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Rules of the Regatta

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The Match will be run under FISA rules, with the exception of any variations specifically referred to in these rules.

PARTICIPATION: The regatta will be open to teams representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. (However, for special occasions, and with prior agreement of the General Management Committee, arrangements can be made whereby a fifth country can be invited to participate).


  1. Senior Men & Women:   Coxed Four; Coxless Four; Coxless Pair; Quadruple Scull (4x); Double Scull; Single Scull and Eight (8+)
    Lightweight: Pair, Double Scull and Single Scull
    Para: A male AS/TA race and a female AS/TA race, conducted on percentage of GMT basis.

  2. Junior Men & Women: Coxed Four; Coxless Four; Coxless Pair; Quadruple Scull; Double Scull; Single Scull and Eight.

  3. In the Senior Events, each team (men and women) may have a maximum of NINETEEN athletes and TWO coxswains.
    Every member of the 8+ and 4x, MUST have raced at least once in a smaller boat at the regatta.

  4. In the Junior events, each team (men and women) shall have a maximum of SEVENTEEN athletes and TWO coxswains.

1) LW1x 10:30 13) JW4- 12:06 25) W4- 13:42
2) LM1x 10:38 14) JM4- 12:14 26) M4- 13:50
3) JW1x 10:46 15) W4+ 12:22 27) JW4x 13:58
4) JM1x 10:54 16) M4+ 12:30 28) JM4x 14:06
5) W1x 11:02 17) LW2x 12:38 29) Para men 14:15
6) M1x 11:10 18) LM2x 12:46 30) Para women 14:25
7) LW2- 11:18 19) JW2x 12:54 31) JW8+ 15:30
8) LM2- 11:26 20) JM2x 13:02  32) JM8+ 15:40
9) JW2- 11:34 21) W2x 13:10  33) W4x 15:50
10) JM2- 11:42 22) M2x 13:18  34) M4x 16:00
11) W2- 11:50 23) JW4+ 13:26  35) W8+ 16:10
12) M2- 11:58 24) JM4+ 13:34  36) M8+ 16:20

Except for accident, or emergency, there will be no alteration to the event order.

COURSE: The length of the course shall be ideally 2000 metres, but not less than 1500 metres


Weighing-in: All coxes and Lightweights must weigh-in between 2 hours and 1 hour before the start of the regatta (8.30 – 9.30).

Life jackets must be worn by coxes for racing. FISA rules state that a maximum of 15 kg. may be carried by coxes to make them up to the minimum weight for their event.

UMPIRES: The governing body of the country in which the regatta takes place shall appoint the President of the Jury and shall ensure that the racing is controlled by duly qualified officials. Visiting countries may nominate two umpires each, not later than four weeks prior to the event, to the host country

ENTRIES: Team entries, names of individuals and their respective clubs shall be supplied to the Match Director not later than the Monday before the regatta.

ELIGIBILITY: Every competitor must be qualified by one or more of the following conditions:-

a) Having been born in that country.

b) Having a parent or grandparent born in that country

c) Having resided for not less than six consecutive months in that country, and having been a member of a rowing club therein during that time.

d) If an athlete lives in Home Country A, and rows for a club in Home Country B and has competed for that club for more than the previous 6 months, that athlete may opt once to row for either country

e) Having had 5 years of primary or secondary education in that country

f) Juniors shall conform to the following definition:

‘A Junior oarsman/oarswoman is one who has not attained the age of 18 years before the 1st September of the calendar year preceding the year of competition.

g) No athlete may row/scull for a country in the Match if he/she has rowed/sculled for another country in any competition the previous year.

h) Clubs may combine to form composite crews.

i) All Para-rowers must be classified to either national or FISA level

RACING COLOURS: Competitors shall use the following colours:

Country Blade All-in-one
England White with St George's cross in red White with three lions and England printed in red on back
Ireland Green Green with shamrock emblem
Scotland Blue with white saltire Blue with white thistle
Wales Red with white Welsh Dragon Red with Prince of Wales feathers

SCORING: Points for each race shall be awarded as follows:-

1st –4 pts; 2nd –3 pts;  3rd –2 pts;  4th –1 pt. No points are scored by a crew that is disqualified, or that fails to complete the course by reason of its own accident. Crews dead-heating will share the points for the places involved ie. equal 1st means 3 ½ pts each. In the event of only one entry in an event, no medal will be awarded.

In an event where only 3 crews are entered, then the points shall be: 1st – 3 pts; 2nd – 2 pts; 3rd – 1 pt.

In an event where only 2 crews are entered, then the points shall be: 1st – 3 pts; 2nd – 2 pts.

In an event where only 1 crew is entered, then 3 points are awarded (but no medal).

These exceptions apply as per entries received by the Close of Entries which is the Monday before the Match. They do not apply if crews subsequently scratch.

TROPHIES: The following challenge trophies, lent by the countries shown, shall be awarded to the teams scoring the highest total in the relevant sections. In the case of a tie, the trophy shall be awarded to the team with the greatest number of 1st places. If a tie still results, the trophy shall be awarded to the team whose Eight occupies the higher position. Any invited fifth nation shall be ineligible for the team awards.

Men               : News of the World Cup (England)
Women          : The County Renfrew Rosebowl (Scotland)
Junior Men      : The Duncan Trophy (Scotland)
Junior Women : The Irish Travel Agency Cup (Ireland)

The Team Manager of winning teams should return the trophies won by their team, no later than the day preceding the next match, suitably engraved and polished.


The following programme for hosting the event is agreed:

2017              England
2018              Ireland
2019              Scotland
2020              Wales
2021              England 

Updated: July 2017