Rules and Regulations


The regatta takes place at Saturday, the 21st and Sunday, the 22th of March 2020.

1. Distance approximately 8 kilometres.

2. Regatta managers: Thomas Roes (contact:,
Head of the Jury: Steven Nieberg (FISA licence).

3. Entries: via the English entry form. Closure is at Friday March the 13th by 20.00 hr.

4. Entry fees: Four €70; Eight €100; Corporate Eight €300. Payment before March the 13th IBAN NL 71 INGB 0006 6289 83,. Name beneficiary is “Amsterdamsche Roeibond”. Pls add to the comments the following details: name of the club, the race event and the name of the stroke of the crew.

5. Draw: Tuesday March the 17th at 20:00 hr. Leiden,

6. Weighing of lightweight rowers: location is Willem III Rowing Club, downstairs in the boathouse. Time slot is between 3 and 2 hours before the start of the division.

7. There is no coxswain meeting this year. The instructions for crews and their coxswains is on-line available on the coxswain site.

8. The cox of any crew has to be at least 15 years old at the day of the race.

9.  Masters divisions who are placed in the same time slot have no separated starts. The result of last year determines the starting position. Masters crews have to match with a crew from last year (based on 50% of the rowers). Of the group of matched crews, only the fastest 50% is seeded. All other crews are unseeded and their starting position is behind the seeded crews and based on a draw. For the other divisions, the club result determines the starting position. When one club has several entries in the same division, the crew number is used to determine the starting position.

10. Blue flags are handed out to the fastest Dutch club crew in the Men’s and Women’s category.




The race is open for Eights and Coxed Fours and for crews who are a member of a rowing club that is affiliated with the Dutch Rowing Federation (KNRB) or any other member of the FISA. The race is held under the regulations of the KNRB and the exceptions and special provisions named hereafter.

The race is divided into several divisions. The 1st Division is completely unrestricted and meant for Elite crews. The 4th Division is restricted for Freshmen’s crews only.

The fastest club crew of the 1st Divison in the men and women league, wins the Championship of the Amstel. To symbolize this Championship, this club is allowed to carry a long blue flag on the flagpole of the boathouse for the remaining of the year.

For all the times specified in these regulations, the formal contest time is used, as given by the time data of KPN Telecom (0900 8002).

The Regatta Organization accepts no liability for any damage to material of participants or visitors or participants themselves during the competition.


The races are organized as time trials. The time to pass the complete track is measured for every single crew. The winner is the crew with the fastest time. In no case there will be an opportunity for a row-over.


Any changes in the crew composition, in accordance with rule 38 of the RvR*, should be passed to the Regatta Management. The way it has to be communicated depends on the following:

  • Until the draw: changes should be entered via the KNRB Entry website.
  • After the draw till the Friday: changes should be mailed to the Regatta Management.
  • During the regatta weekend up till one hour before the first start of your own event: changes should be given in writing and in person to the Regatta Management. The Regatta Management is based in the boathouse of Willem III.


Except for the Masters divisions, the starting order for any division is based on the results of the previous year within that division. The first starting position is assigned to the fastest club crew from the previous year. The club crew of the club which finished in 2nd place will start as 2nd and so on. Mixed club crews and new entrants will be placed after the last club crew. The starting order of these teams will again be based on a draw. Upon enrolment of more crews per club in the same division, the number that the club assigns to its crews is used to place the crews. So the crew with number 1 receives the best result of last year.

For Masters divisions, the ranking is determined in 2 steps. First, we determine whether a crew ‘matches’ with any crew from the previous year. A crew matches if a crew includes at least 50% of last year’s crew members (cox excluded). Then, from the pool of matched crews, the fastest 50% is seeded (based on the results of the previous year). The other 50% and all the crews that do not match, are unseeded. Their starting position is assigned behind the seeded crews and will be based on a draw.


Shirt numbers must be clearly visible on the backs of the coxswain and the bow before, during and after the race. One shirt number will be given to the coxswain which he has to wear at all times when sitting in the boat. If the coxswain is placed in the front section of the boat, then his shirt number has to be attached on the stern (rear part) of the boat. Two shirt numbers will be given to the bow. The bow can wear one of them on its race outfit and the other on its training outfit before and after the race (during warming-up and cooling-down).

The three shirt numbers are available

  • on the Saturday from 9 AM till 3.30 PM
  • on the Sunday from 8.30 AM till 1.30 PM

They are available in the boathouse of Willem III and under conditions at the boathouse RIC. They can be taken home as souvenir.


There is no coxswain meeting this year. The instructions for crews and their coxswains is on-line available in the video on the coxswain page.


A minimum age of 15 years is mandatory for the coxswain, counted on the day of the race.


In accordance with article 7, paragraph 3 of the RvR* , coxswains of Masters, Club-, Mixed, Corporate and U17 crews are NOT weighted. The weighing of the coxswains of the other divisions (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions and U19 Divisions) is on both days between 3 to 2 hours before the first start of their own division in the ergometer room of the boathouse of Willem III.

The weighting of the LIGHTWEIGHT crews is on Sunday between 3 and 2 hours for the first start their own division in the ergometer room of the boathouse of Willem III.


During certain periods in the weekend the river Amstel between Amsterdam and Ouderkerk is only allowed for crews who will participate in the races. Any other crew that will not participate these races is not allowed.

  • On the Saturday, this is from 12:30 PM till 17:30 PM
  • On the Sunday, this is till 15:30 PM


The instruction of any steward or official has to be followed immediately. An instruction that is ignored and that causes any disturbance in the proper process of the races, can be penalized with a 15-second penalty.

There will be separate pontoons for on boarding (or launching) and returning crews.


