Rules of Racing

The Rules of Racing apply to all rowing and sculling competitions that are affiliated to British Rowing


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 RowSafe Guidance.
  • Provide a consistent framework for the regulation and organisation of rowing competitions.

The Rules of Racing specifically cover:

  • Classification of Competitors
  • The Personal Ranking System
  • Classification of Events
  • Competition Organisation
  • Conduct of the Race
  • Racing
  • Disputes and Disciplinary Procedures.

With appendices covering:

  • A Glossary of Terms
  • Essential Equipment for Officials
  • Primary Events
  • Additional Para-Rowing and Adaptive Requirements
  • Stable Boat Competitions
  • Offshore Rowing Competition Rules
  • Beach Sprints Competition Rules
  • Masters Handicap System.

Download the 2024 Rules of Racing

Aligned to the Rules of Racing, please read our guidance on sponsorship and partnership marketing for events and clubs.

Rules of Racing and Changes for 2024

(With effect from 1 April, 2024)

All of the changes from 2023 and the rationale for each change are set out in this document.

The Rules of Racing Panel welcome suggestions in how rules can be improved, or if new rules are needed so please get in touch at [email protected]

Rules of Racing app

The British Rowing Rules of Racing are available in an app, giving easy access for umpires and others when out at competitions.

Note (1 April 2024): Due to a technical issue outside our control, the App still shows the Rules of Racing version that came into force on 1 April  2023. It will be updated as soon as possible to the 2024 version. Users should note that most of the rules are unchanged and the changes are set out above.

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2023 Rules of Racing

2022 Rules of Racing

2021 Rules of Racing

2020 Rules of Racing

2019 Rules of Racing

2018 Rules of Racing

2017 Rules of Racing

2016 Rules of Racing

2015 Rules of Racing

2014 Rules of Racing

2013 Rules of Racing

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