The Rules of Racing in my national federation have always had a
mythical status; you will never actually see them but people are always
telling you that you can't do this or you must do that, mostly stuff
you would never believe anyone would actually write into a rule-book.
So when I stumbled across The Rules recently, I was keen to see if what
I had heard could actually be true. Here are some choice examples (any
errors in translation are entirely my own).
Coxswains: males may not cox female crews and vice-versa, except in
veteran events and events in which no foreign crew is entered (?)
Veterans: anyone having rowed (in a side-by-side event) at senior may
not compete at veteran in the same season - and vice-versa. I could
see that one going down well with some of the UK pot-hunters.
Dress code (I love this): crews must be uniformly dressed. T-shirts
may be worn under singlet/all-in-one, but if one crew member wears one,
all must do so. Such crews may not have a mix of long- and
(I love this even more): a rower may wear a cap/hat. However, if more
than one member of a crew wears such an item, they must be identical.
And here's the blockbuster: the Rules can only be changed during the
first year of each Olympiad. Yes, I know that's this year, but you
should see the bureaucratic process involved. I guess it would take
eigh*** months just to get a proposal on the agenda. Still, there's
Anyone else enjoy similar regulatory, er, protection of their
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