to the Winter Sculling Website, where you will find event information, draws
Make sure you check the website for draws and results during the
Guidance to competitors in the Handicap Series is available here
Updated event information for 2019 is available by clicking here The on line Registration for 2019 is now open Click here to go to the registration system
Use the same email address as last year and if your password is rejected, click "Start a new
registration" - this will get you one for 2019.
You must sign a hard copy waiver before your first event. You can do this when you collect your first bow number or download here and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Under 18? Parent or guardian must also sign.
Please also see the Public Notice below relating to the exemptions under which the Wintersculling series will be conducted.
have any questions, or would like to confirm or scratch an entry, email us at
Rules and Protests
The VSA Committee offers the following guidance to competitors:
1) The VSA is a 100 year old organisation run by volunteers with the aim of
perpetuating the series of 11 events for the enjoyment of scullers with the
side benefit that some scullers may gain skills and fitness.
2) The handicap series exists in order that scullers who are slow have the fun
of being chased, and seeing if they can make it to the finish ahead, and that
scullers who are fast have the fun of seeing how many they can chase down. The
handicaps are based on the handicappers' subjective expectations of speed.
While there is an attempt to ensure close racing in every heat, the handicaps
are not objectively derived. This adds an element of fun for some in 'beating
the handicapper', often enough to get ahead on the points table.
3) The series has the support of a community of people who enjoy its informal
atmosphere which, while lacking formal rules, carries an expectation that
competition will be conducted within a culture of courtesy, inclusiveness and
sporting spirit, without the 'win at all costs' behaviour present in modern
'sport'. This group does not expect competitors to protest
technicalities, and so the VSA accepts entries on the basis that protests will:
a) be accompanied by a $200 non
refundable cash donation to the association and
b) be dealt with at a time and in
such manner as the Committee deems appropriate, without recourse or appeal.
Clause 3.1 of Schedule 3 – 5 knot
on the Yarra River.
Clause 4.1 of Schedule 4 – 5 knot
speed restriction on the Maribyrnong River.
Clause 151.1 of Schedule 151 – 5
knot speed restriction for powered vessels on Albert Park Lake.
Safety Regulations 2012
Regulation 96(6) – requirements to
carry PFDs for everyone on board.
Regulation 100(3) – requirements for
all onboard to wear a PFD.
Subject to the
conditions detailed below:
The masters of rescue
vessels are exempt from 1 to 7 in the above list only if undertaking a rescue
operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or
other needs and deliver them to a place of safety. Any vessels that are designated
rescue vessels must be fitted with propeller guards, in order to minimise the
risk of propeller strike injury to people in the water. Those not designated as
rescue vessels that are required to assist with rescue in an emergency must
adhere to the Safety Management Plan and turn their engine off before bringing
a person on board.
All occupants of
powered vessels involved in the events must wear a PFD at all times.
Competing scullers are
only exempt from 8 and 9 above for the duration of the event.
The exemptions apply
only from 8:00 am to 11:30 am on the dates and locations specified in Table 1
provided that the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the event
application, the Sculling Victoria Safety Management Plan and associated
documentation must be adhered to.
Sculling Association Inc. powered vessels have been approved by Parks Victoria
to operate on the waters of Albert Park Lake as per Clause 151.2(a) of Schedule
151 of the Notice under the Marine Act 1988.