The Leelanau Chase

  • Hosted By Lake Leelanau Rowing Club

CATEGORIES

Junior Novice = 19 and under, currently enrolled in high school or equivalent, in their first year of rowing.
Junior = 19 and under, currently enrolled in high school or equivalent.
Masters = Adult competitive rowers.
Rec = AKA Master or Jr Novice, Adult rowers in their first year of rowing competitively OR adult rowers with formal practices once weekly or less.

Men's: All rowers are male. One woman can be accepted into the lineup with prior approval of regatta committee.
Women's: All rowers are female.
Mixed: Half -or more- of rowers are female.

There are no lightweight categories.

Rowers are limited to just 2 races on Sunday

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LAUNCHING

Using a public address system, an announcer will call crews to the dock 40, 30, and 25 minutes prior to the listed race time. Even so, it is ultimately the crew's responsibility to launch on time. Crews that arrive at the dock less than 10 minutes prior to their race time may be automatically scratched. Calls to the dock will be adjusted if the regatta runs late (although regatta staff will make every effort to run on time). Again, we recognize that this is an early regatta and may be the first race ever for some crews. Even so, we expect crews and coaches to keep track of the schedule.

STARTING

  • All crews, except recreational and novice, will race a 4k distance with the start at the first set of orange buoys near the WEST shore.   The recreational & novice race distance is 2.5k
  • Be at the start at least 5 minutes before the official start time of your race. (The distance to the start from the launch area is approximately 4k and may take 25-30 minutes at a warm-up pace.)
  • This is a flying start, in single file. Line up in order based on boat number. All boats will be provided with a back number for the bow person. (A 10-second penalty may be assessed for boats missing their place in the starting order or interfering with crews approaching the start.)
  • As directed by the starter or marshal, cross the starting line at race pace about 20 seconds behind the preceding boat.  

RULES OF RACING

USRowing rules will generally be followed.

Refs will be nominally lenient, especially to recreational and novice crews. However, we will expect all crews to be cognizant of the rules and to act with respect and sportsmanship towards other crews and regatta personnel. Protests must be lodged with a referee while the crew is still on the water.

  • Boats racing have the right of way over all other boats. Any non-racing boat that interferes with a race will be subject to a 30-second penalty or possible exclusion from its race.
  • An overtaking boat is considered to be overtaking when it moves to within a boat length of the boat it’s approaching. When passing another boat, the overtaking boat has the right of way, but is obliged to make it apparent to the boat ahead on which side it wishes to pass. Generally, overtaking boats should pass on the starboard side of the boat they are overtaking.  If, in the opinion of the officials, insufficient room is given, a 30-second penalty may be assessed. However, no overtaking boat should press its right of way to the point of collision.
  • Racing boats interfering with other racing boats will be subject to a 30-second penalty or possible exclusion from the race.
  • If one or more rowers is ejected from a boat during a race, the affected crew must stop and remain with those individuals until all are safely out of the water or safety boat arrives.
  • Respect for the safety of other competitors and equipment must be shown at all times. If, in the opinion of the officials, a crew is behaving in a dangerous or reckless manner, that crew may be excluded from its race.

POINTS SYSTEM FOR BOYS AND GIRLS TROPHIES

 

Boat Type

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6’th

Jr 8+ (M, W)

10

9

8

7

6

5

Jr 4+ (M,W)

6

5

4

3

2

1

Jr 4x (M, W)

6

5

4

3

2

1

Jr 2x (M,W)

5

4

3

2

1

0

Jr 1x (M, W)

4

3

2

1

0

0

Jr Novice 8+

(M,W)

8

7

6

5

4

3

Jr Novice 4+

(M,W)

6

5

4

3

2

1

 

SAFETY

All shells must be equipped with a bow ball. Each set of shoes within the shell must be equipped with properly-secured heel tie-downs.

REFUNDS

The regatta committee will not refund scratches communicated to the regatta after the entry close date.

We look forward to a fun day of challenging racing!