Race Details

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  • Crews come up hugging the north shore of the ship canal.

  • The warm-up pattern runs counter-clockwise around the buoys.

  • All crews must go around the buoy on the east side, of the Ballard bridge

  • Crews must be at the staging area 4 minutes before their start time.

  • Crews should line up in order of bow number. Take care not to block the warm-up pattern.

  • A course marshal will call crews in pairs in order out of the staging area.

  • Cox’ns and scullers must keep 15 seconds between boats.

  • A second course marshal will instruct your boat to proceed and then to increase the pressure 100m before the start.


RAce Course

To enter the warm-up pattern at the start, hug the north shore of Lake Union. Be mindful of other crews in the ship canal. It is narrow so hug the shore. Passing IS allowed on the race course in the ship canal.


10 seconds

  • Late to the start

  • No bow number

  • No bib number

30 seconds

  • Failure to yield

60 seconds

  • Interference with another crew

  • Each missed buoy


First Aid:  Should there be a need for First Aid, please report to Regatta headquarters at the Pocock Rowing Center or dock masters at official launch sites.

Bow Balls:  Each rowing shell must have an intact bow ball, bow clip and heel ties where applicable.

Regatta Safety Plan: Download a copy of the RFTC Safety Plan for your own reference.


RFTC 2019 will use handicaps patterned after the same system used by Head of the Lake as published by USRowing. This is a change from last year's system based on handicaps published by British Rowing. The cause for change is based on RFTC migration to a timing system consistent with HOTL. RFTC apologizes in advance for any inconvenience in the transition and is prepared to accommodate necessary changes. Thank you for your flexibility and support in improvements to our overall timing system. You may view RFTC's handicaps HERE.

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All participants, including coxswains, must have an active USRowing membership and have signed the waiver before racing. All waivers must be completed electronically and complete prior to Wednesday September 12, 2018. Crews will not be allowed to race without waivers for each athlete.

This regatta is registered with USRowing and requires the once-a-year USRowing waiver.

Waiver instructions for ALL participants (Including international athletes):

  1. To submit the annual USRowing waiver, athletes must be active members of USRowing

  2. To join (or renew) and submit your waiver, go to https://membership.usrowing.org (coaches: Forward this link to your club's participating athletes)

If you need assistance, contact USRowing at 800-314-4ROW or members@usrowing.org

Gas Works Park Celebration and Spectating

RFTC Results will be posted online on HereNow Pick up your medals and ribbons at Gas Works Parks following your race. Join us there for our 20th Anniversary celebration with a beer garden, RFTC T’s and beanies, food, warm coffee, our Pink Erg fundraising celebration and more!

Join us at Gas Works Park from 5:00am to 1:00pm for great spectating, food, drinks, and our RFTC Celebration

Join us at Gas Works Park from 5:00am to 1:00pm for great spectating, food, drinks, and our RFTC Celebration