Mercer Lake Rules
Thank you to Princeton National Rowing Association for the map and protocols
o Lane 4 (the middle lane) is a dead lane and no shells shall row in that lane.
o The three lanes and area outside the course on the north side (Caspersen Boathouse side) of the course on shall be used to travel towards the start (west).
o The three lanes on the south side (Marina side) of the course shall be used to travel towards the finish line (east).
Additional Traffic Pattern Information
- The area east of the finish line shall be in a counter clockwise direction.
- The area in the wide part of the lake (west end) near the start shall be in a counter clockwise direction.
- Crews on the race course have priority over crews re-entering the course.
- Boats crossing the course must cross at a right angle to the course.
- Outgoing crews have priority over incoming crews.
- These traffic patterns may be changed during regattas or park activities.
- Rowers, Coxswains and Coaches should follow traffic patterns posted and in effect during these special occasions
- Boats being overtaken must yield the right of way to the faster boat.
- Boats should not sit still on the course or at the ends of the course blocking other boats. If a coach needs to talk to a boat(s) or a boat needs to make adjustments, please move off of the course.
- All motor boat drivers shall keep their wash to a minimum when passing other boats.
- Crews should be prompt and efficient on the docks.
- Coaches should work together if they are planning special workouts requiring the cooperation of other crews.
- All shells must be equipped with a bow ball and working heel ties.
- All shells that row in darkness shall have fixed, flashing lights bow and stern.
- Each rower should be aware of basic shell safety and check equipment before leaving the dock.
- Each coaching launch shall be equipped with a cell phone.
- Launches must be equipped with enough approved life jackets to provide one for each person in the launch plus at least two extra.
- Launches must be equipped with all equipment required by the United States Coast Guard and the State of New Jersey, including life jackets, a sound producing device for emergencies (horn, whistle, siren) and navigation lights (if used at night or dusk). In addition, each launch should carry a paddle and a safety throw line.
- All launches shall be licensed in accordance with New Jersey State laws.
- Each organization shall ensure the safety of its equipment.
- All rowers must know how to swim.
- Coaches should know the swimming abilities of all rowers.
- Swimming is not permitted in Mercer Lake.
- No rower under the age of 14 shall be permitted to row unescorted.
- Junior and novice rowers and crews must be accompanied by a launch at all times.
- No rower or coxswain should ever leave a flotation device/boat to swim to shore.
- Launch drivers must comply with the New Jersey Boater Safety and Licensing requirements.http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/pdf/marine/021606-boating-safety-manual.pdf
- THUNDER AND LIGHTNING
- NO ROWING IS ALLOWED DURING A THUNDERSTORM (when lightning can be seen or thunder can be heard).
- If lightning is spotted or Thunder is heard:
- All boats and coaching launches on the water will immediately clear the water by returning to the boathouse or the nearest safe location
- No additional boats will be launched
- Rowing is permitted to resume 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard.
- Coaches should check and be aware of any weather conditions forecasted or which are in the area during a planned practice or competition on Mercer Lake.
- Coaches are responsible for their team’s compliance with these Rules of Mercer Lake.