events.
17.1 DRIVERS BRIEFING. OODs shall hold a drivers meeting to clarify all rules before the start of the event, especially if any specific rules apply to the venue. It is a requirement that all drivers make themselves available to attend these meetings. Any driver failing to attend the meeting shall not be permitted to race unless exceptional circumstances apply (eg. a traffic event which causes delayed attendance). The Race Committee shall adjudicate in such matters.
17.2 RESOLUTION. The OMRA Race Committee has the final decision on all race-related matters at events within the scope of the Rules. Where any contentious issues arise, decisions shall be made by the Race Committee on behalf of the membership however any final decisions affecting OMRA interests shall rest with Executive Committee members present. The OOD is responsible for all organisational arrangements on the day and together with the Race Committee and Executive Committee shall ensure that the Rules are upheld.
17.3 RULES. The Officer Of The Day will have an OMRA rulebook available at the event.
17.4 SCRUTINEERING. At all OMRA events it is required that the Officer Of The Day, Chief Technical Officer or their nominated representative check that all boats comply with the model specification, and that fail-safes are present and functioning as per rule#.
17.5 RESULTS. The Officer Of The Day is to post results at race events, whenever possible. Racers shall not approach lap scorers during or between heats to enquire about race positions – any racers so doing shall incur a 5 lap penalty.
17.5.1 It is the responsibility of the OOD to deliver race results to the webmaster for inclusion on the OMRA website at the earliest possible opportunity.
17.6 SAFETY. All members shall ensure that lifejackets are correctly worn at all times in the rescue and chase boats. The wearing of hard hats by the crew of the rescue boat is recommended but not compulsory.
17.7 ASSISTANCE. Any members taking part in OMRA events can be called upon at any time to assist the Officer Of The Day with the responsibilities of running the event. It is the responsibility for the OOD to appoint at least one Deputy OOD (or as many as preferred) to take responsibility for the race meeting in the event of the OODs absence. This must be made clear at the time the event is submitted for inclusion in the calendar at the AGM or thereafter.
18. OMRA EVENTS
18.1 PROPOSED DATES. Event organisers shall submit their proposed dates to the Secretary, prior to the AGM if possible. Events shall not be accepted for inclusion in the calendar unless an OOD and designated second/deputy are included at the time of submission. It is the responsibility of the designated OOD to arrange for a substitute should the OOD not be able to attend and run a meeting as planned. (The Executive Committee will plan for events to be 3 weeks apart whenever possible).
18.2 VENUES A venue may be used for a championship endurance race on more than one occasion, as decided by the Race committee, however repetition should be avoided, where practically possible. A chase boat event may be held on one or more occasions as a championship event at the same venue per year.
18.3 RACE LENGTH. Accommodate all competitors at championship events by adjusting the race duration, within the rules, accordingly.
18.4 CLOSING DATES. The closing date for race event registration shall be set by the Race Organiser and published accordingly. Entries shall not be accepted after this date.
18.5 OMRA EVENTS. Organisers must advise the committee if they wish their event to be used as a championship event. Championship events must be run to OMRA rules.
19. CHILD PROTECTION
19.1 OMRA CHILD PROTECTION POLICY. It shall be the responsibility of all members to ensure that the requirements of the Policy are met at all times during OMRA events.