Ebisu Yoshikazu no Ooana Keiti, (SLPS-00366)
The Kyotei, literally “boat racing” and referred to as BOAT RACE, is a hydroplane racing event primary held in Japan. It is one of Japan’s four “Public Sports”, which are sports events where parimutuel betting is legal.
Kyotei was introduced in Japan in 1952. In April 2010, to promote the sport to a wide variety of people as well as internationally, the Kyotei Promotion Association began referring to the sport as BOAT RACE, and the organization itself has been renamed the BOAT RACE Promotion Association. Accordingly, all of Japan’s 24 kyotei courses now refer to themselves as BOAT RACE courses.
Kyotei employs the flying start system of beginning races. Once the boats receive the signal to leave the docks, a large clock situated at the start line begins a one-minute countdown until the race begins. Boats take starting positions at the top of the straightaway based on their practice run, and at approximately 10-15 seconds before the clock reaches zero, the boats race up towards the start line at full speed. Boats must cross this line within one second after the clock reaches zero. If a boat crosses the line too early – called a “Flying Start”, or crosses too late – called a “Late Start”, it is scratched from the race and bets on that boat are refunded. The Japanese term for this exclusion is “return absence”. In a sense, the flying start system can be compared to the mobile start used in harness racing.
If a boat causes an infraction during the race or becomes disabled, the boat is immediately disqualified. Competitors must pass any disabled boats during the race to the inside or outside as designated by the referees – passing on the wrong side results in the competitor being disqualified. No refunds are given for disqualified boats, unless all boats are disqualified. (more…)