Official Races

We are trying to start the races within 5 to 10 minutes of the posted race times, so it’s best to arrive on time, if not a few minutes early to check in and run some practice laps before the start.

Participants may rez and use their own FW-2 boats. Participants who do not have an FW-2 boat are welcome to use the provided boats from the rezzers.

Boats should be rezzed in the area behind the drivers’ stands and Not on the racing line. Rez your boat in the prep area, then drive it out into the starting area. (Please note, you may need to belong to the Waikiti group and have your Waverunners group tag on in order to rez your boat.)

Prior to the start of the race, participants will maneuver their boats to their preferred starting position behind the Start / Finish line.

Our races are either Limited or they are Unlimited – Limited races means that all boats are restricted to Maneover mode, and Turbo is disabled. Unlimited races allow both Speed and Manoever modes, and Turbo is enabled.

When each race is initiated, automated announcements will be issued at 20, 10, and 5 seconds, with a countdown of 3, 2, 1 Go!

Racers should not start until the *** Go! *** signal, which will be accompanied by a starting horn. (Please note, at the 10-second warning, any unused boats will be purged from the starting grid.)

Official Rules

  1. Pay Attention to Chat: the Regatta Speaker conveys important information prior to the start of each race.
  2. Official races and lap timing scores are limited to the Formula Wai Racing Boat – participants may use either provided rezzer boats or may use their own FW-2 boat.
  3. Official races and lap timing scores are judged by automated timing scripts. Drivers must pass through the start/finish line and all six gates on every lap for the lap to be counted. Timing and ranking results are final.
    In the event of script errors, glitches, or general SL malfunctions, Race Marshals may opt to use chat history to amend race results.
  4. The official Regattas are held in three separate races. The three races will consist of two short and one long race, as follows:
    1. 5 to 10 Laps Unlimited Race – (Turbo Enabled / Any Boat Mode)
    2. 5 to 10 Laps Unlimited Race – (Turbo Enabled / Any Boat Mode)
    3. 20 to 40 Laps Unlimited Race – (Turbo Enabled / Any Boat Mode)
  5. In lieu of starting gates, drivers may pick their own position from which to start the race. Drivers are expected to be courteous and responsible in selecting a starting spot. Intentionally pushing other boats or fighting for position prior to starts will not be tolerated.
  6. If a racer’s boat is destroyed during the race, they may not rez a new boat to rejoin the race in progress. They may rez a new boat after the current race has ended, to join in the next race.
  7. Points are awarded for the two shorter race as follows:
    • 1st place = 4 points
    • 2nd place = 3 points
    • 3rd place = 2 points
    • 4th place = 1 points
  8. Points are awarded for the one longer race as follows:
    • 1st place = 8 points
    • 2nd place = 6 points
    • 3rd place = 4 points
    • 4th place = 2 points
  9. Points are accumulated from all three races. After the final race, the racer with the most points on the day is awarded the Gold Medallion along with two additional points.
  10. If two or more drivers are tied with the most points, a single Two-Lap Limited Race tie-breaking race of will be run. Only the tied drivers will participate. The winner of the tie-breaking race will receive the Gold Medallion and the two additional points.
  11. Drivers’ points are saved after every Regatta, and accumulated towards the Waikiti Waverunners Regatta Drivers Championship. At the end of a 10-week / 20-regatta season, the driver with the most points will be named Season Champion and awarded the Season Medallion and the Season Trophy.
  12. If at the end of the season two or more drivers have equal points, the driver who has won the most Gold Medallions through the year will be named Champion. If there is a tie in both number of medals and number of points, the tied drivers will race in a single Three-Lap Unlimited Race tie-breaking race. The winner of the tie-breaking race will be awarded two points.
  13. Code of Conduct: Friendly rivalry is allowed but good sportsmanship is mandatory. Any driver willfully interfering with other drivers, intentionally causing crashes outside of legitimate struggles for position, or otherwise behaving in a disruptive manner may be asked to leave. Spectators are asked to sit in the bleachers or the VIP seating in the clubhouse, and not interfere with the races or participants. Repeated offenses will result in banning and in the case of drivers, forfeiture of any points earned.
  14. Spectators and Participants alike are reminded: Do Not Rez Anything on the Race Course or in the Pit Lanes before, during, or after Regatta races.
  15. The rules and information may be updated from time to time as required. In the event of a discrepancy between notecards and this listing, the rules posted online at this URL will be considered to be the current and most up-to-date.
  16. This update is dated 04 January 2016