Ages are of most recent birthday as of regatta day Oct 02 2011 **
season in a sculling shell
(Changed in 2011, now agrees with HOCR)
- Crew of 2 or more: Men 165 lbs max, Women 133 lbs max. No averaging.
- Singles: Men 160 lbs max, Women 130 lbs max.
The age classifications below are provided for possible future
use. However, since the TRR does not have age-specific or
decade-specific Masters events, our rule is that any rower 23 years
or older and not affiliated with a collegiate or secondary school
rowing program may row in a Masters event. The USRA
calculation for handicaps will apply to all Masters events.
- VETERAN: Average age of
rower(s) at least
60 years old on regatta day. No one except coxswain under 23
years of age.
MASTER: Average age of rower(s) at least 50 years old on regatta day.
No one except coxswain under 23 years of age.
- SENIOR MASTER: Average age of rower(s) at least
40 years old on regatta day. No one except coxswain under
23 years of age.
- MASTER: Average age of rower(s) at least 27 years old on regatta day.
No one except coxswain under 23 years of age.
- MASTER "AA": Average age of rower(s) at least
23 years old on regatta day and not affiliated with a collegiate
or secondary rowing program.
Textile River Regatta definition in effect as follows:
Limited to person (including coxswains) who in ANY sculling or sweep-oared event (“master” or “veteran” events excepted) DID
- Earn any Senior World Championship or Olympic gold/silver/bronze medal since 1996
- Earn a 1st place medal in any Championship (open) event of the Head Of The Charles® regatta since 1996;
- Compete in any Senior World Championships or Olympic Games since 1998;
- Earn a medal in last year's Textile River Regatta open events.
- In the current year, reach the quarter-finals of the Henley Royal or Henley Women’s Regattas OR finish among the top six places in any national team trials, national or international championships (e.g. FISA World Cup, US Rowing national championships ‘Elite Only’, Pan Ams, Lucerne, FISA Junior Worlds, World Under 23 Rowing Regatta, Head Of The River, London, etc.), San Diego CC (Copley and Jessop-Whittier Cup only), EARC or EAWRC Sprints, NCAA, Mid-West Championships, PAC-10, IRA OR finish among the top three places at Canadian Henley (‘Canadian Henley Junior’ events excepted) OR win the Dad Vail Regatta, Avaya Communication Collegiate Championship (novice events excepted).
Race officials reserve the right to classify foreign crews into the appropriate event based on the racing experience of the competitors in the boat.
Any rower presently enrolled in secondary school.
In a Mixed event, crew must consist of equal numbers of men and
women, not including the coxswain. Note that all Mixed
events at the TRR use USRA handicapping to economize on the number
of separate events we offer.
Textile River Regatta is rowed over a 6,000 meter course beginning at Tyng
Island and finishing along the Heritage State Park walkway, south of the
Bellegarde boathouse. The course is clearly marked along its length with
Boats are to
launch from the docks at the Bellegarde Boathouse and the City of Lowell
Beach located next to the Pavilion (downstream from the boathouse about
a mile). Priority will be given to boats launching
for an event over those returning from a previous event.
All boats should launch no later than sixty minutes prior
to the start of their event. A Dockmaster will be present to expedite
boat traffic. ALWAYS launch and dock with the bow pointed upstream.
NEW FOR 2009: Boats
should STAY ON THE NORTH SIDE of the river upon launching.
This is the same side as the boathouse. The travel lane is entirely
on the north side - there is NO river crossing. Keep ample berth
between the land on starboard and the course, which is designated by RED
buoys on PORT.
||RED buoys mark PORT side of the course, and GREEN
buoys mark the STARBOARD side. What this means: Keep the RED buoys to
PORT at all times,
both going upriver to the Start and on the course. YELLOW buoys mark hazards. Do not try to put your oars over a green buoy as it might have drifted and
you could hit the hazard it is marking. Do not attempt to go between a green
buoy and the shore, even on your way up to the starting line!!!!
Giant ORANGE buoys mark the start and the finish lines.
RED = PORT, both on the course
and in the travel lane.
