Entry and Eligibility Rules

SECTION A: GENERAL ENTRY RULES

2016 Rule Changes are highlighted in red copy.
 

1. SPECIFICATIONS

(the age of a rower in a Masters rowing event is determined as of December 31 of the current calendar year)

1.1. Club:

Persons (coxswain included) not currently enrolled in high school*, who, in any sculling or sweep-oared competition (“para-rowing/master/veteran” competition excepted), DID NOT:

(A)       in the current or preceding eight calendar years, finish among the top three places at the FISA World Championships or Olympic Games;

(B)       in the current or preceding five calendar years, compete at the FISA World Championships or Olympic games;**

(C)       in the preceding five calendar years, finish in first-place in a Championship or Lightweight event-division at the Head Of The Charles Regatta;

(D)       in the preceding calendar year, earn a medal in any Championship or Lightweight event-division at the Head Of The Charles Regatta or finish among the top three places in an eight at the Canadian University Rowing Championship;

(E)        in the current calendar year, compete in the quarter-finals when there were at least 17 entries, semi-finals, or finals of the Henley Royal Regatta or Henley Women’s Regatta (junior events excepted);

(F)        in the current calendar year, finish among the top 6 places at USRowing Elite National Championships in any event-division in which there are at least 12 entries or in the top four in any event-division in which there are at least six entries;

(G)       in the current calendar year:

  • finish among the top six places in any national team trials (juniors excepted),
  • compete in national or international championships (e.g., FISA World Cup, Pan-Am Games, FISA Junior Worlds, World Under 23 Regatta, World University Games, Head Of The River Race, etc.)
  • compete in the Copley or Jessop-Whittier events at the San Diego Crew Classic,
  • compete in a first varsity eight event (lightweight or open weight) at EARC Sprints, NCAA (Division I events only), PAC-10, or IRA
    1. in the current calendar year, finish among the top three places in the first varsity eight (lightweight or open weight) event in the PAC-12, Ivy League, Atlantic Coast (ACC), or Women’s Sprints.

(I)         in the current calendar year, finish among the top three places in a 2000 meter event at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (junior events excepted);

(J)        in the current calendar year, finish in first-place in a varsity eight event (lightweight or open weight) at the Dad Vail Regatta, the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Championships, the American Collegiate Rowing Championships or NCAA Finals (all divisions).

 

*    As of 2013, students enrolled in high school are no longer permitted to enter Club events; high school athletes must row in the Youth events.

**        Any athlete competing as a Senior or U23 national team member under the name of their nation’s governing body in national or international competition in the current calendar year is ineligible for the Club event-division. NB: The Regatta reserves the right to rule on any competition situation not specifically addressed above and to grant exceptions on the rules above based on competitive standards.

1.2. College-Championship Doubles/Fours/Eights:

(Special Medal within Championship Events) the fastest crew made up of undergraduates representing accredited/chartered Colleges or Universities

1.3. Men’s Collegiate* Fours/Eights:

Eligible men’s rowing programs are those whose crews did not:

(A)      in the current calendar year, compete in finals (grand or petite) of a first varsity eight at the EARC Sprints or IRA Championships;

(B)       in the current calendar year, finish among the top six places at the PAC-10 Championships;

(C)       in the preceding calendar year, finish among the top six places in an eight at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.

1.4. Women’s Collegiate* /Fours/Eights

Restricted to crews whose rowing programs are considered Division II or III status under NCAA rules or non-varsity rowing programs whose crews did not:

(A)      in the current calendar year, compete in the finals (grand or petite) of a first varsity eight at the EAWRC ; or

(B)       in the preceding calendar year, finish among the top three places in an eight at the Canadian University Championships.

*     Bona fide students enrolled at and representing accredited/chartered colleges or universities and eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics are eligible for the Collegiate event-divisions. Applicants outside of North America must contact HOCR before applying for Collegiate events in order to assess that they are properly placed in this event. The HOCR will make eligibility determinations for all foreign crews.

