Saturday bumps

Date of Email25th Feb 2012Sent By:Matthew Maton-Howarth <captainofcoxes@gmail[dot]com>
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Hi everyone,

Hope you've all had a great week of racing so far. Thanks so much for
everyone's hard work- the coxes, captains and crews in ensuring everything
has run smoothly and punctually!

I just wanted to email a couple of pieces of safety advice for the final
day having been on the towpath all day yesterday and having seen some of
the footage from yesterday in reference to clearing following a bump
through the gut area.

As Rachel discussed with everyone at the pre-Bumps coxing meeting there are
ideal places to clear following a bump. These are to the right/bowside of
the river at the entrance to the gut towards Falcon raft, and into the two
bay areas to the bowside of the river through the gut. A bump on the exit
of the gut onto Greenbanks really needs to be cleared out of the racing
line, i.e. to stroke-side (towards longbridge area). If absolutely
necessary, it may be safer to clear into the bay on strokeside in the
mid-gut (only if essential).

However, remember that once you have bumped, following crews will begin to
steer to avoid your crew, particularly if following closely, and this might
make immediate clearing off the racing line impossible. Please do not just
sit there in the middle of the racing traffic. It may be necessary to back
down/row on so you are tight to the bank and bring in blades, such that
following crews can get around you. When there is a safe gap in racing
traffic, then clear from the racing line quickly. Your bank-rider and
marshalls can help you.

1. take decisive action. This may be stressful but make a decision.
2. Let following crews know of the obstruction in the line and tell them to
steer wide/tight etc. Please dont watch an accident unfold when you could
be helping to prevent it.

Secondly, I have been asked to email by the SU yesterday to remind coxes
where possible to spin with bows toward the tow-path onto the bung-line.
This should help speed up attachment to the bung-line.

Cheers and have a great day of racing and have a fantastic night this
evening!
Matt

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Matthew Maton-Howarth
OURCs Captain of Coxes 2011-2012

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Hi everyone,

Hope you've all had a great week of racing so far. Thanks so much for e= veryone's hard work- the coxes, captains and crews in ensuring everythi= ng has run smoothly and punctually!

I just wanted to email a couple of pieces of sa= fety advice for the final day having been on the towpath all day yesterday = and having seen some of the footage from yesterday in reference to clearing= following a bump through the gut area.=A0

As Rachel discussed with ever= yone at the pre-Bumps coxing meeting there are ideal places to clear follow= ing a bump. These are to the right/bowside of the river at the entrance to = the gut towards Falcon raft, and into the two bay areas to the bowside of t= he river through the gut. A bump on the exit of the gut onto Greenbanks rea= lly needs to be cleared out of the racing line, i.e. to stroke-side (toward= s longbridge area). If absolutely necessary, it may be safer to clear into = the bay on strokeside in the mid-gut (only if essential).

However, remember that once y= ou have bumped, following crews will begin to steer to avoid your crew,=A0p= articularly=A0if following closely, and this might make immediate clearing = off the racing line impossible. Please do not just sit there in the middle = of the racing traffic. It may be necessary to back down/row on so you are t= ight to the bank and bring in blades, such that following crews can get aro= und you. When there is a safe gap in racing traffic, then clear from the ra= cing line quickly. Your bank-rider and marshalls can help you.

1. take decisive action. This= may be stressful but make a decision.=A0
2. Let following crews know of the obstruction in the lin= e and tell them to steer wide/tight etc. Please dont watch an accident unfo= ld when you could be helping to prevent it.

Secondly, I have been asked t= o email by the SU yesterday to remind coxes where possible to spin with bow= s toward the tow-path onto the bung-line. This should help speed up attachm= ent to the bung-line.

Cheers and have a great day o= f racing and have a fantastic night this evening!
Matt

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Matthew Maton-Howart= h
OURCs Captain of Coxes 2011-2012
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Purchase your rowing stash = from SHIRTWORKS on Cowley Road.
Email shop@shirtworks.co.uk or call 01865 251 944 ---------------------------------------------------------------------
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