The Race

The Iron Cove Classic series aims to provide a winter racing series for eights. Entries are invited for eight oared crews of all categories (Open, Grade, Masters and Schools). Please head over to Rowing NSW for race entries and categories.

Competitor Safety and General Information

Safety is paramount to the running of The Iron Cove Classic. Risk assessment and strategies have been implemented in accordance with requirements from RNSW and NSW Maritime.

Coxswains should be competent and able to navigate the course. Please ensure your coxswains are familiar with the course map.

Bow Numbers

Competitors must use official bow numbers. Bow Numbers are available on race day from 6.30 am upstairs at Leichhardt Rowing Club. Please make sure to return bow numbers after the event to the results desk at LRC.

Proceeding to the Start

From Leichhardt
Crews boating from Leichhardt should leave the pontoon facing Iron Cove Bridge, row up to the Red marker buoy, turn and cross the course when safe to do so, passing around Rodd Island on the Drummoyne side, then row past Rodd Point to the start marshalling area between the start line and the UTS shed.

From Drummoyne
Crews boating from Drummoyne should follow the same flow leaving the pontoon facing Iron Cove Bridge then turn on leaving the pontoon and row to the start via the Drummoyne shore side of Rodd Island.

If boating from elsewhere crews entering Iron Cove should observe an anti-clockwise direction of traffic in Iron Cove and proceed to the start marshalling area via the Drummoyne side of Rodd Island.

Crews must be in place 10 minutes before their start time in number order. Crews will be sent away by the starter 15 seconds apart in race event order as follows:

MA-D Grade 8+
WA-D Grade 8+
MM 8+
WM 8+
Mixed 8+
SB 8+
SG 8+

The start list is available on the Rowing NSW website.

The Start

Racing commences at 8am. Crews must Self Marshal according to Bow Number on approach to the start line. A Marshal has been assigned to confirm starting order as crews cross the start line. Boats will be starting 15 seconds apart. Any crews out of numerical order will be detained and started at the back of the pack.

During the race

Please observe the navigation rules outlined on the course webpages as well as the general rules of 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. Course marshals will report all infringements of these “fair play” instructions to the race jury for action.

The Finish

All crews must keep rowing at least 100m past the finish line to keep the line clear for other crews to finish. If returning to Leichhardt; proceed to the pontoon via the Leichhardt shoreline. If returning to Drummoyne; proceed via the Leichhardt shore past the Red marker buoy off the Callan Park Point, turn and cross the course when safe to do so. Crews are welcome to rack boats while they go across to Leichhardt for the medal presentation and breakfast.

Medal presentations: will be held upstairs in the Leichhardt club house 30 minutes after the finish of racing.

Boat trailers, parking, boat racking, ferry times

From Leichhardt
If boating from Leichhardt: trailers can park and rig at the water’s edge next to LRC. Car parking is available on Glover Street. Park gates beside LRC open from 6:30 am for boat and trailer access.

From Drummoyne
Crews are welcome to boat from Drummoyne pontoon. Prior to each race and racking can be made available by prior arrangement. Please contact DRC kath.hex@gmail.com if you would like to organise overnight or early race day boat storage.

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.

Ferry times

The ferries will run at their schedule. The following times are scheduled for ferries to arrive at Cockatoo Island wharf.

0758 – going west
0810 – going east
0828 – going west
0840 – going east