NB: In the interest of fair competition, the Regatta reserves the right to rule on a crew’s eligibility and appropriate placement in any Collegiate event-division.

1.5. Alumni Eight:

Persons (coxswain included) who attended the same academic institution (named at the time of entry application) who are not currently enrolled at the institution in question.

1.6. Youth Singles/Doubles:

Persons enrolled in high school

1.7. Youth Fours/Eights:

Persons (coxswain included) enrolled in high school.

1.8. Master Singles:

At least 30 years old.

1.9. Master Doubles/Fours/Eights:

Rowers’ ages average at least 40 years, none except coxswain under 30 years old.

1.10. Senior-Master Singles:

At least 40 years old.

1.11. Senior-Master Doubles/Fours/Eights:

Rowers’ ages average at least 50 years, none except coxswain under 30 years old.

1.12. Grand-Master Singles:

At least 50 years old.

1.13. Grand-Master Doubles/Fours/Eights:

Rowers’ ages average at least 60 years, none except coxswain under 30 years old.

1.14. Veteran Singles I:

At least 60 years old (no handicap).

1.15. Veteran Singles II:

At least 65 years old (no handicap).

1.16. Veteran Doubles/Fours/Eights:

(Special Medal within Grand-Master events) Rowers’ ages average at least 70 years, none except coxswain under 30 years old.

1.17. Senior Veteran Singles I:

At least 70 years old (no handicap)

1.18. Senior Veteran Singles II:

At least 75 years old (no handicap)

1.19. Grand-Veteran Singles:

At least 80 years old (no handicap).

1.20. Lightweight Singles:

Men: not over 160 lbs. Women: not over 130 lbs. No person enrolled in high school.

1.21. Lightweight Doubles/Fours/Eights:

Men: rowers’ weights not over 165 lbs., no averaging;

Women: rowers’ weights not over 133 lbs., no averaging. No person (coxswain included) enrolled in high school (Lightweight Double is a Special Medal within Championship Double).

1.22. Championship Singles/Doubles/Fours/Eights:

No person (coxswain included) enrolled in high school.

1.23. LTA Mix Fours:

Legs/Trunk/Arms Mixed Fours with coxswain.  Only a rower having a minimum disability as defined in the FISA Para-Rowing Classification Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) found in Appendix 17 “Para-Rowing Classification Regulations,” available at www.worldrowing.com/fisa/resources/rule-books , such disability leading to a permanent and verifiable activity limitation, shall be eligible to compete.

1.24. TA Doubles:

Trunk/Arms Doubles (Mixed or Single Gender).  Only a rower having a minimum disability as defined in the Para-Rowing Classification Regulations, such disability leading to a permanent and verifiable activity limitation, shall be eligible to compete.

1.25. Men’s Divisions:

Male rowers and scullers only (coxswain excepted).

1.26. Women’s Divisions:

Female rowers and scullers only (coxswain excepted).

1.27. Coxswains:

Must carry sufficient weight so as to weigh at least 100 lbs. over the entire racecourse.

1.28. Singles/Doubles:

Traditional sculling racing shells, without coxswain.

1.29. Fours/Eights:

Traditional sweep-oared racing-shells, with coxswain.

NB: Participants in the Veteran Singles I and II (age groups 60 – 64 and 65 – 69) and Senior-Veteran I and II (age groups 70-74 and 75-79) shall be run together and seeded accorded to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta.  Results will be broken down into 5 year age bands. Doubles and crews in the Senior-Master doubles/fours/eights and Grand-Master doubles/fours/eights shall be run together and seeded accorded to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta.  Results will be displayed separately.

2. ENTRY APPLICATION

2.1. Sculling (Singles/Doubles) Entry Application:

Entry Applications shall be accepted only from USA residents that are either individual members of USRowing or members of a USRowing-member institution, and from foreign nationals that are in good standing with their nation’s FISA-recognized governing body. Single scullers may submit only one Entry Application and may not subsequently be renamed or substituted-for after the entry deadline (August 1st). Doubles Entry Applications (Youth and College-Championship Double excepted) must include the names of both scullers (only one application permitted per double)and neither may be renamed or substituted for after the doubles entry deadline, September 1st. *Exceptions may be made by the Managing Directors in the event of injury or illness.

