Teams will compete in a double-knockout system, any team with
a defeat will fall to Division 2 and work its way up there;
should it become the first place in Div 2, it stands a chance
to win the championship if it is able to defeat the first
place in Div 1 twice (first win gives the first place in Div 1
one defeat which puts both teams on equal level). This will
mean each team will entitle to at least two races.
Lots will be drawn in the final Captains Meeting to pair off
the first races.
All teams must register and have their membersˇ¦ indemnity
forms signed at least thirty minutes prior to the opening of
Teams will compete in club or team colours (uniform). The
whole team will either be with or without headwear.
An 18-seat boat should consist of at least 10 paddlers; a
14-seat boat should consist of at least 7 paddlers. In
addition, a Drummer and a Steersman (Sweep) must be onboard.
In any wooden boat a Flag-catcher must be onboard unless
In any Mixed Competition, an 18-seat boat should consist of at
least six female paddlers; a 14-seat boat should consist of at
least four female paddlers.
In any Chinese Community competition, all athletes must be of
In any Womenˇ¦s race, all team members should be females except
The Drummer cannot be the Flag catcher in the same race.
The Organiser is not responsible to provide crew members for
any team including Steersman.
Racing Umpires may not join any team as a leader or a member.
All boats and allied equipment used in the race must be of
standard specification, use of private equipment is subject to
prior approval in writing by the Organiser.
Manager/Captain will be called to draw your lane before each
race, the lane number will also be your loading/return bay
When called for a race, the entire team must first report at
Check Point before loading; loading should complete within
five minutes, failing which may result in the team being
failed from the race.
Any team unable load enough members within the prescribed time
will be ruled as abandoning and defeated in a race.
A race is started with an ˇ§Attention-ready-goˇ¨ signal; and the
recall signal is a series of quick whistling.
Two false starts will fail a team from a race.
A race is a one-way competition between two or more boats.
Finishing time is when the flag catcher on a wooden boat
catches the flag at the finishing line. In fiberglass boat
races, finishing time is when the nose of the boat enters the
Finishing time is when the tail of the boat passes the
finishing line in the event of a Flag-catcher missing the flag
or falling into the water after catching the flag.
Boats should advance in their assigned lane in a straight line
toward the Finish, a team which deviates from its lane and
collides with its opponent(s) may be ruled as defeated or a
rematch be held. A team will be disqualified if it disrupts
its opponent(s) intentionally.
Sweep-oar may be lifted off the water; a steersman (Sweep) may
paddle with his oar.
In the event of the starting or finishing line/buoy shifting
from its designated position and the teams cannot be recalled,
the Umpire may judge the result by a visualised line or call
for a rematch after the race.
When a race is completed, boats should return to the loading
bays where athletes will disembark in an orderly manner.
Flag catcher should retain the flag and hand it back to the
Any team member who intentionally enters the water will fail a
team from a race.
Any team abandoning a race or races should serve a notice to
the Record officers.
Boats and allied equipment is supplied by the Organiser. Any
misuse, disposal, damage of equipment or intentional overturn
of boats will be ruled by the Organiser, depending on
circumstances, as defeated, disqualified and/or damages
claimed against the team and its manager.
28.1 Whilst it is the duty of the Umpires to decide on
objections raised by one team against it opponents, the
Umpired may not be held liable for any overlooked
28.2 Objections to any opponents in terms of the Game Rules
should be raised to the relevant Umpires (loading, racing and
finishing) in their respective times. Late complaints will not
28.3 Any other legitimate complaints would be referred to the
Chief Umpire whose decision will be final.
28.4 Disobedience to the Umpiresˇ¦ ruling and/or making false
statement(s) would disqualify a team and invalidate its race
28.5 The Organiser may resort to law enforcement agencies for
assistance should the event be seriously disrupted by a team,
its members, supporters or spectators.
The Organiser reserves the right to suspend, cancel or
postpone the event proceeding in case of severe weather
condition or act of God.
Prizes are awarded to the winning teams of each Class. A
floating trophy may be presented to the Champion team for
photograph purpose. Any team attaining the Championship title
for the third year may permanently keep the floating trophy.
Any additional rules announced on the event day by the
Organiser form part of the Game Rules.