COMPETITORS’ INFORMATION

Timetable of Racing

The programme of racing has been 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 the Race Committee in accordance with the BRITISH ROWING Rules of Racing (e.g. for equipment breakage).

Boating Area

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.
Competitors’ and spectators’ cars should access the Regatta via Ferry Road, also off A3050 Hurst Road. Parking areas for cars and towing vehicles with trailers are shown on the location plan.

Reporting to Race Control

A representative of each crew must report to Race Control at the Enclosure at least one hour before the time of their first race. Crews will be provided with race numbers , provided all fees have been paid. Crew numbers should be worn on the back by scullers and coxes (and by the bow person in crews) for identification when boating and at the start. Race Control must be informed of any medical conditions which may be relevant.

Race Control will weigh coxswains. The minimum weight for coxswains is as set out in Rules of Racing 2-3-7c. To make up this weight a lighter coxswain must carry dead-weight and coxswains are responsible for supplying their own dead weight, where necessary. Coxswains will be given a weight certificate in the form of a sticky label.

When collecting crew numbers at the start of the day, club personnel will be required to supply a working mobile phone number of a club representative who will be at the regatta site all day and available in case of any emergency.
ALL competitors must bring their British Rowing Racing Licence with them to the Regatta. Any competitor who cannot produce this document when requested by a Regatta Official may be disqualified

Boating

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. Competitors who choose to boat from other locations must report to Raft Control prior to their first race.

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 Thorneycroft Island 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 Thorneycroft Island, 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 Thorneycroft Island, as this has 2 way traffic for the duration of the Regatta

The Start

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 Course

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 Thorneycroft Island. The course is buoyed on the Middlesex side from the start to the top of Thorneycroft Island, and from the bottom of Thorneycroft Island 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 on the timber pylons approx 100 metres downstream from the end of Thorneycroft Island; it is otherwise similar to the Saturday Course

Returning crews should proceed well beyond the Finish, turn opposite Hampton Church and come in against the stream to use the downstream raft.

Prize Giving

Winners must present themselves to registration to check cards and receive a winners certificate before receiving their medals. On Saturday presentations will take place at 2 and 5:30. On Sunday approximately 30 minutes after each wave.

Enclosure

A good view of the finish can be obtained from the enclosure where refreshments, a licensed bar, toilets and changing facilities will be available all day. There are additional facilities at Molesey Boat Club.
There is a towpath along the length of the course but supporters, particularly those following the race on bicycles, should be mindful of local residents and other members of the public