Sprint Regattas at NBC
Narragansett Boat Club hosts two regattas each summer during the sprint season. The first, Mayor’s Cup, is held in May while the second, Sweeps and Sculls, is held in July or August. Because of the tidal nature of the Seekonk River, the regatta dates must fluctuate year to year to correspond with high tide.
All participants must complete our general waiver to participate.
NBC Race Course Map (pdf)
Navigation Rules (pdf)
Below are instructions for participants coming to regattas at NBC. Here is a printable version of this information: NBC Regatta Instructions (doc)
- The Overall Rules: The USRA's Rules of Rowing will be in effect, with a few modifications, since this regatta has a floating start and no albano buoy system.
- Masters: Every rower's age and the average boat age must be at least 21. Masters events will be handicapped, if necessary. All races are 1000m and run in final-only format. If there are more than 7 entries for an event, at the discretion of the regatta director, the event may be divided into multiple heats with 1st place medals for each heat. Ages for masters are based on the FISA system (age as of year-end), handicapped if necessary (USRowing handicaps).
- Junior/High School: (we follow the USRA Rules of Rowing definition for eligibility): A Junior is a competitor who in the current calendar year does not attain the age of 19, or who is and has been continuously enrolled in secondary school as a full-time student seeking a diploma. A competitor thus ceases to be a Junior after December 31 of the year of his or her 18th birthday, or of the year in which he or she completes the 12th grade of secondary school, having been a full-time student, whichever is later.
- Novice: Novice rowers are in their first year of competition.
- Regatta Meeting: There will be a meeting for scullers, coaches and coxswains one hour before launch time of the first heat or first race. The time of the regatta meeting will be posted with the race schedule. Check out the NBC Race Course Map (pdf) one more time.
- Shell storage and parking: You will be able to park your trailer on the grass across from the Narragansett Boat Club. You will not be able to park your car there.
- Bow Markers: We will supply bow markers which you will pick up when registering.
- Equipment check: Before launching check your wing nuts, rigger bolts, collar bolts, footstretchers, etc., anything that may be problematic.
- Launch Times: Usually you will launch at least 30 minutes before your scheduled race time. Do not delay launching beyond this point. We will stick to the racing schedule.
- Oar and scull storage: If possible, have someone bring your sculls and/or oars to the dock as you bring your shell.
- Launching: Await any oncoming race. Then cross the racecourse to the far side of the channel. Row up the river, aiming slightly to the east of the large radio tower in Pawtucket. Keep your eyes peeled for the red and green channel buoys. They are very strong and repel carbon fiber with ease.
- Warm-ups: We will stick to the schedule. Crews must be within hailing distance of the start no later than 4 minutes prior to the published starting time. Crews are not to go 60 strokes north or south of their starting line. Where you warm up will depend upon the race schedule. In general, please keep off the course so as not to impede any races coming down the course.
- Approaching the Starting Line:You will find red buoys anchored off the Providence shore, which mark the 2000, 1500, and 1000 meter marks. Most likely you will also see the Starter at the appropriate mark, who will be calling you to the line. Three minutes before your race, you should begin rowing toward your starting line. In general, keep your shell north of the line. Wait for the starter/referee to bring you up to the line. The Lanes are numbered 1 through 7, starting from the Providence/NBC shore and heading east. Make certain that you keep 20 feet of distance between the tips of your blades and those of the next shell.
- Pointing the Boat: Coxswains may need to point their boats to the right or to the left of the targets on the bridge, depending upon the wind direction and the force of the wind. Please use stroke to back and bow to row, or vice versa, to point your boat. Simply having one side row will pull you toward the other boat(s) and move you ahead.
- Hand Signals: If coxswains are making adjustments, the person rowing at bow or two should have his/her hand up. If a crew is not ready, the bow person’s arm should go up – FULLY EXTENDED – and the crew should be taking corrective action. This is especially important for bow-coxed boats.
- The Starting Command: This will be the starting procedure for all conditions. There will be no polling of the scullers or crews. Once the Starter/Referee feels the boats are as even as possible and hands are down, he/she will announce "Attention! Go!" There will be a pause between "Attention!" and "Go!" There should be NO movement in the boats until the Starter/Referee says, "Go!" Since we do not have stakeboats, there will be no Countdown Starts.
- Equipment Breakage: It should be understood that crews and scullers are responsible for a complete check of equipment prior to leaving for the start. In the event of equipment breakage or any major mishap within the first 30 seconds of the race, the coxswain should stop rowing and raise his hand immediately. The Referee will determine the severity of the breakage and the appropriate action – restart, postponement, etc. A crew that falsely claims breakage or causes any major mishap within the first 30 seconds, may or may not be assessed of a Warning or Excluded, depending upon the Starter/Referee's assessment and decision. Sweep boats should note that the stern pairs on eights and the bow pairs of all other boats should alert their coxswains as to what directions the referee may be giving the boat.
- Steering and Navigating the Course: The Seekonk River Course is a tidal estuary. As such, we will usually have an incoming tide for the early races, slack tide for the middle races, and an outgoing tide for the latter events. Stay within your lane relative to the other boats. If certain boats are veering dramatically off course, the Referee will alert them by using a white flag. If this is you, please be ready to respond accordingly. As you cross the different 500-meter marks, you will find markers on the shore as well as a bright orange mooring buoy on the Providence side of the course.
- Approaching the last 40 strokes: Once past the boathouse, do not follow the shoreline. Aim for your bridge target. If you don't know where that is, aim for the middle of the center arch of the bridge. Do not row to the right (Portside). Rowing parallel to the shore will give you a longer distance to the finish line. As you approach the finish line, keep rowing until you see the finish line flag off your stern. Do not stop early.
- Returning to the dock: Row clockwise. Approach the dock cautiously. Scullers and crews launching have priority. Wait for the dockmaster to call you in. Land your shell, have someone assist you, if possible, so that you can take your shell and your sculls/oars as quickly off the dock as possible. Do not leave your equipment on the dock.
- Protests: In the event of a Protest, it must be made on the water at the end of the race and then presented in writing to the Committee of Management or the Regatta Director within 30 minutes of the completion of the race in question. There is also a $50.00 cash bond that you must present. If the protest is upheld, the bond is returned. If not, the bond is retained by the Regatta.
- Bare Feet: Bare feet will not be allowed on the dock. All rowers or support personnel must have some type of non-skid footwear if they want to go on the dock. Crews will be turned away if they approach the dock with bare feet.
- Awards: Gold medals will be awarded for masters races. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded for junior and high school events.