This page will set out the important Rules and Regulations for Coxes and Competitors including navigation instructions.
Reading Amateur Regatta is held under the rules of British Rowing and the
British Rowing Rules of Racing will apply. Further the Regatta conforms to the 'RowSafe' guide.
Coxes and competitors must familiarise themselves with the contents of this page!
Races are timetabled such to allow competitors the longest possible interval between races. Any timetabling issues are to be discussed with Regatta Control as early as possible.
The boating area crosses a busy public walking route. Every care should be taken when carrying equipment through areas where members of the public and Regatta supporters are present.
Crews wishing to practice starts or to paddle firm must proceed well up-stream of the start area and clear of crews waiting to race. Crews wishing to proceed beyond the marshalling area are advised to inform any start marshals of their intention. It is the sole responsibility of the crew to report back to the start marshal in time for their race.
Crews are advised that normal navigation rules apply once clear of the Regatta race course and that there is no safety boat cover beyond the immediate
vicinity of the Regatta course.
The Caversham Lady, Caversham Princess and Princess Marina operate cruises from a jetty downstream of Reading Rowing Club. When maneuvering, the following signals that will be used by these vessels:
There will be a stagger at the start to take into account the stream conditions on the day, thus equalising the course. The stagger will be aligned using the sterns of the boats.
Club captains and coaches are requested ensure that their crews (particularly Juniors) are trained in the following basic maneuvers.
- One short whistle blast --> changing course to starboard (right)
- Two short whistle blasts --> changing course to port (left)
- Three short whistle blasts --> reversing
- Four short whistle blasts / short interval / one short blast --> turning with bows moving to starboard (right)
- Four short whistle blasts / short interval / two short blasts --> turning with bows moving to port (left)
- Five short whistle blasts / --> please make your intentions clear
Crews who are clearly not competent in any of these areas may not be allowed to race, in the interests of their own and other crew's safety.
Prizes may be withheld if fewer than three boats actually compete in an event and/or if the British Rowing membership card of any member of the winning crews is not presented for updating.
- Know which station is which, and the one they are allocated for their race.
- Get attached to the start quickly and cleanly.
- Respond quickly and clearly to any steering instructions given by Regatta officials and that they can do so unaided, without the intervention of a coach or Regatta official.
All enquiries should be directed to the Entries Secretary.