Several Competitors in One Car
1. Those sharing a car work as a team until the
site is reached.
2. All may use their sets at the start and at any time throughout the
competition. (This only permits an averaging of bearings, no great advantage
is obtained. All then feel involved. For more explanation see note a).
3. If competitors have some experience, then once the ‘on foot phase
begins’ they MUST split and compete against each other. The team no
exists, the others in the car become just like other competitors
should be no further communication (except as in note c). Whenever possible they
should do the 'sporting thing' and attempt to find different
first (the scoring system and jokers encourage people to split up anyway, you are very unlikely to win if you stay with a group).
Teams, once separated, have to complete the event on foot. This
prevents the driver having an advantage over the others in the initial
team. Solo competitors may return to their car and drive to a different
point to access a distant Tx. See solo advantage - in note
a) Normal rules for traditional events have always allowed one
nominated person per team to use one DF set. If we analyse why, it is to stop two people from the same team
‘triangulating’ the Tx when close in and thereby gaining a huge advantage. This makes it an individual sport with navigators and
helpers receiving no official reward for their labours and no chance to learn how to use a set. In a Multi-Tx event,
since ‘teams’ split and compete against each other on site, there is no need for this restriction during the driving
phase of the event.
b) Fairness - Yes two or more in a car may be a slight advantage
initially but it has the disadvantage that you cannot return to the car in case of error, or in order to drive to a different
part of the site to save running. Teams must be very sure that they are on site before leaving the car and this
probably means an extra check bearing compared to a solo competitor (so swings and roundabouts).
c) Disaster recovery. In the very rare event that competitors
and it later becomes obvious that they are not in fact
on site then obviously they have no choice but to use mobile phones or
whistles to coordinate an ‘escape’. They
should continue with the event but admit their blunder when the results
are being processed. It is unlikely that any 'use of phone' penalty
would be applied, making the error is penalty enough! With only a
4 minute delay between transmissions the essential check bearings
mentioned in b) should not take a huge amount of time and of course
means that you start on foot with more information.