The general rules of boating apply as indicated by the Maritime (inner water) Police regulations. Other rules of boating must be followed in accordance with the KNRB (Dutch Rowing Association).
Participants must be registered for this event by their respective rowing club. Register only via the website. You can find the costs of participation on the website. Payment must be made the Friday evening before the start with the use of a PIN machine (bank card).
The organisation assumes no responsibility for participants in this event. Each participant takes part in this event at their own risk.
Each participant is required to know the rules and regulations of this event. Each participant should check the website for updated information about the event. The team must be represented at the captain meeting.
Each team must consist of a maximum of 12. In the Outsider’s category, the team must consist of 3 rowers. In the B6 category the team must consist of 6 rowers. A mixed team rows the entire route in mixed (male/female) composition, excluded the cox. The cox is included as a member of the team, thus counting as a participant in the total number of participants. A youth rower can participate from the year in which he/she becomes 16. For a youth team applies that there should always be one adult rower aboard.
It is possible to enter in the following categories:
I Open category
D Women of all ages
B6 Outsiders category 6 rowers
B Outsider’s category 3 rowers
T Touring category
There are two different categories, competition (I, Mix and D) and performance (B6, B and T).
Teams in the Open Category must finish within three hours of the winner.
A category will be definite once 3 teams have entered.
The route contains many obstacles including low and narrow bridges. Studying the maps is essential preparation for this event. This is the responsibility of each team.
The stamping card must be brought by each crew to the stamping station located in the town of Woudsend and in each of the eleven cities along the route. It is the responsibility of the crew to have their card stamped at each location.
Crews may change rowers anywhere they want along the route with the exception of the following locations:
The camping site ”Camping de Vlier” in Bartlehiem, the stamping station “stempelpost” in Dokkum, the Boksumerdam, in Oosterwierum, near the bridge in Warns, in Hichtum, in the Berlikumervaart (Berltsumerfeart) on and in the neighborhood of the Sânwei and under bridges. By arrival in Dokkum, all lights must be turned on and remain on until sunrise.
The competition categories are rowing in a C2* boat, accordingto the dimensions of the Dutch “Reglement voor Roeiwedstrijden” Art. 19 paragraph 4. The performance categories are allowed to row in each type of boat for two rowers and a cox.
Each team must provide their own equipment, transportation for changing rowers along the route and their own food.
The boat must be ready for inspection on Friday before the race from 14.00 to 16.00 at the boat house of the Wetterwille Rowing Club in Leeuwarden. Complete rowing ready boats participating in the competition may get weighed before the marathon starts.
The jury will evaluate the following criteria and specifications:
Wireless devices are allowed as mentioned in the new rules of the KNRB (Dutch Rowing Association).
Course of the marathon
The start of the race will occur at 20:00 on the Friday closest to the Christian Holiday known as Ascension Day. The teams will start in two fields competition (open, mixed, women) and performance (outsiders 6, outsiders 3, touring) with a staggered start based on the finishing position of the year before, within the two fields. A lottery will determine the start position of new participants within the two fields.
Teams in the Open Category must finish within three hours of the winner. The other participants must finish the race within 24 hours of their departure time. If a team decides to discontinue rowing, the race organization must be informed within one hour.
The jury is responsible for making sure the regulations and rules are followed by all participants. Participants who do not follow the rules and regulations as outlined in this document and in the KNRB (Dutch Rowing Association) risk being disqualified from this event.
All boats must give way to passing/faster boats. A boat that is going faster, is free to choose its course; safety and sportsmanship are decisive.
The water between the stamping location Woudsend – Balk and Oude Karre – the first bridge in Stavoren is considered rough and so rowers and cox must visible wear lifejackets between these points.
If very hard wind persists during the event, the race officials may be required to change the route or shorten the route for the safety of rowers.
All other versions of rules and regulations for the Eleven Cities Rowing Marathon are no longer valid.