Rules & Regulations

1st FCAS Sabah Dragon Boat Race 2014


  1. Any team that fails to observe the rules and regulations herein may be disqualified.
  2. A team must follow the directions of the Race Officials from the time it is called to the Embarkation Area, until it leaves the Embarkation Area after its race.
  3. Each team must have a Team Captain, who must be present in the Embarkation area during the time that the crew is under the control of the Race Officials. The Team Captain will represent the team at the prize presentation ceremony.
  4. The entry fee paid is non-refundable should the team decide to withdraw from the races or should the races be cancelled for reasons beyond the Organizer’s control.
  5. The Organizer reserves the right to refuse the entry of a team in the race at its sole discretion.


  1. Each team member must be able to swim at least 100 meters wearing light clothing. It is the responsibility of the team manager/captain entering a team to make sure that all members of the team comply with this rule.
  2. Each competitor is solely responsible for his or her own safety during official practice sessions and during the races and no responsibility will be accepted by the Organizer or any individual or organization connected directly or indirectly with the race for any death, injury, damage or loss and whatsoever incurred or borne by competitors or member of a team.


  • Each team shall be free to choose his/her own attire for the race provided that it is not transparent materials.


  • Each registered team is allowed to take part only in ONE (1) category of the 800 meters race and 1 category of the 200 meters race.


  1. The number of persons registered in each team for 20 crew race shall be 25 consisting of: 1 Team Manager, 18 Rowers, 1 Coach/Trainer, 1 Coxswain, 1 Drummer, 3 Reserves
  2. The number of persons registered in each team for 12 crew race shall be 16 consisting of: 1 Team Manager, 10 Rowers, 1 Coach/Trainer, 1 Coxswain, 1 Drummer, 2 Reserves


  1. All Team Managers must report to the Race Secretariat at least One Hour before each race.
  2. All teams must be in the embarking enclosure at the Embarking Area fifteen (15) minutes before each race.


  1. All boats and paddles shall be provided by the Organizer. The allocation of boats and paddles to individual teams shall be the sole discretion of the Organizer. Teams may use their own paddles with the confirm IDBF specification.
  2. No modifications or additions to the boat or the equipment may be made by any competitor or team. In particular:
    1. Any pad or device for the rower to sit on should be of flexible materials that should be able to be folded and should not be thicker than 2 inches.
    2. No equipment for removing water from the boat is permitted except plastic hand held bailors with which the water is picked up and scooped out of the boat by a team member. No pumps of any kind are permitted.
    3. No electrical, electronic or radio amplifying equipment of any kind is permitted in the boat.


  1. All registered Team Managers must attend the Team Managers Meeting.
  2. All Managers shall be briefed on the rules and regulations at the meeting.
  3. The heat / lane draws shall be conducted at this meeting.
  4. All teams including those who are not able to attend this meeting must abide the results of this meeting.


  • 800 meters and 200 meters.


  1. All registered teams are required to attend the official opening and closing ceremonies without exceptions.
  2. No woman may participate in a men’s team or vice versa, except as a Coxswain and/or drummer. A mixed team shall race with a minimum of eight (8) female rowers up to a maximum of twelve (12) in a 20 crew race and a minimum of four (4) female rowers up to a maximum of six (6) in a 12 crew race.
  3. Each team must comply with the race rules and be fully responsible for its own conduct.


  1. All racing team members must be at the Embarking Area when called by Race Officials.
  2. Any crew who turns up late shall be disqualified automatically.
  3. The team is not permitted to choose which boat to use and must use the boat allocated to it by the Organizer.
  4. All teams must place their boats behind the starting line and must position at their respective assigned lanes.
  5. Each race shall be started by a single shot with a starting pistol.
  6. A second shot immediately following the first shot shall call indicate false start and the race shall be restarted.
  7. After the heats, the organizer will draw for the fastest team on lane 3, 4, 5 & 6. The balance teams will be in lane 1, 2 & 7.


  1. Any boat, which fails to return to the starting line after a false start or causes two false starts shall be disqualified by the race officials.
  2. Any boat, which does not keep within its own assigned lane would be automatically disqualified.
  3. If a collision affects the outcome of the race, the Race Officials have the right to restart the race without the participation of the disqualified team or teams.
  4. The Organizer may require the organization/club which enters a team to indemnify all the costs of repairs, replacement of racing equipment and boat willfully damaged by any or the entire team members including all related incidental costs.
  5. Crew members of the racing teams except the coxswain and drummer, are not allowed to stand while on the boat in the water at all times from the departure to the arrival back at embarkation area. Standing on the boat will risk the boat from capsizing especially on high waves. Any teams who are seen to purposely capsize the boat during the race especially at the end of the race, will be disqualified, prohibited from entering the next race, prohibited from entering the Sabah Dragon Boat Race for 2 years and fined RM300.


  1. The Finishing Judges shall determine the winner of each race. In case of a close finish, the finishing video will be reviewed to determine the winner.
  2. The decision of the finishing judges shall be final.


  1. Any protest must be lodged with the Appeal Committee within fifteen (15) minutes after the result announcement in the prescribed Form, which is available at the Race Secretariat.
  2. Each protest must be accompanied by a protest fee of RM 300.00 (Ringgit Malaysia Three Hundred) in cash.
  3. The Protest Form must be sent and lodged by Team Manager.
  4. Any protest lodged without complying rules 14.1, 14.2 and 14.3 above will not be entertained.


  1. Appeal Committee should consist of: A chairman and two (2) other members to be appointed by the Technical Committee and their decision shall be final.
  2. No protest will be allowed concerning equipment or any matter other than the conduct of the team in the race.


  • Only breast cancer survivor teams or teams endorse by the Sabah Breast Cancer Survivor organization can take part in this category. The race is 200 metres with 12 crews. The cash by the winning teams must be donated to a charitable organization of the winning teams choice.


  • Teams are responsible to obtain their own liability insurance.


  • Teams participating in the race will be on self-hosted basis responsible for all expenses incurred by the trip including air passage, transportation and accommodation in the country.

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