Starting in June 2018, rowing shells will no longer be permitted to use rudders and skegs.
FISA, the international governing body of rowing, after short deliberation, has banned them.
“In attempt to make rowing more exciting, steering aids will no longer be allowed on boats. We expect this will be major step in our sport toward drawing public viewing,” said John Crash, director of FISA marketing.
Boat builders are positive about the rule change, as they plan for a dramatic increase in boat sale.
Lots of crashes means more sales of replacement boats. We are ramping up our staffs now.
The rule change was first proposed by the Head of the Charles Regatta, as a way to increase crowds, and to draw NASCAR fans.
In addition to banning the steering aids, all coxswains will be required to be trained as paramedics.
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