The Committee of Henley Women’s Regatta has undertaken a review of the regatta  competition structure  ‘to provide a pathway for girls and women from junior to international level so they can excel in their rowing careers’. The new structure takes into consideration the Competition Review to be introduced fully from April 2018.

Thank you to all the athletes & coaches who have provided feedback to our competition restructure announcement.  As a result of this feedback we have produced some FAQs and a have clarified points in the rules. Where clarification has been provided we have also updated the “Events & Event Criteria” to reflect this.

Details below

Entries

i) The Committee will examine the withdrawal/substitution of any crew/oarswoman after the close of entries or during the regatta and reserves the right to exclude the club/oarswoman from all other events at the regatta or in the future.

ii) Any competitor withdrawing from an event will only be allowed to substitute into another event with the permission of the Chairman of the Race Committee.

iii) The rules referring to oarswomen do not include coxes, other than doubling up.

 

Semi FInals and Finals

All semi finals and finals will be raced on Sunday 24th June

Championship Events

  • Open to members of any eligible club
  • Composite crews allowed
  • Doubling up is not allowed
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2004
  • Oarswomen must have been born before 1st September 2001 i.e. be at least J17
  • American Div 1 crews are expected to enter these events

The Ron Needs Cup – for Eights

Competitors in this event will be guaranteed 2 races.  If the entry is greater than 6 one of these may be a Time Trial.

The Avril Vellacott Cup – For Coxless Fours

Competitors in this event will be guaranteed 2 races.  If the entry is greater than 6 one of these may be a Time Trial.

The Redgrave Vase – For Coxless Pairs

The Borne Cup – 4x – For Quadruple Sculls

The W. Peer Cup – 2x – For Double Sculls

The George Innes Cup – 1x – For Single Sculls

Championship Lightweight Events

  • Open to members of any eligible club
  • Composite crews allowed
  • Doubling up is not allowed
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2004
  • No Juniors allowed
  • American Div 1 crews are expected to enter these events
  • The crew average must not exceed 57kgs, and no competitor may exceed 59kgs

The Haslam Trophy – For Double Sculls

The  Parkside Trophy – For Coxless pairs

The Godfrey Rowsports Trophy – For Single Sculls

Aspirational Events

  • Open to members of any eligible club
  • Composite crews allowed
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2004
  • Oarswomen must have been born before 1st September 2001 i.e. be at least J17
  • No doubling up is allowed
  • American Division 1 crews are expected to enter the Championship events
  • All overseas crews are required to submit a rowing CV (Reference General Rule 3.4 – submission of rowing CV/resume.) to be considered for these events

No crew may contain any member who has competed in:-

  • Olympic Games (except developing nations)
  • Paralympic Games
  • World Championship
  • World Cup
  • World University Rowing Championships (FISU)
  • World U23 Regatta
  • Commonwealth Regatta
  • European Championships

No crew may contain any oarswoman who has, since 2013 inclusive:-

  • Won Gold in any boat type at the Senior British Championships (or the equivalent in any country) or won a plaque in Open, Open Lightweight, Open University or Open Under 23 events
  • Won a medal at the European U23 Championship
  • Won a medal at the Junior World Championships
  • Won a Senior or Elite event at HWR
  • Won a BUCS Championship Gold medal at a BUCS regatta (in either an open or lightweight event)
  • Raced in any senior event at Henley Royal Regatta in either discipline
  • Won a Junior event at Henley Royal Regatta
  • Been invited to the GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 trial (or equivalent in any other country)
  • Been awarded an Oxford / Cambridge Blue in an Open crew (not the lightweight crew)

The Invesco Perpetual Challenge Cup and The Lester Trophy for Club crews

  • No crew shall contain any oarswoman who is a registered internal student of an academic institution or school and who has raced in an open regatta (not Head race) including BUCS in the current season (i.e. 1st September 2017 – 22nd June 2018) for that club.

