SASRU Rules of Racing & Regattas

Note all three Sections below: Section One (All Regattas); Section Two (SA Schools Champs) and Section Three (SA School's Boat Race)

 

SCHOOL RULES APPLICABLE TO ALL REGATTAS

March 2009 - AGM

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. In accordance with The Constitution of the South African Schools' Rowing Union (SASRU) [and the resolution adopted unanimously by schools at its 2008 Annual General Meeting] SASRU hereby promulgates the Rules of School Racing and the Rules applicable to all School Regattas:
    2. In addition the RowSA Rules of Racing apply except where these are superseded by the SASRU rules as set out hereunder:
  2. TERMINOLOGY & AGE-GROUPS
    1. All regattas hosted by Schools shall be called "School Regattas" [not "Junior Regattas]"
    2. In accordance with normal practice at South African Schools:
      • the terminology "Girls" and "Boys" shall be used in all School Regattas [not "Junior Women" or "Junior Men"];
      • age-groups are defined as: "Under Thirteen" (Abbreviated as U13); "Under Fourteen" (U14): "Under Fifteen" (U15);
      • "Under Sixteen" (U16); and "Open"; and
      • age-group sub-divisions are defined as "A', "B", "C" etc; except in the case of the Open division when sub-divisions are defined as "First", "Second", "Third" etc.
  3. ELIGIBILITY
    1. Rowers still at school and who are U19 may participate in Open events at schools regattas and in schools events at regattas, but must be U18 for participation in Provincial or International competition.
    2. Postmatric rowers in school regattas or in school events at regattas must be U18.
    3. Grade 12 rowers are not permitted to participate in school regattas or in school events at regattas in the September to December part of the season. This restriction also applies to the Schools Boatrace.
  4. SCHOOL ROWING SEASON
    1. The school rowing season comprises the period September to March of the following year. School rowers are classified into age-groups at the commencement of the season in September and the age-group does not change at the commencement of the following academic year in January.
    2. The annual South African Schools' Rowing Championship takes place over the first weekend of March each year.
  5. EVENTS, CATEGORIES AND DISTANCES
    1. Wherever possible the following events should be offered at school regattas and at regattas with schools events.
      BOYS Dist 8+ 4+ 2- 8x 4x 2x 1x
      Open 2000m 1st; 2nd 1st; 2nd 1st; 2nd   1st; 2nd 1st; 2nd 1st; 2nd
      2000m 3rd 3rd     3rd 3rd 3rd
      U16 2000m AB AB A   A B A B A B
      2000m   C     C C C
      U15 1000m       AB ABC ABC ABC
      U14 1000m       AB ABC ABC ABC
                       
