HowTo: Spin at Longbridges

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Longbridges is a more complicated area than the Head or at Haystacks, since boats here can be transiting the gut, boating, landing, or spinning.

Map:

The red area denotes the gut, and the central grey line the middle of the river. Boats should at all times stick to the correct circulation pattern (ie to the right hand side of the river).

We choose to divide this section of the river up as follows:

Boats that wish to go through the gut go down the orange lane. This is known as the ‘’transit lane’’. The transit lane is wholly to the right-hand side of the river. Boats that wish to spin hug the bank closely.

If a boat wishes to go through the gut, the coxswain should enter the transit lane at a suitable point, and take the corner as best as they can. If a boat wishes to spin, it should obey two main principles:

If the river is quiet, you are at little risk of obstructing another boat. This is the procedure you should follow:

 

 The approximate locations where the cox should call to easy, and where the boat should be when it is stationary.

The location of the boat after stroke side have backed down. Remember a coxed eight has a large turning circle - even in reverse. You can slightly reduce the turning circle by getting bow to hold it up.

Aim to be about perpendicular by this point.

Continue using bow side and stroke side to spin a total of about 150 degrees. Aim for the red dot. If a crew does emerge from the gut, you are at the best angle to either cross over fully and hug the bank, or turn towards the centre and let the faster crew undertake.

 

 If the river is busy, then it may be the case that there is a queue at Longbridges. The queue should keep close to the Longbridges pontoon, taking care not to get in the way of any crews boating. It is possible for two crews to spin simultaneously; the other one goes under the second bridge. However, the margin for error is much smaller here, as you need to take extra care not to swing out into the orange area, even when backing down. If you are not sure, use your own judgement. If you are not confident, spin solo.

It is important to also remember: