Message from the Chief Umpire
Safety is paramount in any event but particularly on the tideway which is wide and fast-flowing. Crews are often unaware how quickly they can get into difficulty. However, there is always a feeling of “it couldn’t happen to me;” believe me it can.
The organising committee take every possible precaution to ensure the safety of all competitors. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that your boat is safe to train and compete in. Please remember to check any boat you row in, including borrowed boats.
Control Commission will be implemented at all main boating areas prior to the race. Please ensure that your boat complies with the safety rules as you will not be allowed to boat until any identified fault is rectified.
Please make sure that your boat complies with the rules for your safety and I hope all crews have an enjoyable race. Good luck!