The Colgan Foundation Cup and The Cathy Cruickshank Trophy for Academic crews

  • Competitors shall be a registered internal student of the university, school or college for the whole of the academic year 2017/18

The Colgan Foundation Cup – For Academic Eights

The Invesco Perpetual Challenge Cup – For Club Eights

The Cathy Cruickshank Trophy – For Academic Coxless Fours

The Lester Trophy – For Club Coxless Fours

The Chairman’s Trophy – For Quadruple Sculls

The Rosie Mayglothling Trophy – For Double Sculls

The Bernard Churcher Trophy – Single Sculls

The Fiona Dennis Trophy – For Lightweight Single Sculls –  No competitor may exceed 59kgs. Juniors are not allowed to enter this event.

Development Event

This event is intended for those who have only been in the sport for approximately 3 years i.e. at the start of their rowing careers.

  • Open to members of any one club affiliated to the British Rowing, Scottish Rowing, Welsh Rowing or Rowing Ireland.
  • Crews from Scottish Rowing, Welsh Rowing or Rowing Ireland are required to submit a Rowing CV in order to enter this event. (Reference General Rule 3.4 – submission of rowing CV/resume.)
  • Composite crews are not allowed
  • No doubling up is allowed
  • Crews may contain a maximum of 2 Juniors
  • Oarswomen must have been born before 1st September 2002 i.e. be at least J16
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2004
  • Overseas crews may not enter this event

No crew shall contain any oarswoman, who has taken part, in any international regatta

  • Olympic Games
  • Paralympic Games
  • World Championship
  • World Cup
  • World University Rowing Championships (FISU)
  • World U23 Regatta
  • Commonwealth Regatta
  • Junior World Championships
  • European Championships
  • Youth Olympics
  • GB France Match
  • Coupe de la Jeunesse in either discipline
  • European Rowing U23 Championships
  • European Rowing Junior Championships

In  addition no crew may contain any oarswoman who has

  • Previously won any event at HWR
  • Competed in any Championship event (open or lightweight) at BUCS
  • Won a medal or a plaque in either a Senior, Under 23, Under 19 event at the British Rowing Senior Championships (or the equivalent in any country) in either discipline, irrespective of number of crews raced
  • Won a medal at British Rowing Junior Championship (or the equivalent in any country) in either discipline, irrespective of number of crews raced
  • Raced in any event at a Home Countries regatta in either discipline
  • Raced in any event at Henley Royal Regatta in either discipline
  • Won a medal at National Schools Regatta in a Championship event
  • Been invited to GB assessment (i.e. not first open assessment)
  • Been awarded an Oxford or Cambridge Blue at any time in an Open crew (not a lightweight crew)

The Frank V Harry Cup – For Coxed Fours

Junior Events

  • Open to members of any eligible club or academic institution
  • Composite crews allowed. Composite crews which include final trialists for the Junior team or similar will be expected to enter Aspirational
  • No doubling up is allowed
  • Oarswomen and coxes must not have attained 18 years of age before 1st September 2017. Only Oarswomen born between 1st September 1999 and 31st August 2002 i.e. J or J16 are eligible
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2004

The Peabody Cup – For Junior Eights

The Groton School Challenge Cup – For Junior Coxed Fours

The Bea Langridge Trophy – For Junior Quadruple Scull

The Rayner Cup – For Junior Double Scull

The Di Ellis Trophy – For Junior Single Scull

J16 Events

  • Open to members of any eligible club or academic institution
  • Composite crews allowed
  • Oarswomen shall be born between 1st September 2001 and 31st August 2003 i.e. are J15 or J16
  • The event is not intended for whole crews made up of J15 oarswomen i.e. born between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2003
  • No doubling up is allowed
  • Coxes shall be born between 1st September 2004 and 31st August 1999. i.e. J14 and above

The Nina Padwick Trophy – For J16 Quadruple Sculls

The West End Amateur Rowing Association Trophy – For J16 Coxed Fours

Para-Rowing Single Sculls Event

Open to members of any eligible club or academic institution. Where the entry is greater than 4 the first round may be run as a time trial on Friday 22nd June.