College-Championship Doubles (Special Medal within the Championship Doubles events) and Youth Doubles: Applications may be made by the institution (September 1st deadline); Institutions may submit no more than one non-guaranteed entry application to the Men’s event-division and no more than one non-guaranteed entry application to the Women’s event-division. Including guaranteed entries, an institution may have no more than three entries in either event-division (i.e. if an institution has three guaranteed entries in an event-division, they may not submit an additional non-guaranteed entry application).

Athlete Line-up Changes for the Collegiate Championship Doubles and Youth Doubles: Please reference Rule 2.5.

Lightweight applicants to the Championship Double must declare their intention to compete as “Lightweight” on the entry application at the time of online Registration.

2.2. Sweep-oared (Fours/Eights) Entry Application:

Entry applications shall be accepted only from institutions holding “institutional membership” in their nation’s FISA-recognized governing body and/or “institutional membership” in the Head Of The Charles Regatta (by having opted to pay the Regatta’s annual Institutional Membership Fee) and that have properly registered their entry validation signature and racing colors with the Regatta by the submission of a current year’s Institutional Registration Card and payment of the Regatta’s annual Institutional Registration Fee. Registrants must be at least 21 years of age or older to submit an Institutional Registration Card.

Only one Institutional Registration Card will be accepted from each school, college or university rowing organization with the following exception: two Institutional Registration Cards, one for men and one for women, will be accepted from a single institution (school, college or university) in cases where men’s and women’s programs have been historically separate, or where men’s and women’s programs are organized separately.

2.3. Alumni Entry Application:

Organizations submitting entries to the Alumni Eight must hold “institutional membership” in their nation’s FISA-recognized governing body and/or “institutional membership” in the Head Of The Charles Regatta (by having opted to pay the Regatta’s annual Institutional Membership Fee) separate of their high school, undergraduate, or graduate institution. Alumni and graduate school rowing clubs will be considered as separate institutions from their affiliated school, college, or university and will not be permitted to share entries with their affiliated academic institution.

2.4 International Entry Application:

Crews from outside North America, at least 75% of which are non-US citizens residing abroad, are eligible to apply for early acceptance to accommodate their unique travel logistics. Please see complete rules below:

Competitors must submit the International Entry Application no later than May 1st of the calendar year.  After the May 1 deadline, applications may be submitted until the late deadline of June 1st but will be subject to a $100 late fee.

The Regatta Directors will respond by mid-May with guaranteed entries. Any entries that are not guaranteed may be submitted through the lottery (Singles deadline: August 1; Doubles & Sweep Deadline: September 1).

2.5. Athlete Line-ups:

The names of competitors in sweep-oared, youth double, and collegiate-championship double entries need not be revealed until Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by which time, crew lineups must be completed online. All coaches are responsible for requiring all named crew members to sign a waiver online by October 12th and for ensuring that all substitute athletes are listed in their RegattaCentral rosters with completed waivers. Late changes may be made at Registration. It is the responsibility of the institution to ensure that the Head Of The Charles® Regatta is in possession of the correct crew lineup before the close of registration, and that all persons are eligible for the event-division in which they are listed as crew-members (athlete line-ups will be posted online at www.hocr.org). Only bona fide members of an institution shall be eligible to compete in a sweep-oared, youth double, or collegiate-championship double entry representing that institution. Because of liability in the event of an accident on the race course, any institution which knowingly allows any of its members to assume a spurious affiliation with another institution in order to enable a particular crew to gain entry to the Regatta, or any institution which knowingly allows its name to be used by any individuals who are not bona fide members of that institution in order to enable a particular crew to gain entry to the Regatta, will be subject to sanctions by the Managing Directors.