      GIRLS Dist 8+ 4+ 2- 8x 4x 2x 1x
      Open 2000m     1st   1st;2nd 1st;2nd 1st;2nd
      2000m         3rd 3rd 3rd
      U16 2000m         AB AB AB
      2000m         C C C
      U15 1000m         ABC ABC ABC
      U14 1000m         ABC ABC ABC
    2. Organisers of regattas may in addition offer U13 events, although such events are no longer offered at the SA Schools' Championships.
    3. In the SASRU recommended order of events, certain events are incompatible - as at the Schools' Rowing Championships - eights/octuples and doubles; fours and quads; pairs and singles. [This makes it possible to row these events very close together, so maximising the time-interval between age-group events.]
  6. DRESS AND UNIFORM
    1. All competitors must compete in their recognised colours and attire.
    2. Where tri-suits are used for some crews only, they must be designed in such a way that they approximate as closely as possible to normal racing colours.
  7. COXSWAINS
    1. A coxswain is deemed to be a member of the crew and therefore a boys' crew may not be coxed by a girl nor may a girls' crew be coxed by a boy.
    2. A coxswain may cox crews only in the same age-group division or higher but not lower, e.g. an U16 cox may cox only U16 or open crews. However, in the interest of safety, an older experienced coxswain may cox a novice under 14 crew in the September to February part of the season. Thus excluding SA Schools Rowing Championships
    3. The minimum total weight for a coxswain in an Open event (wearing racing shirt and shorts or equivalent) is 55 kg for boys and 50 kg for girls. An under-weight coxswain must carry additional deadweight to make up his/her minimum total weight which shall be placed in the boat as close as possible to his/her person. No article of racing equipment shall be considered as part of this deadweight. While good sportsmanship dictates that this rule should be adhered to in all regattas, it is in practice strictly enforced only at major and championships regattas as well as at Boat Race.
  8. EQUIPMENT
    1. All boats must conform to the minimum mass regulations as set out hereunder: Single Sculling Boats - 14kg; Doubles and Pairs - 27kg; Coxed Fours - 51kg; Coxed Quads - 53kg; Eights - 96kg
    2. Cleaver-type blades may be used in all events.
    3. All boats participating in regattas may be required to carry lane numbers securely fixed to the bow of the boat.
    4. Proposed new rule: The Rowsa Rules of Racing shall apply to equipment.
  9. REGATTA ENTRIES
    1. Regatta entries are normally made via the website www.regatta.co.za. Regatta organisers may, however, prescribe alternative methods of entry.
    2. No competitor may compete for two different schools/clubs at the same regatta. Composite crews are not permitted.
    3. In the case of a bona fide incapacitation of any competitor in a crew, representation can be made to regatta control who may authorise a substitute from a lower division crew without excluding the substitute from rowing in his own event.
    4. Crews / single scullers winning a 2nd, 3rd, B or C event at any regatta must move up to the respective 1st, 2nd, A or B event at all subsequent regattas in the season unless the school / club is already represented in the higher order event.
    5. No boy may be entered or participate in a girls' event or girl in a boys' event.
    6. Rowers enrolled at a rowing school may not compete for any other school or club. Rowers enrolled at a non-rowing school may not compete for a rowing school, but only for a club.
  10. POINTS, PRIZES AND TROPHIES
    1. Organisers of regattas may elect:
      1. To use no points scoring system at all;
      2. To use a "nominations" system;
      3. To use the SA Schools Championships system, viz points are awarded for A-category events only.(See below)
    2. Where a points system is used boys and girls events must be scored separately and separate prizes and/or trophies should be presented for boys and girls.
    3. Medals or certificates should be presented to winners of A-category events only - or alternatively gold, silver and bronze medals to first places, second places and third places respectively in A-category events.
  11. SAFETY
    1. All rowers participating in regattas must have passed the Standard Sculling Test as set out below. The responsibility for the administering of these tests rests with each participating school/club.
    2. All boats in use at practices and participating in regattas must be fitted with bow-balls.
    3. All rowing boats must be fitted with approved heel straps as a safety precaution.
    4. Rowers must not tie feet into boats in such a way that their feet cannot be removed, shoes must be comply with FISA quick release rule.
    5. Organisers of regattas must provide at least one Rescue boat manned by sufficiently experienced persons.
    6. Organisers of regattas must ensure that competent first-aid services are provided at all regattas.
    7. The wearing of hats is strongly recommended.

      STANDARD SCULLING TEST
      1. Two scullers take boat from boat-house and put on water.
      2. Scull 50m from jetty/bank and return.
      3. Turn boat on its axis clockwise and anti-clockwise (maximum lateral movement: + 1 metre).
      4. Back stern of boat to bank or jetty from a minimum distance of 10m (as for stake-boat start).
      5. Scull at firm paddle and on command “hold it hard” stop boat within one boat length.
      6. Two scullers to return boat and blades to boat-house
      7. Be able to swim 50m in rowing kit.

SCHOOL RULES APPLICABLE TO THE 2017 SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA
  1. GENERAL
    1. The Regatta is called the SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS' ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS.
    2. The Championships take the form of an elimination regatta in which crews compete against each other in specific events in heats, semi-finals (where necessary) and A and B Finals; gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded to first, second and third places respectively in A Finals.
    3. The venue of the regatta shall be as determined by the SASRU Executive.
    4. The regatta shall take place over three days over the first or second Saturday in March as set out below: 

      FRIDAY: Group 1 Events (Single Sculls & Pairs events) - Heads/Heats, Semi-finals & Finals

