SECTION A: GENERAL ENTRY RULES2013 Rule Changes are highlighted in red copy.
(the age of a rower in a Masters rowing event is determined as of December 31 of the current calendar year and average ages are in number of whole years lived)
Persons (coxswain included) not currently enrolled in high school*, who, in any sculling or sweep-oared competition (“para-rowing/master/veteran” competition excepted), DID NOT:
(A) in the current or preceding eight calendar years, finish among the top three places at the FISA World Championships or Olympic Games;
(B) in the current or preceding five calendar years, compete at the FISA World Championships or Olympic games;**
(C) in the preceding five calendar years, finish in first-place in a Championship or Lightweight event-division at the Head Of The Charles Regatta;
(D) in the preceding calendar year, earn a medal in any event-division at the Head Of The Charles Regatta (youth events excepted); or finish among the top three places in an eight at the Canadian University Rowing Championship;
(E) in the current calendar year, compete in the quarter-finals when there were at least 17 entries, semi-finals, or finals of the Henley Royal Regatta or Henley Women’s Regatta (junior events excepted);
(F) in the current calendar year, finish among the top 6 places at USRowing Elite National Championships in any event-division in which there are at least 12 entries or in the top four in any event-division in which there are at least six entries;
(G) in the current calendar year, finish among the top six places in any national team trials (juniors excepted), national or international championships (e.g., FISA World Cup, Pan-Am Games, FISA Junior Worlds, World Under 23 Regatta, Head Of The River Race, etc.), Copley or Jessop-Whittier events at the San Diego Crew Classic, first varsity eight event at EARC Sprints, NCAA (Division I events only), PAC-10, or IRA;
(H) in the current calendar year, finish among the top three places in the first varsity eight event at EAWRC Sprints or Ivy League Women’s Rowing Championship;
(I) in the current calendar year, finish among the top three places in a 2000 meter event at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (junior events excepted);
(J) in the current calendar year, finish in first-place in a varsity eight event at the Dad Vail Regatta, the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Championships, the American Collegiate Rowing Championships or NCAA Finals (all divisions).
* As of 2013, athletes enrolled in high school are no longer permitted to enter the Club Singles event; high school scullers must row in the Youth Singles event.
** Any athlete competing as a Senior or U23 national team member under the name of their nation’s governing body in national or international competition in the current calendar year is ineligible for the Club event-division. NB: The Regatta reserves the right to rule on any competition situation not specifically addressed above and to grant exceptions on the rules above based on competitive standards.
1.2. College-Championship Doubles/Fours/Eights:
(Special Medal within Championship Events) The fastest crew made up of undergraduates representing accredited/chartered College or Universities.
1.3. Men’s Collegiate* Fours/Eights:
Eligible men’s rowing programs are those whose crews did not:
(A) in the current calendar year, compete in finals (grand or petite) of a first varsity eight at the EARC Sprints or IRA Championships;
(B) in the current calendar year, finish among the top six places at the PAC-12 Championships;
(C) in the preceding calendar year, finish among the top six places in an eight at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.
1.4. Women’s Collegiate* Fours/Eights:
Restricted to crews whose rowing programs are considered Division II or III status under NCAA rules or non-varsity rowing programs whose crews did not:
(A) in the current calendar year, compete in the finals (grand or petite) of a first varsity eight at the EAWRC or South/Central Sprints; or
(B) in the preceding calendar year, finish among the top three places in an eight at the Canadian University Championships.
* Bona fide students enrolled at and representing accredited/chartered colleges or universities and eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics are eligible for the Collegiate event-divisions. Applicants outside of North America must contact HOCR before applying for Collegiate events in order to assess that they are properly placed in this event. The HOCR will make eligibility determinations for all foreign crews.
NB: In the interest of fair competition, the Regatta reserves the right to rule on a crew’s eligibility and appropriate placement in any Collegiate event-division.
1.5. Alumni Eight:
Persons (coxswain included) who attended the same academic institution (named at the time of entry application) who are not currently enrolled at the institution in question.
1.6. Youth Singles/Doubles:
Persons enrolled in high school
1.7. Youth Fours/Eights:
Persons (coxswain included) enrolled in high school.
1.8. Master Singles:
At least 30 years old.
1.9. Master Doubles/Fours/Eights:
Rowers’ ages average at least 40 years, none except coxswain under 30 years old.
