A good start to Eights

Date of Email24th May 2012Sent By:Rachel Quarrell <rachel.quarrell@balliol>
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Dear all,

Apologies for the late delivery of this email.

Yesterday was a pretty fine start to Summer Eights 2012, fingers crossed it w=
ill carry on.

Some thoughts your race committee asked us to include in this email:
* remember to bring down sun-cream, and have a supply of water, since it's g=
oing to be hot again :-)
* please don't drop the radios in the river, they're horribly expensive!
* crews are kindly reminded NOT to drop emptied water bottles in the river d=
uring their warm-up, nor to submerge them in the river or chuck them out of t=
he boat when on the bungline. Nobody from the EA to the council, locals and c=
olleges will be happy if we litter the waterway and towpath area. It doesn't=
 look clever.

More specific crew matters from the Senior Umpires and race committee:
* Crews who have to race past their boathouse (i.e. row over or bump out lat=
e) must NOT spin near boathouse island.  Row close to the Head, and spin whe=
n it is clear.  This is the one time you don't have a choice about where you=
 turn.
* Circulation in the later divs of Wednesday became less good:  the rowing-o=
n crews were better.  If you overtake, get back to the bank as soon as possi=
ble, and as you come down through the Gut and towards the bunglines, please d=
o stick TIGHTLY to the bow side bank, whether or not there is any traffic.
* Coxes who have one hand holding their microphone are extremely unlikely to=
 steer as well as if they have two hands on the rudder strings.  Get a cap o=
r headband sorted out now please.
* If you hear a klaxon YOU MUST STOP RACING IMMEDIATELY.  Crews were spotted=
 yesterday apparently ignoring clear klaxons and continuing to row.  It is t=
he cox's job to keep an ear out for klaxons, and coxes  who ignore them are r=
isking fines and/or demotion for dangerous coxing.
* If you're marshalling and aren't entirely sure how to fire a klaxon, do pl=
ease ask for help from the race committee before your first race goes past.

To everyone who raced, marshalled and umpired sensibly and safely yesterday w=
ell done, keep it up.  Carry on teaching the newcomers to your college boat c=
lub how to do things properly, it's much more fun for all concerned.

Good luck for today's racing,

RQ for the SUs.


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Dear all,

Apologies for the late delivery of this email.

Yesterday was a pretty fine start to Summer Eights 2012, fingers crossed it will carry on.

Some thoughts your race committee asked us to include in this email:
* remember to bring down sun-cream, and have a supply of water, since it's going to be hot again :-)
* please don't drop the radios in the river, they're horribly expensive!
* crews are kindly reminded NOT to drop emptied water bottles in the river during their warm-up, nor to submerge them in the river or chuck them out of the boat when on the bungline. Nobody from the EA to the council, locals and colleges will be happy if we litter the waterway and towpath area. It doesn't look clever.

More specific crew matters from the Senior Umpires and race committee:
* Crews who have to race past their boathouse (i.e. row over or bump out late) must NOT spin near boathouse island.  Row close to the Head, and spin when it is clear.  This is the one time you don't have a choice about where you turn.
* Circulation in the later divs of Wednesday became less good:  the rowing-on crews were better.  If you overtake, get back to the bank as soon as possible, and as you come down through the Gut and towards the bunglines, please do stick TIGHTLY to the bow side bank, whether or not there is any traffic.
* Coxes who have one hand holding their microphone are extremely unlikely to steer as well as if they have two hands on the rudder strings.  Get a cap or headband sorted out now please.
* If you hear a klaxon YOU MUST STOP RACING IMMEDIATELY.  Crews were spotted yesterday apparently ignoring clear klaxons and continuing to row.  It is the cox's job to keep an ear out for klaxons, and coxes who ignore them are risking fines and/or demotion for dangerous coxing.
* If you're marshalling and aren't entirely sure how to fire a klaxon, do please ask for help from the race committee before your first race goes past.

To everyone who raced, marshalled and umpired sensibly and safely yesterday well done, keep it up.  Carry on teaching the newcomers to your college boat club how to do things properly, it's much more fun for all concerned.

Good luck for today's racing,

RQ for the SUs.

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