Notes for Competitors

All competitors and particularly single scullers, coxes and steersmen are expected to know, understand and apply the following simple rules, which are provided to ensure your safety while racing on the Royal Albert Dock.

Royal Albert Dock circulation pattern during the Regatta - GIF (43 kb)

Rowing to the start

Warming up - crews may warm up on the course (but NOT in Lane 6) provided that they DO NOT interfere with any racing crews.

Warming down - crews may warm down on the course (but NOT in Lane 6) provided that they DO NOT interfere with any racing crews. It is particularly important that crews warming down ensure they are not mistaken for a racing crew as they cross the finish line after their warm down; leave a big gap between your crew and any crews still racing (especially if the racing crews are well spread out).

Crews or scullers ignoring these navigation safety rules may be immediately disqualified from the event.

Equipment Checks

Competitors are reminded that it is THEIR responsibility to ensure that their boats meet the standards laid down in the ARA Water Safety Code, and that Umpires on Control Commission are required by the ARA Rules of Racing (section 2-3-8) to exclude any boat that does not conform to the required standard. They are not there to repair your faulty boats.

Please ensure that you have checked your boat adequately before presenting it for scrutiny by Control Commission Umpires, paying attention in particular to bow-balls, heel restraints, buoyancy compartments and coxes' lifejackets / buoyancy aids. If you don't know what the required standards are, or don't know how to check a boat, then ask your Club's Safety Adviser (before you arrive to race!).