Thank you to all the athletes & coaches who provided feedback to the competition restructure announcement made in 2018.  As a result of this feedback there are changes to the rules for 2019 – these are highlighted in red for the 2019 regatta.

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.

iv) Every British rowing oarswomen must have a SAS RPI (personal ranking index) of at least 15 at the point of entry. Irish oarswomen must have Irish points or have won a Rowing Ireland event or have a SAS RPI of at least 15 at the point of entry. Scottish oarswomen must have Scottish points or have won a Scottish Rowing event or have a SAS RPI of at least 15 at the point of entry.

 

Semi FInals and Finals

i) All semi finals and finals will be raced on Sunday 23rd  June

ii) Doublng up is not allowed

Championship Events

  • See General Rule 7
  • Open to members of any eligible club
  • Composite crews allowed
  • Doubling up is not allowed
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2005
  • Oarswomen must have been born before 1st September 2002 i.e. be at least J17
  • American Div 1 crews are expected to enter these events

The Ron Needs Cup – for Eights

The Avril Vellacott Cup – For Coxless Fours

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

  • See General Rule 7
  • 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

  • See General Rule 7
  • Open to members of any eligible club
  • Composite crews allowed
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2005
  • Oarswomen must have been born before 1st September 2002 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, including where appropriate American Division 1 second 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 2014 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. This does not include non HPP University crews
  • Won a medal at the European U23 Championship
  • Won a medal at the Junior World Championships
  • Won a Championship/Elite/Senior/Aspirational at HWR in either discipline
  • BUCS Regatta Championship Gold medal in an open event in either discipline
  • 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 2018 – 22nd June 2019) 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 2018/19
  • 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 – 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

The requirement to only have been in the sport for 3 years has been removed

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

Crews from Ireland must be of Novice or Club status level, and all oarswomen must have won a Rowing Ireland event or have a PRI of at least 15 at the point of entry.

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 2003 i.e. be at least J16
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2005
  • 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
  • Previously qualified via the time trial for any event at HWR except Development 4+ or any Junior events
  • 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 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 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 a Home Countries regatta in either discipline
  • 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 in an Open crew (not a lightweight crew)

The Frank V Harry Cup – For Coxed Fours

Junior Events

  • See General Rule 7
  • 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 2018.
  • At least 50% of the crew (excluding cox) must be born between 1st September 2000 and 31st August 2003. i.e. are J or J16.  The remaining crew members may be born between 1st September 2003 and 31st August 2004 i.e. are J15
  • Coxes shall be born before 1st September 2005

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 2002 and 31st August 2004 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 2003 and 31st August 2004
  • No doubling up is allowed
  • Coxes shall be born between 1st September 2005 and 31st August 2000. 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
  • 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 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 2019

Summary of Exclusion Rules

These can be  downloaded as a pdf document

2019 Qualification Grid

FAQs relating to the above rules

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

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

 

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 2019 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 or Championship.  Previous winners of Intermediate 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 2019.   I raced in the Aspirational Club 8+ in 2018 but no crews were eliminated from our time trial.   Am I eligible for Dev 4+ in 2019 if I meet all the other Dev criteria?

A: Yes you are eligible for Dev 4+ in 2019, the time trial was for seeding only.and no one was eliminated.

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 3.3. We expect American Division 1 crews to race in Championship

Q: Why have you brought in a minimum points threshold for the 2019 regatta?

A: We have added a minimum points threshold because we want athletes who are racing at HWR to have experience of racing.  We are not a beginners event and we want crews to have raced before with some success

Q: Why did you set the minimum points threshold at 15?

A: We asked British Rowing for information on the spread of points for female athletes.  For those aged 19-26 (ie not Juniors or Masters) then 50% of these athletes had 16 or more points.  As mentioned above, HWR is not a beginner’s event and therefore we would expect our competitors to be able to meet this criteria.   We are aware that we have competitors who are outside of these age ranges, but this seemed a sensible level

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: 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+ no longer has a “time in sport” criteria for the 2019 regatta.  Please check the performance exclusion criteria in the Qualification rules and grid to confirm if you are eligible

Q: In the summary of exclusions grid, none of the Development 4 exclusions are listed from 2014 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’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