The Grosvenor Cup -For Para-Rowing Single Sculls

Seeding

  • All events may be seeded. Any event during the current year may be used for seeding purposes.
  • The Regatta reserves the right to “seed” crews in each event based on their performance in 2018

Clarification of points to the above rules

We have received a number of questions regarding the new rule for events for HWR 2018.  There are some topics that have come up multiple times so we hope the following will clarify these points.   We have amended the wording in the Events & Entry Criteria section of the website for the items underlined below.  We have also posted some FAQs which can be found below

  • BUCs Championship events
    1. Any reference to BUCs in the rules is referring to the regatta only and not the head
    2. In the exclusion list for both Aspirational & Development events, this criteria applies to both Open and Lightweight BUCs Championship events
  • Oxbridge Blues
    1. In the exclusion list for both Aspirational & Development events, this criteria relates to the Open boat only and not to the Lightweight crew
    2. The rationale behind this rule only applying to Oxford & Cambridge crew rather than eg University of London is because the former often race less in open events
  • Composites in Aspirational Academic 8+ and 4- events
    1. Several of you have expressed disappointment that composites are allowed. We appreciate your feedback and will look at it, event entries in the 2018 regatta and other feedback to guide us for the future
  • Development 4+ and the “approximate 3 years” experience
    1. The 3 years is a guidance period as different individuals will pick up their training regime faster than others
    2. The 3 years refers to your time in the sport of rowing as a whole – whether your focus has been sculling or sweep
    3. We are looking at the possibility of publishing competitors names on the website
    4. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for this event, please contact us sooner rather than later
  • Club vs Academic criteria for the Invesco Perpetual Challenge Cup and The Lester Trophy for Club crews
    1. This rule is in place to ensure that those who are still registered students (at the time of the regatta), do not race as Club having raced as Academic all season
  • British Championships exclusions for Aspirational events
    1. Any athlete who has won Gold in any boat type at the Senior British Championships (or the equivalent in any country) or won a plaque in Open, Open Lightweight, Open University or Open Under 23 events is excluded from Aspirational events
  • British Championships exclusions for Development 4+
    1. Any athlete who has won a medal or a plaque in either a Senior, Under 23, Under 19 event at the British Rowing Senior Championships (or the equivalent in any country) in either discipline, irrespective of number of crews raced, is excluded from Development 4+
    2. Any athlete who has won a medal at British Rowing Junior Championships (or the equivalent in any country) in either discipline, irrespective of number of crews raced, is excluded from Development 4+

FAQs relating to the above rules

Q: What is the plan for the racing format in Championship 4s?   You say we are guaranteed 2 races?

A: This will depend on the number of entries in the event, but as an example if we have 8 entries the first round might be a knockout round followed by the 4 winning crews proceeding to the semi-finals and the 4 losing crews racing off so that a ranking order is obtained,  or there could be a round robin event in which every crew races each other and the with the top 2 crews racing in the final

Q: I raced in the Oxford / Cambridge Lightweight crew in 2016 at Henley Boat Races, we were awarded a Blue – does this mean I have to race Championship?

A: No, this rule only applies to the Open crew and not to the Lightweight boat

Q: I won Lightweight 4x at BUCs in 2016, does this mean I have to race Championship?

A: Yes, you must race Championship.  Lightweight events at BUCs are counted as Championship events

Q: I came 3rd in lightweight 4x at BUCs in 2016 but then we won EUSA that summer.   Do I need to race Championship?

A: No, you are eligible to race either Championship or Aspirational.  We are aware that the standard of racing at EUSA varies by event so for the 2018 HWR your EUSA win does not rule you out of Aspirational

Q: I won Intermediate 8+ in 2015, does this mean I can race in Aspirational?