1.10. Senior-Master Singles:
At least 40 years old.
1.11. Senior-Master Doubles/Fours/Eights:
Rowers’ ages average at least 50 years, none except coxswain under 30 years old.
1.12. Grand-Master Singles:
At least 50 years old.
1.13. Grand-Master Doubles/Fours/Eights:
(Special Medal within Senior-Master events) Rowers’ ages average at least 60 years, none except coxswain under 30 years old.
1.14. Veteran Singles I:
At least 60 years old (no handicap).
1.15. Veteran Singles II:
At least 65 years old (no handicap).
1.16. Veteran Doubles/Fours/Eights:
(Special Medal within Senior-Master events) Rowers’ ages average at least 70 years, none except coxswain under 30 years old.
1.17. Senior Veteran Singles I:
At least 70 years old (no handicap)
1.18. Senior Veteran Singles II:
At least 75 years old (no handicap)
1.19. Grand-Veteran Singles:
At least 80 years old (no handicap).
1.20. Lightweight Singles:
Men: not over 160 lbs. Women: not over 130 lbs. No person enrolled in high school.
1.21. Lightweight Doubles/Fours/Eights:
Men: rowers’ weights not over 165 lbs., no averaging; Women: rowers’ weights not over 133 lbs., no averaging. No person (coxswain included) enrolled in high school (Lightweight Double is a Special Medal within Championship Double).
1.22. Championship Singles/Doubles/Fours/Eights:
No person (coxswain included) enrolled in high school.
1.23. LTA Mix Fours:
Legs/Trunk/Arms Mixed Fours with coxswain. Only a rower having a minimum disability as defined in the FISA Para-Rowing Classification Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) found in Appendix 17 “Para-Rowing Classification Regulations,” available at www.worldrowing.com/fisa/resources/rule-books, such disability leading to a permanent and verifiable activity limitation, shall be eligible to compete.
1.24. TA Doubles:
Trunk/Arms Doubles (Mixed or Single Gender). Only a rower having a minimum disability as defined in the Guidelines, such disability leading to a permanent and verifiable activity limitation, shall be eligible to compete.
1.25. Men’s Divisions:
Male rowers and scullers only (coxswain excepted).
1.26. Women’s Divisions:
Female rowers and scullers only (coxswain excepted).
Must carry sufficient weight so as to weigh at least 100 lbs. over the entire racecourse.
Traditional sculling racing shells, without coxswain.
Traditional sweep-oared racing-shells, with coxswain.
NB: Participants in the Veteran Singles I and II (age groups 60 – 64 and 65 – 69) and Senior-Veteran I and II (age groups 70-74 and 75-79) shall be run together and seeded accorded to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta. Results will be broken down into 5 year age increments.
2. ENTRY APPLICATION
2.1. Sculling (Singles/Doubles) Entry Application:
Entry Applications shall be accepted only from USA residents that are either individual members of USRowing or members of a USRowing-member institution, and from foreign nationals that are in good standing with their nation’s FISA-recognized governing body. Single scullers may submit only one Entry Application and may not subsequently be renamed or substituted-for after the entry deadline (August 1st). Doubles Entry Applications (Youth Doubles and College-Championship Doubles excepted) must include the names of both scullers and neither may be renamed or substituted for after the doubles entry deadline (September 1st). Applications to the Youth Doubles Event and College-Championship Doubles may be made by the institution (September 1st deadline); athletes must be named or can be renamed by October 1st. Institutions may submit no more than one non-guaranteed entry application to the Men’s Youth Doubles event-division and no more than one non-guaranteed entry application to the Women’s Youth Doubles event-division. Including guaranteed entries, an institution may have no more than three entries in either event-division of the Youth Doubles (i.e. if an institution has three guaranteed entries in an event-division, they may not submit an additional non-guaranteed entry application).
Exceptions may be made by the Managing Directors in the event of injury or illness.
Lightweight applicants to the Championship Double must declare their intention to compete as “Lightweight” on the entry application at the time of online Registration.
2.2. Sweep-oared (Fours/Eights) Entry Application:
Entry applications shall be accepted only from institutions holding “institutional membership” in their nation’s FISA-recognized governing body and/or “institutional membership” in the Head Of The Charles Regatta (by having opted to pay the Regatta’s annual Institutional Membership Fee) and that have properly registered their entry validation signature and racing colors with the Regatta by the submission of a current year’s Institutional Registration Card and payment of the Regatta’s annual Institutional Registration Fee. Registrants must be 21 years of age or older to submit an Institutional Registration Card.
