RISK ANALYSIS

 

Molesey Amateur Regatta

Reviewed June 13th 2017

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, there is a safety launch to 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 the 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 is 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. First Aid Cover available. Low

 

 

 

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 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 lightnig 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
 

 

Fire

 

Deaths, injuries and severe damage

 

 

Low

Tented areas to evacuate and wait instructions from Fire Service.

Fire Service to control incidents once on site.

 

 

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

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
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