The purposes of the Rules of Racing are to:
- provide a basis for safe, fair and equal racing
- ensure that due notice is taken of the Row Safe Guidance, the provisions of which shall take precedence at all times
- provide a consistent framework for the regulation and organisation of Regattas and other rowing events
The Rules of Racing apply to all rowing and sculling races, events and regattas that are registered by British Rowing.
The rules specifically cover:
- conduct of the race
- classification of events
- Regatta organisation
- Head and processional races
Rules of Racing 2015
(These come into effect on 1st April 2015)
Two specific areas of the 2015 Rules of Racing have been developed. Firstly there are amendments to establish rules and guidance for Rowability and Para Rowing events. In relation to those rowing with a disability it has been noted that umpire training will be required, particularly regarding correct strapping and ensuring that umpires are aware of the amended race procedures for V.I. competitors.
Secondly, ‘Appendix D’ provides guidance for Recreational events which has been taken from the proposals put forward by the Recreational Committee.
Coaching and substitutions, particularly the latter, are areas that the National Competition Committee is continuing to discuss. The NCC is aware that the current Rules of Racing do not address all the issues arising, however finding an effective solution is not simple and amendments will be made for 2016.
Fiona Dennis - Chairman, National Competition Committee