Rules and Regulations


The regatta takes place on Saturday, the 19th and Sunday, the 20th of March 2022.

  1. Distance: Approximately 8 kilometres.
  2. Regatta Manager: Menno Vroegindeweij at [email protected]
    Head of the Jury: Herma van der Stoel
  3. Entries: Register using the English entry form. Registration closes on Friday, 11th March at 20.00 hr. via the KNRB registration site.
  4. Entry fees:
  • Four €75
  • Eight €100
  • Corporate Eight €300

Entry fees include KNRB competition licence surcharge. Please pay before Tuesday, 15th March at 20:00 hrs. to IBAN NL 71 INGB 0006 6289 83, in the name of Amsterdamsche Roeibond in Amsterdam. Please include the name of the registering rowing club.

  1. Draw: The draw will take place Monday, 14th March at 20:00 hrs. in Amsterdam
  2. Weighing: Weigh in will take place at Willem III Rowing Club. Rowers will be weighed between 2 and 3 hours before the start of the division. Coxswains (if applicable) will weigh in wearing their rowing outfit (conforming to RVR guidelines. Coxswains should bring any ballast themselves.
  3. Coxswain Meeting: There is no coxswain meeting this year. Instructions for crews and their coxswains is available on-line on the coxswain site. All coxswains need to be familiar with the instructions.
  4. Minimal Age: With the exception of coxswains in the junior 16 field, a cox of any crew has to be at least 15 years in the year of the race.
  5. Placement: Master’s divisions will be divided into A-C, D-E, and F and older. The Masters row within their block. Master crews are asked to include their target time as a remark in their registration for the purpose of the draw. Starting positions of all other Masters crews will be drawn behind the seeded crews. For the other fields an open draw applies. In case of registration of more than one team in the same field, the team numbering of the club will be used for the draw.
  6. Pennants: Pennants will be awarded to the fastest Dutch club eight in the elite men’s and women’s fields.
  7. Boat trailers:
    Boat trailers need to be registered at orginazing committee. Check for more information our boat trailer page, or contact veiligheid(at)




The competition shall be held in eights and steered fours for men and women who are members of a KNRB-affiliated rowing club or with another member of FISA. The competition shall be held under the rules and regulations of the KNRB with the exceptions and special provisions below. Fields for first year and advanced teams are not open to foreign teams.

The fastest Dutch club team of the elite eights in the men's and women's competition win the Championship of the Amstel. To symbolize this championship, this club may fly a long blue pennant from the club’s flagpole throughout the year.

Participation in the competition shall be at one's own risk. The liability of the organising clubs ARB and Willem III (including their organisers, i.e. the Head Committee and the Head volunteers working with the committee) for any damage resulting from or related to participation in the competition, is, except in the case of intentional act or omission, recklessness or gross negligence, always limited to the amount which the applicable insurance policy gives entitlement to, increased by the amount of the excess under the policy concerned.

Except in the case of intent or gross recklessness on the part of the Organisation, the participant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Organisation in respect of all claims which any third party may at any time bring against the Organisation and which are connected with acts or omissions of the participant during his or her participation in the event.


The races are organized as time trials. The time in which each crew completes the course shall be recorded. The team with the fastest time is the winner. Under no circumstances will a team be allowed to row the race a second time.


Any changes in the team composition can be reported to the race committee in accordance with article RRS 37.

  • At any time after the draw and on race days, changes shall be made via the KNRB registration system.
  • However, on race days, changes can also be reported in writing at the desk.


The Master’s divisions (A-C, D-E, F+) row in one block. Master’s crews are asked to add a target time as a remark in their registration for the purpose of the draw. Starting positions for all other veteran crews will be drawn behind the seeded crews.

For the other fields, an open draw applies. If more than one team is registered for the same event, the team numbering of the club is used for the draw.


Shirt numbers must be clearly visible on the backs of the helmsman and the bowman during the race and when rowing up and down the river. One back number on the bowman's race shirt, one on the bowman's call shirt and one on the steerer sitting at the back (if the steer is at the front, then on the back deck).

The three shirt numbers can only be picked up by a club representative after timely payment of the entry fee by the club (or foreign team) during the following times

  • Friday afternoon between 14.00 and 20.00 hrs.
  • Saturday between 09.00 and 15.00 hrs.
  • Sunday between 08.30 and 12.00 hrs.

