South side is the warming up lane.
North side is the racing lane.
On Saturday the 27th at 12:00 it will be decided which part of the canal will be used as warming up lane and as racing lane.
This year there will be a distinction made within the singles between SA and SB rowers. For both categories there is a different ranking, both categories including an award ceremony. However, both SA and SB rowers can start within the same field, because there will be placement lottery based on skill and not age.
Training: On Saturday the 27th you can train till sunset on the Winschoterdiep and Noord-Willemskanaal. On the Eemskanaal there is a rowing prohibition which is only lifted the day of the competition itself.
As you can see on the pdf above, there is room for cycling on the North side of the Eemskanaal, and there is room for driving a car on the South side. Please note that the south side has a dike between the highway and the water. This year the Hel van het Noorden will be rowed from post 17 to post 23.