Organizations wishing to host a regatta in BC must follow Rowing Canada Aviron’s Event Sanction Policy and submit a Sanction Application in order to have the event sanctioned. Sanction allows the regatta to be covered by RCA insurance and officiated by RCA Umpires.  Umpires are responsible for keeping regattas  both safe and fair for all participants.

Hosting a Social Event

Events for the purpose of a social gathering do not likely require a sanction application. For more information or questions, please email

Submitting a Sanction Application

All Sanction Applications are submitted online through the RCA Web Registration System. To submit a Sanction Application, log on to your personal account in the system. At the top of the “My Account” page is a red button to “Propose an Event“. This will lead you through the sanction application process.

In accordance with RCA regulations, LOCs are required to work with assigned Chief Umpires in the development of sanctioning materials.  Rowing BC is working hard to ensure that regattas are connected with an assigned CU as early as possible.  If you have not received the name of your event’s CU please contact the Rowing BC Umpire Committee (

An application can be saved as a draft as long as there is something in each of the fields – even just one character. To return to a previously saved application, log on to the system and scroll to the bottom of your “My Account” page. There is a section for your proposed events where you will be able to re-open an application.

Once an application has been submitted, you will no longer be able to edit it. An automated alert will be sent from the RCA Web Registration System notifying Rowing BC staff that your application has been submitted.

Regatta Central

Regatta Central is the registration website that all events across Canada are required to use. When your sanction application is received by staff, Rowing BC will trigger your event details to be shared with Regatta Central. This will allow you to begin creating the registration website. No registrations can be processed until full sanction is approved. For help setting up the event details in Regatta Central, contact

Sanction Approval

Your sanction application will be reviewed by the Rowing BC Regatta Committee. If the committee has questions about your application, someone will reach out to you for further clarification. When the committee is confident that your application is ready for approval, a recommendation stating as much will be sent to the Rowing BC Board of Directors for final approval. You will be notified directly from the RCA Web Registration System when your sanction application has been approved.

Sanctioning in BC is reviewed on a set quarterly basis:

  • LOCs are responsible to submit their sanctioning documentation in accordance with this timeline;
  • LOCs are welcome to submit their application ahead of schedule to allow the event to be visible on Regatta Central even longer;
Months Events OccurSubmission DeadlineReview DateDecision Announcement
Jan/Feb/Mar (2020)December 9, 2019December 10, 2019December 11, 2019
Apr/May/Jun (2020)January 24, 2020January 28, 2020February 19, 2020
Jul/Aug/Sep (2020)April 3, 2020April 7, 2020April 29, 2020
Oct/Nov/Dec (2020)July 31, 2020August 4, 2020August 26, 2020
Jan/Feb/Mar (2021)November 20, 2020November 24, 2020December 9, 2020

All sanctioned events in BC will be assessed Rowing BC Seat Fees for participants at a rate of $3.50 per seat (for clarity, this fee is applied once per athlete per event entered). The fee will be auto-calculated through the RegattaCentral system.

For support with any aspect of this process, please reach out to Rowing BC Staff at

Additional Resources

The resources below are intended to assist Local Organizing Committees in the process of preparing a regatta sanction application, or while planning aspects of the regatta:

Rowing BC Competition Review

As action steps from the Rowing BC Competition Review, LOCs are encouraged to be informed of, and try to include, the following initiatives in their regatta planning:

Chief Umpire Reports

Following the regatta, the Chief Umpire will complete an Event Report which will be shared with the Rowing BC office and the Local Organizing Committee. This report provides an opportunity for feedback and discussion between the Local Organizing Committee and the Chief Umpire.

Fully detailed Chief Umpire Guidelines are available here.

Regatta Feedback

Rowing BC is invested in helping LOCs across the province continue to improve the regattas they are able to host. To assist in this process, a regatta feedback tool has also been created and can be found here. LOCs are encouraged to include a link to this feedback tool in their regatta package and any post-event information that is shared.