Start Order

The final start order for 2017 will be available for download closer to the date.

Start Order Principles

HRC wishes to implement a transparent ranking system for the HOTY race order.

It is recognised that a starting position at the front of a class is an advantage for a crew. HRC seeks to use historically based ranking to reward clubs who have supported the event and classes previously. Fastest first also should extend boat separation along the course, rather than to compress boat separation. Compressed boat separation may cause collisions and may also prejudice fair racing and the orderly conduct of the race. 

Previously, an attempt was made to consider crew composition for the current entry with the previous year’s result. Often the crew would change and it would be difficult for the HOTY Organising Committee to rank multiple crews from the same club.

The entries are made by the clubs following each club’s selection policy.

The requirement for 2017 will be that clubs rank their entries 1, 2, etc. 1 is the highest ranking.

For example, a club would nominate particular crew as MD8+ 1, and then the next ranked crew as MD8+ 2 and so on. This may mean that rowers in reorganised crews move up or down the rankings compared to the previous year.

Composite crews will be nominated by the club providing most rowers in crew, or if equal highest, the club providing the stroke will nominate.

Such composite crews will form part of the ranking sequence of the nominating club.

The general principle is that the ranking advantage is held by the entering club. Individuals or part crews should negotiate with their own club about ranking order if there are multiple entries in the same class. The HOTY will not interfere with the club ranking. Clubs should be aware that the rankings submitted at the close of entries will be final, and that it may be prudent for clubs to control entries for the race closely in order to avoid clubs being disadvantaged by conflicting entries. Best efforts will be made in 2016 to resolve such issues if they occur.

The process for 2017 will be that the clubs rank their crews and that this ranking will be linked by the HOTY to the finishing order of that clubs boats in 2016 irrespective of individual rowers. So, the 2017 entries will be ordered by pairing with the 2016 results where possible. This linkage will the create the top crew rankings for 2017. Some clubs will not enter in 2016 and their place will disappear from the 2017 race order.

Clubs with no history in the HOTY, or additional crews to the previous year's entry of a club will be randomly ordered after the club ranked crews are ordered.

The HOTY OC reserves the right to provide preferential ranking for international and representative first time crews based upon their expected performance.

The requirement for 2017 will be that clubs rank their entries 1, 2, etc. 1 is the highest ranking.

 

Race Categories & Handicaps

So what categories of boat are available? Remember this is an event for eight oared sweep boats only. Each year the race categories are reviewed. All masters crews and mixed eights are handicapped. The Rowing Scoring system applies to the race categories formerly called Intermediate (now "B") and Novice (now "C"). The school categories remain unchanged.

The Head of the Yarra Organising Committee is proud to announce that this year’s event will include an LTAMix8+ event.

Athletes wanting to complete in this year’s LTAMix8+ event must hold a Rowing Australia Provisional or National Class-action. If you are unsure of your classification status or require classification, please contact Rowing Australia - thuntly@rowingaustralia.com.au. All other enquiries should be directed to Lachlan Nichols - hotysecretary@gmail.com

The race categories and handicaps are explained below.

