USRowing NW Masters Regional Championship

  • Jun 21, 2013 To Jun 23, 2013
  • sprint
  • Vancouver Lake
  • Vancouver, WA (USA)
  • Hosted By: USRowing
  • 2016 Owned Regatta


2013 Northwest Masters Regional Championship Regatta

Friday – Sunday

June 21-23, 2013

Vancouver Lake, Washington

(Please read all of this packet prior to arrival to venue)


Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 USRowing Northwest Masters Regional Championship Regatta. This regatta will be held on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash., just north of Portland, Ore. Races will be run on a fully buoyed 1,000-meter race course with stake boats. The Portland Vancouver Rowing Association and Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation will host this year’s championship.






(by June 5)


(after June 5)




4+ / 4x



2- / 2x









In addition to the entry fees listed above, a $7 volunteer fee is charged to each athlete. A portion of the proceeds from this fee will be divided among clubs who provide volunteers to work at the regatta. If you are interested in providing volunteers and earning some money for your club, please contact Regatta Coordinator Andrew Shannon at            




May 12

•First Day Regatta Central allows entry input for the regatta

June 5

•Deadline to input entries for the regatta without paying late fees

•Closing date for Regatta Central

•Last day to scratch entries and receive a full refund of the entry fee

June 6-8

Organizations scratching entries will be charged the entry fee but no additional scratch fees

June 9

•Entries scratched June 9 or later will be charged the entry fee and a $25 scratch fee.

June 10

•Preliminary schedule to be posted on

•Crews may add additional entries without late fees, into races where there are empty lanes. No additional heats will be added and this is first come first served. Race limits per program and per athlete may be exceeded. Additional entries must be submitted to to be accepted. If a crew adds at this point and then scratches their entry, they will be charged the entry fee and a $25 scratch fee.

June 12

•Lane draws to be posted on Regatta Central and USRowing websites.

June 20 – 4:00pm

•Deadline for late entries, which will only be accepted if space is available and the coach submits payments, waivers and lineup form.

June 21 -- 9:00am

•Coaches & Coxswains Meeting (estimated)

•Control Commission opens; coxswains and lightweights may weigh in.

June 21 –12:00am

•Racing begins (estimated)




Northwest Region: The USRowing Northwest Region is defined as the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. Organizations from other regions and other countries are welcome to enter all events.


Composite Crews: Composite crews are welcome at NW Masters but must be designated as composite crews on lineup forms.


Rules of Rowing 5-203, 5-204: Composite crews are those that include competitors from more than one club…Once a crew has been entered as a composite crew, it shall remain so, regardless of subsequent substitutions. Only competitors who are bona fide members of a club shall be entered by that club, except that a composite crew may be entered by any of the clubs to which one of the competitors of the crew belongs. A competitor may represent only one club at a regatta. A competitor shall not represent more than two clubs in any calendar year. Individual exemptions from the requirements of this subsection may be granted by USRowing (800-314-4769) to competitors upon showing good cause.


Question: Jane Doe trains with a sweep-only program named “Montana RC.” She also trains with a separate sculling program named “Missoula Sculling.” May she compete in the eight as “Montana RC” and the quad as “Missoula Sculling?”


Answer: No, Jane Doe may only represent one organization at NW Masters. If Jane Doe has declared membership at “Montana BC,” the eight may enter as “Montana RC.” The quad must enter as “Composite Montana RC/Missoula Sculling”.


USRowing Individual & Organizational Membership: The Northwest Regional Championships are USRowing owned events. Each participant must be an individual member of USRowing. Each program must be an organizational member of USRowing. Contact USRowing with any questions about membership:


Toll Free (800) 314-4769


Office Tel (609) 751-0700




Athletes from Foreign Rowing Federations: Rowers from other nations must be members of their

National Rowing Federation, as recognized by FISA, or members of USRowing. Athletes should list their federation name and membership number on their signed waivers. Example:


Rowing Canada Aviron Membership: Canadian citizens may be individual members of RCA or members of USRowing. Contact Rowing Canada Aviron with any questions about membership:


Toll Free (877) 722-4769


Office Tel (250) 361-4222




*** As agreed upon at the January 2010 Masters Meeting in Olympia, WA***

Each program is allowed up to 2 entries per event. If there are additional spaces available after the preliminary schedule has been released on June 5, then additional entries may be made. Entries may be made as long as they do not add additional heats and must be submitted to


** As agreed upon at the February 2008 Regional Meeting**

Each Athlete is Restricted to Four Events During the Regatta: An event with heats and finals counts as one event. The Northwest Rowing Council Masters Committee voted on this restriction at the February 2008 meeting to keep the regatta size manageable. In the event that there are available slots after the entry deadline, the region will be notified and you may enter additional races on a first come first served basis, by emailing


Each Event will be limited to 14 entries: This is to keep all events to no more than 2 heats.