      SATURDAY: Group 2 Events -Heads/Heats, Semi-finals & Finals

      SUNDAY: Group 3 Events - Heads/Heats, Semi-finals & Finals
    5. Schools should take note that unfavourable weather conditions could result in racing continuing until 18:30 on Sunday. Schools flying home should take this into account.
  2. RULES
    1. The SASRU Rules of Racing and the RowSA Rules of Racing shall apply.
    2. In addition the rules specific to the South African Schools' Championships ("the regatta") as set out hereunder shall apply.
  3.  ELIGIBILITY
    1. Any person competing in the regatta must be a bona fide scholar at a member or associate school;
    2. Any person competing in the regatta in the Open Division must be a bona fide Grade 12 scholar born in the year 1998 or thereafter or alternatively any other registered rower born in the year 1998 or thereafter;
    3. Any person competing in the regatta in the U16 Division must have been born in 2001 or thereafter;
    4. Any person competing in the regatta in the U15 Division must have been born in 2002 or thereafter;
    5. Any person competing in the regatta in the U14 Division must have been born in 2003 or thereafter.
  4. EVENTS OFFERED
    1. The following championship events are offered:

             
      BOYS
      Open 8+/2nd 8+ 4+/4- 2- 4x+ 2x 1x 2000m
      U16 8+ 4+ 2- 4x+ 2x 1x 2000m
      U15     8x+ 4x+ 2x 1x 1000m
      U14     8x+ 4x+ 2x 1x 1000m
      GIRLS
      Open    4+ 2- 4x+/2nd 4x+ 2x 1x 2000m
      U16    4+   4x+ 2x 1x 2000m
      U15 8x+      4x+ 2x 1x 1000m
      U14 8x+      4x+ 2x 1x 1000m
    2. The order of events will be as set out in the Racing Programme.
  5. REGATTA ENTRIES
    1. Regatta entries must be made via the website www.regatta.co.za unless an alternative entry system is prescribed by the SASRU Executive.
    2. No boy may be entered or participate in a girls' event or girl in a boys' event. This rule includes coxswains. 
    3. Composite crews are not permitted.
    4. The following events are incompatible in the Racing Programme: Boys: Eights & Doubles; Octuples & Doubles; Fours & Quads;Pairs & Single Sculls; Girls:Fours & Doubles; Octuples & Doubles; Pairs & Single Sculls; Quads are compatible with all events. Schools may not enter the same crew in separate incompatible events.
    5.  Schools may only enter 4 single scullers in each age group except for the Open age group where 5 entries are permitted. There is no other restriction on the number of a school's entries for other events. There is also no restriction on the number of events an individual rower may enter. However, rowers should not enter one event per day and the SASRU Executive reserves the right to reduce the number of a school's entries in any particular event if in its opinion this is warranted. In practice it is likely that schools' entries in single and double sculls will be restricted.  [Coaches should therefore enter scullers and crews in order of competence.]  B finals will not be offered in any age group except in Open events.
    6. Entries close at 16:00 on 16 February. The preliminary draw will be published on 21 February and remain open for name-changes and scratchings and late entries until 16:00 on 23 February, except for crews mentioned in 2.10 below. Late entries are not permitted in single sculls even if thereare open lanes.
    7. Entry fees for the regatta will be: Eights & Octuples – R150 per crew; Fours & Quads – R60 per crew; Pairs & Doubles – R40 per crew; Single Sculls – R30 per sculler.
    8. Rowers enrolled at a rowing school may not compete for any other school or club. Rowers enrolled at a non-rowing school may not compete for a rowing school, but only for a club.
    9. No crew changes or scratches in Open and U16 events may be made after the publication of the first (preliminary) draw (except for medical reasons), If a rower withdraws from an event, even with a medical certificate he/she will forfeit all seats in the regatta. 
    10. Even if there are open lanes in the sculls event, these would not be offered to schools to fill.
    11. Late entries after entries close will only be allocated on a first come first served basis, one entry per school and only if open lanes still exist. No new heats will be created and no reseeding will be done. Once lanes are full extra entries will be excluded.
    12. Late entries/scratchings/crew changes must be done in writing by MiC or Head Coach, contain a reason for the request and will attract a fee of R50.00 per crew, irrespective of size.
    13. No changes may be made after publication of final draw.
    14. An event attracting less than three entries from 3 different schools will be cancelled. If a Club event with less than 4 entries is allowed to run, no medals will be awarded
    15. Entries will only be accepted from school and clubs which are up to date with payments to SASRU.
    16. There will be no B Finals except for the Open age group.
    17. The entering of your school or members serves as an acceptance of Indemnity in this regatta, namely that you declare that you accept your own risk and indemnify the Regatta Organisers, Sponsors and Officials of this rowing regatta against any claim of whatsoever nature and howsoever arising, which may result from your schools, clubs and/or your rowers’participation.
  6. POINTS, PRIZES AND TROPHIES

      
    Category Placing Boys Girls
    1st  8+ 1 – 8 35, 31, 28, 26 - 22 -
    2nd 8+ 1 – 8 22, 19,  17 - 12                                         -
    U16 8+ 1 – 8 22, 19, 17 - 12 -
    U15 8x+ 1 – 8 18, 15, 13 - 8 18, 15, 13 - 8
    U14 8x+ 1 – 8 18, 15, 13 - 8 18, 15, 13 - 8
           
    1st  4x+ 1 – 8 27, 24, 22, 20 - 16 30, 27, 25, 23 - 19 
    1st 4+ 4-
     1 - 8
    27, 24, 22, 20 - 16
    19, 16, 14, 12 - 8
    2nd 4x+ 1 – 8 - 19, 16, 14, 12 - 8                     
    U16 4x+ 1 – 8 19, 16, 14 - 9 19,16,14 - 9             
    U16 4+
     1 - 8
    19, 16, 14 - 9
    15, 13, 11 - 6
    U15 4x+ 1 – 8 15, 13, 11 - 6 15, 13, 11 - 6
    U14 4x+ 1 – 8 15, 13, 11 - 6 15, 13, 11 - 6
           
    1st  2x 1 – 8 19, 16, 14, 12 - 8 19, 16, 14, 12 - 8
    U16 2x 1 – 8 15, 13, 11 - 6 15, 13, 11 - 6 
    U15 2x 1 – 8 11, 9, 7, 6 - 2 11, 9, 7, 6 - 2
    U14 2x 1 – 8 11, 9, 7, 6 - 2 11, 9, 7, 6 - 2
           
    1st  1x 1 – 8 15, 13, 11 – 6 15, 13, 11 – 6
    U16 1x 1 – 8 14, 12, 10 – 5 14, 12, 10 – 5
    U15 1x 1 – 8 9, 7 – 1 9 , 7 – 1
    U14 1x 1 – 8 9 , 7 – 1 9 , 7 – 1
           
    1st  2- 1 – 8 19, 16, 14, 12 - 8 15, 13, 11 - 6
    U16 2- 1 – 8 15, 13, 11 - 6  
           
    1. Points are awarded for A-Finals only towards overall championship trophies, age-group trophies etc .
    2. Points are awarded to all crews as per the table above, including non-SA crews and a second or third crew etc from the same school.
    3. Points for girls and boys events are scored separately. However, for the purposes of the co-educational schools' championship trophy, points are scored together.
    4. Gold, silver and bronze medals are presented to the first, second and third placed A finalists among South African Schools crews. Additional medals are awarded to non-South African or non-Schools crews obtaining first, second or third places.
    5. Medals and Trophies for U14, U15 & U16  and Open A-Final events are presented immediately after the race on the “winners’ jetty”. Medals and Trophies for Open Boys 1st 8+, 2nd 8+ and Girls 1st Quad and 2nd Quad A-Final events and Age Group and other trophies are presented at the Prize giving Ceremony, 20 minutes after the last race of the Championships.
    6. Special Boys 2nd 8+ and Girls 2nd Quad medals have been minted for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in these events. NB A school’s “first crew” must have participated in the regatta, unless there has been a special exemption granted by the SASRU executive. The same crew cannot enter both the 1st and 2nd events.
  7. WEATHER INTERRUPTIONS
    1. In the event of unfavourable weather, the Safety Committee shall make all decisions with regard to safety and whether racing should proceed as per the events schedule. If the regatta is delayed, event times shall if possible be rescheduled to include earlier and/or later times of racing on the remaining day/s of the regatta in order to complete all events.
    2. If it is not possible to complete all events SAROC shall liaise with the SASRU Executive with a view to reducing the number of events, e.g.. by cancelling U14 and U15 single sculling events, other U14 and U15 events or B Finals etc.
    3. If it is not possible to complete the regatta, the SASRU Executive shall decide to declare the regatta "cancelled" or "complete". If the regatta is declared "complete", points already accrued shall be deemed to be the final tally for the purpose of awarding medals, trophies etc.

