A numbers game?

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Are your club’s boats properly identified? If not, you are running the risk of disqualification at Regattas and Heads.

It is vitally important that boats are identified in accordance with British Rowing rules, and clubs should be aware of their specific responsibilities when it comes to numbering their boats.

Section L of the Rules of British Rowing state that ‘all boats being used from clubs for racing, training, and recreation, including private craft, safety and coaching launches shall be identifiable by the three letter code, as issued by British Rowing, together with a three digit fleet number (including zeros) as determined by the club.

‘The lettering shall be in capitals, in a regular sans serif (Arial ‘style’) font, with a minimum height of 6cm and clearly readable (i.e. in a contrasting colour) on both port and starboard bow saxboards, or vertical surface.

‘Clubs must keep, readily available, an up-to-date list of their fleet number/boat reference, including that issued to any member with a privately owned boat. Club members with private craft who move clubs must change the identification code to that issued by their new club before taking to the water.’

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