Pull The Plug

  • Hosted By: Pittsford Crew
  • 2016 Registered Regatta

All participants must bring signed paper copies of the USRA waiver.   We do not do electronic waivers for this regatta.


 All registrations are via http://www.RegattaCentral.com

 The first boat in any category from a team must be registered as an 'A' boat and registered in the 'A' boat race.  Second and third entries will be registered in the 'B' races.  Separate medals will be awarded for the 'A' and 'B' races provided there are sufficient entries to meet the three boat rule.  Any boat registered in a 'B' race without a boat in the 'A' race will have that registration moved by the organizing committee to the 'A' race. If you have three boats, you must enter the first in the A race. You can then enter two boats in the B race.

Anyone who rows in a particular eventmay row in only one boating for that event.For example, if you row in the A boat, you can't row in the B or Cboat.If you row in the C boat, youcan't row in the A or B boat.If you area coach, and you are short people for the C boat, take them from the Novicecrew, or borrow them from another novice team.For the purposes of this rule, there is no distinction betweenlightweight and heavyweight classes or races.For example, if you need someone from the heavyweight B boat, you can'ttake them from the heavyweight A boat, nor can you take them from yourlightweight A boat.You can take themfrom the lightweight B boat.


Novices: Any rower that has not participated in a sweep oar event in an on-the-water regatta before Dec 1, 2006.

 Saturday Practice:  

You may practice on Saturday. Please be considerate of crews that are buoying the course.  If you plan to arrive for a Saturday practice, please contact us in advance for trailer parking instructions.


All crews should anticipate launching 45 minutes prior to their published race time.  Listen for bow numbers to be called by the dock master or his assistants.  Plan to come down the ramp bow first. Tie in on the water, not at the dock. We will make every attempt to maintain the schedule.  Please be aware that this means some boats can not be re-rigged between rows.

 All boats must have:

Bow balls, Bow Numbers in the bow clip, heel straps tied down to within 3" in accordance with USRA rules.  Flotation compartments must be tight.

Traffic Pattern:

The traffic pattern is counterclockwise.  From the launch, proceed eastbound, directly to the start staying to the right.  The channel to the start will be marked with red buoys, stay between the red buoys and the shore.  At the Railroad Bridge take the right arch.  Hazards will be marked with yellow buoys.  It is each crews responsibility to not interfere with boats on the race course and to proceed to the start without delay nor delaying other crews progress to the start.  As you proceed down the course, be aware of docks that jut out from shore.

At the start, line up in bow number order and in accordance with the marshal's instructions. 

Once underway on the course, keep the red buoys on your left, do not enter the return lane.

 There is a no passing zone starting at the Main Street Bridge through the Railroad Bridge.  Take the right arch of the Railroad Bridge as marked with buoys direct.  Be prepared to have starboards pull it around as soon as you pass under the bridge.  Passing is again allowed on the far side of the RR bridge. 

 Once you pass the Finish line, continue to row to the large red ball buoy, keeping it on your left.  Turn left (counter clockwise) around the buoy and return to the dock.  Coxswain's, please: watch and listen for instruction as to where to dock.

 Passing and No Passing Zone

In accordance with the USRA "Rules of Rowing" 2007 Edition 'Appendix to Article VIII section (b):

 A crew is deemed to be overtaking another crew when it has moved to within one length of open water of the crew ahead.  On those portions of the course that are straight, a crew being overtaken shall move to the right and allow the overtaking crew to pass.  Where the course turns, a crew being overtaken shall move to the outside of the turn and allow the overtaking crew to pass along the shorter path.  Nevertheless, passing is not allowed, nor is the crew being overtaken required to yield, in cases where the overtaking crew's position clearly prevents safe passage or there is insufficient room to yield.

 There is a no passing zone as described above and marked on the course map.  Overtaking crews entering the 'No Passing Zone' must either complete the pass, before entering the NP Zone or yield and complete the pass after the NP Zone.  The overtaking crew must yield in the NP Zone in accordance with USRA Rules.


Protests regarding safety issues, being at the start on time, etc. shall be made to the Judge at the Start.  Leaving the start area (starting the race) signifies acceptance of fairness of the start or that you have lodged your protest.

If a crew feels it is being unfairly delayed in rowing up to the start, a protest should be made to one of the safety marshal on the way to the start.

 Protests regarding safety issues, failure to yield right of way, passing, unsportsmanlike conduct must be made to the marshal above the Finish, on the water.  Leaving the water signifies acceptance of fairness of the race or that you have lodged your protest.


Penalties will be assessed by the USRA Officials on site. 

Buoy violation: 10 seconds

Late to start: 60 seconds

Interference: 60 seconds

Failure to go around turn-around buoy at finish: 30 seconds.

Unsportsmanlike behavior: Disqualification from the race.

 This does not constitute a comprehensive list of potential infractions and penalties.  Final judgments will be made by the USRA Judge/Referees on site.

 Light Weight Races:

Light weight crews will adhere to USRA guidelines of:

Boys – 165 lbs.

Girls - 135 lbs.

This will be by the Honor system (no weigh-in)


First place medals will be awarded if there are only two boats registered in an event.  First and Second Place Medals will be awarded in all races with three or more registrants.  Medals will be available at the registration area when the race is declared official. 

 Course Map: