Entries Open: Monday 9 January 2023
Entries Close: 11:59pm AEDT Monday 13 March 2023
Withdrawals without Penalty: 11:59pm AEDT Thursday 16 March 2023
Entry Fee Payments: 11:59pm AEDT Tuesday 21 March 2022
Boat Park open for trailer arrivals: 7:00am Sunday 26 March 2023
Training Commences: 7:00am Sunday 26 March 2023
Racing Begins: Monday 27 March 2023
Sport Integrity Australia is likely to conduct drug testing at the 2023 Australian Rowing Championships.
It is the responsibility of each competitor to know and understand their responsibility in regard to Anti-Doping. Competitors and coaches are urged to take note of the current Sport Integrity Australia regulations in respect of banned substances for therapeutic use and act accordingly in achieving exemptions as required – https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/resources/check-your-substances-global-dro.
Athletes and Coaches are advised that WADA will release the 2023 Prohibited List, which comes into effect on 1 January 2023.
The list can be viewed here – https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/science-medicine/prohibited-list-documents
Finally, SIA have updated their online education platform for anti-doping. We strongly encourage coaches, athletes, parents and support staff to undertake the online courses available.
They can be found here – https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/resources/education
Athlete and Coach Accreditation
Information on Athlete and Coach Accreditation can be found here
Boat Trailer Access
Boat trailer access to the venue will open at 7.00am Sunday 26 March, and will be controlled for both unloading and loading. Unloaded trailers will be relocated to a parking area adjacent to the start line and will be directed by event volunteers. There will be overnight security at the trailer parking area.
Clubs and Schools with trailers that are planning on arriving prior to 7am Sunday 26 March will be directed to leave their loaded trailers in the trailer parking area (as directed by event staff).
Trailers will have no access to the loading/unloading area of the boat park during competition days between 8.00am and 4.00pm, however a limited number at any time may be allowed access; there may be a wait at peak times.
All clubs and schools are required to enter their trailers registration details and their estimated arrival time by completing the registration form to which can be found on arc.rowingaustralia.com.au
Conditions of Entry
The following conditions of entry apply to all entrants:
Competitors agree that they may be filmed and/or photographed during racing which may be published online.
Competitors must be to swim for 50 metres and tread water unaided for 3 minutes.
• Competitors will be liable for any costs for ambulance transport required as a result of sickness/injury at the event
• Competitors must have their emergency contact details listed in Rowing Manager, or these must be held by their team manager at the event.
The following conditions of entry apply to the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships:
• School events are restricted to crews consisting of representatives from one school only.
• No more than 42 entries will be accepted into any one event
• No more than 3 entries will be accepted from any one school in an individual event. Any entries over these amounts shall be placed on a waiting list; after the close of entries crews on the waiting list may be added as appropriate from the waiting list at the discretion of the regatta organisers.
The following conditions of entry apply to the Australian Open Rowing Championships:
• Under 21 and Club events are restricted to crews consisting of representatives of one club or school only with the exception of the Under 21 2- in which composite crews are permitted.
• Athletes entering in Club events must not have been a member of a National Senior A or Under 23 team in the previous year, and must not be nominated for national team selection in a Senior A or Under 23 crew as at the 31 January 2023. Any athlete with a para classification is eligible for club events regardless of national team status.
• No more than 42 entries will be accepted into any one event
• No more than four entries will be accepted from any one club/school in an individual event. Any entries over these amounts shall be placed on a waiting list; after the close of entries crews on the waiting list may be added as appropriate from the waiting list at the discretion of the regatta organisers.
The following conditions of entry apply to the King’s & Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta:
• Interstate events shall be open to competitors who are citizens of Australia or who have been a resident in the State or Territory of Australia for which they intend to compete for a continuous period of not less than 12 months prior to the close of entries. Athletes must compete for their state of origin unless an interstate transfer has been completed in accordance with the RA Rules. Each State Association is entitled to enter one crew into each Interstate event.
• State Associations wishing to lodge Interstate transfer requests must do so by 6 February 2023.
Please email [email protected] to lodge requests.
Eligibility to Compete
Entry into the 2023 Australian Open Rowing Championships and Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships is open to all competitors who are authorised to compete by their affiliated Member Association and who are eligible under the Rowing Australia Rules and By-laws of Racing.
A School competitor is one who qualifies as Under 21 (Youth) under the provisions of the RA rules and is attending a secondary school as a full time day student. Entrants in the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships must represent their school.
A University competitor is one who qualifies as a University Competitor according to the Australian University Sport Guidelines. For the avoidance of doubt, a competitor may represent their university in a university event even if they might otherwise be a competitive member of another club.
Overseas crews are welcome to compete in the Australian Open Rowing Championships.
School crews from overseas may compete in the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships.
A rower or coxswain’s age shall be taken at 31 December 2023. As an example, a rower or coxswain shall be classified as an Under 21 (Youth) rower until 31 December of the year in which the rower reaches the age of 20.
