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Title: Dual Races

Dual Races Small Regattas
  • How to be the Aligner, Starter, Referee and
    Finish Judge on the same race

Regattas have
  • Organizing committee
  • Months of pre-planning
  • Paid staff and volunteers
  • Published race schedule and traffic patterns

Dual races have
  • A date on the coaches calendar that he told you
    about the night before
  • Approximate start times
  • Flexible schedule
  • Coaches looking for launch drivers 5 minutes
    before the first race
  • Hot seating in each event so everyone can race

  • How many refs/skilled volunteers do you need?
  • How many races?
  • What challenges does this race course have?
  • Any local restrictions on noise, launch speed,
  • Steering challenges
  • How many launches?
  • Timing or video at Finish line?

Make sure you plan for
  • How will the USRA Rules of Rowing be enforced?
  • Holding races for late crews
  • Stopping races due to interference between crews
    or unforeseen hazards
  • How to handle protests

Coxswains meeting I
  • Review the race schedule and ask about boat
    sharing conflicts and hot seating
  • Discuss the course- distance markers and danger
  • Steering points- straight or uneven shoreline
  • Traffic patterns for warm-up and cool down
  • Start line- stake boats or floating start

Coxswains meeting II
  • Starter and aligner and referee or separate
    individuals for each job
  • Review start sequence and start commands- no
    surprises for the crews
  • Breakage zone- flag or 20 seconds
  • Finish line location- Flag on dock,boat or beach
  • Protests- how to file and how will they be
  • Official regatta time

Things to Consider
  • While one referee can align, start and follow-
  • How many people do you need at the finish?
  • Who is keeping an eye on the other crews on the
    water- i.e. are there possible conflicts with
    crews warming up and pleasure boats on the lake.
    Or if the weather turns bad, where are all the
    crews and how many are on the water?

Heading out to the first race
  • Check the course for problems- i.e. debris and
    fishing boats in the middle of the racecourse.
  • Make sure the crews are staying in the traffic
  • Make sure that the course markers are in the
    proper place

Before the Start- floating starts
  • Gather the crews behind the start line
  • Get then as even as possible
  • Bring them up together rowing by bow pairs
  • The rowers should take commands directly from you
  • Be aware of the distance between the crews- keep
    adequate spacing between the crews
  • Have the crews hold water when the are on the
    start line
  • It is more important that the crews are even than
    that they are precisely on the line.

Floating Starts
  • When the crews are even, make sure that that they
    are parallel and properly pointed.
  • Announce You are Aligned
  • Call out Attention
  • Raise the Starters flag
  • After the proper pause call Go while dropping
    the Starters flag

Things to note
  • Dont poll the crews. They will drift apart if
    you try
  • If you are aligning and starting from the side,
    it is difficult to be positive that they boats
    are perfectly pointed.
  • Especially early in the racing season,
    inexperienced crews can have one side out-pull
    the other at the start, causing them to veer
    toward the adjacent team. Inexperienced coxn
    arent necessarily prepared to deal with this

After the Start
  • Immediately position your launch behind the crews
  • Watch for crews having steering problems
  • If you dont have a 100 meter breakage buoy, use
    20 seconds for breakage

During the Race I
  • Courses with uneven shorelines or no targets at
    the finish create steering challenges
  • Watch for crews steering off the course and other
    crews following their direction
  • Dont steer crews, but dont let them get too far
    off course before taking action
  • If there are docks alongside the racecourse, be
    vigilant about boats backing out in front of your
  • If possible, help crews avoid pleasure boats on
    the course
  • Always consider if interference affected the

At the Finish
  • After all the crews have finished, check the
    crews for health problems and protests
  • Check with the finish line staff for the results
    and any problem/questions that may arise from
    that race
  • The first few times you work with a finish crew,
    check that the splits reflect the observed
    distance between the crews
  • Make notes about the race- i.e. time of race, any
    incidents, order of finish and margins between

Returning to the start
  • Check the course for debris or additional
    problems- more boat traffic as the day proceeds
  • Advise fisherman and pleasure boats around the
    course about the racing and ASK for their
  • Check the crews are following the traffic pattern
    and identify crews that have launched for
    subsequent races

When you have to stop a race
  • If you have to stop a race due to some incident-
    clash of oars, pleasure boat interfering with a
    crew or similar problems- dont try to restart in
    the middle of the course.
  • Determine if you will return them immediately
    back to the start or establish a later time to
    restart the race.

Restarting a race
  • Returning to the start line is the only fair way
    to resolve the problem
  • All crews are at the same disadvantage
  • Quickly explain how the restart will work
  • If the race was stopped in the second 1000
    meters, you may want to run the restart at a
    later time
  • Consider team problems with boat sharing and
    travel plans

Why we are here
  • For this type of event, you will need to be
    flexible and adapt to the situation
  • We are here to ensure safe and fair rowing for
    the competitors- not to show how good we look in
    a blue blazer
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