111th Annual NWIRA Championship Regatta

  • Aug 8, 2014 To Aug 9, 2014
  • sprint
  • Rabbit Lake
  • Kenora, ON (CAN)
  • Hosted By: Duluth Rowing Club

Entry Rules

  • Double and Pair events limit to four entries per club

The purpose of this rule to reduce the number of heats needed to race these events.

  • An event with one or more entries from only one club after close of registration

If an event has one or more entries from only one club after close of registration, the event will stay on the schedule.  At the coaches’ meeting, clubs will have opportunity to submit entries to the event.  Clubs submitting entries will pay normal entry fees for that event.

If the event does not receive entries from any other clubs at the coaches’ meeting, NWIRA will cancel that event and refund the entry fees to the club with the entries.

  • Individuals are eligible to row only for one club during the Championship regatta and that must the Club that the rower competed for after June 15th of the current year.
  • Composite crew is not allowed in this Championship Regatta.


Rower Classifications

Junior B

An individual who will be 16 or under on December 31, 2014.


An individual who in the current calendar year does not attain the age of 19, or who is and has been continuously enrolled in secondary school as a full time student seeking a diploma.  An individual ceases to be a Junior after December 31 of the year of his or her 18th birthday, or of the year in which he or she completes the 12th grade of secondary school, having been a full time student, whichever is later.


All individuals are eligible for Open events.  Individuals rowing in Open events cannot row in Master’s events.


An individual who will be age 27 or older on December 31, 2014.  Masters will be age handicapped based on the United States Rowing Association’s Handicap System.  Age will be based on the rower’s age as of the last day of the current calendar year.  All masters entering master’s events can only row Master events, Dashes, and Open 8+ events.

Lt. Weight Women

No crew member shall be over 130 lbs – 59.0 kg.

Lt. Weight Men

No crew member shall be over 159.8 lbs – 72.5 kg.

With the exception of the Junior 8+ events, all Master, Junior B, Junior, and Open rowers may row in any 8+ events.

Course Length

Dashes                               400 meters

Master Events                     1000 meters

Junior & Open Events          2000 meters

All races will start from the starting line at west end of the lake.

Maximum Number of Events

Rowers may compete up to six events that he or she is eligible to row.  Dashes are not included in this limit.


Coxswains must not weigh less than 120 lbs – 54.4 kg for men’s boats, 110 lbs – 49.9 kg for women’s boats, and 110 lbs – 49.9 kg for mixed boats.Coxswains must weigh in ONCE for the entire regatta.

Coxswains who weigh less than the required minimum MUST carry weight.Coxswains are responsible for picking up weights at the weigh-in station or for securing their own weights.


Weigh-ins shall be open for at least one and one-half hours and will end one-half hour before the first light weight race on the first day of the regatta.Weigh-in on first day of the regatta applies for lightweight events on both day of the regatta, Friday and Saturday.

Crews and Coxswains must be accompanied by their coaches for weigh-ins.  Pair and Double teams MUST weigh-in together.

If a male weighs in more than three pounds or a female weighs in more than two and a half pounds over the maximum weight for lightweights, that individual will be disqualified from the lightweight events for the regatta.

ALL CREWS AND COXSWAINS MUST BE IN CLUB ATTIRE FOR WEIGH-INS, DRESSED AS TO COMPETE IN A RACE – NO EXCEPTIONS!Athletes who do not dress in racing attire will not be allowed to weigh-in.Athletes have only two attempts only to make weigh on the first day of the regatta, provided they are not over the maximum allowed weight.There will be no “practice weigh-ins”.

Not making weight results a scratched entry and a scratch fee will be applied.

Club Colors

All competitors must wear their club colors on the water.

Bow Balls and Bowmarkers

All crews are required to have a bow ball on their shell.  NWIRA will have standard size bow markers available for shells.  Each boat must have a proper lane marker clip on the bow.

Heal Ties

All stretcher shoes must have proper length heel-restraining ties in place.  Dock master will inspect shells before they can be launched.

Athlete Substitution

Please use the Athlete Substitution / Change form in the regatta packet if you need to make substitutions for an event during the regatta.


Please use the Scratch form in the regatta packet if you need to make scratches during the regatta.


Once an objection is lodged, a crew wishing to be heard before the Jury may fill out a protest form describing the facts that underlie the protest and the relief that the crew seeks to the Chief Umpire or another race official within one hour after it reaches land.  The form is available at the Control Commission.  Crew submitting a completed protest form shall pay a protest fee ($100 USD / 110 CAD) by cash or check.

If the protest is upheld or it is found by the Jury to be substantially justified, the Jury will return the protest fee to the crew.  Otherwise, the NWIRA will keep the protest fee.