2.6. Entry Deadlines: Singles Entry Applications must be received with payment by August 1st. Doubles, Fours and Eights Entry Applications must be received with payment by September 1st. Order of receipt prior to the applicable deadline is immaterial.

3. ENTRY ACCEPTANCE

3.1. Sculling (Singles/Doubles) Entry Acceptance:

On the basis of winning a Special Medal or finishing within the top 25% of finishers in an event-division in which they competed in the preceding year, single scullers are guaranteed entry acceptance into the singles event of their choice, provided all conditions of eligibility, deadlines, fees, etc., are met. Except for variances, which only the Managing Directors may grant, a blind draw in early August shall determine all other entry acceptances as follows: Single scullers who in the preceding year were not accepted, did not apply, or who placed outside the top 25% but within the top 50% (based on entries) in their event-division, will be drawn first, followed by those whose finish was outside the top 50% in their event-division. The singles draw will take place in early August.

Guaranteed entry acceptance to the  Veteran I/II Singles, Senior Veteran I/II Singles, and Grand Veteran Singles event-divisions will be determined on the basis of finishing within the top 25% (based on entries) in the athlete’s respective age class (60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+)

Entry acceptance for Double Scullers shall be conducted following the same procedure as Single Sculls. The finishing percentages apply only to double scull entry applications naming the same two individuals who competed the prior year. Any other combination will be considered a new entry. In the Youth and College-Championship Doubles only, guaranteed entries will be applied to the institution rather than to individual athletes. The doubles draw will take place in early September.

Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Veteran Doubles will be determined on the basis of finishing within 25% (based on entries) of the Veteran Double within the Grand-Master Double event-division.

Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Lightweight and College-Championship Doubles will be determined on the basis of finishing within 25% (based on entries) Lightweight or College-Championship Double (respectively) within the Championship Double event-division.

3.2. Sweep-oared (Fours/Eights) Entry Acceptance:

On the basis of winning a Special Medal or finishing within the top half (based on entries) of the sweep-oared event-division in which they competed the preceding year, institutions are guaranteed entry acceptance into those same event-divisions, provided all conditions of eligibility, deadlines, fees, etc., are met. If a medal was earned in a Club event-division, such guarantee may be transferred, at the time of entry application, to the same division (Men’s/Women’s) and boat type (Fours/Eights) in another sweep-oared event. Institutions planning to compete for the College-Championship (CC), Club (C) Special Medals shall elect to do so when submitting athlete line-ups. Designations may be made on-site at Registration.

Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Veteran Fours and Eights will be determined on the basis of finishing within the respective top half of all Veteran crews registered within the Grand-Master Fours and Eights.

In addition to such ‘guaranteed’ entries, an institution may submit up to four sweep-oared non-guaranteed entry applications in men’s event-divisions and up to four sweep-oared non-guaranteed entry applications in women’s event-divisions with the following restrictions:

(A)       Institutions may submit only one non-guaranteed entry per event-division.

(B)       Including guaranteed entries, an institution may have no more than three entries in a single event-division (i.e. if in an institution has three guaranteed entries in a single event-division, they may not submit an additional non-guaranteed entry application in that same event-division).

Except for Charity Program entries and special circumstance variances, which only the Managing Directors may grant, a blind draw from among the applications in each event-division shall determine the final entry acceptances as follows: applications from institutions that, in the previous year, were not accepted, did not apply, and those that finished outside of the top 50% but within the top 75% of finishers, based on entries, will be drawn first; applications from institutions that, in the previous year, finished outside the top 75% of finishers, based on entries, will be drawn second.

3.3. Extra Entries:

As compensation for providing operational assistance to the Regatta, the Managing Directors may grant the acceptance of extra (but “non-point earning”) entries to a limited number of local institutions into the sweep-oared event-division of the institution’s choice, subject to the restrictions of section 3.2 B. Extra entries may be used by Alumni crews as designated by the head undergraduate coach.  Extra Entries are not eligible to earn a guaranteed entry and may be used as designated by the head undergraduate coach.

