(a) The Starter shall make every effort to ensure that all crews are given a fair and even start. However, the decision for the crew to “in and away” is ultimately the responsibility of the sweep and crews cannot protest the start. If the Referee, Starter or Check Starter is not satisfied that the start has been fair for all crews the race shall be recalled by way of a second shot from the gun or a whistle blast.
(b) For a dry start, when the start signal is given, a crew member shall run to the boat. When they visibly touch any part of the boat (not the oars) the crew may board the boat and commence rowing. Failure by the runner to visibly touch any part of the boat (not the oars) before the crew boards may result in disqualification.