Categories and Eligibility for the Head of the Yarra

Start Order   Race Category Eligibility
1 @+ MM H Male Masters H. Average age of crew is 70 years or more with a minimum individual age of 27.
2   W D Women's Club D. Crews with average rowing score equal to or greater than 3.50.
3   W C Women's Club C. Crews with average rowing score equal to or greater than 3.00.
4 @+ FM E Female Masters E. Average age of crew is 55 years or more with a minimum individual age of 27.
5 @+ FM F+ Female Masters F+. Average age of crew is 60 years or more with a minimum individual age of 27.
6 * School Girl C FSCH8 C. School Girl 4ths or Year 10 and below.
7 * School Boy C MSCH8 C. School Boy 4ths or Year 10 and below.
8 @+ FM D Female Masters D . Average age of crew is 50 years or more with a minimum individual age of 27.
9 @+ FM A-C Female Masters A-C. Average age of crew is <34, <44, <50 resp. with a minimum indiv. age of 27.
10 @+ X8 Div 3 Mixed 4M+4F. Average age of crew is 55 years or more, no minimum age for rowers.
11 @+ X8 Div 2 Mixed 4M+4F. Average age of crew is 50 years or more, no minimum age for rowers.
12 @+ X8 Div 1 Mixed 4M+4F. Average age of crew is 49 years or less, no minimum age for rowers.
13   School Girl B FSCH8 B. School Girl 2nds & 3rds or below.
14   School Girl A FSCH8 A. School Girl Firsts.
15 @+ MM F-G Male Masters F-G. Average age of crew is 60 years or more with a minimum individual age of 27.
16 @+ MM E Male Masters E. Average age of crew is 55 years or more with a minimum individual age of 27.
17   W B Women's Club B. Crews with a rowing score equal to or greater than 2.50.
18 @+ MM D Male Masters D. Average age of crew is 50 years or more with a minimum individual age of 27.
19 @+ MM A-C Male Masters A-C. Average age of crew is <34, <44, <50 resp. with a minimum indiv. age of 27.
20   School Boy B MSCH8 B. School Boy 2nds, 3rds or below.
21   M D Men's Club D. Crews with an average rowing score equal to or greater than 3.50.
22   M C Men's Club C. Crews with an average rowing score equal to or greater than 3.00.
23   School Boy A MSCH8 A. School Boy First eights.
24   M B Men's Club B. Crews with an average rowing score equal to or greater than 2.50.
25 @ Women Open Women's Open. Open to women rowers of all ages and rowing scores.
26 @ Men Open Men's Open. Open to male rowers of all ages and rowing scores.
27 @ LTAMix8+
(New Event - Start Position TBA)
XLTA8+. Must hold a Rowing Australia Provisional or National Class action. The order of this event will be determined by entries.
+ Denotes Master's handicaps apply.
@ Multiple Clubs composite permitted.
* Schools must enter their top ranked crews in division A before entering crews in Division B and C. Where a school has year 10 rowers they may be entered in Division C

Masters Crews and Mixed Eight Handicaps

Masters and Mixed Eight crews shall be placed in the age category corresponding to the average age of the crew attained DURING the current year. The following handicaps are based on the Australian Masters handicaps. The 1km handicap is multiplied by 8.6km, which is the measured distance of the HOY course.

 

Age Categories & Corresponding Handicaps

The following handicap information was updated on 25 November, and differs from what was previously published. The handicap information can also be seen here in a different format.

  MEN WOMEN MIXED
A Min Age 27 Yrs GO   GO   GO  
B Ave Age 36 Yrs 8.6 sec 1 sec/km 8.6 sec 1 sec/km 8.6 sec 1 sec/km
C Ave Age 43 Yrs 34.4 sec 4 sec/km 34.4 sec 4 sec/km 34.4 sec 4 sec/km
D Ave Age 50 Yrs 60.2 sec 7 sec/km 68.8 sec 8 sec/km 68.8 sec 8 sec/km
E Ave Age 55 Yrs 103.2 sec 12 sec/km 111.8 sec 13 sec/km 111.8 sec 13 sec/km
F Ave Age 60 Yrs 146.2 sec 17 sec/km 163.4 sec 19 sec/km 154.8 sec 18 sec/km
G Ave Age 65 Yrs 197.8 sec 23 sec/km 232.2 sec 27 sec/km 215.0 sec 25 sec/km
H Ave Age 70 Yrs 266.6 sec 31 sec/km 326.8 sec 38 sec/km 301.0 sec 35 sec/km
I Ave Age 75 Yrs 378.4 sec 44 sec/km 481.6 sec 56 sec/km 430.0 sec 50 sec/km
J Ave Age 80 Yrs 559.0 sec 65 sec/km 782.6 sec 91 sec/km 670.8 sec 78 sec/km
Note: Average Age does NOT include the Coxswain.