The items of a competitor's clothing and equipment to be weighed shall be arranged on a rack and thoroughly soaked by total immersion in water for one minute or longer if necessary for total saturation. After being soaked, the items shall be allowed to drain freely for one minute before they are weighed. Life-jackets shall be included, but not a hiking or trapeze harness or clothing worn only below the knee unless class rules require that it be included. The rack must allow the items to hang as they would hang from clothes hangers, so as to allow the water to drain freely. Hiking or trapeze harnesses shall be weighed separately and tested for positive buoyancy.
During the weighing, pockets that have drainholes that cannot be closed shall be empty, but pockets or items of equipment that hold water shall be full.
When a weight recorded exceeds the amount permitted, the competitor may twice rearrange the clothing and equipment on the rack and the measurer shall again soak and weigh it. If a lower weight is recorded that record shall be final.
A competitor wearing a dry-suit may choose an alternative means of weighing:
(a) the dry-suit and items of clothing and equipment that are worn outside the dry-suit shall be weighed as described above;
(b) clothing worn underneath the dry-suit shall be weighed as worn while racing, without draining; and
(c) the two weights