1. Teams will compete in pairs in parallel lanes, separated by
about 6 metres.
2. The person towing the kite is to be entirely within the lane
from the start of the heat until the kite crosses the finish line.
The end of the kite line which he holds must move only in the forward
direction, and must remain within the lane and below this person's
shoulders. Zero time will be recorded for a team which violates
any of these rules.
3. No sources of energy may be used to move the kite and keep it
aloft, other than that provided by the pull of the flying line (no
heat, no propellers, fans, etc.).
4. One person is to hold the kite so that no portion of it is behind
the start line, above his shoulders, or outside the lane. Any violation
of these conditions at the start of a heat will be considered a
fault. The start of a heat will be indicated by the spoken words
"one, two, three, go". The words will be spoken at equal
intervals, and on the word "go", the person holding the
kite must let go of it. If he holds on to the kite after the word
"go", or if he imparts any motion to the kite in releasing
it, it will be considered a fault.
5. In the event of a first fault, the heat will be restarted. A
second fault will disqualify a team for that heat, and its time
will be taken to be zero.
6. While the kite is between the start line and the height line
it can be at any height above the floor, so long as it does not
touch it. Zero time will be recorded for any team whose kite touches
the floor over this portion of the course.
7. Once reaching the height line, every portion of the kite must
be above the height of a line which will be on the wall parallel
to the course, and must remain above this line until after crossing
the finish line. This line will be close to 3 metres above the floor.
Zero time will be recorded for any team whose kite falls below this
height between the height and finish lines.
8. The stopwatch will be started on the word "go". It
will be stopped when any portion of the kite crosses the finish
line, and that will be the time recorded for the team for that heat.
9. Only one person may tow the kite, and no one else may enter
the lane during a heat. However, other team members may coach the
person towing the kite from outside the lane. In particular, each
team will be permitted to have one member in the seating area of
the hall, so that he can determine the height of the kite relative
to the line on the opposite wall.
10. Prior to the competition, the judges will check the equipment
to ensure that it satisfies the regulations. Teams with equipment
that in the opinion of the judges does not meet the regulations
will not be allowed to compete, unless they are able to change their
equipment to meet the regulations without causing any delay.
After a team has qualified its equipment, it will be allowed one
practice flight before the start of the competition.