Crews – Crews of 8, consisting of 8 paddlers and 1 helm (member of haven banks staff)
Embarking – Crews must report to the equipment area, when called forward on the PA System. This will normally be during the previous race.
Crews failing to report on time may be disqualified from the competition. It is paramount to the smooth running of the event that crews report to the equipment area in plenty of time.
Starts – Crews must be ready to board the relevant Bell Boats when called forward. All races will be started without reference to absentees.
Starting Position – The position of the Bell Boats on the start line shall be that the foremost part of each boat is on the start line and that both boats are aligned.
Starting Procedure – When the starter is satisfied that all the Bell Boats are correctly aligned, the starter shall alert the crews by saying ‘Are you ready’. IF THE CREW IS NOT READY, the Helm is to indicate this situation by raising a hand clearly above head height and keeping it there, until the starter acknowledges the situation.
When the starter is satisfied that all crews ‘are ready’ the starter shall give the starting signal and then drop a Flag.
False Starts –
The Starter shall determine if a False Start has been made and will immediately recall the crews by shouting STOP, STOP, STOP.
After finishing a race, each participating crew must return immediately to the embarking area
After disembarking from the boat the crew is responsible for immediately returning the paddles and buoyancy aids used to the equipment area.
Race Conduct –
Crews must abide by the Helms instructions at all times. It is forbidden to knowingly impede other boats. Helms must order their paddlers to ‘stop paddling’ if a collision is imminent. CREWS THAT DO NOT STOP PADDLING AND, BY SO DOING CAUSE A COLLISION, RISK BEING DISQUALIFIED FROM THE COMPETITION.
Collisions – Any crew that causes a boat to collide with another one, whilst racing or that damages the boat or paddles of another crew, or that deliberately swamps or causes another boat to capsize, risks disqualification from the competition.