Rules and Coxes Instructions

ULBC Allom Cup 11.12.16: times (GMT):        

Low water at Kew Pier                 07:43

 

High water at Kew Pier                11:46

 

Times of races:   

On flood stream between            09:00 – 11:20     

On ebb stream between               12:15 – 15:30

Sunset:                                                 15:52 

(please note that this year’s race will be run with a tide change in the middle of the day so prompt boating and racing is key)

 

1.    Racing in accordance with British Rowing rules of racing (where these can be reasonably applied in the context of a private match) and the standards set out in the British Rowing Guide to Good Practice in Rowing.

2.    The Code of Practice for Rowing on the Tideway applies at all times.

3.    Safety paramount: each club and cox is responsible for ensuring that their boat is safe (including heel restraints, buoyancy compartments and coxes’ buoyancy aids) in accordance with the British Rowing Guide to Good Practice in Rowing.

4.    All coxes MUST have more than 30 hours coxing experience on the Tideway

5.    In the case of emergency marshals will follow the emergency action plan. In general, if a rower or cox enters the water it is important that they stay with the boat unless there is obvious danger. If you are in the water be careful to avoid the launch engine. 

6.    Captains must ensure that all coxes are aware of the UH/UL marshalling system.

7.    Find out in advance whether you are racing on the Middlesex/Surrey side.

     The following instructions apply to races held on the EBB stream

8.    Boat in good time: Please allow 10 minutes to get to the marshalling area from ULBH. Please refer to the circulation plans in appendices 8, 9 & 12.

9.    Cross directly from ULBH to the marshalling area on the Surrey side, only when it is safe and clear to do so (do not cross in front of any boats on the stream).

10. In the marshalling area, great care must be taken to ensure that crews stay as far into the Surrey bank as possible, in accordance with CPRT section 2.6:3[2], line astern, with about a length of water between crews, so as not to impede the proper navigation of other oared boats in the area (see appendix 8).

11. When asked to turn ensure that the river is clear before you start to manoeuvre and that you end up in the starboard aspect of the stream parallel to the bank. You should turn in the area between the UL buoy and the eastern margin of the Railway Bridge Restricted Zone, so in effect you will go round the UL buoy.

12. At the finish, if returning to ULBH, crews must proceed into the Chiswick Bridge restricted zone (appendix 9). Crews must not turn, stop or cross in the Chiswick Bridge Restricted Zone. Crews should pass into the restricted zone line astern (so that there should be no overlap between boats in the restricted zone even if there was an overlap at the finish). If returning to ULBH, crews should proceed through Chiswick Bridge and turn promptly to the Surrey inshore zone without obstructing or drifting down to the Ship crossing point at the Ship [3]. Crews should turn before reaching the Ship Inn red buoy.

13. If returning to TSSC, proceed through the Chiswick Bridge Restricted Zone. Crews must check that it is safe to cross the fairway, and then cross promptly to the Middlesex side as directed in CPRT section 2.5. Crews must not obstruct or drift anywhere near the standard crossing point at the Ship.

14. Crews must not cross the river to return to UL before a point 100m on the eastern side of ULBH (adjacent to the sewer outfall on the Surrey bank) –see appendix 12. Great care must be taken when crossing the river at this point to avoid all vessels coming down with the stream, especially any oncoming racing crews.

       The following instructions apply to races held on the FLOOD tide

15. Boat in good time: Please allow 40 minutes to get to the marshalling area from ULBH.

16. If boating from ULBH, cross directly to the Surrey inshore zone, only when it is safe and clear to do so.

17. Cross, in accordance with CPRT, at the Ship Inn Crossing, aiming to enter the marshalling area promptly.

18. In the marshalling area, great care must be taken to ensure that crews stay as far into the Middlesex bank as possible, in accordance with CPRT section 2.6:3[4], line astern, with about a length of water between crews, so as not to impede the proper navigation of other oared boats in the area.

19. When asked to turn ensure that the river is clear before you start to manoeuvre and that you end up in the starboard aspect of the stream parallel to the bank. You should turn in the area just downriver of the Bulls Alley (green) buoy and in effect you will go round the buoy.

20. At the finish, if returning to ULBH, coxes need to establish whether there is sufficient room to turn to the Middlesex side before reaching the pier/wooden posts/restricted zone (appendix 9). The strength of the stream and ability of the crew must be taken into account. If there is any doubt, crews should proceed through Kew Railway Bridge in accordance with CPRT, and turn when it is safe to do so (either between or beyond the restricted zones).  Crews must not turn, stop or cross in the Kew Restricted Zones.

At the finish, if returning to TSSC or downriver, crews should cross when it is safe to the Surrey inshore zone in accordance with CPRT.

For course diagrams and more information visit the United Hospitals Boat Club website


[1] The time of low water is NOT the same as that at which the stream changes from ebb to flood (the stream usually changes AFTER low water and the delay increases with excess land water. Likewise the time of high water may FOLLOW the change from flood to ebb in situations where there is excess land water).

[2] CPRT 2.6:3 ‘When rowing against the tide, always pull in as close as possible to the bank preferably with blades in contact with the bank so as to aid the ability to be stationary by occasional paddling with the outside blade in the stream.’

[3] An alternative route back to UL; if there is sufficient room and it is safe, is that crews should wind down very briefly having passed the finish line moving out of the fairway as quickly as possible, and, if safe, promptly turn to the Surrey (south) bank of the river before the Chiswick Bridge. This route should only be done if the marshalls have specifically instructed crews to do so, and may be reasonable for a crew not rowing out the course, or being so far behind the winning crew as not to be in contention. (see appendix 9).