Nearby the yellow buoys, it is allowed to pass other crews in the travel (or non-racing) lane. However, nearby the orange buoys, it is prohibited to pass any other crew. Passing in areas where it is not allowed, will lead to penalties. Hindering other crews, ignoring instructions from stewards and umpires can also lead to penalties. Multiple violations means multiple penalties.

It is allowed to continue with rowing in the travel lane when another (racing) crew in the race course is passing by.

The travel lane (which has to be used for rowing towards the start and rowing back to the boathouses after the finish) is on the side of Willem III (East side of the river) and is marked with yellow and orange buoys.

In the travel lane, all crews have to stay to the most starboard side of the river and have to respect the crews in the race course which have already started the race.

Crews can only cross the bridge through one of the allowed openings. Choosing a forbidden opening results in disqualification.

Toward the start and after the finish, only the following openings are permitted:

  • Bridge at Ouderkerk (Oranjebaanbrug): towards the prestart the portside opening is permitted. Towards the start the middle opening is permitted.
  • Rozenoord Bridge: the portside opening.
  • Utrechtse Bridge: the portside opening.
  • Berlage Bridge: the two portside openings.
  • New Amstel Bridge: the first two openings on the port side from the middle opening (note: the most portside opening is not permitted).
  • Toronto Bridge: passing the bridge Toronto is not permitted!

Crews that want to row towards the start are not allowed to pass checkpoint T1 (at the Weespertrekvaart) within 30 minutes before their own start time.


Crews which have to cross the race course nearby the boathouse of Nereus (in order to return to this boathouse or the boathouse of De Amstel), will cross under supervision of the present marshal. It is not allowed to cross the race course without his permission. If the current races are being disturbed by ignoring his instructions, then the involved crew can be penalized with 15-second penalty.


The first checkpoint T1 is placed close the boathouse of RIC, nearby the Duivendrechtsevaart.

The second checkpoint T2 is nearby the Roozenoordbrug . Crews have to report themselves at the marshal in the umpire boat by raising their hand. From this point onward, crews are only allowed to move in the direction of the start (Southbound), and as much as possible in the starting (numerical) order.

The last checkpoint T3 is nearby the bridge at Ouderkerk. Crews must have passed this checkpoint within 15 minutes before the start time of their division.

After passing T3 crews have to row on till the turning zone in Ouderkerk.

Crews who have passed checkpoint T3 too late, can get penalized with a 15-seconds penalty. It can also lead to being placed at the far end of the Division.

After the last checkpoint T3, all crews have to, in accordance of the instructions of the marshals, row in starting (numerical) order. After turning (being instructed by marshalls to do so),  the crews have to row in line towards the Prestarting line. The course of rowing towards the Prestarting area goes through the middle opening of the Oranjebaan bridge.

14. RACE COURSE (check the maps)

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

The start is located in Oudekerk, close to the Oostmeerweg. The finish is located in Amsterdam, just before the Nieuwe Amstelbrug .


The Starting Line is marked by two poles with a white flag. At about 100 meters before the Starting Line, the Prestarting line is marked by two poles with a red flag.

The race is set up as a time-trial, with an interval of 15 seconds between the crews. Between two divisions, an interval of 60 seconds is used.

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


During the race, the buoys that split the race lane and the travel lane, have to be held at port side.

As can be seen on the course maps, extra buoys have been placed for safety reasons. These additional buoys are placed nearby the Amstel canal, before the Big Bend and before the finish. These buoys have to be held at starboard side.

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

17. BRIDGES during the race

Crews are only allowed to cross the bridges through the openings that have been permitted. Passing a bridge through a forbidden opening leads to disqualification.

During the race, only the following openings are permitted:

  • Berlage bridge: only the middle opening and the two openings at port side are permitted. The other openings are forbidden.
  • Utrechtse bridge: only the middle opening and the portside opening is permitted. The other openings are forbidden.
  • Rozenoord bridge: only the portside opening is permitted. The other openings are forbidden.


In accordance with article 50 of the RvR*:

  • Faster crew is free to choose its course.
  • The slower crew must not hinder the faster crew and must allow for the faster crew to continue their race in the preferred route.
  • 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 stern-post of the slower crew.
  • Safety and sportsmanship are leading for the faster as well as the slower crew in the way they behave towards each other.


A crew that ceases during a race, has to leave the race course as soon as possible, but without hampering other crews. A ceased crew is allowed to row immediately to the travel lane so that it can return to its boathouse. When a crew already ceases before it has passed the boathouse of Willem III, it has to use the travel lane and hinder the crews heading towards the start as minimal as possible.


After the finish in Amsterdam, all crews have to continue paddling and are only allowed to turn over after the turn buoy. After having turned, only the rowing lane at portside is allowed.


Protests should be made visible by raising your hand as symbol of the protest. Protest are registered by the Umpire, responsible for protests. This Umpire is based in a motor boat, immediately after the finish. Every protest must be explained in writing, by using the available protest forms at the Jury Secretary, within one hour after the finish of the race. The Jury Secretary is located at the boathouse of Willem III. The protests are handled by the umpires which are member of the Board of the Jury. The Board of the Jury is located in the boardroom of the boathouse of Willem III.

It is necessary that the a representative of the crew or a representative of the club to which the crew belongs to, stays nearby during the handling of the protest. To smoothen the handling process of the protest, the representative has also to take care that the representative of the crew to which has been protested against, is nearby or accessible.


The results will be published on the Regatta website and the boathouses located at the Amstel have been asked to show these results by the usage of beamers. Paper versions of the results will be scarcely available. The results will be visible on the results plates in the boathouse of Willlem III.


  • 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 can take place after the Board of the Jury has determined the best three classified crews of every division.


Special circumstances and the extent of good sportsmanship, may lead that deviations of the rules described above are applied.


RvR* = Racing Rules of the Dutch Rowing Federation