Competitors instructions

WLARC Regatta



The Regatta is run in accordance with British Rowing’s Rules of Racing and their publication – “Row Safe: A Guide to Good Practice in Rowing”.


Coaches/Rowing Masters/Club Captains – please ensure you and your crews read and understand the Weybridge Ladies’ Regatta Safety Plan, together with the Circulation Pattern. Further copies of these documents will be available from Regatta Registration.


Please read the draw carefully and ensure that all your entries are correct. We have split some junior events into two groups. Where we have done this we have identified each group by a colour. Each colour group competes separately for a medal in that particular category.


Competitors should notify either the Regatta Entries Secretary in advance, or Race Control on arrival of any issues with the draw. It may not be possible to accommodate all requests.



TRAILER PARKING: All trailers must park in the Elmbridge Canoe Club public car park (signed with a blue ‘P’ sign on Walton Lane). There is a very tight turn into the car park but there will be marshals to guide you – please follow their direction for parking.


If you intend to leave your trailer at the Canoe Club on Saturday evening, you must let us know, before the weekend, as we need to be prepared and open the barrier for you. Then please call on the day, advising your arrival time. Telephone 07932 746371


Do not block the entrance to the grassed area (marked by low sliding bar). This will be opened on Sunday morning to allow trailer access.


CARS: Parking will be available in the field opposite the entrance to the Elmbridge Canoe Club public car park. Please park as directed by the marshals. The car park will close one hour after the last race.


BOATS: Crews must advise Race Control they will be boating from anywhere other than WLARC or the Canoe Club boating areas for their first race.


There is insufficient room to boat 4s and 8s from the Canoe Club pontoon, therefore, they must be unloaded at the Canoe Club and walked to the Weybridge Ladies’ landing stage to boat (see map). Boats may be rigged and left in the Weybridge Ladies’ grounds or alongside the adjoining towpath. Please provide own trestles and please do not block the towpath.



The towpath is a National Cycle Route and care needs to be taken by all attending the Regatta, whatever their part in it.



Are available upstairs at the Elmbridge Canoe Club and at Weybridge Ladies club. The Regatta Committee and WLARC are not responsible for loss or damage to kit/equipment.



Bacon butties will be available from early morning. Refreshments will be available from the Canoe Club throughout the day including sandwiches, cakes, BBQ, water and soft drinks.



Prizes will be presented after each Wave in the Race Control area. Finalists must hand their British Rowing racing licences in to Registration before going afloat for their final races. Prizes will only be awarded to competitors able to provide their current racing licence, complete with photo identification.



Competitors must check in at Registration, which is situated at the front of the Canoe Club, at least 1 hour before their first race. Any outstanding entry fees must be paid before racing numbers are issued. Random checks of British Rowing racing licences may be made. Please ensure that ALL substitutions made since submitting your entry are notified at this time (even if the substitution has been made on BROE). Winners racing licences will be checked before prizes are awarded.



Must be worn by the bow person in all boats. Two numbers are provided – one for the racing top, the other for any outer layer. Numbers will not be provided for coxes.



  • Weigh in at Registration at the Canoe Club prior to their first race of the day
  • Provide own life jacket/buoyancy aid, know how to inflate it and have it suitably secured when going afloat. (coxes of bow loaders must not wear automatically inflatable life jackets)
  • Provide any dead weight needed and have this with them when weighing in (note: dead weight should consist of as few items as possible, ideally weights, and must not be attached to the cox in the boat).
  • Will be issued with a weight certificate which may be checked by Control Commission officials in the boating area when going afloat.


Coxes minimum weight requirements:

 55kg for Senior Open, Masters Open J18-16, Mixed Crews

 50kg for Senior Women, Masters Women, WJ18 – WJ16

 45kg for J15 and under



Crews must advise Race Control if they will not be at the start for their scheduled race time, due to circumstances beyond their control. Unless otherwise notified, races will start on time.



At both WLARC & the Canoe Club will carry out random inspections covering:

  • Bow balls secure
  • Heel restraints attached
  • Hatch covers secure
  • Steering mechanism
  • EA boat ID displayed
  • Coxes Weight Certificates


Boats failing inspection will not be allowed to race.



Competitors and coaches must familiarise themselves with the boating and circulation plans and the Regatta Safety Plan.

Please boat with your opposition. Allow 30 minutes to reach the start from the Weybridge Ladies boathouse and 20 minutes from the Elmbridge Canoe Club. Please also allow for waiting time at landing stages.


No practice starts or race pace rowing is permitted in any area on the way to the start. Crews may warm up once they have passed under the bridge below the Start on only if safe to do so. Crews ignoring this rule will be given an Official Warning.


Once below the bridge at the start end of the race course beware of other river traffic.





Races may be taken out of order – listen for instructions from the marshals on the bridge at the Start end of the race course. Stations are Surrey (towpath side) and Middlesex (Desborough Island side) Starts are “free starts”, i.e. no stake boats and will be started by the Umpire on the Surrey station. Under normal river conditions there will be a staggered start in favour of the Surrey station, to take account of the bend.



Is approximately 900 metres and is umpired from the Surrey (towpath) bank. Coaching of crews is not permitted during the race. Any crews being coached risk disqualification.



Races will finish approximately 50 metres downstream of the bridge at the top of the Desborough Channel.



Crews wishing to protest the outcome of a race should do so immediately the race finishes. Any protest made once crews are off the water may be too late to be considered, this is a consequence of the use of a wave programme of events. Protests may be made by a crew member raising their hand at the end of the race, or by a club official, to the Finish Judge



WLARC Boat House

Thames Tow Path

Walton Lane



KT13 8LU







WLARC is situated in a lovely, and easily, accessible location close to Weybridge centre with ample free parking.


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