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Tracker is Rowing Irelands online membership system which allows club secretaries and members to keep track of points and events throughout the year. The process of becoming an affiliated club of Rowing Ireland requires board approval and once this has gone through, the club must act under the rules of Rowing Ireland which agreed by all clubs at the Annual General Meeting. On the 6th of May, new rules voted in by the clubs came into effect on the Tracker system. These rule changes can be found attached below. 

Club Secretaries

Each club has their own tracker account. Once the club’s affiliation to Rowing Ireland has been confirmed appropriately, an account will be created and a password can be issued once confirmation of payment has been received. There are a number of functions which a Club Secretary can carry out on Tracker, namely:  

  • Register New or Re-registering existing rowers with Rowing Ireland.  
  • Enter Regattas  
  • Enter Heads of the River (HOR) races  
  • Review Transactions for club financial record purposes

For new registrations, status sheets need to be sent to lucy.hanrahan@rowingireland.ie. Once the status of this rower has been confirmed, points will be adjusted on the rowers account accordingly with the help of the Domestic Events Committee. All queries relating to points and changes within Tracker will also be discussed with the Domestic Events Committee to ensure fairness within the sport and will be upheld as per the rules agreed by all the clubs. 

Regatta Secretaries 

The process for the regatta secretary is the same as the club secretary. Once the club’s event has been confirmed and the event licence fee paid, an account will be created and a password can be issued.

There are a number of functions which a Regatta Secretary can carry out on Tracker, namely: 

  • Edit Regatta Details – basic contact info, start date, declaration on/off, etc  
  • Add, Edit or View Regatta Events – setting up and managing individual events within the Regatta  
  • Add Information about the regatta for Club Secretaries (directions, draws, prospectus, safety information, etc)  
  • View and manage entries – including overseas entries
  • Update, view and submit Regatta results. 

The closing date for entries to all regattas or heads of the river shall be the Wednesday week prior to the regatta or head of the river at 19.00 hrs. Entries shall not be accepted after the official closing of entries. This is as per the rules agreed by all clubs.

Overseas events 

Clubs planning on attending an Overseas Event must submit, at least ten days prior to the event, the relevant information to the Rowing Ireland office for each crew representing that club at that event. All regatta victories must be notified to the office within 14 days of the event. Should it subsequently be discovered that a win was not notified within this period, the Club may be subject to a fine by the Disciplinary Officer. This process is as per the rules agreed by the clubs. 

The overseas event permission form can be downloaded from the international events section of the website HERE

It is the responsibility of each club member and each athlete to ensure that their points are correct and up to date. It is advisable that Rowing Ireland are contacted should there be a points error. The Tracker system was specifically designed for Rowing Ireland and at present we are working with a number of companies regarding its upgrade.

For more information on how to use tracker please view the tracker manual from the link found HERE or contact lucy.hanrahan@rowingireland.ie 

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Belfast Sprints Regatta – 

Best of luck to everyone competing in the Belfast Sprints Regatta this weekend. 195 crews have entered and it is looking like it is going to be a very exciting day. A big thank you to Belfast Rowing Club for hosting the event.

The regatta will be held at Stranmillis and is suitable for all levels of experience.The course will be approximately 500m long, with 2 fully buoyed lanes starting from a pontoon moored near the Governor’s Bridge and finishing at Belfast Rowing Club.

For more information about the day and for live results, click Here.  

Castleconnell Regatta

What an amazing event held at Castleconnell Boat club this weekend. With racing from early morning to evening, all the rowers were busy sprinting along the 500m course throughout the day. 

With 612 crews entered, it was a day of straight finals with no time for heats. A total of 30 Muckross crews enjoyed a top three finish, with the club recording eleven wins, twelve second place and seven third place finishes. 

Huge well done to Castleconnel for hosting such a brilliant event. Thanks to all the volunteers and people who made the day possible. Also, a big thank you to Tipperary Search & Rescue for providing support for the event.  

Click Here to view the rest of the results from the day

For more photos from the day please visit the Castleconnell Boat Club Facebook page Here.

