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Third Annual F3F Grand Prix
The Standings after Day 1 are:
- First Place - Blue Team
- Second Place - Silver Team
- Third Place - Purple Team
- Fourth Place - Green Team
- Fifth Place - Gold Team
In F3F racing six teams go head-to-head in three styles of races. Each team is comprised of three pilots. Some styles of race timed while others are ‘first through the gate’ head-to-head.
Straight Line – Drag Race
This race is a 50m out and back race navigating 2m X 2m gates set-up in a slalom style. The race is timed and starts when the ‘start/end gate’ is reached, the racer navigates the start plus 10 other gates, upon reaching the 50m gate turns around and navigates them back to the start/end gate. The total out and back is timed. Each team member completes the course three times with their fastest time being added to their team mates fastest times. Team with the fastest combined time is ranked and awarded points accordingly.
Lap Race – Head-to-Head
This race employs a reef feature that is set-up in a thirty lap race. All teams start in head-to-head fashion and navigate gates at varying depths, distances and profiles from each other. Each team member completes one lap then passes their scooter to the next team member until each member has completed 10 laps each. Depth of this race is in the 18m/60ft zone maximum and one lap should take no longer than 1min 30sec.
Rally Race – Head-to-Head
This race finds the most distinguishing features of a wider reef area. Gates are set-up to take advantage of these features. Start and race is head-to-head with each racer completing the course and then passing the scooter to their next team member. ‘first through the gate’ being the winner. Features include wrecks, overhangs, arches, swim throughs, sand flats and all means of natural obstacles.
The F3F season is made up of ‘Grand Prix’ races in various locations. The current ‘Cayman Gran Prix 2011’ is the official kick-off to the F3F race season. The 2011 season will target three Grand Prix races with each attending team accumulating points towards winning the ‘F3F 2011 Grand Prix Series’ trophy and purse.
May 14-16, 2011 – Cayman Grand Prix
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, BWI. Official training is May 7th – 13th. Races May 14th – 16th.
Race location highlights; Macabuca Bar’s Turtle Reef; Sunset House; and the recently sunk 200ft wreck of the Kittiwake for a 30 lap race.
Cayman Islands are known for their amazing visibility, calm and deep waters.
Summer 2011 – Key West Grand Prix
Key West, FL. July through September, date TBD. Race location highlights; shallow reef dive sites and the wreck of the Vandenberg. Key West is known for its beautiful reefs and its eclectic night life. A great race location both above and below the water.
Winter 2011 – Kona Grand Prix
Kona, HI. November through December, date TBD. Race location highlights lush tropics and Hawaiian culture.
May 2012 – Cayman Grand Prix
Summer to Winter 2012 – 3 Grand Prix locations TBD