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2013 Outgames Regatta

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Regatta Format and Details (updated 22 Jul 2013)

2013 World Outgames Regatta

Date of training: Friday, 02 August 2013

Date of competition: Saturday and Sunday, 03 - 04 August 2013

Location of event: Ghent, Belgium

Venue: Watersportbaan;  

The race course measures 2300 metres in length and 76 metres in width. The course was built in the early 1950's to serve as the host for the European Rowing Championships.  The course is a five-lane rowing course and although no longer suitable for major FISA regattas, the 5 local rowing clubs jointly host two medium size regattas at the venue each year.  You can see detailed images of the course here.

Race details:

Racing rules: FISA with modifications

Senior and Masters races will take place on Saturday, 03 Aug 2013.
  • A quick explanation about Senior and Masters.  The regatta committee is following the standard FISA definitions for Masters age categories.  Therefore, to include the 18 - 26 average age category, it is formally and properly labeled as "Senior." For all intents and purposes, the distinction is almost transparent except in how the Senior races will be held.  (See below in race format.)
Open races will take place on Sunday, 04 Aug 2013Race format:
  • 1,000m. sprint - Senior
    • Senior (18 - 26 year old category) will consist of a preliminary time trial race.  Results of the first race will sort the competitors into separate final races. Each final race will race for medals.  In the case that there are 5 or fewer entries, there will simply be one direct, Final race.
  • 1,000m. sprint - Masters
    • Masters will consist of two finals, A and B, with each entry race time averaged to determine the overall standing for the event.  The top three times will determine the winners for medals.  There will be no handicapping.  In the case that there are 5 or fewer entries, there will simply be one direct Final race.
  • 1,000m. sprint - Open
    • Open will consist of a preliminary time trial race.  Results of the first race will sort the competitors into separate final races. Each final race will race for medals.  In the case that there are 5 or fewer entries, there will simply be one direct, Final race.
  • 500m. dash.  
Competitive divisions:
  • senior and open and masters; male/female only
    • please note: female rowers may enter and compete in a men's boat but the entry will still be considered a men's category; also, women may not enter the men's 1x events
    • transgender participants should register for the boat gender to which they identify
  • dash is mixed entries only and for one boat category: 8+ .
Boat categories: 1X | 2X | 2- | 4X | 4- | 8+

Average Age categories for the Masters races:
  • Average age: 27 - 35 yo
  • Average age: 36 - 42 yo
  • Average age: 43 - 49 yo
  • Average age: 50 - 54 yo
  • Average age: 55 +
Dash details:

At the end of the 1000m. competitive races, participants will have the opportunity to race in a 500m. dash race. The race will be in 8+ boats only, and will consist of mixed crews. Given that there will be more men than women registered for the regatta, there will not be a requirement for equal number of men and women.  The races will be finals only and the winners be selected by the best times.

Boat rental:

Available for a participant total of up to 600 rowers. 30 Euro per seat per event per day, inclusive of heats and finals.  Training rental fee is additional. See the boat rental information.

Regatta Registration and Entries:

The deadline to submit entries for the regatta expired on 16 Jul 2013.  The draw for the regatta will be published in the week of 22 Jul 2013.  Any questions regarding the draw and the entries submitted should be sent to Regatta Secretary at wogarowing2013@gmail.com  For your reference, you can find the original regatta entry forms here.

On the days of the regatta, every entry will need to provide a 5 Euro deposit for the bow number for their race.

Transportation:

Every participant will have a bus transport pass that allows free use of the bus system throughout Belgium (except for Brussels).  However, that bus transport pass does not apply to the trains.  The fastest way between Antwerp and Ghent is by train, with departures almost every hour.  Rowers and their fans/bf's/ex's/'nieces or nephews'/or friends will be on their own for the train fare.  A weekend discount is offered.

Yes, you could use your transport pass to take a bus between Antwerp and Ghent but that involves three transfers and will take over 3 hours.

Rowers are encouraged to stay in Ghent for the duration of the rowing event, and simply come up to Antwerp for the Opening Ceremonies. There are two hotels close to the regatta course.

Questions: post and read current topics in the discussion forum

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