Trinity Regatta

With 256 crews participating in the Trinity regatta last weekend it was the largest one in recent memory. Blessed with the weather, the crews were out racing with high spirits for the day. We were delighted to see its return after Covid-19. 

A lunch was attended by the Provost with the President of the Women’s boat club and men’s boat club as well as the Ambassador from the United Kingdom and Netherlands and Head of Trinity Sport Michelle Tanner.

A big thank you to Trinity regatta committee chaired by Martin Hogan for organising such a great event and a big thank you to all those involved to make the day possible. 

Keep an eye on the regatta Facebook page for photos from the day and Click HERE to view the results.   

Local photographer Colm Dowling also took some excellent photos which can be seen HERE

Galway Rowing Club having volunteered to actively support Rowing Ireland’s: Para Olympic rowing program for the upcoming Paris Olympics. We were delighted to have two club members take part in their first international para rowing regatta in Gavirate, Northern Italy last weekend.

Club members Steven McGowan and Katie O’Brien competed successfully in the PR2 (back and arms) category. Katie is already a World Championship medalist from 2019, in the single scull.  At Saturday’s regatta, the crew came 4th in the final: 1st Uzbekistan (Tokyo Olympians), 2ndBrazil, 3rd Italy, 4th Ireland, 5th Thailand and 6th Mexico.

The regatta and the training camp prior to the regatta were a huge learning curve for the rowers and coaches. The crew got great satisfaction from Sunday’s final where again they came fourth but closed the gap significantly against third placed Italy. They also improved their time by 10 seconds on Saturday’s race to post a personal best for the crew. The winners of Sunday’s race were a composite crew made up of two world champions one each from the Netherlands and Australia. The opportunity to go head against seasoned world champions, was a fantastic experience which will definitely stand to Katie and Steven as they now anticipate further international competition over the coming months.

A reminder to all clubs participating in overseas events. These are the rules of Rowing Ireland and it is important for clubs to remember and follow these rules to prevent penalties.

        2.41 Victories Outside Ireland

 The Secretary of any affiliated club wishing to compete outside Ireland must apply for permission before entering the event. Only paid-up registered members of Rowing Ireland may be included in such crews. Failure to do so may result in a fine being imposed by the Disciplinary Officer. 

All regatta victories must be notified to the office within 14 days of the event. Should it subsequently be discovered that a win was not notified within this period, the Club may be subject to a fine by the Disciplinary Officer. In the event of a recurrence of non-compliance, the Club may be referred to the Disciplinary Committee.

All overseas wins by clubs count as full status wins. All foreign and domestic victories while part of the Irish team, count towards change of status. The Chair of the Umpires Committee shall have discretion to designate certain overseas races with only two crews participating as private races which do not affect status. 

Note 1: Clubs planning on attending an Overseas Event must submit, at least ten days prior to the event, the relevant information to the Rowing Ireland office for each crew representing that club at that event. 

Note 2: Clubs are responsible for crews entered in Overseas events under the clubs name. It is presumed that such entries are placed by the club secretary, and that this authorisation form is submitted to Rowing Ireland through the Club Secretary. 

Note 3: Failure to inform Rowing Ireland, and receive the appropriate permission authorisation prior to the event may attract penalty(s) as set out below. Such penalties shall be levied on the club. Therefore, it is in the club’s interest to ensure entries are processed through appropriate channels, with appropriate oversight by club committees. 

Please enter crew details in the attached sheet(s) Overseas event: Any event held outside the auspices of Rowing Ireland. This includes regattas held elsewhere in Europe, USA, etc. Events include regattas, Heads of the River, and any other events conforming to FISA rules. 

Penalties: On first offence, a penalty, to be determined by the disciplinary officer, may be assessed against the club under whose name the crew is competing. In the case of composites, the club entering the composite name shall be deemed liable. Subsequent or repeated offences within the competition year may be referred to the disciplinary committee.  

Please send these forms and wins to either lucy.hanrahan@rowingireland.ie or events@rowingireland.ie

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