COMPETITORS’ INFORMATION 2021
Covid Precautions and Procedures
The precise nature of the measures adopted will not be fixed until about 4-7 July, and will reflect the most up-to-date advice at that point. It is already clear, though, that social distancing will still be required, and boating will be organised with this in mind. The Regatta will not be able to supply any refreshments, and competitors are very strongly advised to bring their own; alternatively there is a large Tesco store quite close to Hurst Park. The Regatta will supply a tap for competitors’ use – water bottles will be required – and there will be a good number of toilets (use of which will be subject to certain precautions).
Timetable of Racing
The programme of racing will be compiled making all allowances possible for requests received on your entry forms. The Committee regrets that it cannot entertain any requests for amendments to the Regatta Programme other than those agreed by Race Control in accordance with the BRITISH ROWING Rules of Racing (e.g. for equipment breakage).
Access for trailers to the regatta is via Sadlers Ride, off A 3050 Hurst Road. (see the attached plan). Parking is available for trailers. Competitors must provide their own boat trestles and the Committee is unable to take responsibility for the safety of equipment.
Reporting to Race Control
Race numbers will have been delivered to all local clubs by arrangement on 15 or 16 July, and all other clubs will have been directed when to collect theirs from Race Control. It is not required that a club report its arrival, but if it is late it is clearly essential that Race Control is advised as soon as possible.
For clarity, substitutions and scratching MUST be submitted to Race Control, and an acknowledgment received. If they are not reported to Race Control, they will be treated as invalid. Crew compositions can, of course, be checked online, but these will have been frozen circa 2200 the evening before.
Under Covid precautions, coxes will NOT be weighed, and it is incumbent upon clubs to ensure that their own coxes are compliant with the weight limits. Spot checks may be made after certain races.
It is the crew’s responsibility to ensure that the boat meets the requirements of and guidance in the BRITISH ROWING “Row Safe” Guidance. Coxswains must ensure that they carry buoyancy aids in good working order (including working gas cartridges where necessary).
Raft Control may carry out random checks of some aspects of boats. Those not meeting these guidelines will not be allowed to boat until they do. The check does NOT indicate that the boat as a whole is compliant.
Crews (and adults responsible for junior crews) should read the Regatta’s safety procedures and should carry out an assessment of the suitability of their boat and their own experience to meet the conditions at the Regatta. All involved in the Regatta should be aware of their duty of care to other river users
While it is the competitor’s own responsibility to boat in sufficient time for their race, the raft stewards will always endeavour to boat crews with their opposition. Crews are recommended to allow at least 25 minutes getting from the landing stages to the start.
Crews going to the Start should boat from the upstream boat raft and give way to crews returning from the Finish. Crews should proceed upstream keeping to the Middlesex side of Platt’s Eyot and the buoyed course and proceed well above the start before turning and waiting for the Start Marshal’s orders. Crews should take special care in the channel behind Platt’s Eyot, because this is used by all non-racing river craft during the Regatta.
Warming up before the start
Crews wishing to warm up before their race should do so well upstream of the start. Do not warm up alongside the course or in the channel to the North of Platt’s Eyot, as this has 2 way traffic for the duration of the Regatta
Crews must follow the instructions given by the start marshals and the umpires at the start, both of whom will be proactive in getting matched crews in the holding area onto the start, possibly before the official race time. All races will be started without reference to absentees.
The Saturday course is rowed over a distance of 850 metres downstream from stake boats opposite Aquarius Sailing Club and finishing at a culvert on the Surrey bank just below Platt’s Eyot. The course is buoyed on the Middlesex side from the start to the top of Platt’s Eyot, and from the bottom of Platt’s Eyot to the finish. It is not buoyed in the centre. In the case of obstruction on the course, the race may be stopped by the umpire and re-rowed from the stake boats.
The Sunday course is rowed over a distance of 500 metres downstream starting approx. 100 metres downstream of the end of Platt’s Eyot; it is otherwise similar to the Saturday Course
PLEASE NOTE CAREFULLY: In the interests of clarity and uniformity, on both days umpires will order errant crews to “Move towards the towpath” or “Move away from the towpath”
Returning crews should proceed well beyond the Finish, turn opposite Hampton Church and come in against the stream to use the downstream raft.
A representative of each winning crew must report to Race Control to confirm the crew composition, after which they will be given a winners’ certificate before receiving the crew’s medals.