The HWR committee have had their winter meeting and have published the
rule changes for next year's regatta here:
Elite coxed four has disappeared (hardly surprising)
New rules -
"No crew entered for Senior Eights or Fours shall contain any
oarswoman who has finished in the top 10 at the Women's Eights Head of
the River 2005"
"No crew [entered for Intermediate Eights or Fours] shall contain any
oarswoman who has, finished in the top 25 at the Women's Eights Head
of the River 2005."
In parallel, the guidance to foreign (esp. US) crews on what event to
enter has been increased:
"It is expected that American crews who are Ivy League, division 1
crews and/or who attended the NCAA Championships should enter Elite"
"Division lll and/or those attending NCAA division lll plus sub
varsity and lightweights should enter Senior"
The extra qualifying rules based on Women's Head results will require
some thought. The new system certainly has the virtue of being more
coherent than it was previously i.e. I would think it *should* mean
that crews (both foreign and domestic) of similar standard/experience
should end up racing each other.
Hmmm, much pondering required...