(a) A wet finish placing shall be determined when any part of the hull of the boat crosses the finish line under the control of the crew and properly equipped from the seaward side between the finishing flags or when a boat runs aground. The crew may recover a boat that has crossed the finish line not under the control and/or properly equipped and then again cross the finish line correctly to record a finish placing result.
Note 1: “Under control” is defined as a boat being in an upright position with a crew of at least three members in contact with the boat and the boat moving in a direction towards the finish line.
Note 2: “Properly equipped” is defined as a boat equipped with a rescue tube, a minimum of three rowing oars or two rowing oars and a sweep oar which shall be in the boat or in the rowlocks.
Note 3: Where video cameras are used to assist with the judging process the judging (finish) line may be modified to accommodate the optimum use of such technology e.g. rigid poles without flags may be used. The standard finish flags may then be placed on the shoreward side of the rigid judging line poles and as close as practical to the rigid judging line poles. Boats are expected to proceed past the judging line and through the finish flags to complete a race.
(b) A dry finish is determined when a crew member leaves the boat and runs to their allocated position marker and crosses the line. The crew member may leave the boat at any time after the turn has been completed and must cross the line whilst remaining in an upright position on their feet.
An alternate to crossing the line to finish may be prescribed by the Referee. In such circumstances the crew member leaves the boat as described and then is required to touch the crew’s finish marker whilst remaining on their feet.
(c) Any boat that dislodges a judging stand so as to impede judging shall be disqualified. If one boat causes another boat to dislodge a judging stand then the matter shall be adjudicated upon by the Referee.