The rules listed below were those in force for the 2017 regatta.

The Committee of Henley Women’s Regatta is undertaking a review of the regatta  competition structure  ‘to provide a pathway for girls and women from junior to elite so they can excel in their rowing careers’ and which takes into consideration the Competition Review which will be introduced fully from April 2018. Details of the events to be included in the 2018 regatta will be available by mid October.

The Regatta will continue to use HWR specific eligibility criteria for events (which may be amended for 2018)  in addition to using the Ranking Index. The 2018 rules will be published by the end of November.

1. Powers of the Committee

1.1 Entries shall be made using The BROE system.

1.2 Races will be rowed under the rules of British Rowing, with the addition of specific Local Rules.

1.3 All questions of eligibility, qualifications, interpretation of the Rules or other matters not specifically provided for, shall be referred to the Committee, whose decision shall be final.

1.4 If a crew is found to be illegally entered, whether by accident or design, the club may be excluded from the following year’s regatta.

1.5 The Committee reserves the right to alter the published programme.

1.6 The Committee reserves the right to reallocate a crew to the appropriate event if it considers an unsuitable category has been entered.

1.7 In the event that no racing takes place on Friday, processional races may be run on Saturday. When it is not possible, for whatever reason, to complete an event, the draw pattern may be changed or times from the time trials, heats or semi-finals may be used to determine the winner. Competitors will be made aware of the method to be used.

1.8 All semi-finals and finals will be held on Sunday 18th June.

1.9 Names of participants in crews in all events except junior ones will be displayed on the website after the draw.

1.10 The Venue, will not available until 9am Wednesday 14th June. There will be construction work on site until Thursday evening. Any person entering or interfering with the construction areas may be subjected to penalties.

1.11 We will endeavour to have the boat racks and landing stages available by 9am on Wednesday 14th June. However, crews should not count on this and have trestles available in the trailer park if necessary. Boats should only be placed on racks designated for each boat type.

1.12 All boats must be removed from the Regatta site no later than 9pm on Sunday 18th June. If any boats remain after this time they will be removed and all costs incurred will be charged to the appropriate club.

2. Eligibility

2.1 No rower or sculler shall be eligible to compete at the Regatta for a club unless she is and has been a member of that club since 1st April 2017 has registered this with the appropriate National Rowing Federation (e.g. British Rowing, Welsh Rowing, and Scottish Rowing) by this date. That club must have been established and continuously affiliated to an appropriate national federation for at least six months before the closing date.

2.2 British Rowing points required for events will be those accumulated by a competitor as the 1st April 2017.

2.3 A rower or sculler can only compete for one club at the regatta.

2.4 Performance in events in 2017 will be taken into account. Personal Ranking Index from Heads and regattas  up to 8 days before entries close may be used in conjunction with current points.

2.5 Overseas crews will be expected to provide a Rowing Resume / CV for each athlete if applying to enter any event other than elite or lightweight. These shall be submitted by 15th May 2017 at the latest and the Committee will respond by 23rd May 2017 and to those competing in the NCAA Regatta, after the NCAA Regatta. Any CV received after 15th May will not be accepted and crews will be entered into the Elite events.

2.6 Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2003.

2.7 All oarswomen shall be born before 1st September 2002.

2.8 All other rules referring to oarswomen do not include coxes other than doubling up

3. Close of Entries

5.1 Entries close at Midnight on TUESDAY 30th MAY 2017

4. Substitutions and Withdrawals

6.1 No oarswoman shall be substituted after 5pm on Sunday 11th June without the consent of the committee.

6.2 No oarswoman may be substituted down an event category after 5pm on Sunday 11th June without the permission of the committee.

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

6.4 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.

5. The Draw

7.1 The draw will be held on Friday 8th June 2018

7.2 The draw will be published by noon Tuesday 12th June 2018

7.3 The Regatta reserves the right to “seed” crews in each event based on their performance in 2018 and by using the Ranking Index

7.4 No allowance in the timetable will be made for boat sharing.

7.5 All competitors (except juniors entered in J18 events) should be prepared to race from 9am on Friday 22nd June. Any time trial required for J16 events will be held no earlier than 6pm on Friday 22nd June.

6. Event Size Limit

8.1. The minimum entry criteria will be 4 entries If an event is below the threshold a crew may be offered another event if possible

8.2 For all events except Junior (J18) events, with entries over 32, the first round will be run as a processional race on Friday 16 th June. For entries between 16 and 32 the committee reserves the right to run the first round as a processional race on Friday 16 th June.

8.3 In Junior (J18) events where the entry is greater than 8, the first round may be run as a processional race on the morning of Saturday 17 th June, before the start of racing.

8.4 In J16 events where the entry is greater than 8, the first round will be raced as a processional race on Friday 16th June and no earlier than 6pm

8.4 Crews will be selected on the basis of their performance in the processional race. The successful crews will be published in alphabetical order. The names of seeded crews will not be identified.

