Race rules and safety

  1. Participants must display their Race numbers clearly as directed in the day.  Failure to display a race number can result in disqualification.
  2. Participants must start at their allotted time slot and complete the whole course. Participants who miss their start time will be held back and given instructions when they can start by a Start Marshall.
  3. It is the coxswain’s responsibility to keep their crew in the correct part of the river and must not obstruct other vessels. 
  4. It also the coxswain’s responsibility to pass under Bridges through the specified arches as directed in the GRR guidance notes available on the website. 
  5. Overtaking boats must keep clear of boats they are passing and ensure that they pass safely.
  6. Boats being overtaken can hold their course but must not purposefully obstruct the overtaking boat.
  7. There are particular safety considerations when making overtaking manoeuvers where space is very restricted coming up to and passing under bridges. Over taking is not permitted in these areas and it is the responsibility of the coxswain to ensure that overtaking manoeuvres are executed safely avoiding collisions.
  8. All participants must adhere to instructions given to them by Safety Marshalls. Failure to do this can result in disqualification.
  9. Abusive behaviour to any GRR Officials, Marshals or safety boat crews will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification. 
  10. We understand the desire to complete the race but should the Safety Marshalls deem it necessary that your craft or crew should retire then their decision is final and you must accept a tow.
  11. Taking a tow will result in exclusion from the results.
  12. All participants must be off the water 6 hours after the start of the race.
  13. In areas where potentially there will be congestion for example at the start and the finish, it is it is the responsibility of the coxswain and crew not to become an obstruction.
  14. In the event of any infringement of the GRR rules for racing, disputes and interpretation of the terms and conditions of entry and participation the decision of the Race Director supported by the GRR board is final. The decisions that they make are binding on all participants.

Event Safety

ES 1 Ensuring safety is paramount. The course map, course instructions as well as the launch and recovery instructions will be available on the website and issued on race day in the form or GRR Guidance notes. It is the obligations of all participants to acquire these notes understand them and adhere to them. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

ES 2 There will be detailed safety and course briefings at designated times before the race start. A member of every crew (captain or cox) must attend a safety course briefing and a sign-in sheet will record signatures. Crews who have not attended a safety and course briefing will not be permitted to launch or race.

ES 3  It is an absolute requirement that suitable Personal Flotation Devices (PFD/life-jackets) must be worn by all under 18s. The cox and passenger must also wear (PFD/life-jackets). Although it is preferred that all other crew members wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFD/life-jackets) they must at least have them in their boats close at hand and must be able to put them on quickly if instructed to do so by the crew Captain or Race Official. If Rowers choose not to wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFD/life-jackets) they do so totally at their own risk.

ES 4 All boats may be asked to present themselves to a designated inspector for inspection on race day. They are required to have the following on board:

  • 20ft towline, securely attached to boat
  • two 2l bailers 
  • a knife/multitool
  • PFDs for all crew
  • An adequate supply of drinking water
  • sun protection
  • a clearly displayed race number (supplied)
  • a mobile phone with the GRR app downloaded and working.
  • a stern flag 36” x 24” (90x60cms) which must fly freely during the race 

ES 5 All entrants are responsible for the safety and condition of their own craft and equipment, for insuring it and for the safety of all persons aboard.

ES 6  Please note – every boat must be covered by Third Party Liability Insurance up to a minimum limit of £5,000,000 and provide indemnity to the GRR. You will have to sign at the Registration Desk on race day to confirm you have such public liability insurance in place.

ES 7 Each boat must carry a smart phone carrying the App specified by the GRR to enable the timing of the boat’s participation in the event. 

ES 8  Participation in the Event is personal to you and every member of your crew. You are strictly prohibited from swapping, selling or transferring or offering to sell, swap or transfer the place in the Event or allowing any other boat and crew to wear the Event number.