RULES APPLICABLE TO THE SA SCHOOLS BOAT RACE

RULES OF ENTRY

  1. No composite crews will be allowed.
  2. All rowers must have been enrolled as full time learners at the school for which they have been entered.
  3. All schools are welcome to compete providing they are members of SASRU and have accepted the SASRU constitution by letter to SASRU.
  4. International Schools who are invited to attend will compete equally with South African Schools for places but duplicate medals will be awarded to SA Schools crews. International crews will be seeded behind all seedings, in accordance with the Boat Race Rules
  5. Spare/reserve boats will race in the heads race only and not in any final race. Only one spare boy’s boat and one spare girl’s boat will be offered. The spare boats will start in last place in the heads race. The spare boats should consist of no more than one rower per school for girls and no more than one rower per school per boy, except in the event that there was insufficient spares. Rowers are placed in the spare boats seats in the order of entries received and paid for. Schools may not submit entries with more than one spareman/reserve. 
  6. In the “Developing Schools Category” schools may, with the written permission of the SASRU President, enter crews consisting of more than one school. These crews will be allowed to compete in the heads race only and then may be allowed to compete against the spareman’s boat in the last final in the discretion of the SASRU President.
  7. All crews must nominate a crew representative who shall be a teacher or coach in the employ of the school and provide an email address and cell number.
  8. The following SASRU Rules of Racing shall apply:
    1. In accordance with the normal practice of South African Schools, the terminology “boys and girls” shall be used at Schools’ Boat Race.
    2. Grade 12 and post matric learners may not compete.
    3. All competitors must compete in their school’s recognised colours and attire. No competitor may compete for different schools.
    4. No boy may enter or participate in a girls event and no girl in a boys event.
    5. The minimum weight for a coxswain wearing racing shirt and shorts or equivalent is 55kg for boys and 50kg for girls. An underweight coxswain must carry additional dead weight to make up his or her minimum total weight which shall be placed in the boat as close as possible to his or her person. No article of racing equipment shall be considered as part of this dead weight.
    6. The minimum boat weight for a 4x+ is 52kg and for an 8+ is 96kg.
    7. Rowers enrolled at a rowing school may not compete for any other school or club. Rowers enrolled at a non rowing school may not compete for a rowing school, but only enter the developing schools category ( i.e. a club).
    8. All boats must be fitted as per FISA Rules.

