In a new series, we invite different race umpires to demystify the key aspects of umpiring.
This is the first of a series of articles on the application of the Rules of Racing and their significance to the rowing community. They will be written by experienced umpires who will remain anonymous.
Picture this scenario:
You are racing in a juniors’ eights race and winning reasonably comfortably. The umpire in the launch following the race keeps pointing his flag to his right (your left/bow side), but you can’t hear what he is saying and when you look over your left shoulder you can’t see anything to worry about. Your cox says nothing apart from encouraging you to keep pulling.