Bumps Marshalling Instructions for Falcon/City/Isis Boathouse
(not in current use by colleges)
NB: These are the instructions for bumping races only: separate
instructions apply for Rowing On
- You can push off as soon as the safety launch is past you following the race.
- Warmup: We advise that you do not go through the Gut but warm up just on
the bottom stretch.
- If you do have a good reason to go upstream, you need to follow the last racing crew of the previous division immediately. Go through the
Gut sticking to bowside as normal, but as you reach Long Bridges, move to the towpath
bank and then stick to the strokeside on the top stretch, coming back down the
boathouses and Green bank.
- When in the Gut again move to the cox's right and
keep to this for the bottom stretch. Most crews though should warm up below the
Gut, sticking to the cox's right (bowside) all the time, spinning at Haystacks (*or above Haystacks if red flag)
and by the Falcon raft, or short of those positions if time is running out. You can in theory spin anywhere it's safe to do so, but it will get crowded near the bunglines so minimise use of that area for spins.
- Note that the lower stretch starts very clear (lucky you) but becomes very crowded as the race time draws nearer. Plan your warm-up to push off as early as possible, and get plenty done before it starts to get busy. Allow time to get back to your bungline through spinning crews.
- All crews should be in or below the Gut with 5 minutes to go, and holding their bunglines with 1 minute to go, or they will be fined as late.
- Crews in the correct water (ie on their bowside) have priority
over those near their strokeside bank, below the Gut.
- Give way if your crew is in the "wrong" place, eg crossing to your bungline.
- If you are in the crowded area, spin bows to the towpath (it's quicker).
- IF YOU BUMP OUT BELOW YOUR BOATHOUSE (for City/Falcon)
then follow the last racing boat
upstream, and go straight into your raft
- IF YOU BUMP OUT ABOVE YOUR BOATHOUSE
then proceed to the Head, spin to bowside, move back downstream to
Long Bridges always sticking to your strokeside, at the Gut move to bowside, and spin
at Haystacks or under Donnington bridge to come back into your raft. The
occasional crews who bump out right at Long Bridges may have space to spin at
once when the last racing crew is past, and get straight through the Gut and
back in. Beware - give way to cruisers and other eights: stick closely to bowside in and below the Gut if you have room to do
- City/Falcon crews can go straight in, in normal warm-up circulation, when ready. Most of the time there will be space to spin at Donnington Bridge.
- St Antony's crews come back downstream, and take a look at the situation. If full divisions are racing, you will be asked to spin and wait below bungline 13 until it is clear for you to land (directly after the division moves off). Take enough warm kit in the boat to sit and wait.
STICK TO THE BANKS AND LEAVE THE MIDDLE CLEAR FOR CRUISERS
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