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Title: Coastal Rowing

Coastal Rowing
  • A new challenging FISA umpiring event

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Coastal Rowing and FISA Rules
  • FISA Rules of Racing applies to international
  • regattas with exception of special approved
    Regulations for
  • this type of regatta.
  • Rule 1 A coastal rowing regatta is a regatta in
    which all
  • Competitors use coastal rowing boats as defined
    in these
  • Regulations and where the competition course is
    on the open
  • sea or on a large inland body of water and in
    accordance with
  • these regulations.

Regulation, Rules 17 Age
  • Following age categories are recognized

Men and Women
Boat Classes
  • Rule 28 Classes of Boat

C1x - Men (M) and Women (W) C2x - Men (M) and
Women (W) C4x- - Men (M) and Women (W) C4 - Men
(M) and Women (W)
Coastal Rowing
  • Control Commission

Coastal Rowing Boats
  • Rule 31 Construction of Boats

Boat Type Max. Length Min. weight
C1X 6,00 m 35 Kg
C2x 7,50 m 60 Kg
C4/C4x- 10,70 m 150 Kg
1) Max. Overall length
2) Min. Weight of boat
  • Min. permitted width of boat
  • - Width overall
  • - Width of secondary beam measurement located
    from deepest point of boat

Boat Type Width Overall Height of Measurement Point above deepest point of boat Width at Measurement Point (2)
C1X 0,75 m 0,19 m 0,55 m
C2x 1,00 m 0,23 m 0,70 m
C4/C4x- 1,30 m 0,30 m 0,90 m
Coastal Rowing Boats (2)
  • All rowers mus be seated in line over the Axis of
    the boat and all coxed boats shall be designed so
    that the coxwain is required to sit upright to
    the stern of the rowers.

Coastal Rowing Boats (3)
  • Boat hulls must be self-bailing - i.e. water in
    boat shall be removed through special hatches by
    the forward movement of the boat

Coastal Rowing Boats (4)
  • All types of boats must have a cleat at the bow
    fitted with a 10 m buoyant line.
  • Loose end of the line at hand-reach of a rower
  • Ballast must be fixed securely in the structure
    of the boat

Coastal Rowing Boats (5)
  • Life jackets meeting international standards to
    every crew member. Coxwains must wear a life
    jacket at all times in the boat.

Each boat allowed to carry radio or
telecommunication equipment permitted by the
Organizing Committee or by the maritime
authorithies (e.g. GPS system)
Coastal Rowing Boats (6)
  • All boats must register with the Organizing
    committee before training or competition.
  • Boats are allocated a registration ID number
    which must be displayed on both sides of the bow.
  • Boat number shall be min. 20 cm high and 8 cm
    wide in contrasting colour to the background
  • Coxwains shall be weighed according to FISA Rules
    of Racing
  • Crews shall present weigh note for coxwain and
    sign in before leaving the beach
  • Crews shall sign out after the race
  • Crews failing to register may be penalized.

Control Commission
  • Example of Control Commission tasks
  • Check safety equipment of boats
  • Check boat numbers before embarkment
  • Check all boats have returned after race
  • Check crews have signed out after race

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Coastal Rowing
  • Race Course and Umpires

Race Course
  • Organizing Committee shall ensure
  • Fair and equal racing conditions for all crews
  • Courses shall be designed so that the progress of
    the race and the competing boats can be seen by
    spectators on shore
  • Course may be straight, rectangular, triangular
    or point to point
  • Course lenght between 6 and 12 Km at Int.
  • FISA Coastal Rowing Championship regatta 8 Km
  • Same lenght for men and women

Race Course in Mandelieu
  • Umpires required at start
  • Starter
  • Starter positioned app. 150 meter behind the
    start line with a clear view of all boats.
    Starting signals shall be visible to all crews on
    the start line.
  • Umpires assisting starter
  • Judge at the start

Start Procedure (1)
  • Crews must be in the vicinity of the startline 5
    min. before starting time and under starters
    control at least 2 min. before starting time.
  • Crews own responsibility to ensure it is aligned
    and not over the start line when race is started.
    Any crews not following instructions from Starter
    or Umpires at all time shall be penalized. After
    giving the 5-minute and the 1-minute signals
    respectively , the starter may start the race at
    the given time without reference to the positions
    of any crew.
  • 5 min. before the start the starter shall
  • - hoist a red flag and a double black
    ball (each black ball shall be of such size
    as to be clearly visible from the start line (not
    smaller than 50 cm Ø)
  • - sound a hooter in 5 short blasts
  1. .