3.4. Event-Division Sizes:

In addition to Charity Program and Extra entries, the Regatta shall accept up to 1205 sweep-oared entries, 500 singles entries, 220 doubles entries with allowed minimums of 15 in each event-divisions, and a maximum of 85 in any one event-division subject to rule 3.2.B.

Senior Veteran I/II and Grand Veteran Sculling Divisions will be regarded as a single event division in each gender.

Beyond each event-division’s allowed minimum or its number of received guaranteed entry applications, whichever is greater, and subject to the above cited maximum, the number of non-guaranteed entries accepted into an event-division shall be determined by the event-division’s proportional share of the remaining non-guaranteed entry applications received for its “boat type” (e.g., singles or doubles).

3.5. Club Singles Status:

Accepted Club Singles entrants that continue to meet Club specifications as of September 1st shall be considered to have met them for the current year’s Regatta, but any that lose their Club status between the time of entry application and September 1st, must notify the Regatta immediately so as to be eligible for transfer to a less restricted singles event by Sunday, September 28th.

3.6. Entry Withdrawal Deadline and Penalties:

The deadline for withdrawing an entry is September 28. No refund will be given for withdrawn entries.

Accepted entries who fail to notify the Regatta in writing of their withdrawal or inability to compete on or before September 28th shall not be eligible to compete in any event in the current year’s (2016) Regatta, nor in any event in the following year’s (2017) Regatta. The Regatta will replace withdrawn entries by offering entry to the next applicant or crew on the waiting list (based upon the original blind draw) for the same event-division.

3.7. Personal Competition Limits:

With the sole exception of the Directors’ Challenge Races, no person (including coxswains) shall be eligible to compete in more than one event-division (race) at the Regatta and any person that remains entered in a sculling event after the October 1st withdrawal deadline shall not be eligible to compete in any sweep-oared event in the current year’s Regatta.

Invitational Exhibition Entries: At the Executive Director’s discretion, current U.S. and/or foreign national team athletes may be invited to participate with one another in Invitational Exhibition entries within the Championship or Lightweight Eight sweep events. These entries will not be eligible to earn guaranteed entries to the following year’s HOCR. Athletes invited to participate in such entries shall be permitted to participate in up to one other sculling event of their choosing.

3.8. Ineligibility Discovery:

All scullers and all members of crews must be eligible for the event-division in which they are competing. Any crew containing an ineligible competitor and any sculler not eligible will be assumed to be knowingly violating the rules and will be disqualified from this and possibly future Regattas, and the institution may face further sanction.

Only bona fide members of an institution shall be eligible to compete in a sweep-oared entry representing that institution, and the names of all such competitors must be accurately reported at Regatta Registration. Following the completion of Registration, any entry discovered (either before or after competing) to include an incorrectly identified or ineligible person, shall be subject to immediate disqualification.

Objections to any entry’s eligibility may be made at the Information Booths at the Cambridge Boat Club and the Rowing & Fitness Expo at any time, but preferably before the race in question. All athlete line-ups will be posted at www.hocr.org following the close of on-site registration.

3.9. Appeals:

Scullers, and institutions represented by sweep-oared entries, may appeal for relief from any ruling of ineligibility or any penalty imposed upon them by the Regatta for alleged infractions, e.g. interference, course violations, etc., but no protest alleging interference by a competing entry shall be heard. (Please refer to Section B, Rule 11: Appeals)

3.10. Seeding/Starting Order:

Single scullers who properly competed in a singles event the preceding year and whose entries are accepted will start ahead of all newcomers and will be seeded in the order of their raw times recorded the preceding year. The starting position of all newcomers will be determined by a blind draw in early October. With the exception of the Youth Double, seeding of double scullers will follow the same procedure.

Single scullers who properly competed in a singles event the preceding year and whose entries are accepted will start ahead of all newcomers and will be seeded in the order of their raw times recorded the preceding year. The starting position of all newcomers will be determined by a blind draw in early October. With the exception of the Youth Double, seeding of double scullers will follow the same procedure.

Scullers in the Men’s Veteran I and Veteran II Singles will race together and will be seeded according to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta.  Scullers in the Men’s Senior Veteran I, Senior Veteran II, and Grand Veteran Singles will race together and will be seeded according to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta.  Scullers in the Women’s Veteran I/II, Senior Veteran I/II, and Grand Veteran age classes will race together and will be seeded according to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta.  Results will be divided by age class and first place medals will be awarded by age class (60  – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+).

Doubles and crews in the Senior-Master doubles/fours/eights and the Grand-Master doubles/fours/eights will race together and be seeded according to raw finish time in the preceding year’s regatta.  Results will be divided into Senior-Masters and Grand-Masters events.

An institution which has an entry accepted into a Youth Double, College-Championship Double event-division, or a sweep-oared event-division in which it properly competed the preceding year will start ahead of all new entrants in that event-division and will be seeded according to its finishing position in that event-division in the preceding year.

The starting position of newcomers in all events will be determined by a blind draw in early October. The Regatta reserves to right to make exceptions to the seeding policy.

*Preliminary Bow Draw will be posted during the lottery and will be finalized after September 28th Scratch Deadline.  Returning crews from the waitlist will be seeded according to time, new crews will be added to the end of the field.*

3.11 Elite Competitor Seeding:

Current elite athletes (top finishers at the Senior World Championships or Olympics, depending on the year) in an event for which they did not compete the previous year will be seeded immediately behind the returning medal winners. Anyone else who did not compete in the event the previous year will be seeded randomly behind all those who both competed the previous year and received a guaranteed entry.

4. MEDALS

4.1. First Place Medals:

Two-and-one-half inch bronze medals, engraved 1st PLACE shall be awarded to all competitors in entries that post the fastest time in the event-division in which they competed.

4.2. Special Medals:

Two-and-one-half inch bronze medals, engraved (a) VETERAN (b) COLLEGE-CHAMPIONSHIP, (c) LIGHTWEIGHT, or (d) CLUB shall be awarded respectively to (a) the fastest Veteran crew in each event-division of the Grand-Master 2x, 4+, and 8+,  (b) the fastest crew made up of undergraduates representing accredited/chartered Colleges or Universities in each event-division of the Championship 2x, Championship 4+ and Championship 8+,  (c) the fastest Lightweight crew in the Championship 2x, or (d) the fastest crew made up of athletes representing a rowing club that is a member in good standing of its nation’s governing body and that is unaffiliated with an academic institution in each event-division of the Club 4+ and Club 8+.

Institutions planning to compete for the College-Championship, Club, or Lightweight Special Medals must elect to do so at the time of entry application. Winners of special medals will not be awarded subordinate medals should they qualify. No special medal will be awarded if the first place medal winner also qualifies for a special medal.

4.3. Subordinate Medals:

Subordinate Medals are awarded as follows: 2nd PLACE in event-divisions comprising at least ten entries, 3rd PLACE in those comprising at least twenty entries, 4th PLACE in those comprising at least thirty entries, and 5th PLACE in those comprising forty or more entries.

5. REGISTRATION

(Waivers and Athlete Line-ups must be submitted online by October 9)

5.1 Registration Hours and Location:

Every single sculler, a representative from every double scull, and every institution entering one or more crew events must also register on-site.  On-site Registration will be open on Friday, October 21st from 12:00PM – 6:00PM and Saturday, October 22nd from 7:30AM – 3:00PM.  Competitors may NOT register any later than 3 hours prior to the start of their race.  There is NO Sunday Registration.  Registration is held at the Head Of The Charles Rowing & Fitness Expo, at the Finish Area Launch Site (FALS).

5.2. Registration Requirements

(A)       Waivers: Waivers must be submitted online by Wednesday, October 12th.  Scullers who applied online completed waiver requirements during the online application process.  Scullers who submitted paper applications and all crew athletes (including minors) must complete the event waiver available on RegattaCentral.

(B)       Scullers (Singles and Doubles): All single scullers and one representative from each double scull entry must attend registration.  If you are a US rower unaffiliated with a USRowing member organization, you must bring your current USRowing membership card.