They can be collected at Willem III.

The entry fee must be received on the ARB bank account before 15 March.

The shirt numbers do not have to be returned and can be taken home as souvenir.


There is no coxswain meeting this year. The instructions for crews and their coxswains can be found online on the coxswain page.


In accordance with article 7, paragraph 3 of the AR, coxswains for Master’s, Club,, Mixed, Corporate, and Junior 17 crews will not be  weighed.

The weigh-in of the coxswains of the other divisions (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions and Juniors 18 Divisions) is on both Saturday and Sunday between 2 and 3 hours before the first start of their own division at the boathouse of Skøll, Jan Vroegopsingel 6.

The weigh-in in of the LIGHTWEIGHT teams is on Sunday between 3 and 2 hours before the first start of their OWN race number (so not of their own block) and takes place at the boathouse of Skøll, Jan Vroegopsingel 6.


During certain periods in the weekend there will be a total ban on sailing on the river Amstel between Amsterdam and Ouderkerk except for crews participating in the races. Crews not participating in the race will not be allowed on this section of river. The times of the ban are:

  • Saturday from 12:30 until 17:45 hrs.
  • Sunday from 9:30 until 15:45 hrs.

Between one hour before the first start of a block and 10 minutes before the first start of a block, the race course south of the Rozenoord Bridge may be used by crews entering that block in a southerly direction, provided that their allocated transit time of the Rozenoord Bridge lies within that time period.


Instruction of any race manager or official must be followed immediately. An instruction that is ignored and that causes any disturbance in the proper process of the races, can be penalized.


Rowing up and rowing back take place in the row/return lane. This is located on the Willem III side (east side) of the Amstel River and is indicated by orange and yellow buoys.

In the warm-up or return rowing lane, passing/overtaking is allowed when yellow buoys are present. Passing/overtaking is prohibited when orange buoys are present. Overtaking in prohibit areas will result in a penalty. Obstructing teams, ignoring instructions from race officials and managers may also result in a penalty. Multiple infractions will result in multiple penalties.

Row on to the start is allowed when a race is passing by.

All crews must keep as much port side as possible and consider crews that have already started.

Teams may only take permitted bridge opening. Taking a forbidden bridge opening will result in disqualification.

Toward the start and after the finish of the race, here are the openings that are permitted and not permitted for use:

    • Toronto Brug [Toronto Bridge]: passage under the Toronto Bridge is not permitted.
    • Nieuwe Amstelbrug: (Nieuwe Amstel Bridge): only the second bridge opening from port side is permitted for use
    • Berlagebrug [Berlage Bridge]: the two port side bridge openings are permitted for use
    • Utrechtsebrug [Utrecht Bridge]: only the port side bridge opening is permitted for use
    • Rozenoordbrug [Rozenoord Bridge]: only the port side bridge opening is permitted for use
    • Oranjebaanbrug [Oranjebaan Bridge): coming from Amsterdam to reach the start, only the middle opening is permitted for use.  After rounding, only the portside, westem bridge opening is permitted for use.


Crew that must cross the race course coming from the boathouses of De Amstel and Nereus must do so under supervision of the race Marshal present at the time. Crossing the racecourse without the Marshal’s permission is not allowed. If ongoing races are disturbed by the failure to follow the Marshal’s instructions, the team concerned may receive penalty.


Your own start time is the start time of your own field, increased by 1 minute for every 4 teams that start before you in your own field. The finish times based on these times will be explicitly stated on a separate draw.

The first check point, T1, is located at the Duivendrechtsevaart. Teams starting north may pass this point between 60 and 50 minutes before their own starting time.

The second checkpoint, T2, is located just before the Rozenoordbrug. Crews must pass this point between 50 and 45 minutes before their starting time. Arriving late at this bridge checkpoint to row on, can result in disqualification.

After passing this point, crews may only row in a southerly direction until they reach the turning area in Ouderkerk.

The Oranjebaan Bridge must be crossed in a southerly direction 15 minutes before the starting time of the race. Passing the Oranjebaan Bridge too late can lead your crew to be placed at the back of your own field or even the starting block.

