Navigation & Marshalling
NAVIGATION PRIOR TO THE RACE
Navigation and marshalling instructions for the 2013 race are now available. All crews should study these instructions carefully. A copy will also be sent to all crews. Click here to download the instructions to captains and crews. (PDF)
Coxswains will be provided with a summary of the instructions in postcard format, which must be carried in the boat on the day of the race. Click here to download the coxes card. (PDF)
The tidal Thames is fast flowing. You must take care around all bridges and fixed or moored obstructions at all times.
The river is closed from ~1hr before the race until the last boat has crossed the finish line. The PLA has created a 'how to' guide for rowing on the Tideway; visit Boating on the Thames for more information. At other times and locations the usual navigation rules apply – these are available on the PLA website in English, French, German and Italian.
All coxes must be familiar with the Rowing Code of Practice for the Tidal Thames between Putney and Richmond before boating at any time. This is available on the British Rowing Thames Region website.
The PLA and Thames RC have produced Google Earth overlays showing the limits of the fairway, and the position of the navigation buoys on the course. Those unfamiliar with the Tideway may wish to note that the racing line is always contained within the limits of the fairway.
NB: You will need Google Earth to view the files below. Click here for more information.
|Fairway limits (.kml download)|
|Buoys (.kml download)|
It is part of the rules of British Rowing that any incidents that occur before, during and after the race are reported to British Rowing using the online reporting system here. Please also let the Committee know of any incidents that happen during the race.
If a crew or club is involved in a “verifiable navigation incident on the Tideway in the fourteen days prior to and on the day of the race,” British Rowing will request that the WEH Race Committee excludes the crew or club from the race.
Racing on the Tideway requires a level of skill above rowing on most rivers. It's important that all crews ensure that they have the relevant experience, knowledge and skill to be safe during the race.
If at any time the Committee are concerned about the competence of a crew to be safe on the river, the Safety Advisor will take action and may instruct the crew to leave the water at the nearest safe place or prevent the crew from taking part in the race. No refund will be provided.
Please race safely and be courteous of other crews around you.
If you have any comments and suggestions about any aspect of the race, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.