GREEN = STARBOARD on
YELLOW = Hazards
ORANGE = Start and Finish lines
is responsible for arriving at the marshalling area ten minutes prior
to the start of their event. Boats will be started in order by bow number
at approximately ten second intervals. Late-arriving boats may lose their
starting position or be excluded from the race at the discretion of the
Starter. Boats must pass through the starting buoys to be officially recognized.
Crews late to the start may start at the
discretion of the referees at the start line. If a late crew is allowed to
start, a time will be recorded, however the publication of this time
within the results of the original event and/or the boat's standing in the
event are not guaranteed.
To do your warm-ups,
move past the orange buoys marking the marshalling area at the Start.
Make sure you do not continue upstream out of earshot of the marshals.
not passing between the two finishing buoys with bow marker intact are
subject to exclusion from the race. Once beyond the finish line, boats
MUST clear the Finish line and row clear of all the orange bouys following
the finish line before turning. This is so you do not block the other
crews as they cross the line. Impeding boats that are still racing constitutes
a major (30 second) violation.
There is a set of falls approximately 1500 meters past the Finish
line. You should avoid rowing over the falls if at all
To return to
the docks, turn to port and return to the docks in the return lane along
with safety in mind and LISTEN for the Dockmaster's instructions.
Registration is done exclusively at Regatta
Central. Please do not mail us entry forms that you have printed
from an old version of this web site.
CHECK-IN IS REQUIRED AT THE REGATTA
Competitors or their coaches must check-in at the Bellegarde Boathouse
on the dowriver side of the boathouse or at the main desk (location to be determined - follow signs on race day). Check-in times are as follows:
Your bow number and bib will be given to you then, along with an event program
and any important race-day
information. If you do not check-in during these designated times, you may
not be allowed to race. Any rare exceptions are at the discretion
of the Local Organizing Committee, confirmed by the USRA Chief Referee.
BOW NUMBER BIB SHOULD BE PINNED TO THE PERSON IN THE BOW SEAT.
- Saturday, Oct 1st 4pm to 6pm
- Sunday, Oct 2nd 6am to 1pm
When arriving for check-in, bring your Regatta Central invoice to speed the check-in process, and if you are
registered for any lightweight events, bring your crew for weigh-in. If
you will be arriving late on Sunday and cannot make check-in, please check the web site in days before the regatta -- we will have
instructions on where to go to pick up your packet. If all else fails,
check the Medals Desk when you arrive; that will be the default location for
registration packets that were not picked up during check-in hours.
||See Classifications at the
top of this page.
||Bowmarkers and bibs must be picked up at the Registration
desk (one per boat per race). All boats launching must have their
bowmarkers secured. Bowmarkers will be collected at the launch
site. BOWCLIPS: All boats must have a bow clip to which a bowmarker
can be secured. We won't have spare bow clips at the regatta, so make sure
your boat is equipped. BOW BALL: All shells MUST be equipped
with a bowball. HEEL STRAPS: All boats MUST have heel straps
securely in place at launch time per USRA rules. This is a cool-weather
regatta and heel strap compliance is a very popular item with the
- Any boat being overtaken must grant the right-of-way to the upcoming
boat. An overtaken boat should begin to yield NO LATER THAN the point
at which the overtaking crew is within one boat length of their stern.
- Boats must proceed downstream within the restraints of course buoys.
- Boats not observing course rules and/or impeding other crews shall
be penalized at the discretion of Regatta officials.
Violations: 10 second penalty (e.g., cutting a buoy)
Violations: 30 second penalty (e.g., not granting right of
- Protests must be reported to the Dockmaster immediately upon docking
and then submitted in writing to a USRA official at the Textile River
Regatta headquarters containing a concise statement describing the facts
that underlie the protest (including a visual description of the incident
in question, bow numbers of protesting and protested crews, and names
of witnesses, if any) and the relief that the crew seeks. The protest
will include the individual signature of a protesting crew member (usually
the cox on a sweep boat) and will be accompanied by a check for $25
made out to the Textile River Regatta or $25 in cash. The written protest
will be submitted to a USRA official at the regatta not more than thirty
minutes after finishing that event.