Molesey Amateur Regatta Risk Analysis

Reviewed May 25th 2019, June 18th 2021, March 15th 2022, March 30 2023, 17th April 2024

General water safety
All boat movements on the water are covered by the British Rowing “Row Safe” guide. The guide applies to all participants, who are responsible for self-policing the standards set out in “Row Safe”. Coaches, marshals, umpires and all regatta officials should apply the code. All involved in the Regatta have a duty of care to other river users. Failure to comply with any part of that code in relation to equipment or behaviour will lead to the crew or participants not being able to go afloat and/or race.
 At the Saturday regatta, two safety launches patrol the course and there are marshalling launches at the start and elsewhere. Races are followed by Umpires in launches with a driver, who can either summon assistance from the safety launches or provide assistance themselves if necessary. All the above launches are in radio contact with regatta officials.

At the Sunday regatta, with a shortened course, two safety launches patrol the course, and there are marshalling launches at the start and elsewhere. Races are bank umpired. All launches and Umpires are in radio contact with regatta officials

Specific risk assessment
Hazard Potential outcome Likelihood Measure to reduce risk Overall risk
Landing stages
Trip hazard due to items being left on the landing stages Injury to rowers and/or damage to boats  Moderate Raft marshals instructed to minimise time equipment is left on staging.  Low
      Incoming and outgoing stages are segregated.  
Prior to race start
Collision with other boats on way to start or in marshalling area  Injury to rowers and/or damage to boats  Moderate Reliance on competency of crews & coaches, and compliance with “RowSafe” and the navigation rules applicable to the Thames.  Low
      Circulation patterns advised to crews prior to the event, non-compliance may lead to race penalties being applied.  
      Potential hazard behind Thorneycroft Island due to two-way working clearly signposted  
      Liaison with Hampton Sailing Club to be in place well before race day to segregate their boats from Regatta.  
During the race
Incidents involving other racing crews  Injury to rowers and/or damage to boats  Low All racing is carried out under BRITISH ROWING Rules of Racing and in compliance with “Row Safe” guidelines.  Low
      Bank marshals or Umpires (Sunday) along course will advise boats to move as necessary if there is a safety issue.  
      No warm up on the course.  
      All competitors are advised and must meet the circulation pattern.  
      First Aid cover available.  
Capsize Potential drowning, injury or hypothermia Medium Umpires & marshals along the course can summon safety boats. Umpires have instructions to control an incident until a safety boat arrives. See also “Row Safe” & Coach education programme. Low
      First Aid cover available.  
      Environment Agency informed of the Regatta and agreement obtained to close the navigation channel on the Surrey side of Thorneycroft Island.  
Incidents involving other vessels Injury to persons or damage to vessels and equipment  Low Thorneycroft Island navigation channel closure advised to masters of other vessels by means of warning notices.  Low is subject to careful attention to marshalling
      Arrangements of Junior Racing to take account of extent of non regatta traffic if weather is good. Additional marshal launches to be deployed.  
 Weather Conditions        
Thunderstorm or lightning  Severe injury, death or damage to equipment and structures  Low Race Committee to apply 30 second / 10 minute rule. When gap between visible lightning and thunder is 30 seconds or less, racing is to be stopped and the water is to be cleared. All tents are to be evacuated, and all spectators to be advised to get into vehicles and close doors and windows. Low
      Action should be taken to minimise the risk of lightning strikes (eg on oars held vertically)  
      Start area personnel to be advised to leave vehicle near start area in case of thunder/lightning  
      All clear when lightning gap/thunder exceeds 30 seconds for ten minutes.  
High Winds   Low The Race Committee may postpone or cancel racing or categories of races if the conditions are deemed unsafe. Low
Major incident
Bomb, terrorist or other war action Deaths, injuries and severe damage Low Police notified and all further instructions will be issued from Surrey Police Low
Vehicle and cycle movements
Fall hazard while unloading boats Injury to rowers and/or damage to boats Low Reliance on competency of crews. British Rowing provides guidelines on trailers and towing. Low/ Moderate
Collision hazard due to trailers, boats and cars and cycles Injury to rowers, spectators and/or damage to boats and vehicles Moderate Vehicles only allowed to access car and trailer parks and not the course Low
Illness and other medical conditions
Illness and other medical conditions of rowers and spectators Illness or other medical conditions (eg asthma, epilepsy) may require immediate assistance Moderate Provide First Aid cover at enclosure. Ensure that there are landing points for casualties marked on Regatta course map/location plan Low


Hazard Potential Outcome Likelihood Measure to Reduce Risk Overall Risk
Fire in enclosed spaces: Marquees, and similar Injuries and severe damage Low  Water heating in the open. Fire extinguisher nearby Low
Electrical fire (event needs one mains cable to power computers and a tea urn) Injuries, limited damage Very Low, because the electrical supply is connected via a dedicated temporary distribution board, with RCD protection to all circuits. Also, all portable appliances will be PAT tested by a competent person (and either issued with a PAT sticker indicating a pass and dated, or removed from the Event site. Carbon dioxide or Dry powder Fire Extinguisher(s) on hand wherever electric-powered apparatus is used.

Fire bucket(s) also available, filled with river water.

Fire due to fuel leak/spillage on/ from motor






Injuries to launch drivers/passengers. Very low No fuel is stored on the regatta site, only in special tanks on the launches themselves.

All launches used for marshalling, rescue and race umpiring purposes are rigorously pre-inspected under British Rowing rules.

Launches are obliged to carry a suitable extinguisher.