Where the feet of the competitor are held by foot gear affixed to the stretcher of the boat, the design of such foot gear shall provide for the quick release of the competitors feet, without the use of hands, in case of the boat capsize. Such design may consist of Velcro or pull strings at the heels.
All boats will be checked for such appropriate footgear. If such footgear is not present at all seats that boat will not be launched. This checking of the boats will occur immediately prior to launch. All boats, even if they row in multiple races, will be checked prior to each race.