Course racing is a competitive kitesurfing style that is similar to a yacht race along a course, involving both speed and tactics.
Flags are used to control course racing events. Type of flags used may vary according to which organisation is holding the event.
The following flag colours are designated by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).
Fleet flag (optional)
Indicates event is going to start soon.
This flag may be specific for an event and could have a logo on it.
If there is more than one division in the event (e.g. more than 60 competitors) then there will be different fleet flag for each division.
Red Flag: start warning
When raised, indicates that there is 5 minutes until the start of the race.
Yellow flag: prepare to start
The yellow flag is raised When the red flag is lowered
Indicates there is 4 minutes before the start.
Make sure your personal timer is synchronised
Yellow flag removed
1 minute before start of race
You must not pass the over the start line within this minute or you will be disqualified
Green flag: start the race
You should be moving fast over the starting line as the green flag goes up
Flag will be accompanied with an audio signal shuch as a siren or a starting pistol
Make sure you keep clear of the race boat
Black flag: disqualified or race stopped
Applies for the last minute before the race start - if you see the black flag and you have crossed the line you are disqualified
May also be used as the abandonment race flag
Blue and white check flag: abandonment
Race is abandoned - all competitors are to stop racing
Used when there are safety concerns or the wind drops
Check which colour flags are in use with the organising body for the course racing event you are competing in.