7. Registration

9.1 A representative of the crew or sculler, must report to the Entries Secretary not later than 45 minutes before their first race on each day. In the case of lightweight crews and scullers, this must be in time for them to weigh in i.e. between 1 and 2 hours before the first race in their event on the day of their first race.

9.2 All finalists must lodge racing licences or appropriate documentation with the Entries Secretary at least 1 hour before boating for their final.

8. Weighing In

10.1 Coxswains must comply with British Rowing rule 2-3- 7 (Amended to Rule 7-2- 7 as from 01.04.17)

10.2 All coxswains must report to the Control Commission, to be weighed before their first race on each day.

10.3 The Regatta reserves the right to re-weigh the coxswain and/or dead weight at any time during the regatta.

10.4 Lightweight competitors shall be weighed each day they are racing, not less than 1 hour and not more than 2 hours before the scheduled start time of the first race that day of each event in which they are entered.

See British Rowing rule 2-3- 6 (Amended to Rule 7-2- 6 as from 01.04.17) and 3-3-1. (Amended to Rule 2-2- 1 as from 01.04.17)

9. Objections

11.1 Objections and protests must be lodged with the Entries Secretary as soon as is practicable (and not later than 30 minutes) after the incident and shall be confirmed to her after the incident.

11.2 Any objection regarding eligibility of any competitor must be made in writing to the Entries Secretary at the earliest opportunity.

10. Safety and Circulation

12.1 Cycling in the enclosure is dangerous and therefore not allowed. Crews whose coaches cycle through the enclosure are likely to be awarded an official warning

12.2 In order to avoid congestion in the starting area, crews may not boat more than 40 minutes before their race time.

12.3 Failure to observe the Circulation Pattern, or obey instructions from Marshals, may result in disqualification.

12.4 The first named crew in each race will have the Berkshire (regatta enclosure) station.

12.5 In the event of delays to racing, the Start Marshal, in conjunction with Race Control, will instruct crews and Umpires of any action to be taken.

12.6 In the event of a dead heat the crews will re-row from The Start.

12.7 All crews must boat from the Regatta rafts. Local club crews may obtain special permission from the Entries Secretary to boat from elsewhere. These crews must call in at the rafts on their way to the start for their boats to be inspected.

12.8 Crews may only paddle “light” in the navigation channel on the Berkshire (Regatta) side of the course.

12.9 Safety boats and first aid will only be in position from 45 minutes before side by side racing starts (15 minutes before the advertised boating time for time trials.) until 15 minutes after the last race

11. Practice Outings

13.1 Practice outings are not permitted during the hours of racing and all crews must be off the water 45 minutes before the start of side by side racing or 15 minutes before the advertised boating time for time trials. Crews may only boat 15 minutes after the last race of the day.

13.2 Safety boats and first aid will only be in position from 45 minutes before side by side racing commences and 15 minutes before the advertised boating time for time trials and until 15 minutes after the last race.

13.3 We will endeavour to have the boat racks and landing stages available by 9am on Wednesday 20th June. However, crews should not count on this and have trestles available in the trailer park if necessary. Boats should only be placed on racks designated for each boat type.

13.4 The Regatta regrets that it is not able to make a training area available, nor will any safety boats be present at any times other than those stated above.

12.. Boating at the Regatta

14.1 All crews MUST boat from the regatta site during the regatta unless permission in writing has been obtained from the Entries Secretary.

14.2 In addition, any such crews must obtain permission if they wish to return to their boathouse between races.

14.3 All boats must be removed from the Regatta site no later than 9pm on Sunday 24th June. If any boats remain after this time they will be removed and all costs incurred will be charged to the appropriate club.

13. Outside Assistance

15.1 Crews and their coaches are advised that British Rowing rule 2-5- 3 (Amended to Rule 7-5- 3 as from 01.04.17) regarding assistance to steering from outside the boat and British Rowing rule 2-5- 9 (Amended to Rule 7-5- 9 as from 01.04.17) regarding advice or assistance to a crew from outside the boat will be strictly applied.

15.2 Coaches are expected to abide by British Rowing rules 2-5- 3 and 2-5- 9 for the time trial (Rules 7-5- 3 and 7-5- 9 as from 01.04.17)

14. Insurance

16.1 It is a condition of entry that clubs and competitors must take out their own third part insurance cover. Responsibility for loss or damage to their boats, equipment or other property on the Regatta site or elsewhere will not be accepted by the Regatta.

15. Spectators & Competitors

17.1 Spectators and competitors are reminded that the facilities of Henley Royal Regatta are not available to them and movement on to Royal Regatta land or property without express permission is forbidden.

17.2 Henley Royal boat tents and landing stages must not be used before or during Henley Women’s Regatta.

16. Boat Registration

18.1 All boats including those from overseas must clearly display their 6-digit Identification code in accordance with BR Rules of Racing.