Race Organizers Guidelines for Sanctioned Bathtub Races
The Annual World Cup series of races will begin with the first race of each calendar year and end with the final race of the same year.
The perpetual trophy for the World Cup Championship shall be the Nanaimo Daily News World Cup and will be awarded annually to the Tub which gains the most points in the Modified class during the championship series. There will also be perpetual trophies for the Stock class and Super Modified class. Trophies will also be awarded for second and third places in all classes.
A Sanctioned Race application, fee and course outline must be submitted to the LNBS Sanctioning Committee by April 30th for approval.
Registration should open at least 2 hours before the start of the race and close 15 minutes before the drivers meeting. The Tub Pilot MUST sign the entry form and, if under age, a parent or guardian must also sign the waiver. The original entry forms for all participants must be given to the L.N.B.S. Sanctioning Committee following the race.
A meeting shall be held with the safety boat operators prior to the race to explain their duties.
Time should be scheduled for two consecutive races with 15 minutes between the races. The first race will be the Stock class, the second race will be Modified and Super Modified class together.
A Tub and motor may be used in only one race on each race day.
An area of the beach should be roped off for the finish area and spectators kept out for the Tubbers to run up the beach to ring the bell.
A person should be at the finish line to record the Tub numbers as they finish.
People shall be available to pull the Tubs to the side of the chute after the pilot jumps out. These volunteers must stay to the side of the chute until the tub(s) have stopped and it is safe to pull the tub to the side. The Tubbers must run unassisted up the beach to ring the bell.
Organizers must provide adequate space for the teching compound area. No Tubbers or crew may enter the teching compound, except to remove the propeller, spacers or nuts or at the invitation of the teching crew.
Organizers should allow one hour after the end of the race for the weighing and teching of the Tubs before the Trophy presentations.
Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in Stock, Modified & Super Modified classes. No cash prizes can be awarded.
Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society
The L. N. B. S. will supply the entry forms, flags, lap counting sheets, finish bell, the scale for weighing the Tubs and 2 hand held VHF radios.
A map of the race course, length and number of laps must be submitted with the Sanctioned Race application and fee to the LNBS Sanctioning Committee by April 30th for approval.
It is the responsibility of the race organizers to set the course and supply the buoys and safety boats. The L. N. B. S. has 6 inflatable buoys if you need them. If a Tubber destroys a buoy there will be a $50 fine for the first one, then $100 each for any additional buoys destroyed in any given race year.
Length of Race
The main race should last approximately 30 to 40 minutes and should be between 10 and 15 laps.
The drivers’ meeting is to be held 1 hour prior to the start of the first race. Roll call will be taken and failure to attend will result in disqualification.
Flags & Pace Boat
The pace boat will start the race and should be in the Tubs milling area 10 minutes prior to the start of the race and shall hold up a green flag to indicate that they are the pace boat. Five minutes before the start of the race the RED flag is held up – one minute prior to the start of the race the WHITE flag is held up. The green flag will be held up until the one minute white flag is raised. The pace boat needs to practice how long it will take to reach the start line. If it takes 20 seconds, then 20 seconds before the start, the pace boat will start towards the start line at full speed holding up the white flag. The Tubs must be behind the pace boat at the start line. After the first corner the pace boat will peel off and act as a safety boat for the rest of the race.
Tubs must not cross in front of the pace boat at any time.
Please allow space on the pace boat for a LNBS representative.
Any Tub that makes a false start must turn off the course and return to cross the official start line. If a Tub interferes with another Tub while restarting it will be automatically disqualified.
If during the race a Tubber misses a corner marker he/she may turn off the course when it is safe to do so and go around the marker correctly.
On a water finish, if the Tubber continues to stay on the course after finishing the race so as to impede other Tubbers, he/she shall be disqualified.
It is the Tubbers responsibility to count his/her own laps in any race.
All safety boats will fly a red flag once the race has started. If a boat is acting as a corner boat and there is no buoy, then that boat doesn’t act as a safety boat. If a Tubber flips or stops then the safety boats should immediately go to their aid. A Tubber may be helped to get his/her Tub going again.
The nearest corner and or safety boat will wave the YELLOW flag to warn other Tubbers of the danger. If a very serious incident arises and for reasons of safety it is deemed that the race should be stopped, then the BLACK flag will be raised and all Tubs shall go to the beach.
All Safety boats must be equipped with radios or VHF and must be on the same frequency, so that contact can be made with other boats and the beach. It is recommended to use Channel 68.
End of Race
The Tubber must run unassisted up the beach. Where a finish line involves a beach finish, when the pilot comes in, the Tub must not be raced up the beach or ramp, but must come to rest with at least part of the Tub and skeg in contact with the water. Infraction of this rule will mean race disqualification.
Points awarded for World Cup races
All races count for points including the Great race, however, the Tubbers are allowed to drop points for one race.
If a Tub is disqualified no points will be awarded.
1st 50 points
2nd 48 points
3rd 46 points
4th 44 points
5th 42 points
6th 40 points
7th 38 points
8th 36 points
9th 34 points
10th 32 points
Placing to continue down to last Tub to finish
DNF 10 points
Red When held up on the beach or on the pace boat, there are five minutes to the start of the race.Once the race has started, the safety boats will hold up the red flag.
White When held up on the beach or on the pace boat, there is one minute to the start of the race.
Green The pace boat will hold up a green flag from when it enters the water until after the start of the race even when it is holding up the red flag. When held up on the beach it indicates the start of the race.
Yellow Caution flag – when waved on a safety boat, it will indicate a Tub has stopped or flipped on the course.
Black Stop racing – go directly to the beach when this flag is waived.
The decision of the Sanctioning Committee shall be final.