For para rowers to be eligible to compete, athletes must be formally classified by a full RA or World Rowing Classification Panel and be granted an eligible sport class, and a national or international sport class status. Athletes who do not have a national or international sport class status, or have been given a sport class status of ineligible, are not eligible to compete at the Australian Open Rowing Championships. Classification assessments are not conducted at the Australian Rowing Championships. Classification assessments for physical impairment are conducted prior to NSW Championships in February and anyone seeking classification and/or further detail should contact: Gordon Marcks, Head Coach Para-Rowing [email protected]
Entries & Entry Fees
The cost to enter the Australian Open and Australian Open Schools Championships is $55.00 (incl. GST) per seat (including coxswains).
The cost to enter the 500m Sprint events is $11.00 (incl. GST) per seat.
All entries for the Australian Open, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and Interstate Regatta must be made through Rowing Manager www.rowingmanager.com.
Entry Fees must be paid by Tuesday 21 March 2023. Invoices and details on payment can be found on Rowing Manager
All Australian clubs have access to Rowing Manager for entry purposes, International entrants should contact Alice Evans [email protected].
Entries to the Interstate Regatta must be made via Rowing Manager and is open to State and Territory Associations only.
All car parking at ARC will be free of charge. Please follow the directions of all venue parking staff and volunteers.
Spectator, Athlete and team drop off and pick-up will be permitted. Cars and Vehicles will be directed to the drop-off zone.
Para athletes with a legal Disability Parking Permit will have access to Disability Parking, in marked and allocated Disability Parking spaces.
Athlete First Aid will be located near the launching pontoons
Emergency medical care for spectators and competitors during racing is located onsite. The regatta doctor may be located here along with emergency paramedics.
Rescue services will be active on the water throughout racing and official training sessions.
The nearest 24 hour emergency department is Armadale Health Service, 3056 Albany Highway, Armadale
Click here to view the simplified 8 Lane Progresssion System which will be used
Race for Lanes
Rowing Australia does not intend to run “race for lanes” for events that attract 8 or less entries at the 2024 regatta with the exception of Under 19 and School Events and events that are being used for selection purposes.
In Under 19 and School events that attract 7 entries or less, a non-compulsory race for lanes will be conducted.
In events used for selection purposes (U21 1x, U21 2-, a compulsory race for lanes will be conducted, where 8 entries or less are received.
In the remaining U17 (club), U21 and U23 and in Open and Para events, where 7 or less entries are received, competitors will proceed directly to a final.
To view a simplified summary of which races are on which days, click here
Race Schedules can be found on the home page under “Useful Documents”
Race Schedules will be updated following the close of entries and following the withdrawal without penalty period
The Race Schedules are subject to change, competitors must check for the most up to date information available online and at the regatta.
Rules of Racing
The 2024 Australian Rowing Championships will be conducted in accordance with the Rowing Australia Rules of Racing and Related By-laws.
The current version of the rules, including a summary of the changes, can be found on the Rowing Australia website
Information regarding tent sites can be found here
The course opens for official training from 7.00am from Sunday 17 March, the venue will close at 7.00pm.
All competitors and spectators must vacate the venue prior to the venue closing.
No boats will be allowed on the water for unrestricted training prior to 7:00am on any day (subject to light conditions). All boats must be off the competition course 15-minutes prior to the start of the first race e.g. off the course by 7:45am for an 8:00am first race. Boats with training bow numbers will be permitted to remain on the water but must use the “During Competition” traffic patterns and must have cleared the competition course as described above.
The course will reopen for unrestricted training approximately 15 minutes after the last race of the day. Crews will be permitted to access the beach launching area 5 minutes after the last race commencing and must be off the water by 7:00pm. Rescue will also finish at 7:00pm. Crews will not be permitted to depart the outgoing beach launching area after 6:20pm.
Only boats with a valid bow number will be allowed on the water during competition times.
Bow numbers must be used by para crews when using para training lanes.
Changes to training times may be made at the discretion of the Technical Delegate.
Weighing - Athlete
Test weighing scales for coxswains and lightweight rowers will be available from 9:00am AEDT on Sunday 17 March
The minimum weight for a coxswain (wearing racing uniform) is 55kg for all coxswains. The weighing scales shall indicate the weight of the coxswain to 0.1kg.
Coxswains must be weighed wearing racing uniform not less than one hour and not more than two hours before their first race in which they are competing, on each day of the regatta.
Lightweight competitors must be weighed wearing racing uniform not less than one hour and not more than two hours before their first race on each day of the regatta.
The average weight of a men’s lightweight crew (including the Interstate Regatta) excluding the coxswain shall not exceed 70kg. No individual may weigh more than 72.5kg. A male single sculler shall not weight more than 72.5kg.
The average weight of a women’s lightweight crew (including the Interstate Regatta) shall not
exceed 57kg. No individual may weigh more than 59kg. A female single sculler shall not weigh more than 59kg.
Lightweight rowers may have their weights carried forward for subsequent lightweight events on that day as long as the crew’s average weight in accordance to the above requirements is not exceeded.
Information on Ticket Sales can be found here
Dogs are not permitted on site at SIRC (except for companion dogs).
Weighing - Boat
It is the responsibility of the crew to ensure that their boat is on weight in accordance with the Rowing Australia Rules of Racing.
Random checks of boat weight will be carried out at any time during competition.
Scales will be available from 9:00am AEST on Sunday 17 March 2024