Start Procedure (2)
  • All boats shall remain close to the start. At the
    expiry of the 5 min the start can be given even
    if some boats have not reached the start
  • Each crew shall be responsible to be aware of the
    time remaining before the start. It is the
    responsibility of the crews to be as close to the
    start line as possible at the start time of the
    race and not cause a false start. There will be
    no instructions to crews concerning alignment
    unless the Judge at the Start considers that too
    many boats are over the start line and that the
    race cannot be started in a safe or fair manner.
  • One minute before the start, the Starter shall
  • - hoist the Preparatory signal, Flag P of the
    International Code and drop one of the two
    black balls and
  • - sound a hooter in two short blasts

Start Procedure (3)
  • At the Start time, the Starter shall give the
    signal to start the race by quickly and
  • - dropping the Race Flag and Flag P and the
    black ball and
  • - sounding a hooter in one long blast.
  • Should the Judge at the Start consider that many
    crews are over the start line at the start time,
    or should the Starter find that many crews are
    late to the start, the Starter may delay the
    start at his sole discretion. Alternatively he
    may start the race on time and if appropriate may
    award penalties as provided in these Regulations
    and Rules.
  • Delays of Start
  • Where the start of any specific boat category is
    delayed for any reason, the Starter shall inform
    the boat category or categories of the delay.
    Where the whole race is to be delayed the Starter
    shall lower all flags and signals and begin the 5
    min. countdown process again when appropriate.

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  • False start
  • a number of boats (gt1) then starter may decide to
    stop the race and start again.
  • Starter stop by making repeated short blasts on
    the hooter and by hoisting a red flag on the
    start mast
  • Crews committing false start shall each be
    awarded a one-minute time penalty and shall be
    informed by the Umpire or Starter

Race Course and Rules
  • Rounding of a Turning Mark

Race Course and Rules
Example 1 Turning Mark priority within the
turning zone (3 boatlengths before, 2 boatlengths
after the buoy)
Race Course and Rules
Example 2 Turning Mark priority within the
turning zone (3 boatlengths before, 2 boatlengths
after the buoy)

Race Course and Rules
  • Penalties for obstructing priority rules
  • Time penalty by discretion of Umpire
  • 15, 30 or 60 seconds

Race Course and Rules
  • No designated Start Zone
  • No material damage restart claim
  • Interference not allowed
  • a crews water is defined as that area taken up by
    the boat and the oars during the rowing stroke.
    No boat or boats may deliberately or otherwise
    cause interference to another boat which is on a
    course towards a turning marker or other course

Race Course and Rules (2)
  • Giving way
  • A boat must give way to an upcoming boat after
    being called and change course sufficiently to
    leave the crowded boat enough room or it may be
    penalized by the Umpire. (Time penalty by the
    discretion of the Umpire of 15, 30 or 60 seconds
    depending on the severity. )
  • Collision
  • In case of collisions (of boats or oars) and if
    one of the coxwains or captains protests, the
    Umpire shall decide who is at fault and may
    impose a penalty on the boat responsible for the

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  • Available penalties for the Jury (Reg., rule 87)
  • Reprimand
  • Time penalty
  • Yellow Card (applying until the start of the next
  • Relegation (in minimum boat weight violations)
  • Exclusion (from all the rounds of the event in
  • Disqualification (from all events in the regatta)
  • The Umpire may also order that a crew which has
    been interfered with be allowed to proceed to the
    next round of an event (where such rounds are
    held) if he considers that but for the
    interference the crew would have so progressed of
    its own accord.

  • Reg., Rule 90 The Umpire (1)
  • The President of the Jury, in consultation with
    the Organizing Committee, shall
  • decide the number of umpires to supervise each
    race. Where there is more
  • than one Umpire, the Umpires shall have equal
    status in their areas of
  • Responsability.
  • The Umpire shall impose appropriate penalties on
    crews on fault.
  • The Umpire shall not give any steering
    indications to crews
  • Ensure that accidents are avoided and prevent
    crews from being impeded by their opponents
  • The Umpire may impose penalties during the race,
    stop the race impose penalties and order the race
    to be restarted either from the start or some
    other positions they held at the time the race
    was stopped

  • Reg., Rule 90 The Umpire (2)
  • Decide on new starting time after consultation
    with the President of the Jury
  • and inform the crews concerned
  • Where the Umpire has serious doubts whether the
    impediment affected the result of the race or
    considers the effect of the impediment was not
  • cant, he may decline to take any action or to
    take such action as he sees fit in the
  • The Umpire may also allow the rece to continue
    and impose penalties after the race has finished.
    However, in principle, if a crew is to be awarded
    a time penalty the Umpire should make every
    attempt to advise the crew at the time of the
    penalty is awarded by saying to the crew (Boat
    number!) (reason for penalty)! (15 sec. /
    30 sec. / One minute) Time Penalty!
  • The Umpire shall at the same time show to the
    crew a white board displaying the text 15s or
    30s or 60s as appropriate

Coastal Rowing a good life ?
  • Thank you for your attention

(c) Leif Egholm Denmark FISA Umpire
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