est. 1967

Karapiro Rowing Board

Mary Birch (Chief Umpire)
Terry Tidbury (Chief Judge)
Jemal Weston (Chief Starter)
Scott Wilson (NZSSRA)
Tony Nelson (Regatta Committee)

SISSC 2021

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2021 NISSC

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2021 Aon North Island Secondary Schools Champs Logo Karapiro, 5-7 March 2021
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  • Where: Lake Karapiro [map], Waikato, New Zealand.
  • When: Friday 5 to Sunday 7 March 2021 (3 full days of racing)
  • What: North Island schools competing for supremacy in 50 events (+ 2 exhibition events*) and preparing to challenge the South Islanders at Maadi.
* subject to approval from Schools Committee

Exhibition Events U17 Pair

Following the success of last year's events the NISSC regatta organisers will again be applying for approval to hold exhibition events for U17 Pairs.

There is also a remit before the 2021 NZSSRA AGM that will make the U17 pair permanent if it passes.

Number of events per student

After its annual review of per-student entry level, and much discussion about the health and safety of rowers, the Schools Committee continues to make the following recommendation:

School age rowers should only be racing 2 events at a Championships regatta. A few rowers could be considered for 3 events; none should be doing more.

In reaching the recommendation advice was sought from physiologists, leading elite coaches and the NZ Secondary School Sports Council. The Schools Committee will continue to monitor the number of entries per student this season.

Entry limits

The entry limits are the same as last year: 2 crews per event per school; except for eights and octuples, which have a limit of 4 crews per event per school.

Schools must also be aware the compressed nature of this regatta means there should be no expectation any student who is entered in more than one event will have sufficient time available to compete in all of those events. There is only enough time to be able to hold semi-finals for the most heavily entered events and this brings together events that might usually be spread well apart during heats and finals.

Note: as in 2020 entry limits will not rise during supplementary entries, which are only limited late entries. They do not create new opportunities to enter.

NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria students "new" to a school

The NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria were last revised with effect 2018. An article about the NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria is available to help members assess whether or not each of their students is considered new to their school. Schools are limited to 3 "new" students in an eight and 1 "new" student in other boats ("new" students are those who've swapped schools or come from overseas and looks back over the past 2 years). There is also a limit of 2 students with an NZSSSC-issued PCRE per crew (1 in singles!).

ENTRIESOpening February

NZSSRA's online regatta entry system will open for entries in February and entries will close a fortnight before the regatta. Member schools will be sent a notice and copy of the regatta Conditions when entries open.

Meanwhile the online regatta entry system is open for roster maintenance. Schools are strongly encouraged to log in for Roster Maintenance and tidy up their roster of students before starting entries, as doing this while making regatta entries considerably slows down the process.

Passwords for online regatta entry are held by Member Schools' Sports Coordinators (schools should contact the Manager regarding misplaced passwords.)

Non-financial members

Any non-financial members cannot enter NZSSRA Championships and should contact the Schools Committee urgently if they are hoping to enter NISSC.


Entry fees (exclusive of GST) for the regatta were set by members at the 2019 AGM: 1X $19, 2X/2- $21, 4X+/4+ $29, 8X+/8+ $36, amenity $24.00 per student.

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Tent Sites

Tent sites are ordered during the online entry process and are allocated by ballot after close of entries.


While North Island schools are competing on Lake Karapiro for recognition as the best the North Island has to offer their South Island counter-parts will be do the same thing up at the 2021 Meridian South Island Champs on Lake Ruataniwha. Keep a watch on both regattas for indicators of who may claim the top spot at Maadi!

2020 Stats

There were 1898 students from 99 schools entered in 4839 seats in 1392 crews. 331 races were required to complete the regatta and find the winners of all 52 events (incl exhibition U17 2-).


This New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association regatta is sanctioned by the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council.

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