Lane Regulations

BCU Rule 26 – Paddling on the Course
  1. In races up to 1000 metres, competitors must keep the whole of their boat within the four-metre wide central area of their lane from the start to the finish of the course. Upon any deviation, the boat must go back immediately to this central area of the lane. No boat must come nearer than five metres in any direction to the boat of another competitor – that is, gunwale to gunwale or bow to stern.
  2. If a boat leaves the centre of the lane and does not return to it, the boat may be disqualified from the event.
  3. A boat which leaves its allocated lane must be disqualified from the event.
  4. If a race is declared null and void, no change of the composition of a crew is permitted at the new start.
  5. If there is a capsize the competitor or crew is eliminated from the race.
  6. The Umpire has the right to interrupt a correctly started race if unforeseen hindrances arise. The course umpires with a red flag and sound signal may effect such an interruption. Competitors must immediately stop paddling and await further instructions.
  7. If a paddle is broken a competitor may not be provided with a new one by a supporter.

Lane measurements

Paddle down the centre of the lane  You must stay within the central 4 metres  Not even your blade is allowed outside the 4 metres  Your boat certainly isn't

BCU Rule 27 – Pacing and wash riding
  1. Taking pace or receiving assistance from boats not in the race or by any other means is not permitted.
  2. When a race is in progress crews not taking part in the race are strictly forbidden to proceed over the whole or part of the course, even outside the marking buoys.
BCU Rule 28 – Competitions over Long Distances (more than 1000 metres)
  1. In races of more than 1000m competitors may deviate from their lane providing they do not impede other competitors.
  2. When a race is run on a course with turning points these shall be passed to port (i.e. in an anti-clockwise direction).
  3. A competitor will not be disqualified for touching a turning point buoy unless, in the opinion of the Turning Point Umpires, an advantage has been gained therefrom. In making a turn the boat shall follow as closely as possible the course as marked by the buoys at the turning point.