Racing Conference Feedback for 2019 Season

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After the Racing Conference at the end of October and subsequent email feedback, the CPGA will act on the following outputs:

Age Categories
Juniors
• Under 14 Championship at Hayle
• Under 16 Championship at Newquay
• Under 15 (year 10) and under 18 (year 13) are the age categories for National County Championship Racing
• Junior age categories held at Caradon Mixed Championships
• A 21 and under age category will also be recognised, based on date of birth (if you are 22, you are too old).
The CPGA will work with current championship host clubs as well as seek new hosts for championships for these new categories. Club regatta hosts can pick and choose which junior races they hold at their event (it is expected there should be at least one junior race at each regatta). All under 16s will wear life jackets regardless what race they are participating in. No under 15s in senior races. The CPGA will work with clubs to include other activities during the day to keep junior rowers interested and active during the regatta day.

Veterans
• Championship held at Brixham (men and women)
• Some mixed categories will be held at Caradon Mixed Championships
• Super Vets to be added to the National County Championships
• Veteran (over 40s)
• Super Vets (over 50s)
• Masters (over 60’s)
The CPGA will work with current championship host clubs as well as seek new hosts for championships for these new categories. Club regatta hosts can pick and choose which Veteran races they hold at their event (it is expected there should be at least one veterans race at each regatta). The CPGA will continue to review the uptake of these categories and review the demographic of the sport to accommodate accordingly.

Regatta Season
• Winter Leagues to continue and be set up informally with local clubs. Regardless, if wood or GRP boats used, races will be held under CPGA racing rules.
• During the Spring and Autumn, the CPGA would like clubs to consider long distance/ point to point/ relay/ pursuit racing.
• The Summer season will look similar to now, with the World Championships in Isles of Scilly at the start of May and Newquay Championships during September. Age category championships and club regattas being help. Courses to vary as local geography dictates between straight line, triangle and kite shaped.
• Keeping the changes to the World Championships in 2020 in mind – can more regattas happen in April/May and June.
• The CPGA to consult with Newquay Championships regarding 2 laps of the course for the ladies final for 2019 brining equality to all races and championships.
• The CPGA will seek an event to be held from 2020 or 2021 that will build on the World Championships, which is restricted to the number of boats that can enter, but will not be held over the same weekend. This new event will become a festival of rowing, allowing all who choose to enter are able to race in their club boats. Venues discussed at the Racing Conference was Cardiff Bay and Weymouth but the CPGA will keep looking.
• Devon will host 2019 National County Championships
• Dorset will host 2020 National County Championships
• Club regatta to have a GigRower league and points system applied to them, it is requested that all clubs record their results in the same way and at the end of each season, awards will be handed out accordingly.

Racing Rules
All races will be umpired under the CPGA Racing Rules and rules 16, 17 and 18 shall be applied by umpires at all races from club regattas to championships. It was expressed at the Racing Conference that clubs, coxes, crews and umpires need to be aware, especially of these three rules. The CPGA to host workshops in February and March 2019. It is the ambition that all clubs to have 3 trained umpires by 2021. Continued investigations on how technology will aid umpiring.

Title Picture from Salcombe Regatta 2018 – Pete Robinson

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