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TT:R YOG Format - Equipment

Equipment for the Youth Olympic Games

In the Youth Olympic Games and the Qualification Events, only registered series production hulls (boards) and registered series production "Leading Edge Inflatable" kites are allowed to be used.

Several LEI kites are already registered and published on the registered equipment lists.

The current list can be found here:

(Note: the equipment list will be updated June 1st 2017 and October 1st 2017, when also the list of registered boards will be published).

The registration deadline for all equipment is September 1st 2017, and the final lists will be published shortly after.

For each of the above events (YOG and qualifier events), only one hull (board) and a maximum of four kites may be registered to be used during that event. The kites must be chosen in 4 size categories to cover the whole wind range from light to strong winds.

Please refer to the TT:R class rules for further information.

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TT:R YOG Format - Qualification System

How to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games

The 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held in Buenos Aires between October 6 and October 18, 2018.

The Youth Olympic Games are open to riders born between 2000 and 2003.

There are 12 entries for boys, and 12 entries for girls.

Qualification System

Every rider has two opportunities to qualify his country to the Youth Olympic Games: the Continental Championships beginnng of 2018 and the World Championships in early summer 2018.

All riders must comply with the provisions of the Olympic Charter currently in force, including but not limited to, Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors). Only those riders who have complied with the Olympic Charter may participate in the Youth Olympic Games.

From the 12 places for each gender, riders can qualify as follows:

  Boys Girls
Africa 1 1
Asia 1 1
Central & South America 1 1
Europe 1 1
North America & Caribbean 1 1
Oceania 1 1
Host Country (Argentina) 1 1
Tri-partite place awarded by the IOC 1 1
World Championships 4 4

Should a Continental Qualification Event be held prior to the World Championship and should an NOC (National Olympic Committee) obtain a quota place in both, the allocation of the World Championships will take precedent and the quota place from the Continental Qualification Event will be allocated to the next best ranked rider not yet qualified.

Riders applying (through their National Olympic Committee) for a tri-partite place must also compete in either its respective Continental Qualification Event or in the World Championships Qualification Events.

Tentative Qualification Events

Central & South America Cabarete, Dominican Republic 15-20 January 2018 Confirmed
North America & Caribbean Cabarete, Dominican Republic 15-20 January 2018 Confirmed
Africa Dakhla, Marocco 20-25 Feb 2018 Confirmed
Europe Dakhla, Marocco 20-25 Feb 2018 Confirmed
Asia Pranburi, Thailand 12-18 Mar 2018 Confirmed
Oceania Pranburi, Thailand 12-18 Mar 2018 Confirmed
World Championships Shanwei, China 10-15 April 2018 TBC

Please refer to the official qualification document at the World Sailing website for any updates and applicable changes:

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TT:R YOG Format - Scoring


Every Elimination counts as one race.

  • 4-6 eliminations = 1 discard
  • 7-10 eliminations = 2 discards,
  • 11-14 eliminations = 3 discards
  • 15 and more eliminations = 4 discards

Sample elimination ladder

sample elimination ladder

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TT:R YOG Format - Penalties and Refereeing

Penalties, protests, requests for redress

On national/regional events, the protest committee is based ashore observing the racing.

  • Protest hearings are held ashore immediately after racing
  • Good communication (PA system) required to inform riders about incidents (i.e. BFD, protests, redress)
  • RC shall postpone racing in case of hearings affecting subsequent starts

On international events, a properly constituted international jury should be appointed.

  • 3 members are on jet skis/ribs, observing and signalling penalties and communicating to competitors on the water and the chairman of the jury ashore.
  • Chairman of the jury with one assistant are based on the tower observing and in charge of final decisions and communication with the race committee about penalties affecting the finishing order
  • Finish boat displays penalty flag (Lima) to inform riders that finish order might have changed
  • Addendum FS (Kiteboard Slalom, also FSR for refereeing) can be found on the Offical Notice Board HERE

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TT:R YOG Format - The Course

The Courses


  • Target Time: 3 minutes for eliminations, longer for half fleet/full fleet races
  • Kiteboards’ speed is approximately 10m/s in 12-15 knots
  • Total course length is approximately 1800-2000 meters

First leg (Start to Mark 1)

  • 105° (+/- 5°) off the wind
  • Eliminations (4-8 riders): 600-700 meters
  • Half Fleet (up to 16 riders): 1200-1400 meters
  • Full fleet (more than 16 riders): 2000 meters
  • No jump

All other legs

  • 105° of the wind (+/- 5° depending on wind strength, current, waves)
  • In a symmetrical setup all legs have the same angle and the leg length is approximately 300-350 meters
  • In an asymmetrical setup, early legs are longer, getting shorter in each subsequent leg, depending on beach configuration, waves etc. Example for an asymmetrical setup:
  • Start leg: 600meters
  • Leg 2 and 3: 450 meters
  • Leg 4 and 5: 250 meters
  • Recommended number of legs is 5. There should not be less than 3 or more than 7 legs.
  • On a 5 leg course, obstacles are set initially on legs 3 and 4. Additional obstacles may be set on legs 2 and 5. There should be an equal number of obstacles on each tack.