HEAD RACING RULES

  1. On-the-water authority: The conduct of the race shall be the sole responsibility of the Umpire.
  2. Distance raced: The eights shall row over 6.3 km and the quadruple sculls over 4 km.
  3. Starting times: The time gap between the girl’s race and the boy’s race shall not be less than 2 hours.
  4. Seeding for the head race:
    1. The starting order of the race will be based on the previous year’s results in the finals.
    2. Crews deemed to be too slow for their allotted position may be moved down the order by the regatta organisers if their club so requests.
    3. New entrants to the event will not be seeded and will be started behind the last boat in the head racing in alphabetical order. This applies even to a crew which has had a “name change”.
  5. Coxswain response: Coxes shall acknowledge all the Umpire’s commands by raising one of their hands.
  6. The starting line-up: Crews shall align themselves behind the starting line, one boat length behind one another, or as the Umpire may direct. Coxes have 15 seconds to respond to the Umpire’s commands, failing which the Umpire may start the race by moving them to the last starting position and applying a penalty of one false start to be carried over to the final.
  7. Starting frequency: Crews shall be subjected to a running start approximately 30 seconds apart.
  8. Equipment failure:
    1. A crew suffering equipment failure within the first 300 metres shall row to the side of the river away from the racing line, and may then appeal to the Umpire for a re-row. In this event, the crew shall be entitled to a reasonable amount of time to effect repairs, after which the crew shall re-row from the starting line.
    2. Should the Umpire discover, upon inspection, that no genuine breakage has occurred, or if a real breakage is found to be a result of poor maintenance or a deliberate action by one of the crew to gain an unfair advantage, the crew may be instructed to row to the finish and their time will stand.
  9. Overtaking rules: These shall be as follows:
    1. The three defining corners on the Kowie River are Centenary Park, Bay of Biscay, and the Wreck corner.
    2. On the straight of the river, before a corner or bend, and before the bowball of the slower crew passes the corner marker, the slower crew shall move over and let the faster crew overtake on the inside lane relative to the upcoming bend.
    3. On the corner, if the slower crew’s bowball reaches the corner marker and there is no contact between the crews (i.e. clear water), the faster crew will not have the right to take the inside lane; should they wish to overtake, they shall do so in the outside lane, and at their own risk. If the crews clash, the race times will stand regardless.
    4. If there is contact between the crews before the corner marker, the faster crew will have the right to the inside lane on the corner.
    5. The Marshalls stationed on the course shall adjudge the course steered and behaviour of the crews, and may instruct crews to give way to faster crews. Coxes shall acknowledge instructions given by the Marshalls by raising their hand, and shall immediately respond.
    6. The crew with its bowball in front by at least one half of a boat length at the Wharf Street jetty (marshall on duty) will have their right to the inside lane under the Old Bridge (provided the tide is high enough to use this route). The other crew must then row between the two bridge pillars in the centre of the river.
  10. Fouls: In the event of the crews fouling one another, and/or creating an obstruction for other crews in the race, the Umpire may elect to exclude one or both of the crews, order a re-row for affected crews or order a re-row of the entire field of crews.
  11. Note: Disregard of rules 1-9 above can result in exclusion. The Umpire may also penalise an offending crew by awarding them a false start, at any time during or after the race, before the crew leaves the water (or within 20 minutes of the end of the head race). The penalty will be carried through to the Final.
  12. Objections: Any objections with regard to the head race must be raised immediately after the race, whilst the crew is still on the water or, if it is regarding times, within 10 minutes of the results being announced. A protest by a crew shall be made by the cox raising his/her hand, which he shall keep raised until he has been clearly acknowledged by the Umpire or Finish Judge. Should the crew fail to receive adequate redress, an appeal to the Jury may be made in writing, within 15 minutes after the end of the head race.
  13. Racing jury: A Jury, comprising the Chief Umpire, the Finish Judge or the Marshall witnessing the incident, the Regatta Chairman and a SASRU representative, shall hear any dispute arising from the race, and shall make a decision which shall be binding on all parties to the dispute. The fairness committee in terms of RowSA rules will consist of the Chief Umpire, the Regatta Chairman and a SASRU representative.

RULES FOR THE FINALS

  1. The conduct of the race shall be the sole responsibility of the Umpire.
  2. Competing crews shall draw for stations in the presence of the Regatta Controller on the bank, before boating for their race. Stations shall be the east and west banks at the respective starts.
  3. If the Umpire considers a start to be false, he/she shall immediately recall the crews to the starting line. Failure to comply, or persistently starting before the signal, shall render a crew liable for a penalty or disqualification.
  4. A boat’s proper course shall be such that will enable it to reach the finishing line in the shortest possible time, provided that it allows ample water for the other crew to steer its proper course on the side on which it started, as long as that crew is in a position to enforce its right to that water. A boat is not entitled to enforce this right if it is on the “wrong side” of the other crew. A boat failing to keep to its proper course does so at its peril in the event of a foul occurring.
  5. The Umpire shall be the sole judge of a boat’s course. He may warn either or both crews when he considers that there is a danger of a foul occurring, or if there is any obstruction on the course, but he shall not otherwise direct the steering of either crew.
  6. It shall be considered a foul, at the discretion of the Umpire, when, after the race has started, there is any physical contact between the boats, oars or crews.
  7. In the event of a foul occurring, either crew may appeal to the Umpire at the time the foul occurs. If the crew making the appeal was in its proper course and the crew against whom the appeal is made was out of its proper course, the latter may be penalised by a maximum of two boat lengths or excluded. A crew shall only be penalised if, in the opinion of the Umpire, it seriously encroached on the course of the crew making the claim.
  8. In the event of a serious or deliberate foul, the Umpire may exclude or penalise an offending crew without waiting for an appeal from the other crew. He may also do this at once or at any later time up to or immediately after the end of the race. (Note: This means that the Umpire may delay his decision, either in the interest of safety, or to see whether in fact a foul has influenced the outcome of the race.)
  9. The crew racing in the East Bank lane has right of way at the Old Bridge to row between the East Bank and the first bridge pillar. However, if the crew racing in the West Bank lane has a lead at the Solly Kramer jetty of at least one boat length of clear water, they may row between the East Bank and the first bridge pillar.
  10. The Umpire may, at his sole discretion, declare “No Race” and order a re-start or a re-row, if either crew is interfered with by an outside agent, to such an extent that the race result is affected.
  11. Equipment failure: If, before reaching the 600 m mark for the boys’ event and 400 m mark for the girls’ from the start, either crew should suffer genuine equipment failure, which is not due to the fault of any member of the crew concerned, the crew shall be given time to effect repairs and the Umpire shall order a re-row the race from the start. Should the Umpire discover, upon inspection, that no genuine breakage has occurred, or if a real breakage is found to be a result of poor maintenance or a deliberate action by one of the crew to gain an unfair advantage, the Umpire shall re-start the race where the race was stopped, and shall impose a penalty of a maximum of 2 boat lengths against the offending crew.
  12. Crews suffering equipment damage or breakage beyond the 600 m or 400 m mark respectively, shall have no grounds for appeal, and must proceed to the finish.
  13. Failure to abide by any decision of the Umpire, or to follow his instruction, shall render a crew liable for exclusion
  14. A crew may appeal at the end of a race by the cox raising his hand in terms of the normal rules of racing. This must be done while the crew is still on the water.
  15. Any penalised individual/crew/club has the right to appeal, in writing, to the Regatta Jury. The Jury, comprising the Chief Umpire, the Finish Judge or the Marshall witnessing the incident, the Regatta Chairman and a SASRU representative, shall hear any dispute arising from the Race, and shall make a decision which shall be binding on all parties to the dispute.
  16. In the event of a “three boat final”, that final shall take place in the last final i.e. amongst the slowest three boats of the heads race.

