Henley Royal Regatta Introduces Unsporting Conduct Rule for 2019


Today, Henley Royal Regatta has announced a new Rule and amendments to the event’s current regulations. The Rule has been introduced to ensure the highest level of sportsmanship at next year’s Regatta.

New General Rule

The Stewards added a new General Rule under Unsporting Conduct which states:

42. (a) “The Committee shall have the power in response to acts of unsporting conduct to impose the penalties in Rule 38, and in addition the exclusion of competitors, crews or a club from an event or from all events at the Regatta.”

(b) “Unsporting conduct means behaviour deemed by the Committee and/or race officials to be unsporting and/or likely to cause offence which is displayed before, during or after a race by competitors, crews, coaches, club members or supporters.”

Notes and Instructions for Competitors and Coaches

To support the new Rule, the Stewards have amended the Notes and Instructions for Competitors and Coaches to:

35. (c) “All coaches, competitors and clubs are reminded of the possible sanctions imposed by the Qualification and General Rules in respect of unsporting conduct.”