Details for Aberdeen Sprint Regatta
Crews must boat facing upstream and proceed to the bridge
marshalling area. Please be careful going under the Suspension Bridge as the
river is narrow here and you must watch out for crews racing downstream and
give way to them if necessary.
Crews must keep to the Boathouse side of the river on the way up
to the start.
At low tide it is may not be safe to pass through the Railway Bridge - seek
local knowledge if in any doubt and obey safety instructions from the marshals.
Crews must report to the start marshal below the
railway bridge and keep in touch with the marshal until called down for their
The start is free and, in view of the downstream current,
manoeuvring at the start should normally be done by backing down.
Crews should ensure that their boat and blades pass on the
appropriate side of any buoys or course markers. Failure to comply with this
rule could result in disqualification if the umpire considers that unfair
advantage was gained or the other crew was obstructed.
There is a line of buoys near the finish but these do not
represent the exact finish line and crews should not stop racing until
instructed by the finisher.
After finishing, all crews should turn and approach a jetty as
soon as possible especially if their boat or members are required for other
Please also see the Local Regatta
Rules printed below.
Local Regatta Rules for
Aberdeen Sprint Regatta
also study the course map and its Notes)
are reminded that the rules of racing of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association
apply to this regatta.
Club Captains, or their representatives, must report to the
Regatta Secretary before the start of the regatta. Any crew which fails to
submit a written list of crew members or has not paid its entry fee by the time
of its first race will be disqualified. (see S.A.R.A. rule B3)
Bow-slot numbers will be loaned to competitors upon deposit of
£5 and these must be in place while racing. The deposit will be refunded on
safe return of the number.
Competitors must report to the start marshal at least five
minutes before their published race times. Crews must then stay in touch with
the start marshal until they are called to the start line. Due to a lot of
doubling-up, the timing of the regatta is critical and late crews will be
disqualified (Aberdeen crews take note !)
The first named crew will take the City Station (opposite the
Boathouse), the second named crew will take the Boathouse Station.
The 500m course will be used in all events. The course is in two
lanes and runs downstream from a free start at the "top of the wall". It runs
through the two bridges with a slight bend before the finish at the upstream end
of the Aberdeen Boat Club Boathouse. There are three buoys near the finish and
boats and blades must pass between the appropriate buoys, or risk
The buoys near the finish do not represent the exact finish line
and crews should not stop racing until instructed by the umpire.
We do not have permission to row below the Victoria Bridge
(downstream of the Boathouse). Any crew violating this rule is likely to be sunk
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