Rules, Regulations & Safety
Rowing Canada Aviron Rules of Racing will be in effect unless otherwise mentioned in this document.
IMPORTANT: MEMBER UPDATE – RCA RULES OF RACING RULE 3.5
Rule 3.5 – Quick Release Foot Stretchers
Please note Rowing Canada will be enforcing changes made to Rule 3.5 of the Rules of Racing. The Rule relates to the implementation of a single-handed release strap for foot stretchers.
Rule 3.5 Quick Release Foot Stretchers In all boats the foot stretchers, shoes or other devices holding the feet of the rowers shall be a type which allows the rowers to get clear of the boat with no delay in an emergency. Where shoes or other devices holding the feet will remain in the boat, each shoe or device shall be independently restrained to limit heel lift to a maximum of 7 cm for each shoe or type of foot gear fitted to the boat. In addition, where laces, Velcro or similar materials must be opened before the rower can remove his/her feet from the shoes or other device, all such materials must be able to be released immediately by the rower with a single quick hand action of pulling on one easily accessible strap. Where shoes or other devices holding the feet will not remain in the boat, each shoe or device must be able to be released by the rower without using his/her hands or with a single quick hand action of pulling on one easily accessible strap or release device.
C2 Flex Feet are banned by Rowing Canada
All laces, Velcro or similar materials for foot release, must be able to be released by one single and easily accessible strap.
Heel ties must be limited to 7 cm or 2.8 inches.
All boats must have a securely fastened bow ball.
Each rower or coxswain participating in the regatta is responsible to ensure that the crew and boat are in fit condition to race.
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