Happy Lunar New Year From IJSBA

The International Jet Sports Boating Association would like to wish the entire PWC Racing community a very happy Lunar New Year.  We hope all of you have a wonderful day of  firecrackers, delicious hot pot food, and that your red envelopes have enough money to buy something you need to begin the 2020 competition season.  Most of all, we hope that the celebration is successful enough to ward off any ancient monsters who might want to run off with your watercraft.

As a global racing organization, IJSBA is fortunate to be able to integrate the many traditions and customs from around the world into our sport.  We look forward to sharing a prosperous year of racings, sportsmanship, and camaraderie.  (Managing Directors Note: 2020 is the Year of the Rat.  I searched high and low for an image of a rat on a PWC and could’nt find one.  So, I poached an image of a postal stamp to avoid any copyright infringements.  I did find a downloadable game called “Rat on a Jetski.  Android users should give it a try.).

A special Chúc Mừng Năm Mới shout out to the folks over at Jettribe who have been so instrumental in sharing these special cultural occasions with the rest of the PWC Racing Community.

 

2020 Rule Change Discussion Submitted To IJSBA Board Of Directors

 

 

Happy 2020.  It is that time of the year where we put out the potential changes to the IJSBA Competition Rule Book.  You, the racing public, sent us a pretty long list to work through.  The last two weeks were spent making the rounds on the phone to clarify and evaluate the suggestions so a list of recommendations can be sent to the Board of Directors. As usual, we are way behind on the goal of getting this done early.  We are going to have this ratified by February 7.  So, please read below and, if you have not already commented, please do so today.  The list reflects the requests we received.  A reccomendation will be made public by the IJSBA Managing Director within 7 days and then that recommendation will be sent to the board where a discussion and vote will take place.  

 

  1.  Formally codify a 600cc or 650cc displacement for Vintage Ski.  Competitors have been frequently requesting that IJSBA formally ratify a displacement increase for the Vintage Ski Class to allow for replacement pistons and performance benefits.  This item has been well advocated for over the last couple of months.
  2. More strict standards for the tow loop requirement.  IJSBA Course Marshals have been reporting to management that some of you are protecting your $75,000 GP Runabout watercraft with a 75 cent shoelace being used as a tow loop.  
  3.  Allow aftermarket water routing methods in Stock Classes.  IJSBA previously allowed aftermarket water routing in all Stock (and Lites) classes.  Apparently, many of you want to go back to this.  We did have a couple of disqualifications at World Finals regarding water routing not maintaining the OEM pattern.  An allowance for rerouting of cooling lines does not necessarily mean there will be an allowance for more volume or fittings.
  4.  Allow adustable cam timing gears in Stock Classes.  Previous IJSBA rulings have indicated that camshaft timing may be changed.  This proposed rule would allow for the addition of an aftermarket timing gear to make camshaft clocking a more simplified process.
  5.  Allow unrestricted aftermarket fuel tanks in Sport GP and Sport Spec.  Currently, all aftermarket fuel tanks must be tested and approved by IJSBA.
  6.  Change Sport GP top deck allowances to mirror Ski Modified/GP.  This change would allow upper decks to resemble the traditional look of a Sport type of watercraft.  Notice, that the passage of this provision would require all aftermarket hull and top deck builders to conform to IJSBA’s rules for minumum production and oversite.
  7.  Allow Stock Class SX-R 1500 to bore exit nozzle and/or venture steering nozzle.  If passed, this change would apply to all SX-R or where an otherwise Stock Class SX-R was combined with other categories of Ski (i.e. Women’s Ski).
  8.  Allow the removal of OEM Mirrors in Runabout Stock Classes including 1100 and Rec Lites.  Mirrors may be removed in all other categories of racing.  This provision was previously included in Stock Classes but was removed.
  9.   Change Rec Lites to allow only plastic type hulls.  This change would essentially have Rec Lites become Sea-Doo Spark only and delegate all Yamaha EX to the Runabout 1100 Stock Class.
  10.   Allow all 1100 Open/GP Runabout PWC to utilize aftermarket hulls.  Currently, only Sea-Doo Spark and Yamaha EX are allowed aftermarket hulls.  This change would allow larger PWC, equipped with engines 1100cc displacement and smaller to use larger sized hulls and topdecks of lower weights.
  11.   Extend sponson length on Kawasaki SX-R 1500 to 40 inches from 36 inches.  If passed, longer length sponsons would be permitted.
  12.   Change Women’s Class to allow GP/Modified Ski or Mod Lites Ski.  If passed this would only apply to Women’s Ski not Women’s Ski Lites.
  13.   Require a mandatory 9000 RPM Rev Limiter in Runabout Stock Classes.  This provision would add a mandatory Rev Limiter to all Stock Class Runabout categories.
  14.   Reduce the amount of Runabout allowed on a starting line in Runabout Classes without exception.  In many cases, exceptions may be made for the maximum amount when the track is sufficiently sized (i.e. World Finals, Kings Cup, etc.).  This change would mean no discretion and would set a mamximum size in the range of 10-14 evenly divided over each lane.
  15.   Allow communication devices between rider and shore for Endurance Racing.  Currently, riders may not communicate from their PWC during competition.  This change would allow conversation between rider and the shore during active racing.
  16.   Allow aftermarket trim tabs in Rec Lites.  This provision, if passed, is intended to allow the 2 passenger Sparks have the same amenities as the 3 passenger Spark.
  17.   Allow manual trim devices in Runabout Rec Lites and Stock Classes.  If passed, this provision would allow quick trim devices to replace the motorized trim system.
  18.   Specifically prohibit texture changes to Sea-Doo Spark watercraft in categories where aftermarket hulls are not allowed.  Currently, when a competitor repairs or cosmetically changes the surface of the OEM Spark hull, the rough texture does need to be maintained.  If passed, this provision would specifically require that the OEM texture of the hull is maintained.

