||Age is defined as your age on December 31, 2019. (New in 2016 - changed to agree with FISA/HOCR)
||Regardless of any overlaps you might find in the categorization of rowers or events, rowers in high school or youth rowing club programs cannot row in an event or with a crew that has collegiate rowers. Period. End of discussion.
||First season in a sculling shell for sculling events. First season rowing for a high school, or first season rowing at the collegiate level for sweep events. So if you rowed in high school and are a freshman in college, you are eligible to row in a collegiate novice event with your college.
(Changed in 2011, now agrees with HOCR)
- Crew of 2 or more: Men 165 lbs max, Women 133 lbs max. No
- 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. No one except coxswain under 23
years of age.
- GRAND MASTER: Average age of rower(s) at least 50
years old. No one except coxswain under 23 years
- SENIOR MASTER: Average age of rower(s) at least 40
years old. No one except coxswain under 23 years
- MASTER: Average age of rower(s) at least 27 years
old. No one except coxswain under 23 years of
- MASTER "AA": Average age of rower(s) at least 23
years old 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 NOT:
- 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
- Earn a medal in last year's Textile River Regatta open
- 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.
|JUNIOR / YOUTH:
Any rower presently enrolled in secondary school. We
consider this to be the equivalent of "HS" or "High School"
designations used in the past.
|U23 / COLLEGIATE:
Any rower presently enrolled in college or university and not eligible for U19 designation. We
consider the U23 USRowing defintion to be the equivalent of the TRR
"Collegiate" designation. Also includes a
post graduate rower under the age of 23.
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.
||The Textile River Regatta is rowed over a nominal 4,500 meter
course beginning below Tyng Island and finishing along the Heritage State Park
walkway, approximately 1,000 meters south of the Bellegarde boathouse. The course is clearly marked
along its length with buoys.
Boats are to launch from the docks at the UML Bellegarde Boathouse ("BOATHOUSE") or the
City of Lowell Beach located next to the Pavilion (downstream from the
boathouse about a mile, known as "BEACH"). Singles, 2x/2- and 4x/4-/4+ may launch from the Rourke Boat Ramp ("SDAFL") upriver from the
boathouse about 3/4 mile [New in 2014]. While there is ample room for trailers in the parking lot of this location, the docks are not
long enough to launch eights. Each of the three launch sites is staffed by one or more Dockmasters who have the authority for launching operations,
traffic patterns and priorities at each site.
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. 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 yellow 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.
To Emphasize and Summarize:
- RED = PORT, both on the course and in the travel lane.
- GREEN = STARBOARD on the course.
- YELLOW = Hazards
- ORANGE = Start and Finish lines
Each entrant 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.
Participants 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.
Warning: There is a waterfall 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 the wall.
Dock carefully with safety in mind and LISTEN for the Dockmaster's
||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 referees.
|PENALTIES & PROTESTS:
Regatta Marshals and USRowing Referees along the course will be responsible for assessing penalties, USRowing Referees
are responsible for hearing your protests. In the event you wish to protest, notify any Textile staff person who will
direct you to a referee. USRowing rules shall apply if not specifically mentioned below.
- 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.
Minor Violations: 10 second penalty (e.g., cutting a buoy)
Major 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.