The Course

Iron Cove Classic is a headrace of about 7km length. Start line is off Rodd Point between the starter’s boat and a red marker buoy. The course runs up through the Iron Cove Bridge past Balmain Rowing Club and the famous Dawn Fraser Baths around Cockatoo Island and returning via Snapper and Spectacle Islands, rounding Birkenhead Point alongside the marina, back through Iron Cove Bridge past Drummoyne Rowing Club to the finish/start.

Crews should make every attempt to self‐marshall around UTS, and approach the starter marshall in order. Crews will start at 15sec intervals. Crews not at the start on time will be started at the end.

Marshals will be placed at key points on the course, they will be located at:

  • Balmain Rowing Club, (crews must pass this marshal on their bow side or the
    coxswains right/to starboard)
  • at the north‐eastern and north western corners of Cockatoo Island (crews must pass these two marshals on their stroke side or the coxswains left/to port) and
  • to the north of Schnapper Island to keep crews away from shallow water (crews must pass this marshal on their bow side or the coxswains right/to starboard).

Iron Cove Classic Course
The Iron Cove Classic races on a working harbour. Timing of racing has been directed by NSW Maritime to minimise disruption to ferry services and to ensure sunrise does not affect vision. Participants need to be aware of recreational and commercial boats using the waterways and all care should be taken to avoid risk.

Navigation through the bridges: From the start, racing is permissible through the 2nd and 3rd arches from the coxswains right only (on the Leichhardt side of the Bay). On the return, racing is again through the 2nd and 3rd arches from the coxswains right (on the Drummoyne side of the Bay). Boats must not race through the 4th/middle arch of the bridges.

Fair play: If a competitor boat is being overtaken by a faster boat, then the slower boat must not impede or block an overtaking crew. Overtaking crews should not seek to pass on the inside of crews taking a corner and should keep well clear to avoid a collision.