Metropolitan Youth Speed Order  - April 14, 2018

Regatta rules and weigh-in procedures posted below directions. 

GPS Address:  935 Passaic Ave Kearny NJ 07032

Directions to the Kearny boathouse:
The Kearny Boathouse is located at the intersection of RT 7 / Belleville Turnpike and Passaic Ave., Kearny NJ

Route 3 East: Immediately after the bridge over the Passaic River, take the Rutherford Avenue/Park Avenue Exit. Go down the ramp and move right as you come up again, to turn right on Park Avenue, at the Burger King (on your right). Follow Park Avenue until it intersects with Riverside Avenue (0.7 mi) at the traffic light. Continue on Riverside Avenue, about 21/2 miles thru 4 traffic lights . See Kearny boathouse on the right just past 4th light ( at intersection of rt 7) Riverside ave changes to Passaic ave .

Route 3 West: About 2 miles west of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, take the Ridge Road Exit toward Park Avenue. Merge onto Marginal Road. In about 0.5 mile turn left onto Park Avenue, crossing over Route 3. Follow Park Avenue until it intersects with Riverside Avenue (0.7 mi) at the traffic light. Follow same directions as above. 

From NYC: Take the Lincoln Tunnel out of the city and you will be on 495 West. Follow 495 West to Route 3 West. Follow thedirections from Route 3 East/West

From NJ Turnpike: Take Exit 16W to Route 3 West. Follow the directions from Route 3 West.

From Garden State Parkway: Take Exit 153A to Route 3 East for about 5 miles and follow directions above.

regatta rules

 Weight Categories

  1. Lightweight boys shall weigh no more than 150 lbs.
  2. Lightweight girls shall weigh no more than 130 lbs.
  3. No weight averaging is required.
  4. Weigh-ins:  Weigh-ins will be held as follows:
  1. Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Kearny Boathouse
  2. Athletes must be within 1 pound of the required weight on the first try or they will not be allowed to weigh in again. If they are within 1 pound they are allowed to return one additional time.
  3. Crews must weigh in wearing racing uniforms, and no weight allowance will be permitted. All members of a boat must be present.
  4. Coxswains will be weighed in for informational purposes only.  Coxswains will not be required to carry additional weight.

Speed Order Guidelines

  1. Races will not be delayed for crews that are late to the start for any reason. Crews must start in the order assigned for the speed order.
  2. Bow Markers - Bow numbers will be provided.  
    1. No shell may race without a bow number.
    2. All crews must have their assigned number securely fastened to the bow of their shell
    3. Bow Balls - No shell may launch without a bow ball.

Speed Order

  1. All crews will race down lane 2 (west side (highway side))
  2. 15 seconds between boats
  3. Overtaken boats must yield to overtaking boat or be excluded.
  4. A boat is deemed to be overtaking if it is within one length of open water.
  5. Any crew crossing the course during time trials will be excluded, unless permitted by a race official when launching off the dock.

  The Start

  1. Upon arriving at the starting line, the marshals will direct you either into the chute for your race or to the warm-up area.
  2. It is your responsibility to be in numerical order, staying behind the numbers lower than yours and ahead of the numbers higher.
  3. Every effort will be made by the marshals to send crews down the chutes in ascending numerical order, but this can only be accomplished with your cooperation.
  4. When directed into the chutes, proceed quickly and safely.
  5. Crews shall be responsible for maintaining their proper order at the start, for maintaining the proper interval between it and the other crews in the chutes, and for staying within the chutes as they approach the starting line.
  6. Crews not maintaining their proper position may be delayed, moved to the end of the starting order, penalized, or excluded.
  7. The starter will tell you that you are approaching the starting line. You should increase pressure and cross the line at full pressure.
  8. Stay in lane 2 (west side (highway side)) for the entire race course except for broken equipment or to yield to an overtaking boat.


  1. A crew is deemed to be overtaking another crew when it has moved to within one length of open water of the crew ahead.
  2. A crew being overtaken shall yield to allow the overtaking crew to pass.
  3. Course marshals will give instructions as set forth in the US Rowing Rules of Rowing. Should it be necessary to exclude a crew during a race, the marshal will raise a white flag and order the offending crew to "stop". A crew so ordered shall quickly move out of its lane so as not to interfere with any other crew.


  1. Where buoys mark the boundaries of the course, and in particular, mark turns on the course, a boat shall be penalized 10 seconds for each buoy passed incorrectly.  A boat passes a buoy incorrectly when any part of its hull passes on the wrong side of the buoy
  2. Boats missing their correct order at the start shall be penalized 10 seconds
  3. Interference Penalties 
    1. 1st infraction: 60 second penalty
    2. 2nd infraction: 120 second penalty
    3. 3rd infraction: exclusion from the regatta
  4. Non-yield: 30 second penalty


  1. Good sportsmanship must prevail at all times.
  2. Unsportsmanlike Conduct - The crew of any competitor caught stealing or engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct will, at the discretion of the Regatta Committee, be disqualified.
  3. Boats wishing to protest must first lodge the protest at the finish line to the finish line official(s) or finish marshal, while still on the water.  The protesting rower(s) must then submit the protest in writing, along with a $50 fee, to the Head Referee or his/her designee within one hour of reaching land.  The protest must be signed by a member of the protesting crew and represent that, to the best of their knowledge and belief, the facts contained are true and accurate.  The decision of the Head Referee/protest jury shall be final and may not be appealed.  If the decision is found to be in favor of the protesting crew or substantially justified, the protest fee will be returned to the protesting crew.  If the decision is against the protesting crew or the protest found unjustified, the fee will be retained.