Coxswain Exemptions: Coxswains are exempt from restrictions on the number of events during the regatta.



Rules of Rowing 4-104(b): A master is a competitor who has attained or will attain the age of 21 during the current calendar year, rounded down to the nearest whole number. A competitor’s age is determined as of December 31 of the current calendar year (“rowing age”). A competitor thus becomes a master on January 1 of the year of his or her 21st birthday. A masters crew shall be comprised exclusively of masters rowers, but the coxswain need not be a master.


Rules of Rowing 4-104 (b) (1): Masters crews shall be classified by age, according to the following



“AA” = 21 to 26 years             “C” = 43 to 49 years             “F” = 60 to 64 years             “I” = 75 to 79 years

“A” = 27 to 35 years             “D” = 50 to 54 years             “G” = 65 to 69 years             “J” = 80 +

“B” = 36 to 42 years             “E” = 55 to 59 years             “H” = 70 to 74 years


The age category of a masters crew shall be determined by the average age of the rowers in the crew,

rounded down to the nearest whole number. The age of the coxswain shall not be counted.


Rules of Rowing 4-104 (b) (2): A Master is a competitor who has attained or will attain the age of 21 during the current calendar year. A competitor’s age is determined as of December 31 of the current calendar year, rounded down to the nearest whole number. A competitor thus becomes a Master on January 1 of the year of his or her 21st birthday. A Masters crew shall be comprised exclusively of Masters rowers, but the coxswain need not be a Master.

            (2)  A Masters crew may compete in a lower  (younger) age category but not in a higher category.


 “Mixed” Events: One half of the rowers in the boat must be men and the other half must be women.  As written in the rule book – “Mixed events must be 50% women excluding the coxswain.”


“Novice” Events: All rowers in the boat must be new to rowing as of June 21, 2011. These boats do not require the coxswains to be novices.


“Lightweight” Events: Women will weigh in at no more than 130lbs with no averaging. Men will weigh in at no more than 160lbs with no averaging. ***This is rule change from the 2011 USRowing Rule Book***


Please note that lightweight events may be combined with open-weight events if there are less than three entries for either classification.


The regatta will be a USRowing registered regatta, officiated by USRowing referees, and will abide by the USRowing 2013 edition of the Rules of Rowing. Entry Forms and waivers must be fully completed and

presented before a team or individual is allowed to compete.


The handbook for 2013 Rules of Rowing will be available on site for your review. The following is an

excerpt from the 2013 Rules of Rowing and will be enforced:

1. Bow balls and bow numbers: Bow balls and bow numbers are required for any boat preparing to race. Boats without bow balls will not be allowed on the race course. Boats shall also be fitted with a “bow clip” to attach a bow number. USRowing will supply bow numbers. Boats without a bow clip to attach a number may be prohibited from racing. Reference Rule #3-105.

2. Foot Stretchers: Each shell must be equipped with quick-release footgear or heels attached with strings to allow quick release. Each heel tie must restrict movement to no more than three inches. Reference Rule #3-109.

3. Bow Coxed Shells: All bow-coxed shells must meet the Rules of Rowing requirements regarding the size of the opening through which the coxswain enters the shell. Reference Rule #3-110.

4. Quad Races: All quad races are without coxswains.



The following rules will be waived or amended as follows:

1. Rule 3-104 Minimum Weight of Boats – Waived

2. Rule 4-110 Weighing of Competitors – Amended – See Weigh-Ins Procedure later in this packet.




*** New or 2010*** Each club must choose one representative to communicate all lineup changes, scratches, questions and concerns to USRowing.