 

Please send questions or comments to info@ijsba.com.

 

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P1 AquaX USA Announces 2020 Race Calendar

As P1 Aquax prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year, the international personal watercraft racing promoter has released plans that will include race series in the United States, mainland Europe and the United Kingdom from April to October. The season finale will again be the AquaX Bahamas World Championship in November.

Hard Rock Hotel - Daytona BeachIn the USA, Daytona Beach will kick off the season as it did last year, with a total of more than a hundred Pro Enduro, Am Enduro and Sprint riders expected to tackle the awesome surf. This will be the seventh season of AquaX racing at this mecca for motorsport on Florida’s Atlantic coast and Hard Rock will again be the host hotel.

At the beginning of May the Amateur racers will travel to Tavares in Central Florida, some 40 miles northwest of Orlando on the north shore of Lake Dora and known as America’s Seaplane City. Later in the month the series will make its third visit to Cocoa Beach to join the Thunder on Cocoa Beach offshore racing on the Space Coast for the first time.

 

Don Cesar - St Pete Beach

The following month the riders head across to St. Pete Beach on the Gulf coast for the fourth time, where the event will again be sponsored by Visit St. Pete Clearwater with the Don CeSar as the host hotel.

At the end of July the series will travel north to Indiana where Michigan City, with its army of enthusiastic fans, will host an AquaX event for the second time on the southern shore of the lake. A fifth Pro event in August is scheduled to be announced later this month.

 

 

 Atlantis -The Bahamas The climax of the season in November will again see the focus shift to the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, where an elite, international field of professional riders will battle for endurance and sprint titles in the P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship.

Unveiling the calendar at P1’s race headquarters in Orlando, championship manager Michelle Petro said: “Outstanding locations and host venues contribute enormously to our event offering, with the focus on raising the profile of the race venue, attracting visitors, encouraging local involvement and stimulating the economy. Spectators will enjoy free-to-watch, hugely competitive, world class racing with riders aiming to become the national champion and also qualify for the World Championship.”

2020 P1 AquaX USA Pro Enduro Championship

Round 1 – Daytona Beach – April 18th -19th
Round 2 – Cocoa Beach – May 16th – 17th
Round 3 – St Pete Beach – June 13th -14th
Round 4 – Michigan City – Aug 1st -2nd
Round 5 – Venue TBC- Aug 22nd -23rd

2020 P1 AquaX USA AM Enduro Championship

Round 1 – Daytona Beach – April 18th -19th
Round 2 – Tavares – May 2nd
Round 3 – Cocoa Beach – May 16th-17th
Round 4 – St Pete Beach – June 13th -14th
Round 5 – Venue TBC

2020 P1 AquaX USA Sprint Championship
Round 1 – Daytona Beach – April 18th -19th
Round 2 – Tavares – May 2nd
Round 3 – Venue TBC

2020 P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship

Atlantis, Paradise Island, The Bahamas 13th -15th Nov

Happy New Year! Pump Up the Horsepower in 2020!

IJSBA has received the first advertisement for 2020. This is kind of like a Happy New Year card from Riva. It is very tastefully done and we are proud to have it on the IJSBA feed. One might think that an ad that said “Pump Up The Horsepower” would have included something about pump parts or upgrades- that would have been clever. Well, we don’t write the ads we just post them. RIVA is awesome and the hands down leader in retail for aftermarket watercraft parts and a great partner in racing. Happy 2020.

 

 

Happy New Year! Pump Up the Horsepower in 2020!

IJSBA has received the first advertisement for 2020. This is kind of like a Happy New Year card from Riva. It is very tastefully done and we are proud to have it on the IJSBA feed. One might think that an ad that said “Pump Up The Horsepower” would have included something about pump parts or upgrades- that would have been clever. Well, we don’t write the ads we just post them. RIVA is awesome and the hands down leader in retail for aftermarket watercraft parts and a great partner in racing. Happy 2020.