Only one Institutional Registration Card will be accepted from each school, college or university rowing organization with the following exception: two Institutional Registration Cards, one for men and one for women, will be accepted from a single institution (school, college or university) in cases where men’s and women’s programs have been historically separate, or where men’s and women’s programs are organized separately.
2.3. Alumni Entry Application:
Organizations submitting entries to the Alumni Eight must hold “institutional membership” in their nation’s FISA-recognized governing body and/or “institutional membership” in the Head Of The Charles Regatta (by having opted to pay the Regatta’s annual Institutional Membership Fee) separate of their high school, undergraduate, or graduate institution. Alumni and graduate school rowing clubs will be considered as separate institutions from their affiliated school, college, or university and will not be permitted to share entries with their affiliated academic institution.
2.4. International Entry Application:
Crews from outside North America, at least 75% of which are non-US citizens residing abroad, are eligible to apply for early acceptance to accommodate their unique travel logistics. Please see complete rules below:
Competitors must submit the following by email to email@example.com no later than June 1, 2013
- Event in which each crew wishes to compete
- Experience/competitive record of each crew
The Regatta Directors will respond by mid-June with guaranteed entries. Any entries that are not guaranteed may be submitted through the lottery (Singles deadline: August 1; Doubles & Sweep deadline: September 1).
2.5. Athlete Line-ups:
The names of competitors in sweep-oared entries need not be revealed until Wednesday, October 9, 2013by which time, crew lineups must be completed online. All coaches are responsible for requiring all named crew members to sign a waiver online by October 9th and for ensuring that all substitute athletes are listed in their RegattaCentral rosters with completed waivers. Late changes may be made at Registration. It is the responsibility of the institution to ensure that the Head Of The Charles® Regatta is in possession of the correct crew lineup before the close of registration, and that all persons are eligible for the event-division in which they are listed as crew-members (athlete line-ups will be posted online at www.hocr.org). Only bona fide members of an institution shall be eligible to compete in a sweep-oared entry representing that institution. Because of liability in the event of an accident on the race course, any institution which knowingly allows any of its members to assume a spurious affiliation with another institution in order to enable a particular crew to gain entry to the Regatta, or any institution which knowingly allows its name to be used by any individuals who are not bona fide members of that institution in order to enable a particular crew to gain entry to the Regatta, will be subject to sanctions by the Managing Directors.
2.6. Entry Deadlines:
Singles Entry Applications must be received with payment by August 1st. Doubles, Fours and Eights Entry Applications must be received with payment by September 1st. Order of receipt prior to the applicable deadline is immaterial.
3. ENTRY ACCEPTANCE
3.1. Sculling (Singles/Doubles) Entry Acceptance:
On the basis of winning a Special Medal or finishing within 5% of the winning time in the event-division in which they competed in the preceding year, Single-scullers are guaranteed entry acceptance into the singles event of their choice, provided all conditions of eligibility, deadlines, fees, etc., are met. Except for variances, which only the Managing Directors may grant, a blind draw in early August shall determine all other entry acceptances as follows: Single scullers who in the preceding year were not accepted, did not apply, or who posted a time more than 5% but within 10% of the winning time in their event-division, will be drawn first, followed by those whose times were more than 10% but within 15% of the winning time in their event-division, followed by those who did have entries accepted but failed to post times within 15% of the winning time in their event-division. The singles draw will take place in early August.
Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Veteran I/II Singles, Senior Veteran I/II Singles, and Grand Veteran Singles event-divisions will be determined on the basis of finishing within the top 5% of the winning time in the athlete’s respective age class (60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+).
Guaranteed entry acceptance to the 2013 Youth Singles will be determined on the basis of finishing within the top 5% of the winner of the 2012 Youth Special Medal.
Entry acceptance for Double Scullers shall be conducted following the same procedure as Single Sculls. The finishing percentages apply only to double scull entry applications naming the same two individuals who competed the prior year. Any other combination will be considered a new entry. In the Youth Doubles and College Championship Doubles only, guaranteed entries will be applied to the institution rather than to individual athletes. The doubles draw will take place in early September.
Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Grand Master or Veteran Double will be determined on the basis of finishing within 5% of the winning time of the top finishing Grand Master or Veteran Double within the Senior Master Double event-division.
Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Lightweight and College Championship Doubles will be determined on the basis of finishing within 5% of the winning time of the top finishing Lightweight or Collegiate Double (respectively) within the Championship Double event-division.
3.2. Sweep-oared (Fours/Eights) Entry Acceptance:
On the basis of winning a Special Medal or finishing within the top half (based on entries) of the sweep-oared event-division in which they competed the preceding year, institutions are guaranteed entry acceptance into those same event-divisions, provided all conditions of eligibility, deadlines, fees, etc., are met. If a medal was earned in a Club event-division, such guarantee may be transferred, at the time of entry application, to the same division (Men’s/Women’s) and boat type (Fours/Eights) in another sweep-oared event. Institutions planning to compete for the College-Championship (CC), Grand-Master (GM), and Veteran (V) Special Medals should elect to do so when submitting athlete line-ups. Designations may be made on-site at Registration.
Guaranteed entry acceptance to the Grand Master and Veteran Fours and Eights will be determined on the basis of finishing within the respective top half of all Grand Master or Veteran crews registered within the Senior Master Fours and Eights. In addition to such ‘guaranteed’ entries, an institution may submit up to four sweep-oared non-guaranteed entry applications in men’s event-divisions and up to four sweep-oared non-guaranteed entry applications in women’s event-divisions with the following restrictions:
(A) Institutions may submit only one non-guaranteed entry per event-division.
(B) Including guaranteed entries, an institution may have no more than three entries in a single event-division (i.e. if in an institution has three guaranteed entries in a single event-division, they may not submit an additional non-guaranteed entry application in that same event-division).
Except for Charity Program entries, and except for variances, which only the Managing Directors may grant, a blind draw from among the applications in each event-division shall be used where necessary to determine the final entry acceptances in each sweep-oared event-division.
3.3. Extra Entries:
As compensation for providing operational assistance to the Regatta, the Managing Directors may grant the acceptance of one extra (but “non-point earning”) entry to each of a limited number of local institutions into the sweep-oared event-division of the institution’s choice.
3.4. Event-Division Sizes:
In addition to Charity Program and Extra entries, the Regatta shall accept up to 1040 sweep-oared entries, 500 singles entries, 200 doubles entries with allowed minimums of 20 in single sculling event-divisions, and 15 in double sculling event-divisions and sweep-oared event-divisions, and a maximum of 85 in any one event-division subject to Rule 3.2.B.
Beyond each event-division’s allowed minimum or its number of received guaranteed entry applications, whichever is greater, and subject to the above cited maximum, the number of non-guaranteed entries accepted into an event-division shall be determined by the event-division’s proportional share of the remaining non-guaranteed entry applications received for its “boat type” (e.g., singles or doubles).
3.5. Club Singles Status:
Accepted Club Singles entrants that continue to meet Club specifications as of September 1st shall be considered to have met them for the current year’s Regatta, but any that lose their Club status between the time of entry application and September 1st, must notify the Regatta immediately so as to be eligible for transfer to a less restricted singles event by Saturday, September 28th.
3.6. Entry Withdrawal Deadline and Penalties:
The deadline for withdrawing an entry is Saturday, September 28. No refund will be given for withdrawn entries.
Accepted Single scullers who fail to notify the Regatta in writing of their withdrawal or inability to compete on or before September 28th shall not be eligible to compete in any event in the current year’s (2013) Regatta, nor in any sculling event in the following year’s (2014) Regatta. The Regatta will replace withdrawn entries by offering entry to the next applicant or crew on the waiting list (based upon the original blind draw) for the same event-division.
3.7. Personal Competition Limits:
With the sole exception of the Directors’ Challenge Races, no person (including coxswains) shall be eligible to compete in more than one event-division (race) at the Regatta and any person that remains entered in a sculling event after the October 1st withdrawal deadline shall not be eligible to compete in any sweep-oared event in the current year’s Regatta.
3.8. Ineligibility Discovery:
All scullers and all members of crews must be eligible for the event-division in which they are competing. Any crew containing an ineligible competitor and any sculler not eligible will be assumed to be knowingly violating the rules and will be disqualified from this and possibly future Regattas, and the institution may face further sanction.
