Entries

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.

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.

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

The requirement for each oarswoman to have a PRI of 15 has been removed. However, it is expected that crews will have raced in the 2019/20 season. Any crews with zero points risk their entry being rejected.

Semi Finals and Finals

All semi-finals and finals will be raced on Sunday 21st June.

Doubling up is not allowed for oarswomen or coxes.

Championship Events

Open to members of any eligible club

Composite crews allowed

Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2006

Oarswomen must have been born before 1st September 2003 i.e. be at least J17

American Division 1 crews are expected to enter these events

  • The Ron Needs Cup – for EightsThe Avril Vellacott Cup – for Coxless FoursThe Redgrave Vase – for Coxless pairs The Borne Cup – for Quadruple ScullsThe W. Peer Cup – for double scullsThe George Innes Cup – for single sculls

Championship Lightweight Events

See General Rule 7

Open to members of any eligible club

Composite crews allowed

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

See General Rule 7

Open to members of any eligible club

Composite crews allowed

Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2006

Oarswomen must have been born before 1st September 2003 i.e. be at least J17

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 Rowing Championship
  • European Championships

No crew may contain any oarswoman who has, from 2015-2020 inclusive:

  • Won Gold in any boat type at the Senior British Championships (or the equivalent in any country)
  • Won a plaque in Women’s, Women’s Lightweight or Women’s Under 23 events at the Senior British Championship. This exclusion does not apply to the winners of the non HPP University or College, the Club, the U23 Lightweight, the U19 plaques
  • Won a medal at the Junior World Championships
  • Won a medal at the European U23 Championship
  • Won a Championship/Elite/Senior/Aspirational event at HWR in either discipline
  • Won a BUCS Regatta Gold medal in a Championship open-weight event in either discipline (or the equivalent in any country)
  • 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)
  • Won a Senior event at Home Countries in an open event in either discipline
  • Won a lightweight event at Home Countries or a lightweight Championship BUCs regatta event (Fiona Dennis Aspirational Lwt 1x event only)

 The Copas 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 2019 – 19th June 2020) for that club

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

Competitors shall be registered internal students of the university, school or college for the whole of the academic year 2019/20

A student (non Junior) studying at an academic institution not registered with their National Federation may, upon written approval from the Race Committee Chairman, race in these events for an alternative affiliated institution

The Colgan Foundation Cup – for Academic eights

The Copas 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 – for 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

See General Rule 7

Open to members of any one club affiliated to British Rowing, Scottish Rowing, Welsh Rowing or Rowing Ireland.

Crews from Ireland must be of Novice or Club status level.

Crews are encouraged to use experienced coxes.

Any athlete who has competed in another country and wishes to take part in this event as a member of a UK club is required to contact the Entries Secretary.

  • Composite crews are not allowed
  • Crews may contain a maximum of 2 Juniors who must have been born before 1st September 2004 i.e. be at least J16
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2006
  • No crew shall contain any oarswoman who has represented her country in any international regatta at any level / age

In addition no crew may contain any oarswoman who has:

  • Previously won any event at HWR
  • Previously qualified via the time trial for any event at HWR except Development 4+ or any Junior events
  • Previously won a round at HWR in any event except Development 4+
  • Competed in any non lightweight Championship event at BUCs regatta
  • Won a gold medal in a lightweight Championship event at BUCs regatta
  • Won an Intermediate event at BUCs regatta
  • Won a medal or any plaque 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 National Schools Regatta in a Championship event or won a medal in a J18 event at British Rowing Junior Championship (or the equivalent in any country) in either discipline, irrespective of number of crews raced
  • Placed in the top 50 in the Women’s Eights HoRR
  • Raced in any event at Henley Royal Regatta in either discipline
  • Been invited to GB assessment (i.e. not first open assessment)
  • Been awarded an Oxford or Cambridge Blue at any time (this now includes lightweight crews)

The Frank V Harry Cup for coxed fours

Junior Events

See General Rule 7

Junior Events. All events are classified as Junior (J18)

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

Oarswomen and coxes must not have attained 18 years of age before 1st September 2019.

At least 50% of the crew (excluding cox) must be between 1st September 2001 and 31st August 2004. i.e. are J or J16.  The remaining crew members may be born between 1st September 2004 and 31st August 2005 i.e. are J15

Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2006

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

See General Rule 7

Open to members of any eligible club or academic institution

Composite crews allowed

Oarswomen shall be born between 1st September 2003 and 31st August 2005 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 2004 and 31st August 2005

Coxes shall be born between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2001. 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 athletes who have a FISA Para classification

Open to members of any eligible club or academic institution

Oarswomen must have been born before 1st September 2003 i.e. be at least J17

Where the entry is greater than 4 the first round may be run as a time trial on Friday 21st June.

The Grosvenor Cup – for Para-Rowing PR3 single sculls

The Vesta Cup – for Para-Rowing PR2 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 2020

Summary of Exclusion Rules

These can be downloaded as a pdf document

2020 Qualification Grid

FAQs relating to the above rules

Changes for 2020 are in red 

Q: Is there a summary of all the exclusions for each event?

Yes, section Summary of Exclusion Rules

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: As a Lightweight blue you can race in Aspirational or Championship, but you are excluded from the Development 4+.   It is the athletes in the Open crew who need to race Championship.   

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 2020 HWR your EUSA win does not rule you out of Aspirational

Q: I won Intermediate Club 8+ in 2016, does this mean I can race in Aspirational?

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

Q: Your rules say that anyone who qualified via a time trial (except Dev 4+ or Junior events) is ineligible for Dev 4+ in 2020.   I raced in the Aspirational Club 8+ in 2018 but no crews were eliminated from our time trial and we lost in our first side by side race.   Am I eligible for Dev 4+ in 2020 if I meet all the other Dev criteria?

A: Yes, you are eligible for Dev 4+ in 2020, the time trial was for seeding only and no one was eliminated.

Q: Your rules say that anyone who qualified via a time trial (except Dev 4+ or Junior events) is ineligible for Dev 4+ in 2020.   I raced in the Aspirational Club 8+ in 2018 but no crews were eliminated from our time trial and we won our first round.   Am I eligible for Dev 4+ in 2020 if I meet all the other Dev criteria?

A: No, you are not eligible for Dev 4+ in 2020 because you won a round in your Aspirational 8.   You need to race Aspirational or Championship. 

Q: I got to the quarterfinal of J4+ in 2015.   I then gave up rowing while at university but have now come back to rowing at my local club.   I’m training with some people who did a Learn to row course in 2018 and have never raced at HWR.  Can we race in Development 4+?   

A: No, you are not eligible for Dev 4+ in 2020 because you have previously won a round in your Junior 4+.   You need to race Aspirational or Championship.

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 thought there was a minimum points threshold for the 2019 regatta but I can’t see it for 2020?

A: Correct, we have removed the minimum points threshold this year.   However, it is expected that crews will have raced in the 2019/20 season.  Any crews with zero points risk their entry being rejected. HWR is not a beginner’s regatta.

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 rule 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: In the summary of exclusions grid, none of the Development 4 exclusions are listed from 2015 onwards, why is this?

A: The Development 4+ is our entry level event and the exclusions are based on ability and performance history rather than when you achieved that performance. We appreciate that people take time away from the sport for a variety of reasons, but if you have been successful in the sport historically then you will have a level of skill and ability that will quickly return when you return to training.  

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 while I job hunt. Can I race for my local club in the Aspirational Club event?

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

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 entries close the event will still run.  In addition the change in criteria will encourage the most competent crews to enter Championship