Cancellation Questions

Are seat fees refundable?
Yes, seat fees (that have been paid) will be refunded.

Is my ticket for SIRR refundable?
Yes. Tickets purchased via Ticketek are fully refundable, but are subject to Ticketek’s refund policy. Please refer to their website for more information.

Is my ticket for the Women’s Centenary Dinner refundable?
Tickets purchased for the dinner will be refunded less the cost of the Women’s Centenary book that was part of the purchased ticket. Ticket purchasers will be forwarded their copy of the book.

How do I cancel my travel and accommodation?
Please contact your travel provider directly to cancel any flights or accommodation.

have paid for a trade site, is it refundable?
Yes, all trade sites that have been paid for will be refunded.

I have purchased a tent site at the regatta, will this be refunded?
Yes, all tent sites that have been purchased for the regatta will be refunded.

Will the 2020 Australian Masters Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington be cancelled?
Rowing Australia is discussing this matter with Rowing Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government, the RA Board and the RA Masters Commission this week, with a decision to be announced and made no later than Wednesday 18 March 2020).

What does this mean for 2020 Underage Selection Trials?
Rowing Australia will be working with the State Associations and State Institute/Academy Network to develop a revised program for 2020 Underage Selection Trials that will be circulated as soon as practical.

Will the Women’s Centenary be recognised elsewhere?
Rowing Australia will look to celebrate the women’s centenary as part of the 2020 Hancock Prospecting Rower of the Year Awards at the end of this year.

 

Important Dates
Important Dates

Entries Open: Monday 13 January 2020

Entries Close: 11:59pm AEDT Monday 9 March 2020

Withdrawals without Penalty: 11:59pm AEDT Thursday 12 March 2020

Entry Fee Payments: 11:59pm AEDT Tuesdy 17 March 2020

Boat Park open for trailer arrivals: 4.00pm Saturday 21 March 2020

Training Commences: 4:00pm Saturday 21 March 2020

Racing Begins: Monday 23 March 2020

Anti-Doping

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is likely to conduct drug testing at the 2020 Sydney International Rowing Regatta.

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 ASADA regulations in respect of banned substances for therapeutic use and act accordingly in achieving exemptions as required – https://www.asada.gov.au/substances/check-your-substances.

Athletes and Coaches are advised that WADA has recently released the 2020 Prohibited List, which comes into effect on 1 January 2020.

The new list can be viewed here – https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/science-medicine/prohibited-list-documents

Finally, ASADA 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://elearning.asada.gov.au.

Athlete and Coach Accreditation

Information on Athlete and Coach Accreditation can be found here

Boat Trailer Access

Trailer access to the Island will be available from 4pm on Saturday 21 March 2020.

Trailers are not permitted to park along Old Castlereagh Road whilst waiting for the gates to open. Trailers will only be allowed access to the island if there is a sufficient number of people available to unload boats.

Once unloaded, all trailers are to be parked in the SIRC P6 carpark.

Trailers wishing to arrive between 7:00pm and 6:00am AEDT on any evening should contact [email protected] to make arrangements.

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 64 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 2020

• No more than 64 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 31 January 2020.
Please email [email protected] to lodge requests.

Eligibility to Compete

Entry into the 2020 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 2020. 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 FISA 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 SIRR. 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

The cost to enter the Australian Open and Australian Open Schools Championships is $55.00 (incl. GST) per seat (including coxswain).

The cost to enter the Sydney International Rowing Regatta 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.

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.

General Parking

All spectator and competitor parking will be located on the southern side of the course. Car parking is free for all competitors and spectators.

Access to the Island be vehicle is for drop off only

Medical Arrangements

The Athlete Medical Centre, including sports massage/physiotherapy and athlete first aid will be located at the western end of Boatshed 4.

The Regatta Doctor and emergency medical care for spectators and competitors during racing is located in the Dr Bill Webb Medical Centre located approximately 50m beyond the Finish Tower.

Rescue services will be active on the water throughout racing and official training sessions.

The nearest hospital is the Nepean Hospital approximately 6km from the course.

Race for Lanes

Rowing Australia does not intend to run “race for lanes” for events that attract 8 or less entries at the 2020 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 8 entries or less, a non-compulsory race for lanes will be conducted.

In events used for selection purposes (U21 1x, U21 LW 1x, U21 2-, U23 1x, U23 LW 1x, U23 2x, U23 LW 2x, U23 2-, U23 LW 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 8 or less entries are received, competitors will proceed directly to a final.

Rules of Racing

The 2020 Sydney International Rowing Regatta 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

Tent Sites

Information regarding tent sites can be found here

Training Times

The venue is officially open for training from 4:00pm AEDT Saturday 21 March 2020. This is subject to change pending venue availability. Access to the venue prior to this date must be approved by Rowing Australia due to event preparations, and will be extremely limited due to the AAGPS Head of the River being held at the venue on Saturday 21 March.
Outgoing pontoons will be closed at 6:30pm with all crews to be off the water, including the back lake, by 7:00pm AEDT.

SUNDAY 22 MARCH
Training on the course on Sunday 22 March shall be from 7:00am AEDT.
Outgoing pontoons will be closed at 7:00pm AEDT with all crews to be off the water, including the back lake, by 7:00pm AEDT.

DURING COMPETITION
Training on the course during competition days shall be from 6.45am AEDT until 15 minutes prior to the first race of the day, and from approximately 15 minutes after completion of the last race of the day.
Outgoing pontoons will be closed at 7:00pm AEDT with all crews to be off the water, including the back lake, by 7:00pm AEDT.

COACHES ACCES TO BIKE PATHS
The bike path shall be available for coaches on either side of the course prior to the regatta starting, however once racing has begun coach bikes will only have access to the southern bike path (opposite side of the course to the Grandstand and Island).

Access to the southern bike path will only be via the Western end of the course (past the Finish).

Helmets must be worn by all cyclists.

PARA CREWS
Training Bow numbers must be used by para crews when using para training lanes.

Weighing - Athlete

Test weighing scales for coxswains and lightweight rowers will be available from 9:00am AEDT on Sunday 22 March in Boatshed 3.

COXSWAINS
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 0.1 kg. Coxswains shall be weighed wearing racing uniform not less than one hour and not more than twenty-four hours before their first race at the regatta.

A coxswain who has weighed in for their first day of competition can carry this weight forward for this event and other events where this minimum weight is applicable.

Ticket Sales

Information on Ticket Sales can be found here

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 AEDT on Sunday 22 March in Boatshed 2 for big boats, and the lake end of Boatshed 3 for small boats.