Only bona fide members of an institution shall be eligible to compete in a sweep-oared entry representing that institution, and the names of all such competitors must be accurately reported at Regatta Registration. Following the completion of Registration, any entry discovered (either before or after competing) to include an incorrectly identified or ineligible person, shall be subject to immediate disqualification.
Objections to any entry’s eligibility may be made at the Information Booths at the Cambridge Boat Club and the Rowing & Fitness Expo at any time, but preferably before the race in question. All athlete line-ups will be posted at www.hocr.org following the close of on-site registration.
Scullers, and institutions represented by sweep-oared entries, may appeal for relief from any ruling of ineligibility or any penalty imposed upon them by the Regatta for alleged infractions, e.g. interference, course violations, etc., but no protest alleging interference by a competing entry shall be heard. (Please refer to Section B, Rule 11: Appeals)
3.10. Seeding/Starting Order:
Single scullers who properly competed in a singles event the preceding year and whose entries are accepted will start ahead of all newcomers and will be seeded in the order of their raw times recorded the preceding year. The starting position of all newcomers will be determined by a blind draw in early October. With the exception of the Youth Double, seeding of double scullers will follow the same procedure.
Scullers in the Veteran I and Veteran II Singles will race together and will be seeded according to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta. Scullers in the Senior Veteran I, Senior Veteran II, and Grand Veteran Singles will race together and will be seeded according to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta. Scullers in the Women’s Veteran I/II, Senior Veteran I/II, and Grand Veteran age classes will race together and will be seeded according to raw finish time in the preceding year’s Regatta. Results will be divided by age class and first place medals will be awarded by age class (60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+)
An institution which has an entry accepted into a Youth Double, College Championship Double, or a sweep-oared event-division in which it properly competed the preceding year will start ahead of all new entrants in that event-division and will be seeded according to its finishing position in that event-division in the preceding year. The starting position of newcomers will be determined by a blind draw in early October. The Regatta reserves to right to make exceptions to the seeding policy.
4.1. First Place Medals:
Two-and-one-half inch bronze medals, engraved 1st PLACE shall be awarded to all competitors in entries that post the fastest time in the event-division in which they competed.
4.2. Special Medals:
Two-and-one-half inch bronze medals, engraved (a) YOUTH (b) GRAND-VETERAN (c) VETERAN (d) GRAND-MASTER (e) COLLEGE-CHAMPIONSHIP, or (f) LIGHTWEIGHT shall be awarded respectively to (a) the “most competitive” male and female Youth single scullers in the Regatta (basis: percent-margin over the fastest time posted in their event-division), (b) the most competitive Grand-Veteran in the men’s and women’s divisions of Senior-Veteran Singles, (c) the fastest Veteran crew in each event-division of the Senior Master 2x, 4+, and 8+, (d) the fastest Grand-Master crew in each event-division of the Senior-Master 2x, 4+ and 8+, (e) the fastest crew made up of undergraduates representing accredited/chartered Colleges or Universities in each event-division of the Championship 2x, Championship 4+ and Championship 8+, or (f) the fastest Lightweight crew in the Championship 2x. Institutions planning to compete for the Grand-Master or College-Championship Special Medals should elect to do so when submitting athlete line-ups with the exception of the Grand Master Double and the Lightweight Double, in which the Special Medal designation must be noted at the time of entry application. Winners of special medals will not be awarded subordinate medals should they qualify. No special medal will be awarded if the first place medal winner also qualifies for a special medal.
4.3. Subordinate Medals:
Subordinate Medals are awarded as follows: 2nd PLACE in event-divisions comprising at least ten entries, 3rd PLACE in those comprising at least twenty entries, 4th PLACE in those comprising at least thirty entries, and 5th PLACE in those comprising forty or more entries.
(Waivers and Athlete Line-ups must be submitted online by October 9)
5.1 Registration Hours and Location:
Every single sculler, a representative from every double scull, and every institution entering one or more crew events must also register on-site. On-site Registration will be open on Friday, October 18th from 12:00PM – 6:00PM and Saturday, October 19th from 7:30AM – 4:00PM. Competitors may NOT register any later than 3 hours prior to the start of their race. There is NO Sunday Registration. Registration is held at the Head Of The Charles Rowing & Fitness Expo, at the Finish Area Launch Site (FALS).
