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FISA Rules and Regulations
Complete FISA Rules Document - Part 4 Boats and Construction
Quick release foot stretchers – In all boats the foot stretchers, shoes or other devices holding the feet of the rowers shall be a type which allow the rowers to get clear of the boat with no delay in an emergency. Where shoes or other devices holding the feet will remain in the boat, each shoe or device shall be independently restrained such that when the heel will not lift more than 7 cm reaches the horizontal position the foot will be released from the shoe. In addition, where laces, Velcro or similar materials must be opened before the rower can remove his feet from the shoes or other device, these all such materials must be able to be released immediately by the rower with a single quick hand action of pulling on one easily accessible strap. Where shoes or other devices holding the feet will not remain in the boat, each shoe or device must be able to be released by the rower without using his hands or with a single quick hand action of pulling on one easily accessible strap or release device"
USRowing - The Rules of Rowing 2015 Edition
3-108 FOOTGEAR RELEASE (*)
Where the feet of the Competitor are held in place by footgear affixed to the structure of the boat, the design of such footgear shall provide for the quick release of the Competitor’s feet in case of emergency, without the use of hands. Any pull strings shall not allow the heel to raise more than three inches (7.5 cm) above the foot board to which it is anchored.