> There's a draft safety guidelines document on FISA website along with
> other stuff about rules changes, etc:
> Their proposed buoyancy standard is: "When full of water a boat with
> the crew seated in the rowing position should float such that the top
> of the seat is a maximum of 50mm below the static waterline."
Also see links from Rachel Quarrel's Rowing Service:
and a small piece in print in today's (UK) Daily Telegraph (Sports
It is 2 years since we first contacted FISA to raise our concerns over boat
buoyancy. Although their wheels move slowly we have always believed their
approach to the issue to be far more informed, open and constructive than
that of our own NGB, the ARA.
It will be fascinating to see what the ARA's response will be. Some of the
other text in FISA's (draft) minimum Safety Guidelines is lifted from both
the current Safety Codes of the ARA and Rowing Canada, but notably not
the buoyancy section! We've been told that these two Safety Codes are the
only national ones in existence - can this be true?
The Leo Blockley Campaign will continue to be in contact with FISA during
this draft stage, while there is still the opportunity to push for a more
detailed buoyancy performance standard and to raise our remaining concerns.
We shall also keep them informed of relevant significant developments due
here in the next few months.
Jane and Stephen