Official Rules to Govern Future Races.
The race between Yale and Harvard shall be considered an annual event; but, in case of the inability of either party to send a crew to such annual race, notice of their inability shall be sent to the other party prior to December 1st of that college year.
The referee shall be a graduate of some neutral college and each Boat Club shall name the referee in alternate years, Harvard naming him in 1883. This referee shall be chosen subject to the approval of both Boat Clubs.
In 1883 and 1884 Yale shall have the choice between the Thursday and Friday after the last Wednesday in June, after which the choice between the aforesaid days shall rest alternately with Harvard and Yale.
The race in 1883, 1884 and 1885 shall take place in New London.
The race shall be rowed on ebb-tide and started within two hours of high water at the starting line.
There shall be a central line of buoys which shall be situated at each half-mile point, and either boat shall be disqualified if at any point during the race it shall be nearer than ten feet or farther than one hundred feet from the central line of buoys.
The referee shall have absolute power in the interprelative of these rules. and his decision shall be final in all cases. Should any unforeseen differences of opinion arise it shall be referred to the referee for decision.
Both boats shall be at the start at the time agreed upon. In case either boat fails to appear the captain of said boat shall personally report to the referee before said time, and unless the delay has been caused by a bona fide accident he shall at once proceed to start the other boat.
All races shall be started in the following manner: The referee shall ask the question, "Are you ready?" and receiving no reply, after waiting not more than five nor less than three seconds, shall give the word "Go!" and if either boat starts before the word is given by the referee it shall be recalled and a new start made as soon as possible.
A start shall be unfair if during the first two strokes either of the competing boats shall be disabled by any bona fide accident.
In any case an appeal must be made to the referee either by the competitors themselves or by their judge before the crew leaves its boat.
A dead heat hall count as a dead heat and the race shall be considered as undecided and shall be decided by another race rowed on the following day.
No boat shall be allowed to accompany a competing boat for the purpose of directing its course or affording any other assistance.
The championship flags shall be placed in the referee's hands before the race and shall be by him presented to the captain of the winning crew as soon as the race has been decided.
If he thinks proper, the referee may reserve his decision, provided that in every case such decision be given on the day of the race. Pending his decision no one shall be admitted to the presence of the referee except the judges and such witnesses as they and the referee may summon.
The crews shall row in each successive year on alternate courses. In 1883 the courses shall be determined by lot.
The starting line shall be moved down from the present starting line the distance of sixty (60) feet toward the finish line, and shall be at right angles to the central line of buoys. Each boat shall be provided with a metal staff or rod eighteen (18) inches high, carrying a flag measuring nine (9) by five (5) inches, of the color of its university. Such rod shall be fixed perpendicularly at the stem of the shorter boat, and on the longer boat at a distance forward from the centre of said boat equal to half the length of the shorter boat. Each boat shall be started even by these flags, so fixed on the starting line, and shall be adjudged to have completed the course when said flags shall have crossed the finish line.
Five days before the race a suitable referee's boat shall be provided and each university shall name two judges and a time-keeper, one judge to be located at the finish, the other with the time-keeper to accompany the referee. The appointment of the judges and time-keeper shall be reported to the referee.
The judges' boat at the finish shall be so placed that the referee can easily see the flags when they fall, and the falling of the respective flags shall indicate to the time-keepers that such boat has crossed the finish line.
The referee shall notify the judges and the time-keeper of each club to meet him at such a time and place as he may direct and settle all details of the race.
On the day of the race the referee shall go over the course and personally satisfy himself that everything is in its proper position.
We the undersigned representing the Harvard and Yale Boat Clubs with full powers to act for the same agree to the adoption of the foregoing rules.
FRED C. LEONARD,Pres. Y. U. B. C.LOUIS K. HULL,Capt. Y. U. B. C.G. R. AGASSIZ.Vice-Pres. H. U. B. C.R. C. WATSON,Of Harvard Graduate Com.Springfield, Feb. 19, 1883.