OPA RULES & FORMS
OPA REGISTRATION FOR THE 2024 RACING SEASON!
The 2024 OPA Registration is now open. You can only register via form submission online form(s)
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OPA MEMBERSHIP & EQUIPMENT FEES
If you would like to make payment with a check, you must fill out the online form and then mail the check. Include you Team name & boat number in the memo.
Make check payable to: OPA Racing
c/o OPA Racing
9 Kellogg Ave
Kellogg, ID 83837
FEES – OPA MEMBERSHIP
FEES – EQUIPMENT REGISTRATION
Each racing hull must be registered annually
OPA Racer Packets will be posted on the individual Schedule of Events page for each event.
For new TEAMS:
You must contact Dee in Registration for availability of number for your boat. Make NO assumptions that a number is available. If you do not clear your desired number with OPA registration and proceed to put it on your boat, you may NOT be able to register your boat to race with the number.
Required decals on the boat:
When choosing a boat number, the owner MUST contact the Chief Registrar of OPA to determine if the number is available. Make NO assumptions that a number is available. (732) 977-5638
To view the most current list of number NOT available, go to: http://www.oparacing.org/nmbrs.html
CLASS NUMBER ASSIGNMENT
The OPA National Championship in each class will be the only boat allowed to carry the number ONE (#1) for the following season. If the #1 is NOT chosen to be used by the National Champion in the class, NO boat will be permitted to use #1 as their number. (Example: If Team A is the 2019 National Champion but chooses to use their register # of 111 in the 2020 season, and Team B who was the National Champion in 2018 and used #101 for the 2019 season, Team B will NOT be permitted to use #101 again for the 2020 season. They must use their previously registered number.)
MAKE NO ASSUMPTION THAT A NUMBER IS AVAILABLE. Send and email to email@example.com with your request for your boat number
See the OPA Racing Rule Book for more details regarding decals and boat numbers
Not all classes have a National Champion number designation, please call registration before you put a number signifying a National Championship on your boat.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
OPA will continue to step up our safety program this year to make sure that we have the safest racing events in the United States.
In regards to Swim and Dunker tests this year, OPA will be the only certification that we will accept for you to race with OPA. If in the event you receive a certification from an accredited APBA group/club, you must check with OPA Registration that the APBA group/club is also accredited with OPA to validate the testing certification. The Safety Instructor for OPA will be available to do Swim Tests and Dunker Tests throughout the OPA racing season. Check the Schedule of Events for sites, dates and times for times at the pool for the Swin/Dunker testing. You must pay for the service (cash only) and you must hold onto your copy of Certification. OPA registrars will have a copy on file. It is the racer's responsibility to send a copy to the APBA office. Your certification is only valid for the calendar year of 2024.
Swim Test: Cost is TBD
Self Extrication Course/Dunker: Cost is TBD
In regards to Physicals, you need to have documentation stating that you are physically fit to race this year with OPA Racing.
Accepted documents are: (1 of the below MUST be submitted)
If any of the above expires during to the 2024 race season you will be required to submit a new medical document in order to complete in the 2024 race season.
Medical documentation MUST be submitted each race season. OPA does NOT make copies of medical documentation to carry forward from the previous season.
Make sure to check the Snell stickers in your helmets. The date code (2010, 2015) refers to the expiration of the certification, which is 12 years from the date shown. For example, a SA2010 helmet is acceptable until 2022.
The inspector shall review each entry for full compliance with aspects of the OPA Rule Book pertaining to safety. In the event an entry does not comply with the rules or specifications as contained within the OPA Rule Book the owner shall be so advised and given the opportunity to comply. If an entrant's inspection does not live up to the spirit or intent of the OPA rules, the referee in concert with the OPA President may refuse to allow the craft to compete. Any entry that refuses an inspection will be disqualified and may face further disciplinary action.
At least 1 (one) member of the team must be registered (signed the Waiver of Liability) at the time of inspections. If you there are no members that have signed in, you will be skipped over until you have signed in. You are NOT permitted to partake in testing unless you have signed in at registration and ALL Inspections have been performed (Safety, Technical, etc.)
OPA Racing adheres to the USCG rules, regulations and guidelines and must have certain items on their vessel at all times.
At the time of your Safety Inspection you need to have on exhibit the below listed items. If these items are NOT on exhibited at the first approach of the Inspector, he will move on to the next vessel and return to you at the next available open slot.
REMINDER: All vessels MUST have a Fire Suppression system in each engine compartment. (Device must be sized according to US Coast Guard regulations.)
It is the racers responsibility to known the Navigational Rules when on the water, and must adhere to all the rules & guidelines.
U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation Rules :
Federal Navigation Regulations
OPA GPS UNITS
We will continue to run the VBOX units as out official GPS units for the 2021 season. In the classes that OPA runs that requires a GPS, we will work with you to ensure that everyone understands the rules of engagement with the GPS units.
It is the racers responsibility to make sure that the VBOX unit is working properly at all times. It is also the racers responsibility to equip their VBOX with a data card large enough to store the data for a race. It is at OPA's discretion to examine a boat when it comes out of the water after the race to inspect what was initially setup before you hit the water at the beginning of the race. An OPA official may request a spot inspection after the race has ended. It is the racers responsibility to pay attention if requested by Race Control or any OPA Official asks you to remain with your boat for inspection. If you fail to NOT stay with your boat for this inspection you will be disqualified and receive NO points for the race.
Classes required to run a VBOX Unit are listed below:
Official GPS od OPA Racing is Racelogic's VBOX Sport, Video VBOX Lite and Video VBOX Lite Waterproof. GPS units will not be allowed to be moved from boat to boat nor can they be used in multiple races.
Only the VBOX Sport can be purchased onsite (limited onsite supply). Both Video VBOX units must be pre-ordered in which there is up to a 3 week delivery period.
VBOX retantal are limited and may NOT be available
To order your VBOX unit contact NICK at (609) 891-7688