Bumps Instructions for Rowing On
Normal navigation rules apply below the Gut, ie keep to towpath-side downstream.
- Coxes should know the blade colours of the crews starting
immediately ahead and behind. An updated starting list will be
emailed on Friday morning, but you should also check with the
Marshals if there have been any more changes.
- All crews above the Gut should boat DOWNSTREAM
and cross to the towpath side at the Gut.
- Crews must wait until the last boat in the previous division has
passed before leaving their raft. NB it may not be the one listed on the original schedule - if in doubt, ask a Marshal.
- Crews at Univ may have their boats placed in the water as the
previous division races, but must have their far-side blades drawn
The marshalling area is the stretch by the Sea Scouts and Falcon
RC (ie between Donnington bridge and the Gut, along the opposite
bank to the towpath)
- The normal warm up would be to paddle straight down to Haystacks,
spin, and then back up to the Gut. DO NOT spin at Long Bridges on the way downstream.
- If you are early, you may be allowed to spin above Donnington
Bridge and head back downstream - check with the Marshal first.
If you spin here, keep well away from the towpath-side
to allow other crews coming through the Gut to pass.
- If you are late, the Marshal may instruct you to spin above
Haystacks. If you are very late you may be asked to spin
at Long Bridges and start the course from there.
- When spinning to head back upstream, please give priority to
crews who are starting ahead of you, so that you move up in the
- Crews boating from City of Oxford should not paddle up through
the Gut - spin at Falcon and use only the lower stretch for
your warm-up, with normal circulation.
When boats are roughly in position in the marshalling area they
will be asked to paddle
up through the Gut in sequence. The first few boats will be told
when this is imminent so they have a chance to remove kit, etc.,
after which other crews will be able to see when this begins.
- Crews should aim to arrive in the marshalling area 5 minutes
before the scheduled start.
- Try to arrange yourself in the correct sequence with boat no.1
just below the Gut and boat no.10 under Donnington bridge
- Keep your bows aligned into the stream when you easy.
- Keep the middle of the river clear for late arrivals to get into
their correct position.
All timing is judged from the bows of the boat.
- Always move up to follow the boat due to start ahead of you
(or whichever boat
the Marshal instructs you to follow). Aim to be about 15-30 seconds
behind them (about 5 lengths at light pressure)
- A Marshal positioned in the middle of the Gut is responsible for
ensuring that boats start with a suitable spacing. If
you are too close to the crew ahead, or there is an obstruction on
the course, you may be asked to easy briefly; otherwise, you
will be told to paddle straight through and on to the course.
- With reasonable steering as you exit the Gut, you should
have time to straighten up for the Green Bank and then another
5 or 6 strokes in which to build up speed before timing starts.
Steering the Course
Coxes may take any course they like provided that they do not
obstruct faster crews.
- A Marshal at Long Bridges will call your college name and then say "GO!"
as your bows come level with the upstream end of Long Bridges raft. This
is when timing starts.
- A semaphore will be placed approximately mid-way between the
boathouses and the Head of the River. There is a white mark
on the towpath (between the two rubbish bins) that marks the
precise point. Timing stops when the
semaphore drops, which will be as your bows cross the line.
- Time penalties may be awarded against crews failing to heed
Marshals' instructions or obstructing faster crews
- Time bonuses may be awarded to crews obstructed through no fault
of their own.
- The recommended course is to follow the Green Bank for about 2/3
its length and then cross to the towpath side aiming to arrive
parallel to the pontoons at OUBC
- If you are overtaken while still on the Green Bank, you should
delay crossing while the overtaking crew passes on your stroke-side
and wait until they are clear before crossing behind them (the
overtaking crew may have to cross slightly early in this case)
- If you are being overtaken from OUBC or above, you should move
to bow-side (ie towards the middle of the river) and allow the
overtaking crew to maintain its course on the towpath side.
- There are no restrictions on the number of supporters or bicycles,
but please avoid crowding around the finish post after racing
Note that the results are regarded as `provisional' until midnight
on Saturday to allow any errors to be corrected. Provisional results of
Rowing On can obtained on Friday from any of the following:
- After the finish, proceed as far as possible upstream before
spinning. DO NOT easy on the finish line.
- Spin clockwise and then form up along Christ Church meadow
- Await Marshal's instructions before proceeding downstream of the
finish line (i.e. back on to the course)
- Unless returning to the main boathouses, cross on to the normal
(towpath) side of the river downstream of the finish post
- Return to your pontoons DOWNSTREAM, and easy well above your
pontoon until you are sure it is free.
- Give priority to crews about to boat, ie let them get out before
you try and get past them to your own pontoon.
- If your boat is required for the next division, please ensure that
the Marshal at the finish has been informed in which case you may
be instructed to spin and head downstream earlier than normal.
- From around 7.00pm on the OURCs Web page
- Also at around 7.00pm the results will be emailed to everyone on the
OURCs emailing list.
- Copies of the results together with provisional starting orders
for Bumps, will be distributed at the Captains' Meeting at
- Do not hassle the marshals for provisional times.
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