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BASIC PRINCIPLES OF TIDEWAY NAVIGATION

A condensed version of “Rowing on the Tideway – A Code of Practice for Rowing on the Tidal Thames”

Navigating on the (outbound) EBB TIDE

UPPER ROWING CODE AREA


Upriver Downriver
Col Regs apply (Rule 9a) Outbound (downriver) with the EBB Inbound (upriver) against the EBB Col Regs apply (Rule 9a)

KEEP A GOOD LOOKOUT Be aware that large motor vessels may need to be in
the ‘wrong’ position (i.e. deep water) and you may have
s If in doubt, especially when the tide is turning, keep
to Starboard
Look every 3 – 5 strokes and always assume that others to pass them to Starboard. In this situation show your s Don’t stop, turn, overtake or do slow moving exercises
cannot see you. If in doubt, stop and shout. intentions early within 75m of a bridge – these are Restricted Zones
s When rowing against the stream (working the slacks) s Only cross the river at the designated Crossing Zones s In the Fairway, do not stop in a Crossing Zone. Only
you must stay in the Inshore Zone, as close to the bank – or at a Local Crossing Zone if you are returning to a boats in the Inshore Zone waiting for the Fairway to
as is safe and inside any navigation buoys boathouse on the opposite bank from the Inshore Zone clear should stop near a crossing
s When rowing with the tidal stream, you must stay in s Always navigate according to the direction of the s All boats in the Fairway and all motor vessels have
the Fairway on the Starboard (bow) side. Boats should stream and not the predicted tide. Check the stream Right of Way. Overtaking boats do not have Right
pass port-to-port. However... direction against buoys, bridges or moored boats of Way

All steers, coxes and coaches must be fully conversant The steers is Master of the Vessel and is legally responsible Always carry out a Risk Assessment and equipment check
with the Rowing Code before navigating on the Tideway for the navigation, safety and behaviour of the crew before going afloat
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF TIDEWAY NAVIGATION
A condensed version of “Rowing on the Tideway – A Code of Practice for Rowing on the Tidal Thames”

Navigating on the (inbound) FLOOD TIDE

UPPER ROWING CODE AREA


Upriver Downriver
Col Regs apply (Rule 9a) Inbound (upriver) with the FLOOD Outbound (downriver) against the FLOOD Col Regs apply (Rule 9a)

KEEP A GOOD LOOKOUT Be aware that large motor vessels may need to be in
the ‘wrong’ position (i.e. deep water) and you may have
s If in doubt, especially when the tide is turning, keep
to Starboard
Look every 3 – 5 strokes and always assume that others to pass them to Starboard. In this situation show your s Don’t stop, turn, overtake or do slow moving exercises
cannot see you. If in doubt, stop and shout. intentions early within 75m of a bridge – these are Restricted Zones
s When rowing against the stream (working the slacks) s Only cross the river at the designated Crossing Zones s In the Fairway, do not stop in a Crossing Zone. Only
you must stay in the Inshore Zone, as close to the bank – or at a Local Crossing Zone if you are returning to a boats in the Inshore Zone waiting for the Fairway to
as is safe and inside any navigation buoys boathouse on the opposite bank from the Inshore Zone clear should stop near a crossing
s When rowing with the tidal stream, you must stay in s Always navigate according to the direction of the s All boats in the Fairway and all motor vessels have
the Fairway on the Starboard (bow) side. Boats should stream and not the predicted tide. Check the stream Right of Way. Overtaking boats do not have Right
pass port-to-port. However... direction against buoys, bridges or moored boats of Way

All steers, coxes and coaches must be fully conversant The steers is Master of the Vessel and is legally responsible Always carry out a Risk Assessment and equipment check
with the Rowing Code before navigating on the Tideway for the navigation, safety and behaviour of the crew before going afloat