5.2. Registration Requirements
(A) Waivers: Waivers must be submitted online by Wednesday, October 9th. Scullers who applied online completed waiver requirements during the online application process. Scullers who submitted paper applications and all crew athletes (including minors) must complete the event waiver available on RegattaCentral.
(B) Scullers (Singles and Doubles): All single scullers and one representative from each double scull entry must attend registration. If you are a US rower unaffiliated with a USRowing member organization, you must bring your current USRowing membership card.
(C) Crew Lineups: All crews must submit lineups through RegattaCentral by October 9. Athletes must have completed waivers (see above). Registration will have on record the crew’s Athlete Information including waiver status. Substitutions made after October 9th require notice and confirmation from the Event Director, and may result in delay at on-site Registration. No substitutions are permitted once a crew has completed on-site Registration. All athlete line-ups will be posted on www.regattacentral.com after the October 9 deadline.
(D) Lightweight Weigh-In Procedures: Entrants in the Lightweight Events (Doubles, Fours, and Eights) must be weighed in by the Clerk of Scales and must obtain from the Clerk a properly stamped official Weigh-in form to present at Registration. All lightweight rowers (singles and all crew members) must bring photo ID (e.g.: driver’s license, passport) to weigh-in. All rowers in a crew must weigh-in together. Weigh-ins will be conducted on Saturday between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM at FALS adjacent to the Rowing & Fitness Expo.
(E) Coxswains: Coxswains are on their honor to meet the 100 lb. weight minimum, and will not be weighed. However crews found to have competed with a coxswain not meeting this requirement may be disqualified.
WARNING: Any entry that fails to register by the close of Registration may be denied access to its race. Notwithstanding the prescribed penalties for failing to give notice of withdrawal by September 28, any entry which finds it cannot compete and/or register on time, should notify the Regatta immediately at (617) 868-6200.
(A) Each boat is assigned a starting number, which is reflected on the Bow Number Card and on Shirt Number Cards that will be given out at Registration.
(B) The Bow Number Card must be affixed within one foot of the bow tip of the boat. Boats without Bow Number Cards appropriately affixed when crossing the Starting Line will be given a 60-second penalty. FISA-approved bow number clips must be used to secure Bow Numbers. Additional adhesives may be applied to secure the Bow Number Card to the boat provided that they do not obscure the numerals.
(C) The Shirt Number Card must be worn visibly on the back of each single sculler, each bow seat rower, and each coxswain. In the case of a bow-coxed shell, the coxswain’s number should be affixed flat to the stern decking with tape.
(D) An additional Shirt Number Card (bib) will be provided for all boats (singles, doubles, quads, fours, and eights) and must be affixed to the stern decking with tape.
(E) Entrants with obscured or missing numbers may miss being timed.
(A) Each crew, single, or double is responsible for having a protective “ball” on the prow of the boat. Any shell without a protective ball will not be allowed to start.
(B) Each crew or single or double sculler rowing in a shell equipped with flexible sole shoes attached to the foot stretchers is responsible for making sure that the heels of the shoes are attached to the stretchers by a method that allows for quick exit in case of emergency. Boats observed to be without this feature will not be allowed to race.
(C) All competing scullers and crews must row in fixed-rigger sliding-seat racing shells.
(D) Boats used in the LTA Mixed 4+ shall be subject to the same restrictions as those for coxed fours (4+) under the FISA Rules of Racing. No additional restrictions shall apply.
(E) The FISA standard Para-Rowing TA Mixed 2x has a fixed seat and may have stabilizing pontoons. The hull, the pontoons where fitted, and the seat are part of the standard specifications. The seat itself and the rigger design of the standard Para-Rowing TA Mixed 2x are not restricted.
TA Mixed 2x rowers are required to comply with the following strapping requirement: rowers shall be secured with a strap to prevent flexion and extension of the knee(s) during rowing. The strap must be secured under the seat or rails and over the thighs, as close to the knees as possible.
(F) Per FISA rules, rowers classified as visually impaired must wear FISA or IBSA approved eyewear at all times when on the water during training, warm-up, cool down, and competition from the opening day of the course until completion of the final race of their competition. Such eyewear shall completely block all light. All eyewear must be checked to ensure a secure fit and complete light occlusions by an IBSA doctor during classification or by a FISA international Classifier is an IBSA doctor is not present.