A: Yes you can race in Aspirational.  Previous winners of Intermediate are excluded from the Development 4+ in the new structure (see Qualification rules iv))

Q: Why are composite crews allowed in Aspirational?

A: Composites were previously allowed in Senior & Elite events, but not in Intermediate.   They are now allowed in Aspirational & Championship events (but not Development) to enable clubs with fewer athletes the opportunity to compete at this level.   We would expect that, for the leading UK universities, their first crews may be racing in Championship and the lower crews will race in the Aspirational events

Q: Can overseas crews race in Aspirational?

A: Yes, some overseas crews may be eligible to race in Aspirational.   Any crew wishing to race in Aspirational will need to provide a rowing CV per General Rule 3.4. We expect American Division 1 crews to race in Championship

Q: I can’t see points anywhere in your qualification rules.  How do I know I’ll be racing against people of a similar standard?

A: We have removed the points references from our Qualification rules in order to encourage crews to compete throughout the year rather than restrict their racing to try and get into the “lowest” status event possible at HWR.  Our new categorisation is exclusively based on specific criteria.  However, please note General Rule 1.5 continues to be in place as previous years

Q: Why can I only have 2 juniors in the Development 4+ event?  My club only has 1 eligible athlete but she has been rowing with 3 similarly eligible juniors during the winter.

A: The Development 4+ is intended to be an event for Seniors.  Clubs with lots of Juniors should enter the Junior 4+ event.   The rules is set at 2 juniors to try and enable smaller clubs to form crews to participate in this event

Q: Why have you not split the Development event into Club and Academic?

A: Having analysed the range and standard of entries over a number of years, offering a Club and Academic event at the Aspirational level rather than Development is appropriate as it reflects the improvement in women’s rowing.  However, the Committee recognise that the regatta should support the pathway for less experience oarswomen and have offered a coxed 4 event.  This Development 4+ is the entry level event for the regatta, whether you are training as a student or otherwise

Q: I think I’m eligible for Development 4+ but subbed into our club’s top boat for WEHoRR in 2016 and we came 6th overall.   Would you rule me out of racing in Development due to this result?

A: The guidance for the Development 4+ is approx. 3 years of rowing.   The 2018 regatta will be 2 ¼ years after WEHoRR 2016.  If you were competing at that level in 2016, even as a sub, we would look very closely at your competitive record as it is unlikely that you are realistically at the start of your rowing career

Q: I’ve been competing in the sport for 4 years, but I only started sweep oar rowing this season.  Am I therefore eligible for the Development 4+?

A: The Development 4+ is for those who have only been in the sport for a short time (approx. 3 years).   In this scenario we view rowing and sculling as interchangeable.  If you are a competent competing sculler, we do not expect you to be racing in the Development event

Q: I raced at an autumn regatta for my home club in September. I am now at  University. Can I race in the Aspirational Academic event for that University?

A: Yes you can race for your university as you are a registered internal student for the year at that university

Q: I am at University. I have not raced in a regatta for that University. Can I race for a local club in the Aspirational Club event?

A: Yes, you can race in Aspirational Club if you have not raced in a regatta for that university

Q: I decided not to continue at university after the first term and so have come back home and am rowing with my local club. Can I race for my local club in the Club event?

A: As you are no longer a registered student at university you cannot race in Aspirational Academic but you can race in Aspirational Club

Q: I finished my PhD and graduated in January but have continued training with the other students, can I race in Aspirational Academic this summer?

A: As you are no longer a registered student at university you cannot race in Aspirational Academic but you can race in Aspirational Club

 Q: Why have you retained a minimum entry?

The committee believe that a HWR medal should not be won in a straight final. However, we recognise that the number of crews in some events is relatively small and have reduced the minimum to be 3 at CLOSE of ENTRIES.  If 1 crew scratches after that the event will still run.  In addition the change in criteria will encourage the most competent crews to enter Championship