Sarasota Invitational

  • Hosted By: Sarasota County Rowing Club, Inc/dba Sarasota Masters
  • 2016 Registered Regatta

Coaches, coxswains, and blind boat meeting will be in the bleachers at the finish line or inside the tent if the weather is poor. Times:

Saturday: 7 a.m. 

Sunday: 7:30 a.m.


The definition of novice is a rower in his/her first calendar year of competition in either sculling or sweep.  So, it is possible to be a novice sculler but an experienced sweep rower, or vice versa.

Middle School Exhibition races have been added on Saturday, at noon.

LAST UPDATED:  1-25-14

The Mixed Masters Novice 8+ may have up to (2) experienced rowers in the boat.

LAST UPDATED:  1-22-14

Lightweight Junior men's weight must not exceed 150 pounds (rule effective Sept 1, 2013)

LAST  UPDATED:  1-15-14

Unless otherwise noted herein, US Rowing rules for eligibility will apply

Club Registration with USRowing:

For our insurance to cover you, each club entering must be a current member of USRowing.  Unaffiliated individuals must be individual members of USRowing.  Please make sure your membership is current.


It is anticipated that some events may see significant entries, usually in singles.  In the event we have more than entries than can reasonably be accommodated, we will have a head-style time trial at the start of the regatta on Saturday, and possibly even on Sunday.  In order to complete racing at a reasonable time, we will probably have to limit the number of flights per event to three, which would mean a maximum of 24 entries per event for the actual races.  If some events are under-subscribed, we may be able to add additional flights.
We reserve the right to close some events before the deadline if necessary.


Will be 1000 m and start via the Anchored Starting Dock.

Masters events will use US Rowing Handicaps.

We will NOT be using a staggered start; all handicaps will be calculated at the finish.

In order to increase potential for participation, for this regatta only please note:

>    Masters Women may participate in Masters Mens' boats

>    Masters Mixed boats must have a minimum participation of 50% Women rowers.
However, you are allowed to seat the boat with more than 50% Women,
i.e. five or more Women in an 8+, or three or more Women in a 4+. 

>  Youth events will be  1500 m  and start via  Anchored Starting Dock.

>  Restricted to  parents and their children  or  grandparents and their grandchildren.
>  Can be single gender,  or  one female and one male.

>  Youth Mixed boats must have a minimum participation of 50% female rowers
However, you are allowed to seat the boat with greater than 50% female rowers;
i.e.  five or more females in an 8+, or 3 or more females in a 4x. 

SPECIAL RULE FOR YOUTH 1V,  Lightweight,  2V  classifications:
>    As per FSRA rules, in order to enter a 2V 8+  race, you must enter a 1V 8+.
In order to enter a 3V 8+, you must enter a 2V 8+.
>    The 1V should always be faster than the 2V; the 2V should always be faster than the 3V.
>     A Lightweight 8+ may  take the place of a 1V  if the non-Lightweight 8+ uses
your Varsity rowers. Therefore, if the remaining 8+ is truly not your Varsity 8+,
you can skip the 1V 8+ and enter directly to the  2V 8+.
>    This rule is to be applied if entering the Ltwt 8+ negatively impacts your remaining 8+.
>    It is designed to place your crews in the appropriate classification, so that true 1V8+
crews will race other 1V8+  crews. If you have any doubt as to whether or not you should skip the 1V8+ classification, please do not.
>   This rule is designed to make the competition more even and fair throughout the levels. 

>   If your school is just starting competition, contact the director for exceptions to the above rules.
>    The Sarasota Invitational Organizing Committee reserves the right to examine race times and may  disqualify a team which is found to abuse this rule.

There shall be no minimum weights for Coxswains.

ALL ROWERS  must have valid a  US Rowing waiver for 2014.
WAIVERS should be done on-line at RC for maximum convenience and efficiency!
There will be a separate (read: slower) line for paper waivers at Registration.

Scratches made after Sun, Feb 9 at 11:59 pm Eastern time will not be entitled to refunds. 

All boats must have adequate Bow Balls, Bow Numbers, and Quick Release shoes as per US Rowing rules. These will be checked prior to launching.

Please provide your own Bow Numbers.

Each rower in a Junior Men's lightweight crew shall weigh no more than 150 lbs.

Each rower in a Junior Women's lightweight crew shall weigh no more than 130 lbs.

There shall be no boat averaging.

Lightweight crews must weigh-in together, including the coxswain, if applicable. Competitors shall be weighed in racing uniform, without shoes or other footgear.

The weigh-in tent will be open for lightweight crews starting at 7:00am on Saturday.  All lightweight rowers must have weighed-in at least one hour before their race.


We will be awarding top three medals for the three fastest times in an event, regardless of heat. Therefore, if an event has two heats, and the fastest time in the second heat beat the top two finishers in the first heat, that boat would be awarded 1st place. In the event there is one heat, the top three finishers would be awarded corresponding medals.


We will be awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals by fastest event time regardless of heat. The points calculation for the All Points Cup will be based on the Event as a whole. Therefore, all boat finish times for each event, i.e. Mens HS 1X, will be ordered as though they are in a single heat and points awarded based on overall finish time placement. Points will be awarded to 6th place based on the US Rowing points system. Any boats allowed to race which are over the stated event limits will not be eligible for Team Points calculations.