Coxes’/Steering Briefing Notes

MOLESEY HEAD RACES

COXES’/STEERING BRIEFING NOTES                                      28/11/21

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GOING TO THE START

COMING FROM MOLESEY BOAT CLUB
You boat on the Surrey bank.
Cross over the river at Duck Island and proceed up on the Middlesex bank.

Be careful of the narrows as you go up Platts Eyot.

You will now stay on the Middlesex bank until you reach your marshalling position – there is now no cross over.

Practice pieces are only permitted down Platts Eyot and with permission from the marshal. You need to go round the top of Platt’s Eyot, do a downstream start, then go round the bottom of the island and go back up again.

COMING FROM HAMPTON/LEH BOAT CLUB
You boat on the Middlesex bank.
Proceed up that bank.
Practice pieces are only permitted by returning down Platts Eyot with permission from the marshal at Aquarius

COMING FROM SUNBURY LOCK
Be very careful coming out of the lock and going past marshalling boats.
Do not turn round until instructed by a marshal.
No practice pieces.

MARSHALLING BEFORE THE START
Marshalling is all on the Middlesex bank.
Get in a single line with crew 1 at the top. The bank has a marker for every ten numbers.
Keep well in to the bank.
You will be marshalled into race order.
Be there a minimum of ten minutes before the race starts.
If you are late you will be held below Sunbury Court Island.

THE RACE

Keep to the right of the centre of the river, but not too close to the Surrey/towpath bank to avoid sticking out trees and moored boats.
If being overtaken, move to Surrey unless you would be putting your crew into danger.

THE FINISH
The Finish is at the Hampton Ferry, marked with a FINISH sign on the Surrey Bank.
Keep to the Middlesex side of Garrick Ait after crossing the line.
Keep moving until you reach the downstream end of Garrick Ait, then stay close to the Surrey bank and go down the lock cut to Molesey Boat Club.

RETURNING TO LANDING STAGES
You will be told by a marshal when to turn to go back upstream or to go on to Molesey. or Hampton
If returning to Molesey, turn a few strokes beyond the Club and come into the landing stage.
If returning to Hampton/LEH, keep close to the Sailing Club and be aware of boats still racing, then keep close to the Middlesex bank.

RETURNING TO SUNBURY LOCK
Tell the turning marshal what you want to do.
Keep close to the Sailing Club and be aware of boats still racing, then keep close to the Middlesex bank going upstream.