Regatta Central: The Northwest Masters Regional Championship will again use this web-based service. You may submit entries and monitor regattas online and receive immediate entry verification. Each regatta has a separate “entry window” with Regatta Central. The window for NW Masters will be May 12, 2013 – June 5, 2013. Any changes to your entries after June 5, 2013 are to be made in Regatta Central. Adds and scratches must be sent to


Rowing Canada Aviron Member Numbers:  See instructions below 



USRowing offers web-based waivers and we encourage organizations to utilize this convenient service. The waiver is good for the entire 2013 year. Please ask your members to have their USRowing individual membership numbers and zip codes ready, and direct them to


Rowing Canada Aviron Members: You must print up paper waivers, sign and list RCA member numbers. Please mail or fax to USRowing. 



  • June 5, 2013: Organizations scratching entries before or on June 5 will receive a full refund of the entry fee.
  • June 6 - 8, 2013: Organizations scratching entries June 6 - 8 will be charged for the entry fee, but no additional scratch fees.
  • June 9, 2013 or a later date: Entries scratched on June 9 or a later date will be charged for the entry fee and a $25.00 scratch fee.
  • Scratch Notification: No phone scratches will be accepted. Only scratches submitted in written form, by e-mail or fax will be accepted.
  • Scratching Before the Regatta / Fee Payment: Fees must be paid by the conclusion of the Coaches and Coxswains Meeting for that organization to compete. 
  • Scratching During the Regatta / Fee Payment: For scratches during the regatta, non-launched boats, or no-shows at the start line, the $25 fee must be paid within one hour, or additional boats from that organization will not be allowed to launch. 
  • Extenuating Circumstances: Illness, injury, emergency, etc., which prevent participating will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for a scratch fee exemption must be made to USRowing Registration headquarters on-site at the regatta. 



Late Entries received after June will be accommodated on a “space available” basis for scheduled heats and finals. Entries will be accepted until June 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the USRowing Registration Tent, before the start of the Coaches and Coxswains Meeting. 


Late Entry Fees: Late Fees are due with entry forms. Entries submitted without late fees will not be included in the regatta schedule. Phone entries will not be accepted. Fax entries will only be accepted with Visa or MasterCard Payment.    


Outstanding Payments: Any organization with outstanding balances for entry fees or scratch fees at the start of racing will not be eligible to participate in the regatta and any future USRowing events until the fees are paid.




Friday June 21 (estimate 9:00 am): A meeting will be held two hours before the start of racing at the USRowing Registration tent to review regatta procedures and the race schedule. All organizations and individual competitors are required to send a representative to the meeting. Attendance will be taken. Remaining schedules will be distributed one hour after the meeting.  


Saturday June 22 (6:00 am): Head coaches should stop by the tent to get copies of the daily schedules and updated information. Remaining schedules will be distributed to athletes after 7:00 am.


Sunday June 23 (6:00 am): Head coaches should stop by the tent to get copies of the daily schedules and updated information. Remaining schedules will be distributed to athletes after 7:00 am.



Hot Seating Part 1: Crews that need to hot-seat should notify the USRowing officials at the control commission tent before launching for the initial race. The hot seating crew will be given priority to change out rowers/coxswains, but the race is still planned to start on time.


Hot Seating Part 2:  After the initial race, the crew should land on the north end of the launching beach (NOT the landing beach). Coxswains should signal to the launching beach master for direction and assistance, and should not land until directed to do so. Crews should remember to reset the lane number in the bow for the second race.


Hot Seating Part 3: Even though the regatta will try to accommodate all hot seating instances, no guarantee can be made that you will make it to the line with sufficient time  to be included in the race. 



Awards Ceremonies: There will be awards ceremonies for all regatta events. Winning crews should come to the awards tent as soon as possible after the race final concludes to receive their trophy and medals.


Medals: First, second and third-place crews will receive medals, regardless of what region the crew is a part of. The highest placing Northwest crew will be declared the Regional Champion.


Regatta Concessions: Regatta souvenir t-shirts will be on sale at the regatta.



Trailer Parking: Trailers must enter the park through the main entrance where the tollbooth is located. Follow the signs to the right, to the trailer lot entrance, where you will be issued a Trailer Parking Lot Permit and directed to a parking spot. 


