Sanctioning for Ontario Rowing Events

The Event Sanction document represents an event Local Organizing Committee’s plan to implement a safe and fair rowing event. If an event involves competition between two or more rowing clubs, the event requires Event Sanction, as per the Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Event Sanction Policy.  This includes:

  • Rowing Events;
  • Indoor Rowing Events;
  • Skills Events;
  • Coastal Rowing Events;
  • Touring Events;
  • Ice-rowing Events; or
  • Any other events as deemed by the Board of Directors of RCA.

Rowing Canada Aviron delegates the sanctioning of all rowing events to the Provincial Rowing Associations (PRA). Events designated as National Regattas are sanctioned by both the PRA and RCA in a two-step process. ROWONTARIO (RO) is responsible for sanctioning all rowing events in Ontario.

All rowing events in Ontario must be sanctioned before being posted on RegattaCentral.  As a result, it is recommended that Event Sanction Applications be submitted at least six weeks prior to the event to fulfill the guidelines in the RCA Rules of Racing and allow time for the Sanctions Officer to review the Application and for the Chief Umpire to recruit umpires for the event.

Procedures for Submitting an Event Sanction Application

Step 1:   Contact for a Chief Umpires list. Contact a Chief Umpire to confirm involvement in your regatta. In Ontario, the Local Organizing Committee is responsible for confirming a Chief Umpire prior to submitting the Event Sanction Application. Event Sanction Applications will not be approved without a confirmed Chief Umpire.

Step 2:   Log in to Rowing Canada Aviron’s Web Registration System (WRS) and click “+Propose an Event” in your Account Dashboard to launch the Event Sanction Application. After completing the online form, click “Submit” to automatically notify the Sanctions Officer.

Step 3:   The RO Sanctions Officer will review your application. You will receive a notification to the email address associated with your WRS account when the Sanctions Officer either approves your Event Sanction Application or requests further information.

Step 4:   Once your Event Sanction Application has been approved by the Sanctions Officer, an email will be automatically sent to RegattaCentral confirming that the Event may be posted.


Sanctioning Documents

Regatta Organizer Instructions

Event Sanction Policy

Event Sanction Overview

Sanction Application Supporting Info

2018 RCA Rules of Racing

As of January 28, 2018, please refer to the 2018 RCA Rules of Racing.

RCA Rules of Racing (Jan 28 2018)

For more information, please contact the ROWONTARIO Sanctions Officer at