REGULATIONS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PIPE SMOKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
PURPOSE OF THE COMPETITION
The purpose of the competition is to have participants or teams to smoke a pipe for the longest possible period of time without relighting it and to determine who does this longest. Each participant or team will have to use the same amount of tobacco, a similar pipe and tamper.
2. The organizing association has the right to limit the number of participants. However the limit must be stated when the association is appointed to organize the competition.
4. The quantity of tobacco to be used will be three (3) grams.
5. The organizers will make the name of the selected tobacco known, together with the full programme of the event, latest two (2) months in advance.
7. The pipes will be made of briar, straight and classical in shape, with or without a removable filter and will be able to hold at least three (3) grams of tobacco. They will be supplied by the pipe club organizing the competition.
8. The organizers will announce the exact dimensions of the pipe to be used for the competition at least two (2) months in advance following the provisions of art. 7 above. The organizers will also send a sample of the pipe to any club on request, against payment.
9. Should the pipe have a filter, the participant may remove it.
11. Each group of ten (10) participants will be attended by at least one (1) steward. The stewards will be appointed by the competition-leader. They will control the competition, constantly supervise the participants and use the time-registration card placed in front of the participant to register the time achieved by each participant. The stewards will distribute pipes and other items stipulated in art. 16 herein. They will seek instructions from the jury whenever the need arises. The jury is allowed to replace a steward during the competition if found inefficient.
13. The participants will only be allowed to use a wooden tamper as supplied by the organizers, with diameter allowed to vary as of fourteen (14) up and until fifteen (15) mm and ten (10) cm long.
14. When the competition-leader gives the signal, the steward will supply each participant with one (1) pipe each; after examining it, the pipe shall be placed in front of each participant. Any defective pipe may be replaced.
15. When the competition-leader gives the signal, each steward will place one (1) tamper as described in art. 13 and one (1) packet of tobacco in front of each participant. The participants are not allowed to touch the tobacco until the starting signal is given.
16. The steward will control that only the following items are in front of each participant:
18. The tobacco may be shredded only within this preparation period.
19. The participants are not allowed to humidify the tobacco in any way.
20. The participants are not allowed to put any extraneous matter such as chalk, filter or similar materials into the pipe.
21. After the allowed five (5) minutes, the time-keeper will remove the remaining tobacco.
22. When the competition-leader gives the signal, the participants must light their pipes, and time will be registered from then on.
23. The participants shall have one (1) minute to light the pipe by using one (1) or both matches. Any match which breaks or does not light will be replaced by the time-keeper.
24. The participant whose pipe estinguishes will immediately hand over his time-registration card to the steward.
25. Should the steward suspect that a pipe is estinguished, he will be allowed to ask the participant to exhale smoke. If the pipe is totally estinguished and the participant has not singaled it in due time as stated in art. 24, the time-keeper will request the jury to disqualify the participant for lack of fair play.
26. The disqualified participant must give up his time-registration card to the steward.
27. Should any pipe burn, the jury will disqualify the participant.
30. Last minute entry or replacement may be accepted or rejected by the organizers.
31. In addition to the entry fee, each participant will pay for any incurred cost. These are equally non refundable.
34. The winner will be entitled to be called “World”, “European”, “Asian” or “American Champion”, as the case may be.
35. The organizers may however offer special awards and may draw up a special list of winners for the ladies.
37. Each team will be composed of members affiliated to the national pipe club that nominated them. Teams can be of mixed genders.
38. The team-winning country will be authorized to use the title according to art. 34.
41. No complaint will be accepted after the above mentioned time.
42. The organizers decline any liability for any damage or injury caused by things or persons, whether they are participants or not.
43. By entering the competition, participants implicitly agree to abide by the general CIPC Regulations, ipso facto.
AGREEMENTS AMONG NATIONAL CLUBS
45. The articles 10, 11, 12, 16.6) and 36 can be settled otherwise by a national club for the organization of a national championship. The title of national winner, eventually of winner of the clubs, is entitled in accordance to art. 33 to 39.
46. The CIPC reserves the right to adjudicate any cases which may arise.