GENERAL RULES (FOR ALL SCHOOLS, COMPETITORS AND SPECTATORS)

  1. The one-way streets of Port Alfred are still, and are always, one-way streets. This particularly applies to the one-way street running along the course (in the opposite direction of racing), which runs in front of Solly Kramers Bottle Store. These regulations must be adhered to, as the Traffic Police will not hesitate to fine any offenders.
  2. The bridge crossing the Kowie River closest to the Port Alfred River and Ski Boat Club is not a parking area. Do not park on this bridge as it will hamper crossing traffic, and the Traffic Police will not hesitate to remove any offending car.
  3. The Port Alfred River and Ski Boat Club is open to senior spectators only. In order to adhere to club rules, please do not enter the bar area with a cap/headgear on, or without some form of footwear.
  4. All club trailers are to be parked in the land allocated beside the main road, next to the driving test area. No trailers are to be left in the car park of the clubhouse, at any time prior to Boat Race. It will, however, be acceptable to bring the trailer in temporarily in order to load/unload boats prior to or after the regatta.
  5. All clubs are asked to please adhere strictly to the rules of the river, and show courtesy to other water users. This will prevent any unnecessary tension between rowers and boaters, etc.
  6. All boats on the water before sunrise or after sunset, regardless of how dark it is, require at least one 360 degree white light, elevated above crew height and attached to the bow, and additional green and red bow and stroke side lights.
  7. No crew may store or leave their boats in the parking area. Once boats have been washed in the wash bay, they must immediately be moved to the racks provided.
  8. All boats are required to travel to the start and while practising with their bow side closest to the bank, and all quicker boats have right of way on all corners.
  9. Any spectators venturing out and watching the racing along the river, particularly at Centenary Park bend, must be aware that often vehicles are broken into and items stolen. DO NOT leave your vehicle unattended and do not attempt to arrest any vandals (other than at your risk).
  10. No crew may row after dark or before first light.

TROPHIES AND MEDALS

  1. Medals are awarded to the winners and the runners-up in the A final and the winners of the B final.
  2. Floating Trophies: Boys 1st Place, 2nd Place; Girls 1st Place, 2nd Place.
  3. Most improved crew: The winners of these medals (i.e. Boys’ and Girls’) will be adjudged on the comparative positions form the previous year. In the event of a tie, it will be awarded to the crew that best reflects the “spirit of boat race”.

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South African Schools Rowing Union
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Number: 00 424 046 4
Branch: Eastgate (018 505)