13. RACE COURSE (check the maps)

The length of the course is 8 kilometres for all crews.

The start is in Ouderkerk, close to the Oostmeerweg. The finish is in Amsterdam, just before the Nieuwe Amstel Bridge.

Check the race course map for further details.


The Starting Line is marked by two poles with a white flag. At approximately 100 meters before the Starting Line, the Pre-starting line is marked by two poles with a red flag.

The start is a ‘flying start’ with an interval of 15 seconds between the crews. Between divisions, there will be a start difference of at least 60 seconds.

The Finish Line is marked by two poles with a red flag.


During the race, the buoys that split the race lane from the travel lane, must be kept on starboard side.

As can be seen on the course maps, extra buoys have been placed at the Amstel Canal, before the Big Bend, and before the finish for safety reasons. These additional buoys must be kept on starboard side.

A crew that passes a buoy at the wrong side or a crew that leaves the travel lane, may receive a penalized.

16. BRIDGES during the race

Crews are only allowed to go under the bridges through permitted openings. Passing a bridge through a forbidden opening leads to disqualification.

During the race, only the following bridge openings are permitted for use:

  • Rozenoord Bridge: only the port side opening is permitted for use. The starboard opening is prohibited for use by rowing teams.
  • Utrechtse Bridge: only the port and middle openings are permitted for use.  Use of the other openings is forbidden.
  • Berlage Bridge: only the middle opening and the two openings at port side are permitted for use. Use of the other openings are forbidden.

Immediately after the finish, crews must continue under the Nieuwe Amstel Bridge]to the turn buoy.

  • Nieuwe Amstel Bridge: only the middle three bridge holes are permitted for use.


In accordance with Article 53 of the RvR*:

  • Faster crew is free to choose its course.
  • The slower crew must not hinder or obstruct the faster crew and must allow for the faster crew to continue their race in the preferred route.
  • However, the faster crew is not allowed to use its rights to put the slower crew in such a position that rowing is made impossible or that the crew is placed in a hazardous situation.
  • The slower crew has to move aside before the point of the bow ball of the faster crew is at the same level of the sternpost of the slower crew.
  • Both the faster and slower crews must exhibit safety and sportsmanship in their behaviour towards each other.


A crew that drops out during a race, has to leave the racecourse as soon as possible causing as little interference as possible with the other teams in the race. The use of the rowing lane in the opposite direction is only allowed after explicit permission from a race official.


After the finish in Amsterdam, all crews must continue rowing lightly under the Nieuwe Amstel Bridge and round to starboard between the turn buoy and the Toronto Bridge.


In accordance with the RvR*, Article 75 up to and including 81, the time penalty is set to 15 seconds.

Protests will be made known by raising the hand as a sign of protest. Protests will be received and registered by the race official in charge of protests. The official in charge of protests can be found at the motorboat immediately after the finish line. Each protest must be submitted in writing using the protest forms available for that purpose and given to the Jury Secretary within one hour of the race finish. Forms can be turned into the Jury Secretary at the boathouses of either RIC or William III. Protests will be handled by the umpire/s which are member of the Jury Board. The Jury Board sits in the boardroom at the Willem III boathouse.

It is necessary that the club or team representative is and remains nearby during the handling of the protest. For a smooth processing of the protest, the club or team representative must ensure that the club or team representatives against whom the protest is made, is also present and available. We use the phone number that begins with 06 and can be found through your profile you made during making your entry.


The results will be published on the website of the Head of the River Amstel. Other clubs along the Amstel are invited to display the results in their clubhouses. Paper versions of the results will be available and posted on the boards at Willem III.

22. MEDAL CEREMONY (subject to COVID-19 measures)

  • Saturday time slot 1: 16:30 at boathouse of Willem III
  • Saturday time slot 2: 19:00 at boathouse of Willem III
  • Sunday time slot 3: 14:00 at boathouse of Willem III
  • Sunday time slot 4: 17:00 at boathouse of Willem III


The medal ceremony will take place after the Board of the Jury has determined the best three classified crews of every division.


Deviations from the rules above shall be made if special circumstances and/or good seamanship and sportsmanship so require. 


RvR* = Racing Rules of the Dutch Rowing Federation