We believe that as much freedom as possible should be given to the clubs when holding race events – this allows for variety and excitement at regattas. The onus should be on the coxswains to avoid any clashes or damage to the boats and crews. To this end, CFOGA does NOT insist that umpires call out who has water when approaching any turns in the course (though if a host club wishes to do this, it is also acceptable). In any case, all coxswains must abide by the simple rule that if they steer into another boat, it is their fault!
How a host club decides on its racecourses is up to them – as long as all racing is carried out in a fair and safe manner. Please feel free to contact us for advice on any aspect of four-oared gig racing or events.