Only vehicles with the Trailer Parking Lot Permit will be allowed to enter this parking lot. The south entrance to the parking lot will remain open throughout the regatta. However, the teeth will be up. Please do not try to enter the trailer lot through this entrance. 


Trailers arrival times are pending approval from the City of Vancouver. The region will be notified when this has been agreed upon.


Park Hours & Individual Parking: The main entrance gate to the park will open at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and will close at dusk. The main entrance gate to the park will open at 5:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday mornings and will close at dusk. 


Parking Restrictions: Please drive only on marked roads. The Park STRICTLY PROHIBITS driving on the grass or the beach for ANY reason. All equipment must be carried from the parking lot – hand trucks are available to borrow at the USRowing Registration Tent. All RVs must park in the overflow lot. Buses are no longer allowed to enter the parking lot. Buses dropping off or picking up athletes should do so on the main road. Buses will also be allowed to park in the “Bus Parking Only” areas marked along the main road. 


Park Security: Security will be provided at the park from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.


Boat Storage & Rigging: Boat storage and rigging will again be permitted in the area to the south of the launching beach and also in the area north of the rest rooms. Storage areas will be well-marked with orange cones and caution tape. Please do not try to set up slings anywhere except in the designated boat storage areas. Boat racks will be provided for your use. NOTE: Crews using the north boat storage area are still required to park their trailer in the trailer lot.


Oar Corral: There is not ample space on the beach to leave oars, even temporarily. The “Oar Corral” for temporary storage of oars during launching is located next to the beach, near the control commission and weigh-in area. In addition, crews should not leave oars on the beach after landing.   


Launching & Landing: Please follow the designated launching and landing patterns and have your coxswains take direction from volunteers and beach masters. The area immediately to the north of the landing area is a public swimming area. Coxswains should take care not to land in the swimming area. 


First Aid: All organizations are encouraged to provide first aid kits for their athletes, taking into consideration the special needs of their athletes. Please carry your emergency medical consent forms with you. Medical assistance will be available at the first aid tent, near the finish line tent. Crews requiring attention should go directly to the first aid tent.



Camping: Overnight camping in the park is strictly prohibited, either in tents or RVs. Please do not contact the city or county to obtain special use permits. Park employees will patrol the park at night and anyone found camping or staying in an RV overnight will be asked to leave.


Team Tents: Crews may bring tents to the regatta, and may use stakes that are less than 12” long to anchor tents. The park specifically prohibits air mattresses or flat-bottom (camping) tents on the lawn, but these may be set up on the beach.


Irrigation: The Park maintains a regular irrigation schedule for all their grassy areas. The sprinklers may be turned on any evening during the regatta. Keep this in mind and put away anything that might be damaged by getting wet.


Pets: NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK. From April through October, dogs are forbidden in the area of Vancouver Lake Park where we hold regattas. Regatta participants who violate this rule jeopardize future rowing events at the park. This rule will be strictly enforced. Please do not bring your dog. You will be asked to leave. 




June 10 - Preliminary Event Schedule Published: This document will be published on Regatta Central and the USRowing website at Each main club contact also will be emailed an entry confirmation notice and the race schedule. Please be certain your contact information on Regatta Central is accurate. All questions regarding entries and the schedule should be directed to James Rawson, (503) 473-6239 or


June 12 - Lane Draws Published: This document will be published on Regatta Central and the USRowing website at



Many events combine age categories. If there are enough entries in those events, they will be split if time allows. Example: The Men’s AB 4+ has 10 boats entered, four boats in the “A” age class and six boats in the “B” age class. The schedule will be altered to allow a Men’s A 4+ and a Men’s B 4+. In this situation, neither race would have handicap times applied.



Inclement Weather Schedule: In the event that inclement weather causes delays in the regatta

schedule, changes will take effect in this order:

  1. Reduce race centers (all races run reduced time between race starts)
  2. Shorten the course to 500m
  3. Timed finals (all heats run using finish times to determine final results).
  4. Cancel races, at the direction of the USRowing Chief Referee.


Hotel Information

USRowing has partnered with EMC Venues to provide accommodation options for teams, athletes, and spectators competing in the 2013 USRowing Northwest Masters Regional Championships.

Rooms are now available at a variety of properties near the Vancouver venue. Click the link below for more information.

2013 USRowing Northwest Masters Hotel Information