(C)       Crew Lineups: All crews must submit lineups through RegattaCentral by October 12th.  Athletes must have completed waivers (see above).  Registration will have on record the crew’s Athlete Information including waiver status.  No substitutions are permitted once a crew has completed on-site Registration.  All athlete line-ups will be posted on www.regattacentral.com after the October 12th deadline.

(D)       Lightweight Weigh-In Procedures: Entrants in the Lightweight Events (Doubles, Fours, and Eights) must be weighed in by the Clerk of Scales and must obtain from the Clerk a properly stamped official Weigh-in form to present at Registration.  All lightweight rowers (singles and all crew members) must bring photo ID (e.g.: driver’s license, passport) to weigh-in.  All rowers in a crew must weigh-in together.  Weigh-ins will be conducted on Saturday between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM at FALS adjacent to the Rowing & Fitness Expo.

(E)        Coxswains: Coxswains are on their honor to meet the 100 lb. weight minimum, and will not be weighed. However crews found to have competed with a coxswain not meeting this requirement may be disqualified.

WARNING: Any entry that fails to register by the close of Registration may be denied access to its race.  Notwithstanding the prescribed penalties for failing to give notice of withdrawal by September 28, any entry which finds it cannot compete and/or register on time, should notify the Regatta immediately at (617) 868-6200.

5.3. Numbers

(A)       Each boat is assigned a starting number, which is reflected on the Bow Number Card and on Shirt Number Cards that will be given out at Registration.

(B)       The Bow Number Card must be affixed within one foot of the bow tip of the boat.  Boats without Bow Number Cards appropriately affixed when crossing the Starting Line will be given a 60-second penalty.  FISA-approved bow number clips must be used to secure Bow Numbers.  Additional adhesives may be applied to secure the Bow Number Card to the boat provided that they do not obscure the numerals.

(C)       The Shirt Number Card must be worn visibly on the back of each single sculler, each bow seat rower, and each coxswain.  In the case of a bow-coxed shell, the coxswain’s number should be affixed flat to the stern decking with tape.

(D)       An additional Shirt Number Card (bib) will be provided for all boats (singles, doubles, quads, fours, and eights) and must be affixed to the stern decking with tape.

(E)        Entrants with obscured or missing numbers may miss being timed.

5.4. Equipment

(A)       Each crew, single, or double is responsible for having a protective “ball” on the prow of the boat.  Any shell without a protective ball will not be allowed to start.

(B)       Each crew or single or double sculler rowing in a shell equipped with flexible sole shoes attached to the foot stretchers is responsible for making sure that the heels of the shoes are attached to the stretchers by a method that allows for quick exit in case of emergency.  Boats observed to be without this feature will not be allowed to race.

(C)       All competing scullers and crews must row in fixed-rigger sliding-seat racing shells.

(D)       Boats used in the LTA Mixed 4+ shall be subject to the same restrictions as those for coxed fours (4+) under the FISA Rules of Racing.  No additional restrictions shall apply.

(E)        The FISA standard Para-Rowing TA Mixed 2x has a fixed seat and may have stabilizing pontoons.  The hull, the pontoons where fitted, and the seat are part of the standard specifications.  The seat itself and the rigger design of the standard Para-Rowing TA Mixed 2x are not restricted.

TA Mixed 2x rowers are required to comply with the following strapping requirement: rowers shall be secured with a strap to prevent flexion and extension of the knee(s) during rowing.  The strap must be secured under the seat or rails and over the thighs, as close to the knees as possible.

(F) Per FISA rules, rowers classified as visually impaired must wear FISA or IBSA approved eyewear at all times when on the water during training, warm-up, cool down, and competition from the opening day of the course until completion of the final race of their competition.  Such eyewear shall completely block all light.  All eyewear must be checked to ensure a secure fit and complete light occlusions by an IBSA doctor during classification or by a FISA international Classifier if an IBSA doctor is not present.