Dimensions of obstacles

  • 1 meter high (minimum 0.5 meter)
  • 20 meters long (minimum 10 meters) / 2x 10 meters

Please contact the office for sources of buying obstacles

The Finish

  • Finish line should be laid as close as possible to the beach
  • Finish leg length is the same with the course lengths (symmetrical setup), line is square to the last leg.
  • Finish line length: approximately 20 meters

Course Examples

Folie1 measurement



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TT:R YOG Format - The Start

The Start

  • All starts are reaching starts
  • Schedule a start every 5 minutes
  • Short postponements might be necessary depending on time required by riders to go upwind again to be in time for their next start.
  • Start on the outside with sufficient space to line up. Mark 1 ideally shall be set close to the beach to create picture opportunities and easy viewing for judges/umpires and spectators.
  • With onshore or offshore wind, preferably equal number of legs on each tack

The Start Line

  • Small RC boat on the windward side of line, displaying heat numbers and flags
  • Starting line is set parallel to wind. Depending on the line length, there should be up to 10° bias for the pin (referring to direct line to mark 1) – look for bunching on either end and adjust. The best place to start should be the middle of the line.
  • Line length: number of competitors x 10 meters
  • The angle to the first mark (i.e. 105°) shall be measured from the pin-end

Starting Penalties

  • Black flag rule on all starts.
  • Competitors must be informed on the finish line about BFD scores.Starting signals:

Starting Signals

  • 2/7 minutes before 1st Warning:Orange/white chequered flag
  • - 3 minutes: division flag + heat number (Warning Signal)
  • - 2 minutes: red flag (Preparatory Signal)
  • -1 minute: red flag removed and yellow flag (1 min signal)
  • 0 (START)yellow flag removed and green flag
  • +1 minute: green, division, and heat number removed

Rabbit Start

For full fleet races and depending on the number of riders, a rabbit start may be used.

  • At the start signal, high speed vessel progresses from the pin mark to committee boat at full speed.
  • Course of the vessel shall give a line bias to provide all riders the same starting chance.
  • Practice starts shall be made before the actual start

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TT:R YOG Format

The Format for the Youth Olympic Games - Kite Slalom / Boardercross

  • The event consist of multiple Elimination Series, Half Fleet or Full Fleet races
  • Each Elimination Series / Half Fleet Race counts as one race
  • Race Results are added together as per RRS Appendix A (low point system)
  • Ideal heat size is 6 riders. 4 is possible (but heats might be not full), 8 is OK, more is difficult
  • The more riders in a heat, the later the jumps should be on the course (i.e. not on leg 2)
  • Riders must choose one age category (can’t compete in multiple categories)
  • Initial seeding shall be based on the world ranking, or other ranking available
  • If no ranking exists, one long full fleet race shall be run and the seeding shall be based on the results.
  • Subsequent seeding shall be based on previous elimination results
  • Minimum wind between 8-10 knots (suitable conditions depending on wind density and current)
  • Obstacles shall be used from approximately 12 knots of wind and upwards

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World Ranking System

TwinTip:Racing Continental Championships will be graded 100 points, TT:R world championships 200 points.

For sanctioned TTR events, any international tour event or events held in conjunction with major Formula Kite (Continental and World Championships) or KiteFoil Grade 1 and 2 events (events with more than 10000 EUR prize money), will be graded 50 points.

All other events (nationals, weekend warriors) will be graded 20 points.

National open championship events may be designated as world ranking events by any full IKA member national kiteboarding association. Continental and World Championship level events will be graded by IKA automatically.


Each competitor counts his or her best three results over the previous 12 months. The one year period is calculated on a rolling basis (from today's date to the same date one year previously).

100% of competitors at a regatta receive ranking points with first place receiving 200, 100, 50 or 20 points depending on the grade.

The World Rankings are mainly used for qualification and seeding purposes.


Ranking Points = E(N-P+1)/N


E = Event Rank
N = Number of Entries
P = Position in regatta

The Ranking Points are then "aged", which gives most recent results a higher importance than older results.

Age of the result in month         Weight
1                                                100%
2                                                100%
3                                                90%
4                                                80%
5                                                70%
6                                                60%
7                                                50%
8                                                40%
9                                                30%
10                                              20%
11                                              10%
12                                              0%



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female Kirstyn O'Brien United States

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 2 Martin Dolenc Croatia 100.0 pts
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 2 Jingle Chen China 80.0 pts
 3 Aya Oshima Japan 71.1 pts
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 2 Cameron Maramenides United States 98.5 pts
 3 Toni Vodisek Slovenia 97.1 pts
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 2 Nina Font Castells Spain 100.0 pts
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