British Rowing rules – The Basics

Rowing races of all sorts should bind by the rules imposed by British Rowing, no matter if it is just a regatta or a head race or any other types of race which involves a rowing boat. Though the rules are many, the purpose and specifications of such rules are simple and straightforward.

Purpose
The main purposes of the rules created by British Rowing to be followed by rowers, rowing clubs and the race organizers alike whenever a race is conducted include providing a base for every rower and crew to participate in a fair, safe and equal racing, providing a fixed framework on referring which every race event related to rowing would be conducted and to ensure that the provisions mentioned by Row Safe Guidance are followed.

These rules should be followed to all types of race events registered by British Rowing, whether it is a regatta or a head, and whether it is a rowing event or a sculling event.

Specifications
The rules imposed by British Rowing are specifically focused on and discusses about a few important things of race – safety of the rowers, crews and spectators, proper & unbiased classification of events, formal regatta organization, sponsorship management, conduct of head race & other professional race formats and general conduct.

In April 2014, British Rowing made a few minor changes to the Rules of Racing which basically include changes in allowing substitution crews from other clubs in Masters Subclass, Start Procedures and Disciplinary Section.

Read also British Rowing’s system of conducting qualifying events