Rules of Racing

The Rules of Racing apply to all rowing and sculling races, events and regattas that are registered by 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 2022 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 2022

(With effect from 1 April, 2022)

A document showing all the changes from 2021 and the rationale for the change is here with a presentation of any changes which is also available here.

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]


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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